Regional Retreats

    • 07 May 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 12 May 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Dumas Bay Centre, 3200 SW Dash Point Rd, Federal Way, WA 98023
    • 4

    Our first 5-day MSC Intensive in the Pacific Northwest. Transportation from SeaTac airport now available.
    Mindful Self-Compassion training teaches us how to develop the warm-hearted, connected presence we need during moments of difficulty. Self-compassion provides the emotional strength and resilience needed to offer ourselves the same kindness and understanding we would offer a good friend. With self-compassion we can motivate ourselves with encouragement, forgive ourselves when needed, face and befriend our shortcomings, care for others while caring for ourselves, and live more authentically. Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.

    And, self-compassion is a skill that can be learned and cultivated by anyone through Mindful Self-Compassion Training.

    In this course, you will:

    • Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
    • Learn how to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    • Learn how to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
    • Take a fresh look at challenging relationships, old and new
    • Learn tools to manage caregiver fatigue
    • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
    • Be able to teach simple self-compassion practices to others

    This program is an intensive skills training program. It is a condensed version of the eight-session, empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. MSC is an experiential journey - an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness - offering periods of instruction and periods of practice. Self-Compassion can be learned by anyone, even those of us who did not learn these skills as children. This program fulfills a prerequisite for becoming a MSC teacher.

    Instructors:

    Tim Burnett, Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, Trained MSC Teacher, teacher of MBSR and Compassion Cultivation Training. More on Tim.

    &

    Michelle Becker, senior teacher and teacher trainer for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness, and licensed marriage and family therapist. More on Michelle.

    Schedule:
    Check-in Sunday 3pm - 5pm, leave after lunch on Friday at 2pm.

    Cost & Registration:
    Tuition for this intensive training retreat is sliding scale $590 - $860 (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). 

    Note that room & board is an additional charge.

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.

    Room & Board:
    The housing in this former convent is all single rooms costing $610 inclusive. The rooms are small but comfortable and most have en-suite bathrooms.

    Although commuter attendance for $270 is possible we highly encourage you to stay on site. This makes for a much more complete and valuable experience. Please contact us before registering as a commuter so we can discuss the options with you.

    Location & Transportation:
    Dumas Bay Retreat Centre in Federal Way is a peaceful former convent on the Puget Sound and yet only a 30 minute drive from SeaTac airport.

    For those flying in please see our shuttle service between SeaTac airport (Seattle) and the retreat site (separate sign up and fee).

    Continuing Education Credits:
    Continuing education credits are available in the following categories for an additional $30 charge. 

    Psychologists: This program is sponsored by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 24.0 hours of credit.

    California Licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: This activity is an approved continuing education program by the American Psychological Association. 24.0 contact hours may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if APA accreditation meets their requirements.

    Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 28.75 contact hours.

    Recommended reading:

    • 13 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
    • 21

    A silent day of continuous practice in Seattle.
      
    A silent day of continuous practice in Seattle led by Mindfulness Northwest teacher Richard Johnson. Richard will lead us in a sequence of meditation and mindfulness practices including: sitting meditation, the body scan, walking meditation (indoors and out!), gentle mindful yoga, and contemplative practices like the loving-kindness meditation.

    We will practice together inside the historic Good Shepherd Center with options for walking meditation and lunch break time outside on the beautiful grounds.

    The retreat is designed especially for those who have taken Mindfulness Northwest classes. A day to gather, see old friends, and reinvigorate our practice together. Others with teacher-led meditation experience or a background in contemplative practice are invited to join as well. If you are totally new to meditation this day may be a challenge but you're welcome to inquire; and, for some, "jumping in" is a great way to start.

    Schedule:
    Saturday May 13th, 9:00am - 4:00pm.

    Location:
    Good Shepherd Center
    4649 Sunnyside Ave N
    Seattle, WA 98103
    (directions, map, and transit information available here)

    Parking: 
    There are large on-site parking lots on the north and south sides of the building. Parking is free. Off-street parking is also available.

