Upcoming Seattle Classes and Retreats

    • 06 Apr 2017
    • 25 May 2017
    • 9 sessions
    • Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
    • 3

    Spring 2017 MBSR in North Seattle

    Are you interested in mindfulness and its potential for enhancing health and well being? Are you under stress? Are you struggling with chronic conditions such as chronic pain, depression, and anxiety? Are you feeling as if life is too much? Or do you simply want to live a fuller life with greater balance?

    Recent research shows Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) reduces chronic pain and boosts the immune system; addresses painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimizes emotional reactivity and promotes well-being; increases flexible attention and sharpens mental focus; and actually thickens grey matter in the areas of empathy and problem-solving. Happiness is a delightful by-product.

    Course details:
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a structured 8-week course on mindfulness that reduces stress, and promotes health and well being.  This highly participatory, practical course includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • Guided audio files for home practice
    • a 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about this well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Schedule:
    8 classroom sessions: Thursday evenings 6:00pm -8:30pm, April 6 - May 25

    Retreat day: Saturday May 13th, 9:00am - 4:00pm

    All meetings at the Good Shepherd Center.

    Instructor: Richard Johnson, PhD

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

    Cost:
    $330 - $490 sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). 

    The fee includes all 9 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

    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.

    Related Courses:
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Kirkland (8-week class)
    Thursday evenings from April 12th to May 31st

    • 07 Apr 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • 09 Apr 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow, WA
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    Join us for our annual weekend retreat of mindfulness practices in the style of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at a beautiful retreat site in the Skagit Valley.

    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. Informative talks on the process of being on retreat, mindfulness, stress reactivity, and other topics will be presented by the instructors. Small and large group discussion centered around our experience together walking, sitting, and breathing in the quiet of the beautiful retreat site. This course is designed for graduates of mindfulness classes - please see the prerequisites below.

    Simple accommodations and all meals will be included.

    Details on what to bring will be sent upon registration.

    Schedule: Arrive Friday by 5pm. Leave Sunday at 3pm.

    Prerequisites
    Before practicing for a full weekend we recommend that you have experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. 

    Instructor: Tim Burnett, Executive Director & Senior Instructor

    Cost & Options
    $220 - $320 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 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.

    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 $15 surcharge is required for double occupancy in an e-cabin (with a single roommate), and a $30 surcharge is required for single occupancy.

    Consider helping us make e-cabins available to more people, and save $15, 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, or e-cabin with single occupancy.

     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 weekend 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 weekend. 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.

    • 09 Apr 2017
    • 14 May 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • UW Medicine South Lake Union, 850 Republican St Seattle, WA 98109

    Register Through UW

    Join us in the company of other clinicians, staff, and their family members, in an investigation of mindfulness from the inside out. Introduction to Mindfulness (and it's companion class Continuing with Mindfulness) are based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). MBSR is the best researched mindfulness intervention with positive research indications for:

    • Improving immune system function
    • Reducing anxiety
    • Preventing relapse of depression
    • Reducing negative emotional response to stress
    • Managing chronic pain
    • Addressing chronic health conditions including high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, heart disease, asthma, GI distress, and skin disorders
    • Effectively coping with short and long-term stressful situations
    • Encouraging growth in the brain areas associated with learning, memory, focus, attention, emotional regulation, and empathy
    • Enhancing compassion and altruism
    • Reducing pregnancy-related anxiety
    • Helping professionals cope with stress, connect with patients, and reduce burnout-inducing negative emotions and anxiety
    • Coping with PTSD (veterans and other sufferers)
    • Increasing “mindfulness of eating” (e.g., in relationship to obesity)
    • Improving general health and well-being through a focus on prevention and greater awareness of what's truly harmful and helpful

    This shorter Introduction to Mindfulness class was inspired by MBSR and offers a deep taste of mindfulness training in a briefer 5-week period.

    Eligibility:
    This course is for UW-affiliated clinicians and their family members. This includes UW Medicine Staff and residents/fellows/students and their family members. Please contact GME directly with eligibility questions at uwgme@uw.edu or 206.616.8286.

