Our 5-day residential intensive form of
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
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.
What to Expect at
Mindfulness Northwest Residential Trainings
Residential Trainings are multi-day intensive forms of our 8-week classes. We offer Residential Trainings for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). You will receive all of the content, practices and experiences of these 8-week classes in 5 full days of training at an overnight training venue. Meals and lodging are included in your registration.
Residential Trainings are excellent if you cannot attend our 8-week classes or simply prefer the more intensive format and appreciate the way a Residential Training gets you away from your daily routine with space to focus.
Structure and Participation:
3-hour classroom sessions are offered morning and afternoon of most days. Participants are expected to attend all classroom sessions and follow the printed schedule you will receive on site as fully as possible.
Periods of Silence.
There are periods of silence in our Residential Trainings even though they are mostly interactive with talking. Early morning and breakfast are usually held in silence, for example. Participants are expected to follow guidelines around silence and participation.
Mindfulness and compassion training programs involve our personal stories and emotions. Instructors will work with the group to establish clear guidelines for safety. Participants are expected to be as sensitive and responsive to these guidelines and the needs of fellow participants as fully as possible.
Retreat Center Chores.
Several of our venues keep costs down, reducing your registration fee, by asking that event participants wash dishes, sweep floors, clean bathrooms, and do other chores around the facility. Final camp clean up chores before leaving are also done. Participants are asked to do chores as fully as you are able. If you have physical limitations we will help you find a suitable chore assignment.
In MSC you will learn:
- How to stop being so hard on yourself
- How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
- How to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
- How to transform difficult relations, both old and new
- Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
- The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
- tools to manage Caregiver fatigue
- How to become your own best teacher
More info on Mindful Self-Compassion is available here:
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
Who this class is for: This adult class is open to the general public. Come join us!
A detailed printed day-to-day schedule will be passed out upon arrival.
Emergency contact information to share with loved ones is included in your registration emails and is also available on the website. It is important that you can be off your phone as much as possible. Your loved ones should reach you through the venue rather than calling your cell phone.
See our Harmony Hill Retreat Center, Samish Island Campground Retreat Center, or Indralaya Retreat Center pages for more information about our primary retreat sites.
We ask that you:
- Arrive and depart on time
- Follow the retreat schedule
- Honor times of silence noted on the schedule: no reading, writing, or using devices during these times of silence.
This all contributes to creating a strong and seamless container from which the whole group benefits.
Stay on Campus Even Between Sessions:
- Please stay on campus unless invited to take an off-campus break by the instructors.
- Please do not use recreational drugs or intoxicants during any part of the training week.
- Participants are asked to focus their energies and attention on the instruction and curriculum in order to get the most benefit from the week of training and in consideration of all participants.
Early Morning Practice:
Meditation practice is often offered before breakfast. In some cases this is optional in other cases these are a required and important part of the program. Your instructors will specify this.
These are usually optional and supplemental to the learning of the day. Your instructors will clarify the available offerings.
We are honored to support each participant in their meditation practice regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual identity, age, physical ability, political affiliation, or religion.
Important Note about Audio/Video Recording during Trainings:
Audio/video recordings of our instructors may occasionally be created for certification and training purposes during this program. These recordings will include only our instructors in the photo frame (though they may pick up student voices at some points in the recording) and are for internal use only.
Cost: $1350 - $720 Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Food, lodging, and teachings are included in our all-inclusive registration fees. There is an additional surcharge for some lodging options (see below).
Payment plans are also available during registration (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee).
REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.
Samish Island Campground.
Need a ride or want to help others with transportation?
See our carpooling page for setting up ride shares.
There are two types of cabins: rustic cabins, which are simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's with heat, beds, and shared 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. We can offer single or double occupancy in the rustic cabins to all participants.
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 lodging in the more modern e-cabins.
Consider helping us make e-cabins available to more people 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 options: rustic, e-cabin with double occupancy, e-cabin with single occupancy, or RV or camping.
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The hearty meals served at Samish Island Campground get rave reviews. All meals are included in the registration price (dinner on Sunday through lunch on Friday). We can accommodate nearly any dietary request - just let us know in the Comments field during registration.
Continuing Education Credits
Please note that this is a community class and all are welcome to join. This section provides the details for those choosing to request CE credits. CE credits are granted per session. If participants miss a 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. For full details visit our CE credit information page.
Target Audience for Credits:
Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), Social Workers (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Registered Dieticians, 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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