Upcoming Classes and Retreats in the Bellingham Area

    • 22 Sep 2017
    • 17 Nov 2017
    • 9 sessions
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA 98225
    • 14

    Mindful Self-Compassion for those in the healing professions on Friday mornings with 24 CEUs available. A chance for Bellingham area professionals to learn about MSC first-hand in a supportive group of peers.

    Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.mindfulselfcompassion.org) and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.self-compassion.org).

    MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing - being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, and confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity.

    Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we're hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

    MSC can be learned by anyone. It's the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves - especially when we're suffering - and cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and be free from suffering.

    Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most? All that's required is a shift in the direction of our attention - recognizing that as a human being, you too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.

    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
    • How to become your own best teacher

    A randomized, controlled trial demonstrated that MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress.  Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced mindfulness and self-compassion in their daily lives.

    Eligibility:
    All professionals who work with clients or patients: psychologists, psychotherapists, doctors, nurses, teachers and educators, clergy, etc. See below for CEU info.

    Schedule:
    8 classroom sessions: Friday mornings 9am - 11:45am, September 22nd - November 17th (no class October 20th)

    Extended session: Sunday November 5th, 9am - 3pm

    InstructorTim Burnett, Executive Director & Senior Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest

    Location
    Red Cedar Dharma Hall
    1021 N. Forest St
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    (map and directions)

    Cost:
    $320 - $480 sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    The fee includes all 9 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

    Payment plans are available during registration (4 equal monthly payments; no financing fee).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.

    Registration:
       REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Continuing Education Credits:
    Continuing education credits are available in the following categories for an additional $40 charge. 

    Psychologists: This program is sponsored 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. This course offers 24.0 hours of credit.

    California Licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: This activity is an approved continuing education program by the American Psychological Association. 24.0 contact hours may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if APA accreditation meets their requirements.

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

    Related Courses:
    We are also offering this course to the Seattle community on Thursday evenings: Mindful Self-Compassion (Seattle) - Thursday Evenings starting on September 21st.

    Interested in an intensive/retreat-based format? We're excited to be offering Mindful Self-Compassion at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center July 20-24, 2017.

    • 25 Sep 2017
    • 11 Dec 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • St. Joseph Hospital, Conference Room 5/6, 2901 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225
    • 25

    A drop-in Mindfulness class to continue the practice of mindfulness. Designed for those who have taken the Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals course and open to all.

    The Physicians' Well-Being Network is happy to announce new programs to enhance the health of regional healthcare providers, with gratitude for their sponsor: The St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.

    Eligibility:
    This course is for healthcare providers and therapists (MD/DO/PA/NP/RN/LMHC/MHC/MSW, etc.) and their spouse or partner. It is designed to provide ongoing practice opportunities for those who have taken the 5-week Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers class. And it is open to others with an interest in mindfulness.

    Course details:
    This highly participatory, practical class continues our practices of:

    • Body Awareness practices such as the Body Scan and Gentle Mindful Yoga
    • Seated meditation including Awareness of Breathing, Labelling, and Loving-Kindness-Meditation.
    • Inquiry and dialog around the application of mindfulness in everyday life at work and at home.
    • Discussion of brief informal practices that you can do anywhere.
    • Support for in-depth formal practice as home (or perhaps in the car at lunch!).
    • Ongoing development of a community of practice for medical professionals of the Bellingham area.

    Instructor: Tim Burnett, Executive Director & Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest

    Schedule:
    2nd and 4th Mondays, 6:30pm - 8:00pm on Sept 25, Oct 9, Oct 23, Nov 13, Nov 27, and Dec 11th.

    Location:
    St. Joseph HospitalConference Room 5
    (the right side of room 5/6 as you leave the cafeteria)
    at 2901 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225

    Cost:
    There is no fee for this drop-in course.

    Background:
    These drop-in sessions continue the work derived from the well-researched, 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center. 

    Our mindfulness courses have been offered to physicians at many regional medical centers since 2012 including UW Medicine, Evergreen Health, The Everett Clinic, Skagit Valley Medical Center, UW Valley Medical Center, Providence Northwest Group, and statewide through our partnership with the Washington Physicians Health Program.

