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About Mindfulness Northwest

​Mindfulness Northwest offers heartfelt, caring, evidence-based instruction to communities and organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Mindfulness is the simple yet powerful ability to attend more fully to present moment experience. Cultivating mindfulness can improve mental and physical health, deepen kindness and compassion, and incline the mind toward joy.

We offer courses, workshops, and presentations for both individual community members and organizations. Visit our PROGRAMS page for a complete schedule, or check out FOR ORGANIZATIONS to bring mindfulness to your workplace or group.

Our mission is to make top-quality mindfulness and compassion training accessible to communities and organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Internally, we strive to be true to the mindfulness principles of cultivating truth, inclusion, and compassion.

Founded in 2011, Mindfulness Northwest is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit. All donations to Mindfulness Northwest are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Our programs originate in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, home to the Coast Salish people since time immemorial. We humbly acknowledge that we are here as a result of colonialism. We are grateful to the Lhaq’te’mish (Lummi Nation), Nuxwsá7aq (Nooksack), Dxʷdəwʔabš (Duwamish), and our other native neighbors for their ongoing leadership and advocacy on behalf of our common home.

About Us

Staff & Board

Tim Burnett

Rev. Tim Burnett

Executive Director, Founder, Guiding Teacher

Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (MBSR)
Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

Teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) since 2010; meditator since 1986. Tim’s background in traditional Dharma practice informs his mindfulness work. Ordained as a Soto Zen priest in 2000, he apprenticed with Zen teacher Zoketsu Norman Fischer and is the Guiding Teacher of Red Cedar Zen Community in Bellingham. Former jobs include educator, carpenter, software developer, and scientist. When not in the classroom, you might find him hiking, paddling, or birding.

Teresa Johnson

Teresa Johnson

Community Programs Coordinator, Teacher

Mindfulness Northwest (mindfulness, MBSR)

Dedicated to supporting youth and families, professionally and as a community volunteer.  She holds a BA in Secondary Education and has educated parents and youth of all ages, from classrooms to summer camp. Facilitating and witnessing inner growth bring Teresa great joy, and she’s excited about the many opportunities to do this in her roles with Mindfulness Northwest.

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MT Regan

Client Programs Coordinator

Mindfulness and meditation practitioner since 2009 with diverse experiences in many traditions. Currently pursuing MBSR teacher training through Brown University. A trained librarian and teacher, MT is passionate about healing information disorder, cultivating curiosity, and making contemplative practices accessible to all.

Holly Bond

Ela Compton

OUTREACH COORDINATOR, DESIGNER

Mom, European, Earthling. 20 years of meditation and yoga practice; trained mindfulness and MSC teacher. She has an MA in Design and is passionate about human experience and connection. Ela focuses on supporting parents of young children through self-compassion at parentspause.com. At MNW she is blending her skill for designing clarity in communication across all media with the desire to serve the wider community with mindfulness.

Holly Bond

Ellen Zocher

EVENTS COORDINATOR

MNW superfan with 150 hours of experience in our programs. Background in project coordination and small-business operations. Political organizer focusing on climate justice and wealth redistribution. Ellen believes that cultivating fierce compassion for self and others is necessary for our collective liberation. She is thrilled to be in community with the incredible humans on this team who continue to teach her so much about how to be.

Carolyn McCarthy

Carolyn McCarthy

Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, Teacher

Mindfulness Northwest (mindfulness)
Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

A lifelong writer and performer who cultivates attentiveness and joy. With a degree in Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies, she uses mindfulness to support the work of social justice, turning toward the difficult within and without. Zest, warmth, and wit enliven her teaching. Core practices: sitting meditation, time outside, solo living room dance parties. Visit her online at www.carolynmcc.com.

Catherine Duffy

Catherine Duffy

Newsletter Editor, Teacher

Mindfulness Northwest (mindfulness)
UCSD Center for Mindfulness (MSC)

When a family member was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2012, Catherine began studying and practicing mindfulness. The mother of four grown children — one of whom lives with developmental disabilities — and a grandmother, Catherine continues to learn the value of pausing, taking a breath, and inviting quiet moments to reset and refresh. Her supportive teaching helps participants find a place of calm amid the challenges of everyday life.

Ed Wayt

Ed Wayt

Bookkeeper, Tech Wrangler

After disengaging from the tech industry, Ed traveled a winding path, eventually ordaining as a monk in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. After three years in that practice, he moved to Bellingham, where he explores a vibrant, authentic, communal urban life. He enjoys investigating the role of will and grace in everyday life, likes to dance and play, tends to be way too serious, and is an active community organizer.

