Policies & FAQ

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

REGISTRATION, CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS

All cancellations include a $40 non-refundable cancellation fee.

  • Cancellation, most programs:
    • Cancel up to 1 week before the event begins: Receive a full refund less the $40 non-refundable cancellation fee.
    • Cancel between 1 week and the event start date: you are responsible for 50% of the tuition; the amount received by us beyond 50% will be refunded (payments plans may need to continue until 50% is paid).
    • Cancel after the event begins: No refunds.
  • Cancellation, overnight retreats at Samish Island Campground
    • Cancel up to 15 days before the event begins: Receive a full refund less the $40 non-refundable cancellation fee.
    • Cancel between 14 days and the event start time: you are responsible for 50% of the tuition; the amount received by us beyond 50% will be refunded (payments plans may need to continue until 50% is paid).
    • Cancel after the event begins: No refunds.
  • Other retreats have special cancellation and lodging changes policies particular to that venue.
    • Please consult your retreat description to see if this is the case.

Can’t make it? If you are unable to attend the program you signed up for, it’s sometimes possible for us to transfer you to another session of the same program if one is available, instead of cancelling. Contact us if you need to make changes to your registration. We do not provide credit for withdrawals after programs start or missed classes.

Courses are for adults. 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.

Registering with a spouse or partner? Please register separately.

Completing your registration. 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.

RECORDINGS & PHOTOGRAPHY

Mindfulness Northwest may make audio/video recordings of our programs for continuing education or certification and training purposes. These recordings are used internally and are not to be shared beyond Mindfulness Northwest staff and/or participants in our programs.

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

COVID POLICY
Our COVID-19 policy is designed to balance our commitment to accessibility of mindfulness training with the safety of our participants and the communities they return to after attending a Mindfulness Northwest in-person event.
 

Stay home if you are ill: If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, you should not attend. Should COVID-like symptoms begin during an event, notify a training leader immediately.

Testing requirement for overnight programs: For our overnight retreats and trainings, a negative home COVID-19 test result is required. Please self-administer this test before arriving at the venue.

Stay home, or return home, if you test positive for COVID. Please do not come if you’ve tested positive. If you test positive while at one of our events, please start masking and return home.

Full social distancing isn’t always practical in the venues we use. We will spread out as reasonable. Look to your instructor for guidance.

Mask wearing: currently OPTIONAL. Always mask if you have had any recent exposure to Covid, are immunocompromised, or are in close contact with immunocompromised others. If you do choose to mask, make it count: N95 or KN95 masks have been shown to reduce viral spread much more effectively than cloth or surgical masks. We do recommend bringing masks to all in-person events in case they are needed.

Masking by your teacher: At either optional or recommended masking level, we do allow our teachers to be unmasked when speaking so that you can hear them better. When masking is required it is required for everyone, including the teacher.

OUR EMAIL LIST

Event registrants are automatically signed up for our emails, including a monthly newsletter, upcoming program announcements, and other updates. You can unsubscribe from these emails at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email.

Additional Policies

Continuing Education Essentials

Continuing Education Credit is available for many professions:

To receive Continuing Education at Mindfulness Northwest register for your credits during course registration, attend your course, and complete the post-class evaluation. Note that requests for continuing ed after a course has begun incur a $50 late fee.

Regarding partial attendance:

  • For APA CE's (MBSR & MSC), complete attendance of the course is required. We can sometimes offer make-up classes in a parallel course, but this is not always available. If you know you will miss a session, we recommend that you wait to register for a series when you can plan to attend all sessions.
  • For CME's and Clock Hours, the attendance requirement is more flexible: credit can be pro-rated to the number of hours you attend.

Scroll to CE details for MHP | MBSR  |  MSC


5-week Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers (MHP) Course

Physicians, nurses, therapists, and social workers: PeaceHealth St. Joseph designates this live activity for a maximum of 16.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. It meets the criteria for Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

Learning Objectives for the 5-week Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers Course. After this education, learners should be able to:

  • Choose appropriate mindfulness training techniques in preventive and responsive ways in high-stress situations.
  • Utilize appropriate mindfulness practices to mitigate the risk factors for burnout.
  • Discuss strategies with peers for a more positive, mindful engagement in work and home situations that have previously triggered stress response and unhelpful behaviors.
  • Identify helpful vs. unhelpful thought patterns, problem solving, emotional regulation, and meaning-focused coping strategies.
  • Demonstrate meaningful change in personal mindfulness, perceived stress, and burnout as shown in standardized measures administered pre- and post-activity.

8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course

Psychologists: Up to 27.0 CE Continuing Education Credits for this program are provided 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.

Licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: Up to 27.0 Continuing Education Credits for this program are provided 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. 27.0 CE credit may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 32.0 contact hours.