    Course details:
    Introduction to Mindfulness is a structured 5-week course on mindfulness that promotes stress reduction, health and well-being.  This highly participatory, practical class includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • Guided audio files for home practice
    • a 40-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about the well-researched MBSR class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Schedule:
    5 meetings: 4 regular class sessions and one extended session.

    Sunday evenings 6:00pm - 8:30pm, April 9th, April 23rd, April 30th, May 14th (skips April 16th)

    Extended session: Sunday May 7th, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

    Instructor: Richard Johnson, PhD

    Location
    UW School of Medicine
    South Lake Union
    850 Republican St.
    Seattle, WA
    (Map and directions)

    Cost:
    $150 for UW Faculty/Staff, $50 for UW Housestaff

    The fee includes all 5 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs). 

    The classes are sponsored by UW Graduate Medical Education and the UW School of Medicine Wellness Committee and offered at a reduced fee.

    Registration:

    RegistER Through UW
    • 13 Apr 2017
    • 01 Jun 2017
    • 9 sessions
    • Federal Way Community Center, 876 S 333rd St, Federal Way, WA
    • 26


    Are you interested in mindfulness and its potential for enhancing health and well being? Are you under stress? Are you struggling with chronic conditions such as chronic pain, depression, and anxiety? Are you feeling as if life is too much? Or do you simply want to live a fuller life with greater balance?

    Recent research shows Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) reduces chronic pain and boosts the immune system; addresses painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimizes emotional reactivity and promotes well-being; increases flexible attention and sharpens mental focus; and actually thickens grey matter in the areas of empathy and problem-solving. Happiness is a delightful by-product.

    Course details:
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a structured 8-week course on mindfulness that reduces stress, and promotes health and well being.  This highly participatory, practical course includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • Guided audio files for home practice
    • a 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about this well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Schedule:
    8 classroom sessions: Thursday evenings 6:30pm - 8:30pm, April 13th - June 1st.

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

    Instructor: Karen Schwisow, E-RYT

    Location:
    Federal Way Community Center
    876 S 333rd St
    Federal Way, WA 98003
    (map)

    Cost:
    $290-$450 sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    The fee includes all 9 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

    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.

    Related Courses:

    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

    • 22 Apr 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105

    An introductory day of mindfulness and self-compassion. For new and continuing students.

    Sponsored by The Whole U and UW Medicine, we invite you to experience a full day of mindfulness with Tim Burnett from Mindfulness Northwest.

    Community Registration Link

    UW Registration Link

    Join us for a day of immersion into mindfulness. At the April meeting we'll explore self-compassion especially. Mindful self-compassion combines the skills of mindful awareness and self-compassion to enhance our ability for emotional wellbeing. Mindfulness helps us to be present with difficult emotions, and self-compassion helps us to respond to these emotions with greater kindness and self-care.

    We'll explore interactive exercises and investigations (please bring a journal or notebook to write in) as well as meditation practices. Formal practices including body scan, mindful yoga, sitting and walking meditation will be practiced together in silence. 

    The day will conclude with small group discussion and dialog with the instructor on your experience of the day and how mindfulness and mindful self-compassion can be integrated into daily life.

    The retreat is accessible for those new to mindfulness and meditation and will also serve as a helpful refresher for those who have taken classes or established a practice.

    The retreat is based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-compassion. Both are well-researched classes that has proven very effective in helping with many stress-related issues. 

    Schedule: doors open at 8:30am. Program is 9:00am - 4:00pm including a break for sack lunch. 

    What to Bring: comfortable clothing including layers and rain gear as we do walking outside, a sack lunch, a yoga mat and/or meditation cushion if you have them. Thick yoga mats will be provided for those who don't have their own.

    Registration: Cost is just $45 for UW affiliated / $52 for community and 100 spots are available. Registration is through the University of Washington:

    Community Registration Link

    UW-affiliated Registration Link

    Available for: The entire Seattle area as well as University of Washington affiliated!