Karen Schwisow

Karen Schwisow

Senior Teacher, Director of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training (MBSR-TT)

Subtle Yoga (Therapeutic Yoga training)
Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (MBSR)

Teacher of yoga and meditation since 2005; Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses since 2011.  Studied with Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of MBSR. Founder of Three Trees Yoga & Healing Arts Center in Federal Way, Karen continues to deepen her understanding of these ancient wisdom traditions and how they are relevant to our lives today. Through compassionate listening, authenticity, and humor she creates a welcoming container that empowers participants to experience their own innate ability to thrive.

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

Senior Teacher

Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (MBSR)
UCSD Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

Inspired by the way participants change and even transform their lives through their mindfulness and compassion practices. Taught university and community classes for over 50 years; has practiced meditation for over 40 years. Richard is a member of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, a group of monastics and lay practitioners dedicated to mindfulness, compassion, and long-term social transformation.

Beth Glosten

Beth Glosten, M.D.

Teacher

Mindfulness Northwest (mindfulness, MBSR)

Attended the University of Washington School of Medicine and had an academic anesthesiology career until physical issues prompted her to step back from that hectic life. Studied pilates, and through this system embraced moving mindfully. She was drawn to meditation several years ago and found it meshed naturally with her approach to teaching movement: turn focus inward to listen to, and befriend, one’s self. From this place, growth and healing are possible.

Holly Bond

Holly Bond

Teacher

Three Trees Yoga (registered yoga teacher)
UCSD Center for Mindfulness (MBSR)

Devoted to serving disenfranchised populations. She began her career in HIV education, then moved to advocacy for survivors of abuse and assault, followed by a brief stint in animal welfare. She holds a Master’s degree in Training, Coaching, and Development from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, dance, and archery.

Board of Directors

CLAUDIA FINKELSTEIN, M.D.C.M.

TOI GEIL, PH.D.

GLENN HERLINGER

MICHAEL KELBERER

REV. TIM BURNETT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Policies

Our COVID Policy

As we begin emerging from the pandemic, we’re excited to share in-person events with you! We’ll hold events in a few carefully chosen venues starting in Fall 2021.

Vaccination required:  We expect participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving at any in-person event. If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you should not attend. Should COVID-like symptoms begin during the event, we ask that you notify a training leader immediately. 

In addition, mask wearing in accordance with the current CDC guidelines and/or venue protocols (if more stringent) at the time of the event will be required. Please plan on bringing your masks. 

Social distancing will also be practiced as recommended by the CDC and venue. Where social distancing cannot be practiced, mask wearing may be required.

If you have any questions about our COVID-19 policy, please contact us at office@mindfulnessnorthwest.com or (360) 830-6439 ext 0.

Our Non-Discrimination Policy

We are honored to support each participant in their mindfulness practice. Mindfulness Northwest does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our staff, students, and clients.

Sliding Scale Fees

As part of our commitment to accessibility, we offer a sliding scale fee for most of our courses, workshops, retreats, and trainings. You may choose the fee that matches your budget; there is no application or screening process.

Our intention is to make our offerings affordable to all while allowing those who are more fortunate in their financial circumstances an opportunity to practice generosity.

Generally, the “Our Cost” value on the sliding scale is the amount needed to fully cover the costs of your attending an offering.

Donations

Donations are another way to support the accessibility provided by our sliding scale. Will you help?

QUESTIONS?

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Registration Policies

By signing up for a Mindfulness Northwest event you agree to the following:

ELIGIBILITY

Unless otherwise stated, our courses and retreats are designed for adults. If you (or an individual for whom you are registering) are less than 18 years of age, please contact the office before registering.

Registration is not complete until you have paid your registration fee or started your payment plan. You have 24 hours to do this. Please contact us if you need to request special arrangements.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICIES
  • All event registrations include a $30 non-refundable processing fee. Refunds for cancellation always have this fee deducted.

  • Registrations are non-transferable, and we do not provide credit for cancelled registrations or missed classes.

  • Refunds and cancellation from our programs:

Cancel up to 1 month before the event  begins: Receive a full refund less the $30 non-refundable processing fee.

Cancel between 1 month and one week before the event begins: Receive a refund of 50% of the registration fee.

Cancel under one week before the event begins: No refunds. To receive a refund, you must let us know at least one week before the event begins.

RECORDINGS & PHOTOGRAPHY

As a participant you agree not to take photos, audio recordings, or video recordings of our classes or other class participants.

Note that Mindfulness Northwest may make audio/video recordings of our instructors for certification and training purposes. These recordings are for internal use only.