    • 08 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    • 7

    Health and wellness providers of all types are invited to join us for a silent day of practice at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall in Bellingham.

    A silent day of continuous practice at Red Cedar Dharma Hall in Bellingham led by Mindfulness Northwest director and guiding teacher Tim Burnett. Tim will lead us in a sequence of meditation and mindfulness practices including: sitting meditation, the body scan, walking meditation, gentle mindful yoga, and contemplative practices like the loving-kindness meditation.

    The retreat is designed especially for those who have taken Mindfulness Northwest classes. A day to gather, see old friends, and re-invigorate our practice together. Others with teacher-led meditation experience or a background in contemplative practice are invited to join as well. If you are totally new to meditation this day may be a challenge but you are welcome to inquire - for some "jumping in" is a great way to start.


    Schedule:
    Sunday October 8th, 9:00am - 3:00pm (arrivals 8:45 - 9:00am)

    Location:
    Red Cedar Dharma Hall
    1021 N. Forest St
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    (map and directions)

    Cost & Options:
    $50 - $90 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). 

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.

    Registration:

    Register Online or by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Additional Course details:

    A day of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, and body awareness. Formal practices including body scan, mindful yoga, and sitting and walking meditation practiced together in silence.

    Eligibility:
    This course is for professionals of all types who provide health and wellness services. Physicians, therapists, acupuncturists and others are welcome.

    The day is also a part of  the class Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers - Thursday Evenings (Bellingham) which starts on September 7th. If you are in the class you  need not register separately for the Day of Mindfulness.

    Please bring:

    1) a lunch

    2) warm clothing / layers / rain coat & umbrella / sun protection as needed.

    3) Sitting gear (cushions, bench, yoga mat) if you have them - some will be provided.

    This course will be taught by Mindfulness Northwest director and guiding instructor Tim Burnett.

    Please see the MBSR page to review details about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. This retreat is based on the MBSR principles and practices. MBSR is a well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. It has proven very effective in helping with many stress-related issues.

    • 12 Oct 2017
    • 16 Nov 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • Bell Tower Community Center, 1430 N. Garden St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    • 21

    An accessible, in-depth training in mindfulness

    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?

    Join us for an accessible, in-depth training in mindfulness. A great way to get started with mindfulness training. Our 6-week Taking the Path of Mindfulness class offers the essential learnings and practices of our longer and more intensive courses in a shorter time frame.

    Research over the last ten years has shown mindfulness training to reduce chronic pain and boost the immune system; to address painful mental states like anxiety and depression; to promote well-being and reduce emotional reactivity; to increase attention and focus; and to enlarge the brain in the areas of decision-making, flexibility and empathy.

    Course details: Our multi-week courses in mindfulness promote stress reduction, health, self-awareness and well-being. This highly participatory, practical 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
    • Daily home assignments
    • Guided audio files for home practice
    • A workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    This course is derived from the well-researched, 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Schedule:
    6 classroom sessions: Thursday Evenings, 6pm - 8:30pm, October 12th to November 16th.

    Instructor:
    Debra Wibe, seasoned meditator and Certified Mindfulness Teacher through the Mindfulness Northwest Teacher Training Program.

    Location:
    Bell Tower Community Center
    1430 N. Garden St
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    (map and directions)

    Cost and Options:
    $200-$300 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). 

    The fee includes all 6 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

    Payment plans are available during registration (4 equal monthly payments; no financing fee).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

    Registration:
       
    REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Related Courses:

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (8-week class)
    Thursday mornings from September 21st to November 16th

    Getting Started with Mindfulness and Compassion (3-week class)
    Monday evenings from September 11th to September 25th

    • 15 Oct 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • 22 Oct 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow, WA
    • 21

    The Roots of Mindfulness: a week of extended Mindfulness Practice exploring the theme Beginner's Mind.

    The roots grow deep...


    Sunday October 15 - Sunday October 22

    Join us for a full week-long retreat of mindfulness practices in the style of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at a beautiful retreat site in the Skagit Valley (roughly 90 minutes north of Seattle). The retreat will be a deep exploration of the roots of mindfulness practice both experientially and through a series of talks on Buddhist teachings and connected ideas from philosophy, poetry, and the sciences.