Washington State Educators: Up to 26 Clock Hours are available for eligible Washington State (K-12) teachers, administrators, and educational staff associates. Mindfulness Northwest is an approved provider through Washington State OSPI.

UCSD CE Learning Objectives for the 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course:

  • Articulate the key aspects of mindfulness as it relates to stress reduction, coping with pain and illness and enhancing well-being
  • Differentiate MBSR from relaxation and other distraction techniques that may seem similar but are fundamentally and theoretically quite different in contending with difficulty and enhancing quality of life
  • Apply mindfulness techniques in both personal and professional settings as a means of contending more effectively with the demands of both settings
  • Integrate mindfulness into social interaction with patients, colleagues, supervisors, family and friends to facilitate more effective and mindful communication
  • Articulate the potential benefits of mindfulness-based stress reduction (and mindfulness in general) to educate patients and their families about the benefits of such programs in their own lives
  • Implement brief mindfulness practices with patients and family members as a means of contending with acute pain, anxiety and distress.

Clock Hours Learning Objectives for the 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course:

  • Explore mindfulness practices including sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement, body awareness, and others.
  • Learn mindful approaches to manage pain, stress, and difficulty in an effective way.
  • Connect with the wisdom of your own body and learn to relax tension.
  • Develop tools to work with and transform stressful situations and reactions.
  • Discover how to address depression and anxiety more skillfully.
  • Gain more control over your own health and well-being, feeling empowered to live with more joy and equanimity.

8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Course

Psychologists: Up to 24.0 Continuing Education Credits for this program are provided 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.

Licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: Up to 24.0 Continuing Education Credits for this program are provided 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. Credits may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 28.75 contact hours.

Washington State Educators: Up to 26 Clock Hours are available for eligible Washington State (K-12) teachers, administrators, and educational staff associates. Mindfulness Northwest is an approved provider through Washington State OSPI.

UCSD CE Learning Objectives for the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) class:

  • Describe the theory and research supporting mindful self-compassion
  • Develop and apply self-compassion practices to motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism
  • Assess and manage difficult situations and emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance
  • Develop and apply self-compassion practices to respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
  • Transform difficult relationships, old and new, through self-validation
  • Utilize the art of savoring and self-appreciation to overcome negative attention bias
  • Apply core mindfulness and self-compassion practices into daily life
  • Demonstrate simple self-compassion practices to patients, students, or clients

Clock Hours Learning Objectives for the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) class:

  • 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
  • Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
  • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion

You are welcome here

Everyone is welcome at Mindfulness Northwest, regardless of race, religion, age, ability, gender expression, who you love, what you believe -- everyone. We at Mindfulness NW work hard to make our spaces safe for all, and we thank you for joining us with that same intention.

 

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.

Class and Retreat Day Make Ups

MISSING A SESSION FROM A MULTI-WEEK CLASS?

If you missed a session from a multi-week class you may be able to make it up by attending another class if we have one available during the current calendar quarter. We cannot offer a make up session in a subsequent quarter's class or maintain a credit towards the future.

Contact us to see if a make up of the missed session can be made up in another class providing the name of your current class, teacher's name, location, day of the week, and the session you’ll be missing (e.g. "Class 6 of Beth's Tuesday evening MBSR Online").

CAN'T MAKE THE CLASS RETREAT DAY?

If you're signed up (or considering signing up) for one of our multi-week classes that includes a retreat day and can't make that day, you are welcome to transfer to a similar retreat day during that same calendar quarter. Check out the One Day Retreats listing and contact us to ask about switching days providing the name of your current class, teacher's name, location, day of the week, and the desired new retreat day (e.g. "I'm in Class 6 of Beth's Tuesday evening MBSR Online and I'd like to do the retreat day on February 22nd.").

Payment Plans & Sliding Scale Pricing

Payment Plans

You may pay your tuition with 4 monthly interest-free payments at Checkout. You will be redirected to Partial.ly, a 3rd party online payment plan service. Your first payment is made now, the remaining 3 are withdrawn on the same day of the month that you registered. Questions? Contact Partial.ly Support.

Sliding Scale Pricing

As part of our non-profit 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 middle "Our Cost" value on the sliding scale is the amount needed to fully cover the costs of your attending an offering.

There are 3 levels on our sliding scale fees in addition to scholarship options.

  • Supporting Tuition: At this level, your registration fees somewhat exceed the costs of your attending the program. This is an offering to help subsidize the reduced fees paid by others who have more challenging financial circumstances.
  • Our Cost Tuition: At this level, your registration fees fully cover the costs of your attending the program.
  • Subsidized Tuition: At this level, your registration fees do not fully cover the costs of your attending the program. If you select this level, your registration will be subsidized by others, either via the general donations people offer or through the additional fees paid by those selecting a Supporting Level fee.