    Cost:
    $50 - $90 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please Apply for a Scholarship

    Registration:
       
    Register Online or by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.


    Additional Course details:

    A day of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, and body awareness. Formal practices including body scan, mindful yoga, sitting and walking meditation, all practiced together in silence.

    Please bring:

    1) a lunch

    2) warm clothing / layers / rain coat & umbrella/sun protection as needed.

    3) Sitting gear (cushions, bench, yoga mat) if you have them - some will be provided.

    This course will be taught by Mindfulness Northwest instructor Richard Johnson.

    Please see the MBSR page to review details about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. This Day of Mindfulness is based on the MBSR principles and practices. MBSR is a well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the Univ. of Massachusetts. It has proven very effective in helping with many stress-related issues.

    Related Courses:
    A Day of Mindfulness in Woodinville (day-long retreat)
    Saturday May 27th 9am - 4pm.

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Seattle (8-week class)
    Thursday evenings from April 6th to May 25th.

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Kirkland (8-week class)
    Wednesday evenings from April 12th to May 31st.

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Federal Way (8-week class)
    Wednesday evenings from April 13th to June 1st.

    • 14 May 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online
    • 20

    A three-hour refresher in mindfulness practice available from home online.


    New! An online 3-hour retreat with Mindfulness Northwest director Tim Burnett. Tim will lead us in a sequence of meditation and mindfulness practices including: sitting meditation, the body scan, walking meditation, gentle mindful yoga, and contemplative practices like the loving-kindness meditation.

    The retreat is designed especially for those who have taken Mindfulness Northwest classes and are seeking a convenient way to continue and renew their practice... from home!

    A virtual gathering to reinvigorate our practice together. Those with teacher-led meditation experience or a background in contemplative practice are invited to join as well.

    If you are totally new to meditation this session may be a challenge but you're welcome to inquire; and, for some, "jumping in" is a great way to start.

    Schedule:
    Sunday May 14th, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

    Available Online:
    We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us. Broadband internet is required. Details on logging in will be sent with your registration.

    Cost & Options:
    $40 - $90 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

    Registration:
       
    REGISTER ONLINEor by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Additional Details:
    Please see the MBSR page to review details about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. This online retreat is based on the MBSR principles and practices. MBSR is a well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the Univ. of Massachusetts. It has proven very effective in helping with many stress-related issues.

    Related Courses:
    ONLINE Fundamentals of Mindfulness - Tuesday evenings + self-paced
    April 11th - May 2nd with meetings on Tuesdays from 6pm-8pm plus at-your-own pace materials.

    • 27 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center, 22505 State Route 9 SE Woodinville, WA 98072
    • 20

    A silent day of continuous practice at the beautiful Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center.
      

    A silent day of continuous practice in Woodinville at the beautiful Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center. This new facility, situated on the edge of a hill with spacious views across the valley, is located roughly 20-25 minutes from Bellevue. This day-long retreat will be led by Mindfulness Northwest teacher Karen Schwisow who will quide us in a sequence of meditation and mindfulness practices including: sitting meditation, the body scan, walking meditation (indoors and out!), gentle mindful yoga, and contemplative practices like the loving-kindness meditation.

    The retreat is designed especially for those who have taken Mindfulness Northwest classes. A day to gather, see old friends, and reinvigorate our practice together. Others with teacher-led meditation experience or a background in contemplative practice are invited to join as well. If you are totally new to meditation this day may be a challenge but you're welcome to inquire; and, for some, "jumping in" is a great way to start.

    Schedule:
    Saturday May 27th, 9:00am - 4:00pm.

    Location:
    Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center
    22505 State Route 9 SE
    Woodinville, WA 98072
    (map)

    Cost & Options:
    $50 - $90 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

    Registration:
       
    REGISTER ONLINEor by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.