    2017 Roots of Mindfulness Theme: Beginner's Mind
    This year we will explore the teachings of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, author of the classic book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, who coined the term "beginner's mind." Jon Kabat-Zinn, when he designed MBSR in the 1970's, named beginner's mind as a key "Foundational Attitude" for effective participation in mindfulness training. 

    Course details
    This residential retreat will be held mostly in silence and will include a series of gently guided mindfulness practices including sitting meditation, walking meditation, gentle yoga, and the body scan. 

    This retreat will be highly relevant both to mindfulness students interested in deepening their practice and to teachers of mindfulness who would like to strengthen their background understanding of the Buddhist roots of MBSR.

    Simple accommodations (single occupancy in most cases) and all meals will be included.

    Details on what to bring will be sent upon registration.

    Round trip transportation from SeaTac Airport (Seattle) to the retreat site is available with our shuttle service (register separately).

    Schedule 

    October 15 - 22, 2017:
    Starts Sunday October 15th (3pm - 5pm check-in).
    Closes Sunday October 22nd by noon after camp clean-up. (note earlier closing time this year to make flying out easier).

    Prerequisites
    Before practicing for a full week we recommend that you have experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. The retreat is designed firstly for graduates of the intensive 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class and should also be fine for those who have tasted mindfulness or meditation in teacher-led classes, retreats, or meditation centers. Contact us if you have questions about whether this retreat will be appropriate for you.

    Teacher Training and Development
    This course meets the prerequisites for those in the the Center for Mindfulness' Oasis training pathway. See the CFM website for more information. It meets CFM's requirement to attend an annual, silent, teacher-led retreat of at least 7 days for ongoing development and one of the 4 required retreats before certification as an MBSR teacher. This retreat also meets requirements for training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher which requires a 5-day silent retreat before beginning Teacher Training (see the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion website for details).

    Instructors

    Cost
    $890 - $1290 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). Plus an additional surcharge for some housing (see below). Each registration includes a $225 deposit that is non-refundable after September 15th.

    Payment plans are available during registration (4 equal monthly payments; no financing fee).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.

    Registration
       Register Onlineor register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Location
    Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Road, Bow, Washington. Instructions and details will be provided when you register. Samish is about 90 minutes north of Seattle and 30 minutes south of Bellingham.

    This beautiful campground maintained by the Community of Christ at the east end of Samish Island (accessible by road) offers stunning views, deep quiet, and simple accommodations.

    It's not exactly a campground - there are simple rustic cabins and motel-like "e-cabins" available. RV and tent camping is also available.

    And it's not really an island - you can drive there.

    Directions and Transportation

    Directions and more information about Samish are available here.

    Round trip transportation from SeaTac Airport (Seattle) to Samish Island is available with our shuttle service.

    Note that there is no public transportation all the way to Samish Island.

    And see also the ride board for setting up ride shares.

    Housing
    Samish "Campground" does not require camping. There are two types of cabins: rustic cabins, which are simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's - they have heat, beds, and share 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.

    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 housing in the more modern e-cabins. A $50 surcharge is required for double occupancy in an e-cabin (with a single roommate), and a $100 surcharge is required for single occupancy.

    Consider helping us make e-cabins available to more people, and save $50, 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 housing options: rustic, e-cabin with double occupancy, e-cabin with single occupancy, or RV or camping.

     Rustic Cabins Exterior:  Rustic Cabin Interior:
     Samish rustic cabin  
     E-Cabin Exterior:  E-Cabin Interior:
       


    Expectations of Participants
    By signing up for this retreat you are agreeing to:

    1) Follow the Schedule - participate in the practice schedule as fully as possible. We allow alternate schedules and variations in the schedule due to health needs. This is a structured week of practice with a schedule of practices we will do together starting first thing in the morning. That structure is a powerful support for deepening our mindfulness practice.

    2) Do jobs and chores - do some chores around the camp. You will have the option of choosing an ongoing job or helping with cleaning and organizing at the end of the week. The Samish Island Campground is staffed by a small volunteer staff and costs are held low by asking the visiting group to leave the camp as clean as they found it.