MTTP Participant Agreement

In joining the Mindfulness Northwest’s Mindfulness Teacher Training Program (MTTP) I understand and agree to the following:

 

1. Simple accommodations. Accommodations at the residential retreats are simple and may involve sharing a room. (This applies to the Opening Retreat, Fall Roots of Mindfulness Retreat, Spring Weekend Mindfulness Retreat, and Closing Retreat).

2. Room and board costs at the retreat center retreats are included in your MTTP Tuition, with the exception of E-Cabins at Samish Island Campground. You will be responsible to pay the surcharge. However, room and board for the Bellingham weekends is not included in your tuition.

3. Bellingham Room and Board. Remember that for the Bellingham Study Weekends you are responsible for finding your own accommodations.

4. Program Completion. To receive the Certificate of Completion participants must attend 85% of MTTP events and complete 85% of MTTP assignments according to the point grading system.

5. Advancement to Certification. Advancement from completion of the MTTP program into Supervised Teaching leading towards Teacher Certification is not guaranteed – MTTP faculty will make the determination that each participant is ready to advance to supervision and certification.

6. No guarantee of Certification. The participant acknowledges that participation in the supervision and certification process and payment of the required tuition fees do not guarantee that the participant will become a Certified Mindfulness Teacher through the Mindfulness Northwest MTTP. The participant acknowledges that the MTTP training program requires that the participant demonstrates “basic understanding of the fundamental principles of mindfulness and the teachings that underlie mindfulness and demonstrates competency in delivering mindfulness training to various groups and individuals.” This determination of competency in mindfulness teacher will be based on, but not limited to, the criteria specified in the MBI-TAC (Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teacher Assessment Criteria).

7. Time Limit for Completion of Assignments.
(1) MTTP Assignments: The participant agrees that the time allowed to complete the MTTP late assignments shall be six months from the Closing Retreat. If unfinished assignments are not completed by this time a Certificate of Completion of the MTTP cannot be issued.

(2) Teacher Certification: The participant agrees that the mindfulness class or workshop to be taught under supervision shall be completed (last day taught) within one year of completion of the Seminar’s Closing Retreat. If supervised teaching is not completed by this time, certification as a Certified Mindfulness Teacher cannot be granted.

8. Early Withdrawal from the program. Withdrawal from the MTTP prior to the program completion date and full tuition payment is subject to the tuition policy below.

 

TUITION PAYMENTS

Upon admission to the Mindfulness Teacher Training Program, a tuition deposit is due within 30 days. This saves your place in the program and covers preliminary administrative costs.

The balance of the tuition can be paid in 1 of 2 ways:

  1. Pay in full by credit card
  2. Pay with a 10-month, interest-free payment plan

Monthly payment plans are set up through the Partial.ly service, a 3rd party online payment plan service.

The tuition balance must be paid or payment plan opened by August 31st of the training year.

EARLY WITHDRAWAL AND REFUNDS

In the event that an MTTP student withdraws from the program, a tuition reduction (or refund) will be determined based on the percentage of months the student has participated in the 9 month training period. More details below.

Deposit is Non-Refundable – Mindfulness Northwest will retain the $500 tuition deposit if an enrolled student withdraws from the program prior to the Opening Retreat.

Student withdrawal after training has begun – Mindfulness Northwest retains a percentage of the full tuition based on withdrawal date (time spent in the training program), as indicated in Table 1 below.

Funds paid in excess of the amount due to Mindfulness Northwest will be refunded. Students paying with payment plans will continue making payments until the amount due has been paid.

Any refund will be paid within 30 calendar days of the student’s official withdrawal date.

Determining withdrawal date – A student’s official withdrawal date is determined by one of the following (at the discretion of Mindfulness Northwest):

  1. Date the Program Director receives notice of the student’s intention to discontinue the training program
  2. Date student is given notice of termination for a violation of a published program policy which provides for termination
  3. Date after which a student fails to attend training meetings or classes for 14 calendar days without notifying program staff 

Table 1

If the student withdraws at any point during this training month Mindfulness Northwest will retain this percentage of the full tuition:
September* 20%
October 30%
November 40%
December 50%
January 60%
February 70%
March 80%
April 90%
May 100%

* in September this applies to withdrawal after the Opening Retreat begins:

Example

In the case of a tuition rate of $6220, and a withdrawal in October, Mindfulness Northwest would retain (or be owed) 30% of $6220 = $1866.

MBSR-TT Participant Agreement

In applying to join Mindfulness Northwest’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training Program (MBSR-TT) I understand and agree that:

 

1. Program Completion. To receive a Certificate of Completion of the training, participants must attend at least 85% of the program. This includes attendance at three MBSR courses as a practicum student, attendance at weekly video conferencing calls during year 1, and teaching your three MBSR courses which you organize.