    Additional Course details:

    A day of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, and body awareness. Formal practices including body scan, mindful yoga, sitting and walking meditation, all practiced together in silence.

    Please bring:

    1) a lunch

    2) warm clothing / layers / rain coat & umbrella/sun protection as needed.

    3) Sitting gear (cushions, bench, yoga mat) if you have them - some will be provided.

    This course will be taught by Mindfulness Northwest instructor Karen Schwisow.

    Please see the MBSR page to review details about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. This Day of Mindfulness is based on the MBSR principles and practices. MBSR is a well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the Univ. of Massachusetts. It has proven very effective in helping with many stress-related issues.

    Related Courses:
    A Day of Mindfulness in Seattle (day-long retreat)
    Saturday May 13th 9am - 4pm.

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Kirkland (8-week class)
    Wednesday evenings from April 12th to May 31st.

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Seattle (8-week class)
    Thursday evenings from April 6th to May 25th.

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Federal Way (8-week class)
    Wednesday evenings from April 13th to June 1st.

    • 11 Jun 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online
    • 20

    A three-hour refresher in mindfulness practice available from home online.

    New! An online 3-hour retreat with Mindfulness Northwest director Tim Burnett. Tim will lead us in a sequence of meditation and mindfulness practices including: sitting meditation, the body scan, walking meditation, gentle mindful yoga, and contemplative practices like the loving-kindness meditation.

    The retreat is designed especially for those who have taken Mindfulness Northwest classes and are seeking a convenient way to continue and renew their practice... from home!

    A virtual gathering to reinvigorate our practice together. Those with teacher-led meditation experience or a background in contemplative practice are invited to join as well.

    If you are totally new to meditation this session may be a challenge but you're welcome to inquire; and, for some, "jumping in" is a great way to start.

    Schedule:
    Sunday June 11th, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

    Available Online:
    We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us. Broadband internet is required. Details on logging in will be sent with your registration.

    Cost & Options:
    $40 - $90 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

    Registration:
       
    REGISTER ONLINEor by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.


    Additional Details:
    Please see the MBSR page to review details about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. This online retreat is based on the MBSR principles and practices. MBSR is a well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the Univ. of Massachusetts. It has proven very effective in helping with many stress-related issues.

    Related Courses:
    ONLINE Fundamentals of Mindfulness - Tuesday evenings + self-paced
    April 11th - May 2nd with meetings on Tuesdays from 6pm-8pm plus at-your-own pace materials.

    • 20 Jul 2017
    • 24 Jul 2017
    • Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, 39171 Tassajara Rd. Carmel Valley CA 93924

    Join Tim and Michelle at the beautiful Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery in California this summer for a 4-day introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion

     REGISTRATION through San Francisco Zen Center

    When we truly see things as they are the only thing that makes sense is compassion. Learn to fully include yourself in this circle of compassion in this warm-hearted, interactive workshop. 

    Suzuki Roshi famously said, “Each of you is perfect the way you are ... and you can use a little improvement.” And yet when we turn towards improvement we often react to the difficulties of life and our own foibles with very little kindness or compassion towards ourselves. Research shows that it doesn’t have to be this way. Motivating ourselves with compassion can be more effective than self-critical patterns.

    Self-compassion is a skill that can be learned by anyone. When we can rely on meeting ourselves with kindness we are able to open more fully to the truth of things as they are. Research has shown that Mindful Self-Compassion boosts life satisfaction, reduces anxiety and depression, and supports other positive choices.

    The program is a hands-on introduction to the empirically supported Mindful Self-Compassion Training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. Through a process of meditation, reflective exercises, dialog, and written reflections we will examine the core supports for increased self-compassion: mindfulness, a felt sense of common humanity, and enhancing our ability to be kind towards ourselves.

    Location

    This retreat will take place at the awe-inspiring Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in the mountains near Big Sur, California. 

    Cost

    $350, general public,
    $297/SF Zen Center member,
    plus room and board.