    • 05 Nov 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA 98225
    • 5

    A Day of Mindfulness in Bellingham
     

    A silent day of continuous practice in the beautiful Red Cedar Dharma Hall near the heart of Bellingham, led by Mindfulness Northwest director Tim Burnett. Tim will lead us in a sequence of meditation and mindfulness practices including: sitting meditation, the body scan, walking meditation (indoors and out!), gentle mindful yoga, and contemplative practices like the loving-kindness meditation.

    The retreat is designed especially for those who have taken Mindfulness Northwest classes. A day to gather, see old friends, and re-invigorate our practice together. Others with teacher-led meditation experience or a background in contemplative practice are invited to join as well. If you are totally new to meditation this day may be a challenge but you are welcome to inquire - for some "jumping in" is a great way to start.

    Schedule:
    Sunday November 5th, 9:00am - 3:00pm (arrivals 8:30 - 9:00am)

    Location:
    Red Cedar Dharma Hall
    1021 N. Forest St
    Bellngham, WA 98225
    (directions and map available here)

    Cost & Options:
    $50 - $90 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). 

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.

    Registration:
       Register Online or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Additional Course details:

    A day of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, and body awareness. Formal practices including body scan, mindful yoga, and sitting and walking meditation practiced together in silence.

    Please bring:

    1) a lunch

    2) warm clothing / layers / rain coat & umbrella / sun protection as needed.

    3) Sitting gear (cushions, bench, yoga mat) if you have them - some will be provided.

    This course will be taught by Mindfulness Northwest director and senior instructor Tim Burnett.

    Please see the MBSR page to review details about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. This retreat is based on the MBSR principles and practices. MBSR is a well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. It has proven very effective in helping with many stress-related issues.

    Related Courses:
    Getting Started with Mindfulness and Compassion (3-week class)
    Monday evenings September 11th to September 25th

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (8-week class)
    Thursday mornings from September 21st to November 16th

    Taking the Path of Mindfulness (6-week class)
    Thursday evenings from October 12th to November 16th

    • 06 Apr 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 08 Apr 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow, WA
    • 55

    Join us for our annual weekend retreat of mindfulness practices in the style of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at a beautiful retreat site in the Skagit Valley.

    Course details
    This residential retreat will be held mostly in silence and will include a series of gently guided mindfulness practices including sitting meditation, walking meditation, gentle yoga, and the body scan. Informative talks on the process of being on retreat, mindfulness, stress reactivity, and other topics will be presented by the instructors. Small and large group discussion centered around our experience together walking, sitting, and breathing in the quiet of the beautiful retreat site. This course is designed for graduates of mindfulness classes - please see the prerequisites below.

    Simple accommodations and all meals will be included.

    Details on what to bring will be sent upon registration.

    Schedule 

    April 6 - April 8, 2018:
    Starts Friday with 3pm - 5pm check-in.
    Closes on Sunday by 2pm after camp clean-up.

    Prerequisites
    Before practicing for a full weekend we recommend that you have experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. Please contact us with any questions.

    Instructor: Tim Burnett, Executive Director & Senior Instructor

    Cost & Options
    $240 - $340 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.

    Registration
    Register Onlineor register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Location
    Samish Island Campground. 11565 Scott Road, Bow, Washington. Instructions and details will be provided when you register. Samish is about 90 minutes north of Seattle, and 30 minutes south of Bellingham.

    This beautiful campground maintained by the Community of Christ at the east end of Samish Island (accessible by road) offers stunning views, deep quiet, and simple accommodations. 

    It is not really an island - you can drive there.

    And it's not exactly a campground - there are simple rustic cabins and motel-like "e-cabins" available. RV and tent camping is also available.

    Directions and Transportation
    Directions and more information about Samish are available here.

    Note that there is no public transportation all the way to Samish Island.

    And see also the ride board for setting up ride shares.

    Housing
    Samish "Campground" does not require camping. There are two types of cabins: rustic cabins, which are simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's - they have heat, beds, and share 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.

    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 housing in the more modern e-cabins. A $15 surcharge is required for double occupancy in an e-cabin (with a single roommate), and a $30 surcharge is required for single occupancy.

    Consider helping us make e-cabins available to more people, and save $15, 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 housing options: rustic, e-cabin with double occupancy, or e-cabin with single occupancy.