2. Advancement to Certification. Advancement from completion of the MBSR-TT program into Teacher Certification review is not guaranteed – MBSR-TT faculty will make the determination that each participant is ready to advance to supervision and certification.

3. No guarantee of Certification. The participant acknowledges that participation in the supervision and certification process and payment of the required tuition fees do not guarantee that the participant will become a Certified Mindfulness Teacher through the Mindfulness Northwest MBSR-TT. The participant acknowledges that the MBSR-TT training program requires that the participant demonstrates “basic understanding of the fundamental principles of mindfulness and the teachings that underlie mindfulness and demonstrates competency in delivering the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course with high fidelity to the MBSR Curriculum.” This determination of competency in mindfulness teacher will be based on, but not limited to, the criteria specified in the MBI-TAC (Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teacher Assessment Criteria).

4. No implied offer of employment. Completing MBSR-TT does not imply a promise from Mindfulness Northwest that we will provide you with employment as a mindfulness teacher.

5. Time Limit for Completion of Assignments.

(1) Year Two MBSR Courses: It is strongly preferred that all participants complete teaching their 3 self-organized MBSR classes during the scheduled second year of the program. If this is not possible an extension must be request. Initial extension of 6 months is routinely granted. Additional extensions cannot be guaranteed.

(2) Teacher Certification: Application for certification with a complete MBSR Teaching Portfolio must be submitted within 6 months of teaching the 3rd self-organized MBSR class (MBSR class #6 as described in the program prospectus).

6. Teacher Certification Renewal. Mindfulness Northwest Teacher Certification requires an annual renewal process which commences one year after the day the Certification is granted. The process will include attending at least one silent teacher-led mindfulness retreat of at least 3 days and an annual renewal fee of $30. Certified teachers in good standing will be listed in a Mindfulness Northwest Directory of Certified Teachers. We will do our best to support our Certified teachers but are not in a position yet to provide further details.

7. Late Tuition Payments. Unless explicitly arranged, payments are due on the schedule described below. Late payments will be subject to a late fee of 5% annual interest compounded monthly.

MBSR TEACHER TRAINING (MBSR-TT) TUITION POLICY

Upon admission to the MBSR Teacher Training Program (MBSR-TT), a tuition deposit is due within 30 days. This saves your place in the program and covers preliminary administrative costs.

The tuition balance must be paid by the 1st day of the month that Phase I begins.

EARLY WITHDRAWAL AND REFUNDS

In the event that an MBSR-TT student withdraws from the program, tuition refunds will be determined based on time spent in the program. More details below.

Deposit is Non-Refundable – Mindfulness Northwest will retain the $500 tuition deposit if an enrolled student withdraws from the program at any time, including prior to the first training meeting of Phase 1.

Student withdrawal after the training has begun – Mindfulness Northwest retains a percentage of the full tuition based on withdrawal date (time spent in the training program), as indicated in Table 1 below.

Funds paid in excess of the amount due to Mindfulness Northwest will be refunded. Students paying with payment plans will continue making payments until the amount due has been paid.

Any refund will be paid within 30 calendar days of the student’s official withdrawal date.

Determining withdrawal date – A student’s official withdrawal date is determined by one of the following (at the discretion of Mindfulness Northwest):

  1. Date the Program Director receives notice of the student’s intention to discontinue the training program.
  2. Date student is given notice of termination for a violation of a published program policy which provides for termination.
  3. Date after which a student fails to attend training meetings or classes for 14 calendar days without notifying program staff.

 

Table 1

If the student withdraws at any point during this phase of training: Mindfulness Northwest may retain this percentage of the full tuition:
Up to 29 weeks after the training start date* or the last training date of Phase 1, whichever occurs first 40%
Up to 39 weeks after the training start date* or the last training date of Phase 2, whichever occurs first 60%
Up to 66 weeks after the start date* or the last training date of Phase 3, whichever occurs first 80%
After 66 weeks (about 70% of the training period) or the last training date of Phase 3, whichever occurs first 100%

* The start date is defined as the first MBSR-TT training meeting in person or online for this cohort.

Example

In the case of a tuition rate of $9100, and a withdrawal at the end of Phase II, Mindfulness Northwest would retain (or be owed) 60% of $9100 = $5460.

Our mission is to provide accessible mindfulness training as broadly as possible in the Pacific Northwest.

To that end, we have established an Accessibility Fund and request your generous help!

These funds help us bring mindfulness training to those who might not otherwise be able to access it. We offer sliding scale fees, individual scholarships, and discounted and pro-bono trainings for non-profit organizations.

You may donate below. Thank you very much for your support.

Mindfulness Northwest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit (EIN: 45-5363026). All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Our office address is 214 N. Commercial Street #103, Bellingham, WA 98225.

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