Upcoming Classes and Retreats in the Bellingham Area

    • 22 Apr 2018
    • 20 May 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • St. Joseph Hospital, Conference Room 5/6, 2901 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA
    • 10
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    A 14-credit CME mindfulness series in Bellingham for area medical professionals and therapists and their spouses or partners.


    The Physicians' Well-Being Network and Mindfulness Northwest are happy to continue to provide this program to enhance the health of regional healthcare professionals.

    Join us in an investigation of mindfulness from the inside out. Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals is based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). MBSR is the best researched mindfulness intervention with positive research indications for:

    • Reduced stress and anxiety while working
    • Reduced burnout
    • Improved communication and relationships with patients
    • Better patient outcomes
    • Improved communications and relationships with co-workers
    • Improved focus and creativity
    • Greater job satisfaction
    This Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals class was inspired by MBSR and offers a deep taste of mindfulness training in a shorter 5-week period.

    Eligibility:
    This course is for healthcare professionals and therapists (MD/DO/PA/NP/RN/LMHC/MHC/MSW, etc.) and their spouse or partner.

    Course details:
    Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals is a structured 5-week, 16 hour course on mindfulness that promotes stress reduction, health and well-being. This highly participatory, practical class includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Guided instruction in stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • A CD of meditations for home practice
    • a 50-page 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. Further details found below.

    This course has been offered to physicians, healthcare professionals and therapists at many regional medical centers since 2012 including UW Medicine, Evergreen Health, The Everett Clinic, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and the Skagit Valley Medical Center through the Northwest Washington Medical Society or co-sponsored with the Washington Physicians Health Program.

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

    Schedule:
    4 classroom sessions: Sunday evenings 6 pm - 8:30 pm, April 22nd, April 29th, May 6th, and May 20th (skipping May 13th).

    Extended session: Saturday May 12th , 10 am - 4 pm.

    Location:
    Classroom sessions:

    St. Joseph Hospital
    Conference Room 5/6 (the right side of room 5/6 as you leave the cafeteria)
    2901 Squalicum Parkway
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    (map and directions)

    Extended session (Saturday May 12th):

    Semiahmoo County Park (near Blaine)
    9261 Semiahmoo Pkwy
    Blaine, WA 98230
    (map and directions)

    Cost:
    $300.

    The fee includes all 5 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.

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

    Continuing Education:
    PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center is accredited by the Washington State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    PeaceHealth St. Joseph designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    This activity meets the criteria for up to 14 hours of Category I Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

    Category 1 CME credits are generally accepted on a 1:1 equivalency by nursing, social work, mental health counseling and other licensing authorities. Health care professionals are advised to check about equivalencies with their licensing authorities in advance.

    Disclosure: The Planning Committee, faculty and CME Committee of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center disclose no relevant commercial interest.

    Learning Objectives:
    After this education, learners should be able to:

    • 1.  Employ formal and informal mindfulness training techniques in preventive and responsive ways in high stress situations;
    • 2.  Identify the three primary components of burnout and implement mindfulness practices to reduce risk of burnout along these three axes;
    • 3.  Discuss with peers strategies for positive, mindful engagement in work and home situations which trigger stress response and unhelpful behaviors;
    • 4.  Identify helpful and unhelpful thought patterns, problem solving, emotional regulation, and meaning-focused coping strategies;
    • 5.  Show change in mindfulness, perceived stress, and burnout as shown in standardized measures administered pre and post.

    Additional Details:
    This course is based on the longer Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training which has been shown in numerous studies to:

    • increase immune system function
    • reduce anxiety
    • prevent relapse of depression
    • reduce negative emotions responding to stress
    • manage chronic pain
    • help manage chronic health conditions including high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, heart disease, asthma, GI distress, and skin disorders
    • provide an effective coping mechanism for short and long-term stressful situations
    • encourage growth in the brain areas associated with learning, memory, focus, attention, emotional regulation, and empathy
    • enhance compassion and altruism
    • with relationships and communication, parents reduce pregnancy-related anxiety
    • help professionals cope with stress, connect with patients, and reduce burnout-inducing negative emotions and anxiety.
    • help veterans and other sufferers of PTSD
    • with obesity - increase “mindfulness of eating”
    • provide an increase in general health and well-being through a focus on prevention and improved awareness of what's truly harmful and helpful

    This condensed Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals class includes much of the MBSR material, offering a deep taste of mindfulness in a shorter class.

    • 06 May 2018
    • 20 May 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Garden Street Methodist Church (Room B), 1326 N Garden St, Bellingham, WA
    • 16
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    Getting Started with Mindfulness and Compassion


    The practice of mindfulness helps us find the calm center in the storm of life. And the practice of compassion helps us warm our hearts and meet the calm and the chaos with more kindness and curiosity. Our 8-week classes go into these two topics in depth. This 3-week class can help you get a feeling for this rewarding work and help you choose your path forward. With three sessions, a manual, support for practice between classes, and a warm classroom community you'll get started in "the practice" in a solid way.