    • 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
    • 24

    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.

    • 06 Jul 2017
    • 03 Aug 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
    • 27

    An accessible, in-depth training in mindfulness in Seattle.

    Are you interested in mindfulness and its potential for enhancing health and well-being? Are you under stress? Are you struggling with chronic conditions such as chronic pain, depression, and anxiety? Are you feeling as if life is too much? Or do you simply want to live a fuller life with greater balance?

    Join us for our most accessible in-depth training in mindfulness. This class is a great way to get started with mindfulness training. Our 4-week (5 meeting) Fundamentals of Mindfulness class is based on the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class, offering essential learnings and practices in a shorter time frame.

    Research over the last ten years has shown Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to reduce chronic pain and boost the immune system; to address painful mental states like anxiety and depression; to promote well-being and reduce emotional reactivity; to increase attention and focus; and to enlarge the brain in the areas of decision-making, flexibility and empathy.

    Course details: Our multi-week course in mindfulness that promotes stress reduction, health, self-awareness and well-being.  This highly participatory, practical course includes:
    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • Guided audio files for home practice
    • A 40-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness
    This course is derived from the well-researched, 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Schedule:

    4 classroom sessions: Thursday Evenings, 6 - 8:30pm, July 6th, (skipping July 13th), July 20th, July 27th, and August 3rd.

    Extended session: Saturday July 29th, 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Location
    Classroom sessions:
    Good Shepherd Center
    4649 Sunnyside Ave N
    Seattle, WA 98103
    (Map and directions)

    Retreat day (July 29th):
    Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center
    22505 State Route 9 SE
    Woodinville, WA 98072
    (map)

    Instructor: Richard Johnson, PhD 

    Cost:
    $190-$290 regular sliding fee scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    The fee includes all 5 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

    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 SCHOLARSHIPBEFORE registering.

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

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

    • 27 Aug 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 01 Sep 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow, WA
    • 50

    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
    • 03 Jun 2018
    • Bellingham area plus distance learning
    • 1


    Application for the 2017-18 cohort of the Mindfulness Northwest Mindfulness Teacher Training Program - MTTP. For details please see the MTTP page and especially be certain you can attend all of the in-person retreats and seminars listed on the 2017-18 Key Dates page and insure you have completed the pre-requisites for this program.

    Please note that this an application, not a registration form. We will be selecting a maximum of 14 participants for this the cohort.

    Key selection criteria:

    * Prior meditation / teaching experience

    * Applicable situation / plan for teaching mindfulness

    * Cohort diversity of backgrounds

    * Flexible, independent, learner.

    * Team-oriented, "we first," orientation.

    The MTTP is a significant commitment of time, energy, and funds. We are excited to be offering this intensive training and encourage you to review all materials before applying.

    You are also invited to speak with lead instructor, and Mindfulness Northwest Director, Tim Burnett, if you have any questions about the program.

    The application process includes a brief interview. After receiving your application we will contact you about an in-person or video interview using the Zoom platform.

    Application Process:

    1) fill out the application (click Register to begin)

    2) ask a mentor, teacher, or colleague to send a letter of recommendation to office@mindfulnessnorthwest.com - please ask your reference to help us understand why this teacher training program is a good fit for you at this time.

    3) upon receipt of application and letter of recommendation we will contact you to schedule an applicant interview

    4) if you are selected for this year's cohort we will let you know and request that you finalize your enrollment by making a $500 tuition deposit

    Note we recommend writing your statements in a Word document and copy-pasting them into the application to ensure you don't lose your work as this is a web form and there is no Save feature until you complete the entire application.

    Begin the Application

    • 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
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow, WA
    • 55
    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 3pm after camp clean-up.

    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 SCHOLARSHIPBEFORE registering.

    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 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 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.

Mindfulness Northwest, a 501c(3) Tax-Exempt Non-Profit registration@mindfulnessnorthwest.com  360-830-6439
214 N. Commercial St. #103, Bellingham, WA 98225


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