     Rustic Cabins Exterior:  Rustic Cabin Interior:
     Samish rustic cabin  
     E-Cabin Exterior:  E-Cabin Interior:
       

    Expectations of Participants
    By signing up for this retreat you are agreeing to:

    1) Follow the Schedule - participate in the practice schedule as fully as possible. We allow alternate schedules and variations in the schedule due to health needs. This is a structured weekend of practice with a schedule of practices we will do together starting first thing in the morning. That structure is a powerful support for deepening our mindfulness practice.

    2) Do jobs and chores - do some chores around the camp. You will have the option of choosing an ongoing job or helping with cleaning and organizing at the end of the week. The Samish Island Campground is staffed by a small volunteer staff and costs are held low by asking the visiting group to leave the camp as clean as they found it.

    • 26 May 2018
    • 5:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • 02 Jun 2018
    • 11:00 AM (UTC-06:00)
    • Selva Verde Lodge, Chilamate, Sarapiquí, Costa Rica, Central America
    • 29

    Breathing in Indra's Net:
    Immersion in the Web of Life


    Saturday May 26th to Saturday June 2nd, 2018
    $200 early bird discount until December 1st

    Join us for a full week-long silent retreat of ecological immersion with mindfulness and compassion practices, nature exploration, and the Buddhist roots of these practices in the Costa Rican rainforest. 

    Our hosts at Selva Verde Lodge have created a deeply peaceful eco-tourist inn interwoven into a 500 hectare primary forest reserve in central Costa Rica.

    Course details

    This residential retreat will be held mostly in silence and will include a series of gently guided mindfulness practices including sitting meditation, walking meditation, gentle yoga, and the body scan as well as immersive sitting, walking, and exploring in the rainforest. To explore the rainforest we will be working with local skilled naturalists to provide us with a deep immersion into the local ecosystem - including a night walk!

    Daily talks will be given by lead teacher Tim Burnett on both Buddhism and ecology. (Tim is a fully authorized mindfulness and Buddhist teacher AND holds degrees in biology and environmental studies. Tim formerly worked as a field botanist and environmental educator.)

    Buddhist Roots of Mindfulness Practice and Ecological Awareness

    The daily prepared talks in this retreat will focus on the wonderful metaphor of Indra's Net from the Mahayana Buddhist Huayen School. A powerful teaching on interconnectedness and ecology, the metaphor of Indra's Net is described by Buddhist scholar Stephen Mitchell, in his book The Enlightened Mind, as:

    "The Net of Indra is a profound and subtle metaphor for the structure of reality. Imagine a vast net; at each crossing point there is a jewel; each jewel is perfectly clear and reflects all the other jewels in the net, the way two mirrors placed opposite each other will reflect an image ad infinitum. The jewel in this metaphor stands for an individual being, or an individual consciousness, or a cell or an atom. Every jewel is intimately connected with all other jewels in the universe, and a change in one jewel means a change, however slight, in every other jewel."

    This central metaphor will be reflected in discussions of ecology as exemplified by the surrounding Central American rainforest and how we can apply these understandings to our own lives to in a happier, more resilient, and more compassionate way.


    Who is this Retreat For?

    This retreat will be highly relevant both to mindfulness and compassion students interested in deepening their practice and to naturalists and those who love the natural world who are interested in the benefits of meditation and how mindfulness and ecological thinking can be supported by Buddhist teachings. 

    Please note: although there will be discussions of Buddhism in the daily prepared talks, this is not a Buddhist retreat. The practices and format is in the universal ("secular" for want of a better term) language of the mindfulness and compassion development classes such as MBSR and MSC. 

    What is La Selva Lodge like?

    Raised walkways and lovely rooms in a rainforest garden adjacent to a primary (old growth) rainforest. Double occupancy accommodations and all meals will be included (single occupancy accommodations available with supplementary charge). The buffet style Costa Rican cuisine is varied and accommodating of a variety of dietary preferences and needs.

    Also included is transportation by coach from the San Jose, Costa Rica airport.

    Details on what to bring will be sent upon registration.

    Logistics and Itinerary

    Saturday May 26th at 5pm - Saturday June 2nd at 11am.
    On either Friday evening, May 25th, or Saturday morning May 26th, arrive at San Jose Airport, Costa Rica (note this is actually in the town of Alajuela).

