Our 5-day residential intensive form of
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Designed especially for those who have found attending an 8-week class difficult to schedule, this 5-day residential intensive includes all of the content of our popular 8-week program offered in a peaceful retreat setting.
26 CE credits also available if you are a healthcare professional.
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 can be a delightful by-product.
This highly participatory residential intensive form of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 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
- A 60-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness
- Supplemental, optional, meetings for meditation and enriched learning
- Excellent vegetarian meals and five days of peaceful quiet living
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.
Who this class is for:
This adult class is open to the general public. Come join us!
Sunday dinner through Friday lunch. Please arrive by 5pm on Sunday if possible and no later than 7pm.
Each day will include two 3-hour class sessions in the morning and afternoon. Additionally optional early morning meditation, and evening programs featuring our favorite videos for learning about mindfulness will also be offered.
In this immersive in-person experience expect to be deeply embedded in a cohort learning experience as you make your way through a powerful week of training together.
Karen Schwisow, E-RYT, Mindfulness Northwest Senior Teacher. Karen is certified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts.
Richard Johnson, PhD, Mindfulness Northwest Senior Teacher. Richard is qualified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts.
The Whidbey Institute
6449 Old Pietila Rd, Clinton, WA 98236
[On Whidbey Island: a ferry ride is required]
(map and directions)
If you would like to set up a carpool with other participants, use our carpooling service here.
The $860 - $1290 Sliding Scale Tuition includes instruction, materials, room and board. Rooms are doubles and singles. There is a $90 supplement for single rooms.
We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. We can only offer limited quantities of scholarship tuition so please register early.
Monthly payment plans are also available during registration (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee).
Up to 26 CE credits are available for healthcare professionals with an additional $95 fee. Please see "Continuing Education Credits" below.
REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.
For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.
About the Whidbey Institute
Our hosts for this retreat, The Whidbey Institute, have offered a home for transformational learning since 1972 on South Whidbey Island.
The vegetarian cuisine is farm-to-table local, delicious, and varied. Neighbors are far away and the property includes hiking trails.
To reach the Whidbey Institute you typically take the Washington State Ferry from Mukilteo, Washington.
The Institute is a 15 minute drive from the ferry landing and ferries run every 30 minutes but wait times do increase on weekends. Our Sunday evening start should help.
More details on reaching Whidbey Institute are available here.
Whidbey Institute 6449 Old Pietila Rd., Clinton, WA 98236
Transportation issues or running late? For help reaching the Whidbey Institute please call their office at 360-341-1884. To get a message to our instructors please call our office at 360-830-6439 ext 0.
Continuing Education Credits
Please note that this is a community course and all are welcome to join. This section provides the details for those choosing to request CE credits. CE credits are granted per session of training. If participants miss a morning or afternoon session, those CE credits cannot be made up at a later date.
Up to 26 CE credits are available to class participants through our collaboration with International Seminars Group (ISG). For full details visit our CE credit information page.
Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), Social Workers (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Registered Dietitians, and Nurses.
For Mental Health Professionals:
International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education programs for psychologists. ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content. The Washington State Board of Certified Counselors, Washington State Board of Social Workers, and Washington State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists do not provide pre-approval for classes. These boards frequently accept courses from APA-approved sponsors.
International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing to provide continuing education programs for nurses. ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content. The Washington State Board of nursing does not provide pre-approval for classes. This board frequently accepts courses approved by other state boards of nursing.
More Details & Registration:
For full details please visit our CE credit information page.
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