The Roots of Mindfulness - a week of extended Mindfulness Practice.
Sunday October 15 - Sunday October 22
Join us for a full week-long retreat of mindfulness practices in the style of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at a beautiful retreat site in the Skagit Valley (roughly 90 minutes north of Seattle). The retreat will be a deep exploration of the roots of mindfulness practice both experientially and through a series of talks on Buddhist teachings and connected ideas from philosophy, poetry, and the sciences.
2017 Roots of Mindfulness Theme: Beginner's Mind
This year we will explore the teachings of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, author of the classic book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, who coined the term "beginner's mind." Jon Kabat-Zinn, when he designed MBSR in the 1970's, named beginner's mind as a key "Foundational Attitude" for effective participation in mindfulness training.
This residential retreat will be held mostly in silence and will include a series of gently guided mindfulness practices including sitting meditation, walking meditation, gentle yoga, and the body scan.
This retreat will be highly relevant both to mindfulness students interested in deepening their practice and to teachers of mindfulness who would like to strengthen their background understanding of the Buddhist roots of MBSR.
Simple accommodations (single occupancy in most cases) and all meals will be included.
Details on what to bring will be sent upon registration.
October 15 - 22, 2017:
Starts Sunday October 15th (3pm-5pm check-in).
Closes Sunday October 22nd by 3pm after camp clean-up.
Before practicing for a full week we recommend that you have experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. The retreat is designed firstly for graduates of the intensive 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class and should also be fine for those who have tasted mindfulness or meditation in teacher-led classes, retreats, or meditation centers. Contact us if you have questions about whether this retreat will be appropriate for you.
Teacher Training and Development
This course meets the prerequisites for those in the the Center for Mindfulness' Oasis training pathway. See the CFM website for more information. It meets CFM's requirement to attend an annual, silent, teacher-led retreat of at least 7 days for ongoing development and one of the 4 required retreats before certification as an MBSR teacher. This retreat also meets requirements for training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher which requires a 5-day silent retreat before beginning Teacher Training (see the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion website for details).
$690 - $990 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). Plus teacher & scholarship donations and an additional surcharge for some housing options (see below).
For those in greater need: further Scholarship support is available. Please see our Scholarship page for more information.
Register Online or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.
Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Road, Bow, Washington. Instructions and details will be provided when you register. Samish is about 90 minuntes north of Seattle and 30 minutes south of Bellingham.
This beautiful campground maintained by the Community of Christ at the east end of Samish Island (accessible by road) offers stunning views, deep quiet, and simple accommodations.
It is not really an island - you can drive there.
And it's not exactly a campground - there are simple rustic cabins and motel-like "e-cabins" available. RV and tent camping is also available.
Directions and Transportation
Directions and more information about Samish are available here.
Round trip transportation from SeaTac Airport (Seattle) to Samish Island is available with our SeaTac to Samish Island Airporter Shuttle for Roots of Mindfulness Retreat.
Note that there is no public transportation all the way to Samish Island.
And see also the ride board for setting up ride shares.
Samish "Campground" does not require camping. There are two types of cabins: rustic cabins, which are simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's - they have heat, beds, and share campground bathroom buildings; and e-cabins, which are modern motel-level buildings where two units share a bathroom.
The 40 rustic cabins are quieter and simpler but one must walk across the lawn to the bathrooms.
The 16 e-cabins are lighter, more modern, and share a bathroom. There can be more noise in e-cabins due to the sharing of the bathroom and we ask e-cabin residents to be very careful of the noise from doors and bathroom fixtures so as not to disturb their neighbor.
A surcharge is required for housing in the more modern e-cabins. A $50 surcharge is required for double occupancy in an e-cabin (with a single roommate), and a $100 surcharge is required for single occupancy. This surcharge can be waived in cases of need from disability or age, or for those on scholarships.
Consider helping us make e-cabins available to more people, and save $50, by requesting double occupancy. We will do our best to match you with a compatible roommate and to honor requests for roommates if you are coming to retreat with a friend.
During the registration process, you may request one of these housing options: rustic, e-cabin with double occupancy, e-cabin with single occupancy, or RV or camping.
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Expectations of Participants
By signing up for this retreat you are agreeing to:
1) Follow the Schedule - participate in the practice schedule as fully as possible. We allow alternate schedules and variations in the schedule due to health needs. This is a structured week of practice with a schedule of practices we will do together starting first thing in the morning. That structure is a powerful support for deepening our mindfulness practice.
2) Do jobs and chores - do some chores around the camp. You will be assigned an ongoing job or requested to help with cleaning and organizing at the end of the week. The Samish Island Campground is staffed by a small volunteer staff and costs are held low by asking the visiting group to leave the camp as clean as they found it.
3) Consider making a teacher donation - an on-site opportunity to make a separate donation to the teachers (sometimes called "dana" from the Buddhist tradition around generosity).
Unlike our classes and other events we choose to keep the fees low and the retreat accessible by not paying salary to the teachers. Please consider supporting our teachers with an additional donation if possible.
This additional donation done on site is kept separate from retreat finances.