    The retreat bus will pick you up at San Jose Airport at 3pm on Saturday May 26th and arrive at Selva Verde Lodge on the Sarapiquí River in north-central Costa Rica at about 5pm. You may also travel independently to Selva Verde Lodge.

    After check-in and dinner we will meet each other and get orientated. 

    Then we'll enjoy a silent mindfulness retreat through Saturday morning June 2nd. 

    Our days will include silent meditation, mindful walking, guided nature walks, talks on ecology and Buddhism, silent meals, and break times for rest and individual exploration.

    On Saturday June 2nd our final retreat event will be breakfast, and the bus back to the San Jose Airport will leave at 11am and arrive at the airport about 1pm. Book your flight home for 3pm or later.

    Extend your stay... Costa Rica Travel Suggestions

    Interested in further explorations? Selva Verde Lodge is itself an excellent area for birding and ecotourism and is near several other excellent areas. Come early or stay after the retreat at Selva Verde Lodge (please arrange directly with them) and book a birding tour at La Selva Biological Station (15 minutes drive from the lodge). You could also do additional birding tours at the Lodge.

    Interested in regular Costa Rican culture and/or Spanish language studies? The town of Heredia is 30 minutes from the airport and also has a stop on the commuter train into San Jose itself (note that the airport is in Alajuela, not San Jose proper). We recommend Hotel Hojarascas in Heredia - a delightful and affordable family run hotel. There are highly recommended Spanish language schools in Heredia as well.

    Interested in nature and seeing more of Costa Rica? Travel to one or more of these nearby nature hotspots:

    1) The Carribean coastal area of Tortuguero: see coastal bird and amphibian species, a flooded rainforest, sea turtles and many other species in a warm laid-back environment. About 3 hours drive plus a 1 hour boat ride from Selva Verde Lodge.

    2) The Arenal Volcano. The Volcano itself is impressive and many forest bird species can be seen. Nearby hot springs at La Fortuna are a delight as well. About 2 hours drive from Selva Verde Lodge.

    3) The Monte Verde Cloud forest, one of the most impressive cloud forest regions in the Americas. 3 hour drive on from Arenal Volcano. 

    Travel independently or arrange with an outfitter. For an outfitter we recommend Aratinga Tours. Please tell them you're part of the Mindfulness Northwest group.

    Prerequisites
    Before practicing for a full week we recommend that you have experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. You will want to have tasted mindfulness or meditation in teacher-led classes, retreats, or meditation centers. Contact us if you have questions about whether this retreat will be appropriate for you.

    Teacher Training and Development
    This course meets the prerequisites for those in the the Center for Mindfulness' Oasis training pathway. See the CFM website for more information. It meets CFM's requirement to attend an annual, silent, teacher-led retreat of at least 7 days for ongoing development and one of the 4 required retreats before certification as an MBSR teacher. This retreat also meets requirements for training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher which requires a 5-day silent retreat before beginning Teacher Training (see the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion website for details).

    Instructor

    Tim Burnett, Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest (and former botanist and environmental educator!).


    Cost
    $1600- $2600 [$1400 - $2400 early bird discount until December 1st] - using our sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). Plus an additional supplement if you desire a single occupancy room.

    An early bird discount of $200 is available until December 1st.

    Payment plans are available during registration (4 equal monthly payments; no financing fee). You may also choose to make only a deposit ($350) today and pay the rest of your registration fee by April 1st.

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.

    Registration
       REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Cancellation Policy
    A special cancellation policy (below) applies to this retreat. This policy supersedes our regular policy.

    • Before April 1st: full refunds (less a $30 non-refundable registration fee) are available
    • April 1st to April 20th: receive back 75% of your registration fee
    • April 21st to May 5th: receive back 50% of your registration fee
    • After May 5th: sorry, no refunds are possible
    • 14 Oct 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 21 Oct 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow, WA
    • 55

    The Roots of Mindfulness: a week of extended Mindfulness Practice

    The roots grow deep...


    Sunday October 14 - Sunday October 21

    Join us for a full week-long retreat of mindfulness practices in the style of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at a beautiful retreat site in the Skagit Valley (roughly 90 minutes north of Seattle). The retreat will be a deep exploration of the roots of mindfulness practice both experientially and through a series of talks on Buddhist teachings and connected ideas from philosophy, poetry, and the sciences.