    Instructors

    Michelle Becker, MFT, MA, senior teacher and teacher trainer for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness, and licensed marriage and family therapist.





    Nomon Tim Burnett is a Soto Zen Priest and Guiding Teacher of Red Cedar Zen Community in Bellingham, WA. He is also the Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, a Trained MSC Teacher, and a teacher of MBSR and Compassion Cultivation Training.

    Register via San Francisco Zen Center

    • 29 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center, 22505 State Route 9 SE Woodinville, WA 98072
    • 24

    A silent day of continuous practice at the beautiful Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center.
      

    A silent day of continuous practice in Woodinville at the beautiful Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center. This new facility, situated on the edge of a hill with spacious views across the valley, is located roughly 20-25 minutes from Bellevue. This day-long retreat will be led by Mindfulness Northwest teachers Karen Schwisow and Richard Johnson who will guide us in a sequence of meditation and mindfulness practices including: sitting meditation, the body scan, walking meditation (indoors and out!), gentle mindful yoga, and contemplative practices like the loving-kindness meditation.

    The retreat is designed especially for those who have taken Mindfulness Northwest classes. A day to gather, see old friends, and reinvigorate our practice together. Others with teacher-led meditation experience or a background in contemplative practice are invited to join as well. If you are totally new to meditation this day may be a challenge but you're welcome to inquire; and, for some, "jumping in" is a great way to start.

    Schedule:
    Saturday July 29th, 9:00am - 4:00pm.

    Location:
    Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center
    22505 State Route 9 SE
    Woodinville, WA 98072
    (map)

    Cost:
    $50 - $90 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.

    Registration:
       Register Onlineor by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Additional Course details:

    A day of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, and body awareness. Formal practices including body scan, mindful yoga, sitting and walking meditation, all practiced together in silence.

    Please bring:

    1) a lunch

    2) warm clothing / layers / rain coat & umbrella/sun protection as needed.

    3) Sitting gear (cushions, bench, yoga mat) if you have them - some will be provided.

    This course will be taught by Mindfulness Northwest instructors Karen Schwisow and Richard Johnson.

    Please see the MBSR page to review details about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. This Day of Mindfulness is based on the MBSR principles and practices. MBSR is a well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the Univ. of Massachusetts. It has proven very effective in helping with many stress-related issues.

    Related Courses:
    Fundamentals of Mindfulness in Kirkland (4-week class)
    Wednesday evenings from July 12th to August 2nd.

    Fundamentals of Mindfulness in Seattle (4-week class)
    Thursday evenings from July 13th to August 3rd.

    • 27 Aug 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 01 Sep 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow, WA
    • 45

    The Roots of Compassion: a 5-day Mindfulness & Compassion Practice Retreat

    The roots grow deep...
    Sunday August 27th - Friday September 1st

    Join us for a 5-day mindfulness and compassion retreat in the style of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at a beautiful retreat site in the Skagit Valley, Washington (roughly 90 minutes north of Seattle). The retreat will be a deep exploration of the roots of mindfulness and compassion practices, both experientially and through a series of talks on Buddhist teachings and connected ideas from philosophy, poetry, and the sciences.

    2017 Roots of Compassion Theme: Mind Training Slogans for Compassion.
    This year we will explore the classic "lojong" (Mind training) slogans of Tibetan Buddhism. These 51 classic slogans bring forward both practical everyday exploration of compassion and philosophical and spiritual pointers towards the depth and wonder of the human heart opening to compassion. Our primary text will be Norman Fischer's modern translation and commentary on these slogans, Training in Compassion. (Note that it is not necessary to own or to bring this book to the retreat but if may make helpful reading before or after our time together).

    Course details:
    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, as well as compassion cultivation and loving kindness meditations.


    This retreat will be highly relevant both to students of mindfulness and compassion interested in deepening their practice and to teachers of mindfulness and compassion who would like to strengthen their background understanding of the Buddhist roots of contemporary programs like MBSR and MSC.