Donations

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

Mindfulness Northwest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

QUESTIONS?

Please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Discounts and Scholarships

Mindfulness Northwest offers discounts and scholarships. Our mission is to make mindfulness accessible.

For all of our programs, we offer a sliding scale for tuition which includes scholarship rates.

No need to apply; simply choose the level that's the best fit for your budget. MNW alumni receive a discounted rate for some events. We also provide a 4-month interest-free payment plan option, available during registration.

Preparing for Class

We recommend you watching this five-minute message from Executive Director Tim Burnett on what our classes look and feel like before enrolling in an 8-week or residential MBSR or MSC.

If you're unsure about registering for a course, please contact the Mindfulness Northwest office. We want to be sure there is sufficient support for you and that the timing is right for taking our courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's your cancellation policy?

If you have to cancel, reach out to our office (office@mindfulnessnorthwest.com or 360-830-6439 x0) as soon as possible.

All cancellations include a $40 non-refundable processing fee.

  • Cancellation, most programs:

    • Cancel up to 1 week before the event begins: Receive a full refund less the $40 non-refundable processing fee.

    • Cancel between 1 week and the event start date: you are responsible for 50% of the tuition; the amount received by us beyond 50% will be refunded (payments plans may need to continue until 50% is paid).

    • Cancel after the event begins: No refunds.

  • Cancellation, overnight retreats at Samish Island Campground:

    • Cancel up to 15 days before the event begins: Receive a full refund less the $40 non-refundable processing fee.

    • Cancel between 14 days and the event start time: you are responsible for 50% of the tuition; the amount received by us beyond 50% will be refunded (payments plans may need to continue until 50% is paid).

    • Cancel after the event begins: No refunds.

*Some retreats have special cancellation policies. Please consult the retreat webpage to see if this is the case. 

 

Can I come with my spouse/friend/partner?

Absolutely! This can be a very suportive way to take a mindfulness program!

We ask that you please register separately. Our system doesn’t have a good way to register two people together. Thanks.

What if I have to miss a class session?

If you’re enrolled in a multi-week class and will have to miss a class session, it may be possible to attend that same session in another class if we have another class running at the same time as yours. Please see our Class and Retreat Day Make Ups policy above for details.

What if I can't make the retreat day?

If you’re enrolled in a multi-week class and will have to miss the scheduled retreat day, it may be possible to attend another retreat day if we have one this quarter which fits your schedule. Please see our Class and Retreat Day Make Ups policy above for details.

What are your classes like?

Our teachers work hard to create a supportive, friendly, and safe classroom community for you and the other participants in our multi-week classes. Mindfulness and compassion training can be many things to many people at different points in their lives: supportive, exploratory, revealing, and at times challenging. The classes include both tools you can use every day and opportunities to take a deep dive into your mind, habits, and conditioning. This process has many benefits but it’s also important to consider if the time is right. Please read on and consider watching the 5-minute video below.

There are instances where a longer course like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction or Mindful Self-Compassion can be less helpful or even harmful.  If you've recently experienced serious psychological challenges like schizophrenia or psychosis not responsive to medication, or you are experiencing severe depression with thoughts of suicide, class is probably not helpful at this time. We also suggest caution if you're recently in recovery, recently lost a close loved one, have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or have recently experienced significant trauma.

If you're unsure about registering for a course, please contact the Mindfulness Northwest office. We want to be sure there is sufficient support for you and that the timing is right for taking our courses.

WHO TAKES OUR CLASSES?

All adults (18+) are welcome! Our supportive, inclusive community celebrates participants from all backgrounds. Everyone is welcome at Mindfulness Northwest, regardless of race, religion, age, ability, gender expression, who you love, what you believe -- everyone. We at Mindfulness NW work hard to make our spaces safe for all, and we thank you for joining us with that same intention.

Certain retreats are best suited for more experienced practitioners; details about prerequisites are included with each event description.

Couples and close friends do often take our classes together. We ask that people who are attending our programs together please register separately.

LEARNING MORE

We hope you enjoy this five-minute message from Executive Director Tim Burnett on what our classes look and feel like. We recommend you watch it before enrolling in an 8-week or residential MBSR or MSC.

 

My schedule changed, can I transfer to another program?

If you are unable to attend the program you signed up for, it’s sometimes possible for us to transfer you to another session of the same program, if one is available, instead of cancelling. Contact us if you need to make changes to your registration. We do not provide credit for missed classes or withdrawals after programs start.

May I sign up my teenager?

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 to discuss your situation. There have been cases where older teens have done well in our classes. The first question we’re likely to ask you is if you’re certain that the young person themselves is interested in trying this!

Are the online classes recorded?

Mindfulness Northwest may record for internal training purposes and may share recordings for a limited time with enrolled students on a case by case basis.

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