    2017 Roots of Mindfulness Theme: TBD

    Course details
    This residential retreat will be held mostly in silence and will include a series of gently guided mindfulness practices including sitting meditation, walking meditation, gentle yoga, and the body scan. 


    This retreat will be highly relevant both to mindfulness students interested in deepening their practice and to teachers of mindfulness who would like to strengthen their background understanding of the Buddhist roots of MBSR.

    Simple accommodations (single occupancy in most cases) and all meals will be included.

    Details on what to bring will be sent upon registration.

    Round trip transportation will be available from SeaTac Airport (Seattle) to the retreat site for an additional fee.

    Schedule 

    October 14 - 21, 2018:
    Starts Sunday October 14th (3pm - 5pm check-in).
    Closes Sunday October 21st by noon after camp clean-up.

    Prerequisites
    Before practicing for a full week we recommend that you have experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. The retreat is designed firstly for graduates of the intensive 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class and should also be fine for those who have tasted mindfulness or meditation in teacher-led classes, retreats, or meditation centers. Contact us if you have questions about whether this retreat will be appropriate for you.

    Teacher Training and Development
    This course meets the prerequisites for those in the the Center for Mindfulness' Oasis training pathway. See the CFM website for more information. It meets CFM's requirement to attend an annual, silent, teacher-led retreat of at least 7 days for ongoing development and one of the 4 required retreats before certification as an MBSR teacher. This retreat also meets requirements for training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher which requires a 5-day silent retreat before beginning Teacher Training (see the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion website for details).

    Instructor

    • Rev. Tim Burnett, Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest

    Cost
    TDB.

    2017 cost: $890 - $1290 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). Plus an additional surcharge for some housing (see below).

    Payment plans and scholarships will be available.

    Registration
    Registration is not yet open but you may add yourself to our "interest list" to receive an email when the 2018 retreat details are finalized. Do that by Registering Online.

    Location
    Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Road, Bow, Washington. Instructions and details will be provided when you register. Samish is about 90 minutes north of Seattle and 30 minutes south of Bellingham.

    This beautiful campground maintained by the Community of Christ at the east end of Samish Island (accessible by road) offers stunning views, deep quiet, and simple accommodations. 

    It is not really an island - you can drive there.

    And it's not exactly a campground - there are simple rustic cabins and motel-like "e-cabins" available. RV and tent camping is also available.

    Directions and Transportation
    Directions and more information about Samish are available here.

    Round trip transportation from SeaTac Airport (Seattle) to Samish Island will be available for an additional fee.

    Note that there is no public transportation all the way to Samish Island.

    And see also the ride board for setting up ride shares.

    Housing
    Samish "Campground" does not require camping. There are two types of cabins: rustic cabins, which are simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's - they have heat, beds, and share 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.

    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 housing in the more modern e-cabins. A $50 surcharge is required for double occupancy in an e-cabin (with a single roommate), and a $100 surcharge is required for single occupancy.

    Consider helping us make e-cabins available to more people, and save $50, 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 housing options: rustic, e-cabin with double occupancy, e-cabin with single occupancy, or RV or camping.

     Rustic Cabins Exterior:  Rustic Cabin Interior:
     Samish rustic cabin  
     E-Cabin Exterior:  E-Cabin Interior:
       


    Expectations of Participants
    By signing up for this retreat you are agreeing to:

    1) Follow the Schedule - participate in the practice schedule as fully as possible. We allow alternate schedules and variations in the schedule due to health needs. This is a structured week of practice with a schedule of practices we will do together starting first thing in the morning. That structure is a powerful support for deepening our mindfulness practice.

    2) Do jobs and chores - do some chores around the camp. You will have the option of choosing an ongoing job or helping with cleaning and organizing at the end of the week. The Samish Island Campground is staffed by a small volunteer staff and costs are held low by asking the visiting group to leave the camp as clean as they found it.

Mindfulness Northwest, a 501c(3) Tax-Exempt Non-Profit registration@mindfulnessnorthwest.com  360-830-6439
214 N. Commercial St. #103, Bellingham, WA 98225


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