    Simple accommodations (single occupancy in most cases) and all meals will be included.

    Details on what to bring will be sent upon registration.

    Round trip transportation from SeaTac Airport (Seattle) to the retreat site is available with our shuttle service (register separately).

    Schedule 

    August 27 - September 1, 2017:
    Starts Sunday with 3pm-5pm check-in.
    Closes on Friday by 3pm after camp clean-up.

    Prerequisites
    Before practicing for nearly 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 classes in Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 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 retreat 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). This course also meets the prerequisites for those in the the Center for Mindfulness' Oasis training pathway which requires both 5-day and 7-day retreats. See the CFM website for more information.

    Instructors

    Rev. Tim Burnett, Executive Director and Senior Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest


    Richard Johnson, PhD,
    Mindfulness Northwest Senior Teacher



    Cost
    $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 (see below).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.

    Registration
       Register Onlineor register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Location
    Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Road, Bow, Washington. Instructions and details will be provided when you register. Samish is about 90 minutes 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 shuttle service (follow the link for details and to register).

    Note that there is no public transportation all the way to Samish Island.

    And see also the ride board for setting up ride shares.

    Housing

    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.

    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.

    You may request: rustic, e-cabin with double occupancy, or e-cabin with single occupancy in the registration process.

     Rustic Cabins Exterior:  Rustic Cabin Interior:
     Samish rustic cabin  
     E-Cabin Exterior:  E-Cabin Interior:
       

    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.

    • 01 Sep 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 04 Sep 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow, WA
    • 45

    Join the trainees in the 2017-18 Mindfulness Teacher Training Program (MTTP - details here) for the Opening Retreat of that program. This is a great way to find out if you'd like to participate in a future MTTP cohort or pursue other mindfulness teacher training.

    We'll explore who we are as mindfulness practitioners and dive deeply into the aspiration to become teachers. 

    There will be a mix of silent and led mindfulness training, exercises in values clarification and discernment, conversations and informal time to meet each other deeply.

    "Discernee" students at this retreat also will help to support the launch of the trainees as they begin their 9-month journey of discovery.

    The retreat will run Friday 5pm - Mon 2pm at this residential retreat space in the Skagit Valley (details below). Room, board, and instruction is included in the registration fees (with a surcharge for some housing choices).

    Plan to be as fully present at the retreat as possible with business at home squared away, cell phone off, and other technology away.

    Instructor

    Rev. Tim Burnett, Executive Director and Senior Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest

    Cost
    $310 - $410 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). Plus scholarship donations and an additional surcharge for some housing options (see below).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.

    Registration
       REGISTER ONLINEor register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Location
    Samish Island Campground. 11565 Scott Road, Bow, WA. Instructions and details will be provided when you register. Samish is about 90 minutes 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. Note that there is no public transportation all the way to Samish Island. You may find our ride board helpful in setting up rideshares and carpools.

    Housing
    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 $25 surcharge is required for double occupancy in an e-cabin (with a single roommate), and a $50 surcharge is required for single occupancy. 

    Consider helping us make e-cabins available to more people, and save $25, 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.

    You may request: rustic, e-cabin with double occupancy, or e-cabin with single occupancy in the registration process.

     Rustic Cabins Exterior:  Rustic Cabin Interior:
     Samish rustic cabin  
     E-Cabin Exterior:  E-Cabin Interior:
       

    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.

    Additional Notes:

    • Enrolled members of the MTTP should not register for this event. This retreat is included in the MTTP registration and tuition.
    • Joining us for this retreat is a separate process from the application process for the MTTP - please see the MTTP Pages for details on our 9-month training in the fundamentals of teaching mindfulness.
    • 15 Oct 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 22 Oct 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow, WA
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    Co-Sponsored by The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society.  The roots grow deep...

    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. 

    Course details
    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.