    Expect to learn:

    • What mindfulness is and how systematic training in being more present and aware benefits our mental and physical health
    • How mindfulness helps us be more aware of perceptions - and misperceptions!
    • What meditation is, and what it isn't
    • How mindfulness of the body grounds you and increases wise responses to stress
    • How compassion works and what distinguishes it from empathy on the one hand, and pity on the other
    • How mindfulness and compassion help to reduce burnout and caregiving fatigue
    • The difference between formal and informal mindfulness & compassion practices

    Expect to leave with:

    • A 20 page manual and access to helpful practice recordings
    • Daily life tools for pausing and bringing kindness to even the most challenging situations
    • New friends and comrades on "the path"
    • An understanding of how a meditation teacher and how meditation communities serve to support your growth

    We hope you'll join us in this accessible new Mindfulness Northwest class designed by our Executive Director Tim Burnett based on his 30 years of meditation experience and teaching hundreds of students mindfulness and compassion.

    Schedule:
    3 classroom sessions: Sunday afternoons 2:30 pm - 5 pm, May 6 - 20

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

    Location:
    Garden Street Methodist Church (Room B)
    1326 N Garden St
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    (map and directions)

    Cost:
    $85-$125 sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). 

    The fee includes all 3 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.

    • 12 May 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Semiahmoo County Park (Whatcom County), 9261 Semiahmoo Pkwy, Blaine, WA
    • 3
    Register

    A silent day of continuous practice at beautiful Semiahmoo.

    A silent day of continuous practice at the gorgeous Semiahmoo County Park north of Bellingham (near Blaine) led by Mindfulness Northwest guiding teacher 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.

    We will practice together inside their beautiful historic Cannery Lodge with options for walking meditation and lunch break time outside on the water.

    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:
    Saturday May 12th, 10 am - 4 pm (arrivals 9:30 - 10 am)

    Location:
    Semiahmoo County Park (Whatcom County) - a very beautiful and peaceful location for practice on the spit surrounding Drayton Harbor across from Blaine, WA. Directions and details about the location and what to bring are on our Semiahmoo Park page and will also be emailed to all participants.

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

    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 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:

    • Your lunch.
    • Layered clothing (including rain gear) as we often do walking meditation outside when possible.
    • A blanket for keeping warm during times of stillness or lying down.
    • An exercise or yoga mat if you have one.
    • A meditation cushion or bench if you prefer (there will also be chairs to use).
    • A commuter mug for tea if desired.

    This course will be taught by Mindfulness Northwest director and guiding teacher 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.


    Other Classes in the Area:

      See our full Upcoming Class Schedule.
    • 18 May 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Mount Baker Theatre’s Encore Room, 112 W Champion St, Bellingham, WA
    • 41
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    A Free Evening of Mindfulness Exploration
    with Tim Burnett at Mount Baker Theatre’s Encore Room.

    A Benefit for DVSAS

    Join local mindfulness practitioner Tim Burnett, Guiding Teacher and Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, for a hands-on exploration of mindfulness practice. We'll discuss the origins of mindfulness in contemporary science and ancient Buddhism, touch on stress physiology, and explore how mindfulness practices can help us engage in our relationship to experience, reducing stress and enhancing well-being. Simple practices of breathing and mindful movement will support our discussion as we explore mindfulness from the inside out.

    Mindfulness teacher Tim Burnett has been practicing meditation for 30 years. He is knowledgeable about mindfulness from its traditional Buddhist origins and into its contemporary applications in medicine and psychology. Tim is authorized to offer Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), and Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT). In 2011, Tim founded the local non-profit Mindfulness Northwest which offers classes, workshops and retreats in mindfulness and compassion from Bellingham to Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. Tim is also a fully authorized teacher of Soto Zen Buddhism.

    When: Friday May 18th, 7pm - 8:30pm
    Where: Mount Baker Theatre’s Encore Room, 112 W Champion St, Bellingham, WA
    Cost: Free. And donations for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County will be collected at the door and online. Help DVSAS serve victims of abuse and work to prevent sexual and domestic violence.

    Please register to RSVP so we have a count to set up the room. Registering also adds you to our email list to receive twice-a-month emails about mindfulness and compassion as well as information about our upcoming classes, retreats and workshops. You can easily unsubscribe at any time.

    • 26 May 2018
    • 8:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • 02 Jun 2018
    • 9:00 AM (UTC-06:00)
    • Selva Verde Lodge, Chilamate, Sarapiquí, Costa Rica, Central America
    • 12
    Register

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


    Saturday May 26th to Saturday June 2nd, 2018
    May 13th update: the shuttle times to and from the airport have been changed to allow more flights to connect gracefully.

    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 Selva Verde 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 8pm - Saturday June 2nd at 9am.

