Meet our staff

Mindfulness Northwest was founded by Executive Director Tim Burnett in 2011 as a way to offer the benefits of mindfulness meditation and practices to the greater Pacific Northwest and is now offering courses and staff trainings at sites from Seattle to Bellingham (see our Clients list). Tim has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction since 2010, and practicing meditation since 1986. He has completed teacher training with  the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts. Tim was also certified by Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) to teach the Compassion Cultivation program in December 2014. Tim brings a background in traditional Dharma practice to his mindfulness work. He ordained as a Soto Zen priest in 2000 and over the course of a 20 year apprenticeship with the well known Zen teacher Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Tim received permission to teach Zen independently in 2011 and directs Red Cedar Zen Community in Bellingham. Tim also has a varied professional background including work as an educator, carpenter, software developer and scientist. Mindfulness takes the essence of a core Buddhist practice and makes it accessible and non-religious: a powerful coming together of modern psychological and medical understanding with ancient wisdom practices. Tim is happy to have strong background in both sides of this new (and old) way of healing and growth. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and other mindfulness based therapies take their inspiration from the Buddhist Satipatthana Sutta which Tim has studied many times.


Teacher Karen Schwisow, E-RYT, has been teaching yoga and meditation to individuals and groups since 2005 and facilitating 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses since 2011. She has been building a foundation of mindfulness in her own life since the early 90s when her discovery of yoga felt like finding a short-cut to a quieter mind and calmer heart. Training as a yoga teacher and co-founding Three Trees Yoga & Healing Arts Center in Tacoma, Karen has continued to learn and deepen her understanding of these ancient wisdom traditions and how they are relevant to our lives today by completing Therapeutic Yoga training through Subtle Yoga and becoming a qualified MBSR teacher through the Center for Mindfulness UMass Medical School. Through compassionate listening, authenticity and humor she creates a welcoming container that empowers participants to experience their own innate ability to thrive.


Teacher Richard Johnson, PhD (Harvard 1968), a retired professor of German & Peace Studies, moved in early 2016 from Indiana to teach in Seattle for Mindfulness Northwest. He was trained to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2010 and took advanced training in 2012. Having taught MBSR now for five years, he has been inspired in every class by the way participants transform their lives through their mindfulness practices. He is a member of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, a group of monastics and lay practitioners dedicated to mindfulness, meditation, and long-term social transformation. He has been practicing meditation since 1975. Teaching is for him a great and abiding joy. He has taught university and community classes for over 50 years, including classes on parenting, rape awareness, batterers’ intervention, mindful relationships, and meditation. He has published widely on German literature/culture and nonviolence.


Office Manager Ed Wayt.  
Bio coming soon.







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