    Round trip transportation from SeaTac Airport (Seattle) to the retreat site is available with our shuttle service (register separately).

    Schedule 

    October 15 - 22, 2017:
    Starts Sunday October 15th (3pm-5pm check-in).
    Closes Sunday October 22nd by noon after camp clean-up. (note earlier closing time this year to make flying out easier).

    Prerequisites
    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).

    Instructors

    Cost
    $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).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.

    Registration
       Register Onlineor register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Location
    Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Road, Bow, Washington. Instructions and details will be provided when you register. Samish is about 90 minutes 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 shuttle service.

    Note that there is no public transportation all the way to Samish Island.

    And see also the ride board for setting up ride shares.

    Housing
    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.

    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.

     Rustic Cabins Exterior:  Rustic Cabin Interior:
     Samish rustic cabin  
     E-Cabin Exterior:  E-Cabin Interior:
       

    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.

Past retreats

23 Apr 2017 ONLINE "Retreat at Home" - online monthly mini-retreats
22 Apr 2017 (Whole U) Meeting Mindfulness & Self-Compassion - an Introductory Retreat for the UW & Seattle Community
07 Apr 2017 Spring Weekend Mindfulness Retreat (Skagit County)
18 Mar 2017 Mindful Self-Compassion: Weekend Core Skills Workshop (Port Townsend)
12 Mar 2017 A Winter Day of Mindfulness at Semiahmoo
12 Mar 2017 A Day of Mindfulness in Bellevue
04 Mar 2017 A Day of Mindfulness in Seattle
08 Jan 2017 Meeting Mindfulness - an Introductory Retreat for Healthcare Professionals [MM-WPHP]
05 Nov 2016 A Day of Mindfulness in Seattle
30 Oct 2016 A Day of Mindfulness in Bellingham
29 Oct 2016 A Day of Mindfulness in Kirkland
16 Oct 2016 Roots of Mindfulness Retreat 2016
11 Sep 2016 (Whole U) Meeting Mindfulness - an Introductory Retreat for the UW & Seattle Community
28 Aug 2016 (DOM-Semiahmoo) A Summer Day of Mindfulness at Semiahmoo
27 Aug 2016 (DOM-Kenmore) A Summer Day of Mindfulness at Saint Edward State Park
30 Apr 2016 Meeting Mindfulness - an Introductory Retreat for the UW & Seattle Community
08 Apr 2016 Spring Weekend Mindfulness Retreat
05 Mar 2016 Winter Day of Mindfulness at Semiahmoo
27 Feb 2016 Winter Day of Mindfulness at Bastyr
21 Jan 2016 Mindfulness Teachers of the Northwest - A Gathering
12 Dec 2015 FULL! Meeting Mindfulness - an Introductory Retreat for the Seattle Community
06 Nov 2015 The Roots of Mindfulness Retreat
06 Nov 2015 Fall Weekend Mindfulness Retreat
01 Oct 2015 Teacher Training Discernment Retreat
26 Sep 2015 Meeting Mindfulness - an Introductory Retreat for the UW Community
18 Sep 2015 Mindfulness: Effective Delivery, Wise Response - A Workshop for Psychologists
22 Aug 2015 A Summer Day of Mindfulness at Semiahmoo
25 Apr 2015 (Wenatchee) Introductory Workshop in Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals
10 Apr 2015 Spring Weekend Mindfulness Retreat
09 Jan 2015 Mindfulness Teachers of the Northwest - A Gathering
08 Jan 2015 Free Evening of Mindfulness (Bellingham) - Thursday Evening
07 Jan 2015 Free Hour of Mindfulness (Bellingham) - Wednesday Noon
06 Jan 2015 Free Evening of Mindfulness (Bellingham) - Tuesday Evening
07 Nov 2014 Fall Weekend Mindfulness Retreat
17 May 2014 A Day of Mindfulness (May 2014, Samish County Park)

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