    We're offering a free shuttle to and from the retreat location (Selva Verde Lodge) and San Jose Airport, Costa Rica (note: the airport is actually in the town of Alajuela).

    The retreat bus will pick you up at San Jose Airport at 5pm on Saturday May 26th (flights arriving up to 3pm should be able to connect with our shuttle easily). We'll stop for dinner at a local restaurant en route and arrive at Selva Verde Lodge on the Sarapiquí River in north-central Costa Rica at about 8pm. You may also travel independently to Selva Verde Lodge.

    If you fly in on May 25th we recommend the Hotel Country Inn in Alajuela - a 10 minute taxi ride from the airport. The Inn can help you arrange a taxi back to the airport to meet the shuttle on Saturday.

    Note: the shuttle was originally listed as leaving at 3pm. It has been changed to 5pm to allow more flights to connect gracefully.

    After a brief check-in when we arrive at Selva Verde Lodge we'll meet each other and go to bed. We'll have optional meditation on Sunday morning, informal breakfast, and then get oriented to silent retreat. Silence will begin mid-morning on Sunday.

    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 9am and arrive at the airport about 11am. Book your flight home for 1pm or later.

    Note: the shuttle was originally listed as leaving Selva Verde Lodge for San Jose Airport at 11am; it has been changed to leave at 9am to allow you to connect to more outgoing flights if you are leaving immediately after the retreat.

    Airport Shuttle Info (revised)
    Let us know when registering (or by writing to office@mindfulnessnorthwest.com) if you would like to be on the outgoing or return shuttle to and from San Jose Airport and Selva Verde Lodge. Please also include your flight details.

    Outgoing Shuttle: leaves San Jose Airport at 5pm on Saturday March 26th, stopping for dinner en route, arriving at Selva Verde Lodge at approximately 8pm. Flights landing at San Jose up to 3pm should be able to connect with our shuttle easily. 

    Return Shuttle: leaves Selva Verde Lodge at 9am on Saturday June 2nd, arriving at San Jose Airport at approximately 11am. Flights for home leaving at 1pm or later should be able to connect.

    Finding the shuttle: simply exit the airport with everyone and look for the "Mindfulness La Selva Verde" sign - further details will be sent. Lead teacher Tim Burnett will also be on hand to help and will ride with you to Selva Verde Lodge.

    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).

    Instructors

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

    Cost
    $1600- $2600 - using our sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). Includes double occupancy room and all meals. Single occupancy rooms are available for an additional surcharge ($400).

    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.

    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
    • 01 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Chuckanut Mountain Recreation Area, near Bellingham, WA
    • 18
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    A silent day of hiking and nature contemplation.

    Joins us for the first Mindfulness Northwest mindful hike at a local treasure in the Chuckanut mountains.

    Enter the mountains in for a mindful discovery of trees, rocks, moss, birds, and sky. We'll hike silently and stop along the trail for sensory awareness exercises which will support us in deep immersion in nature.

    Being in nature can effortlessly bring us into the present moment to feel connected and alive. We spend so much of our lives on autopilot missing the beauty all around us. Nature has the ability to inspire us and provide insight into our lives. Mindfulness, being aware of the present moment with acceptance, heightens awareness of surroundings and enables us to be immersed in the environment without constant chatter and distraction. Give yourself the gift of being present, get grounded and uplifted as you open your mind and heart to the wonder and serenity of the landscape!

    We will descend from Cyrus Gates Overlook on the fabulous Rock Trail (trail info), joining the South Lost Lake Trail to come around the north end of Lost Lake and to it's hidden waterfall on the back (east) side. Lunch will be at the waterfall with expected return to the trailhead approximately 3 pm and back to Bellingham at approximately 4 pm.

    Our turn-around destination is the tallest waterfall in the Chuckanut Mountains. But it is hidden in such a way that many walk right by it. 

    The hike is approximately five miles with about 600 feet of elevation loss and gain (mostly on stairs).  Dress for the trail and for the weather.  Bring lunch and at least two liters of water.

    Carpooling: Those interested in carpooling can meet at 9 am at the Old Fairhaven Plaza parking lot (1800 32nd Street) next to I-5 exit 250 (across the street from the Shell Station). Those driving must have a Discover Pass. If you're running late that morning please text Tim at 360-223-0687 so we know to wait for you.

    Or Meet at the Trailhead: You can also meet us directly at the Cyrus Gates Overlook of Larabee State Park (on Chuckanut Drive, head just north of Larrabee Park to Highline Road. Take Highline Road to Cleator Road. Follow Cleator Road to the end and arrive at Cyrus Gates Overlook and the trailhead. High clearance vehicle recommended). 

    Schedule:
    Sunday July 1st, 9 am - 4 pm.

    Instructor:
    This course will be taught by Mindfulness Northwest director and guiding teacher Tim Burnett.

    Location:
    Lost Lake is a jewel within the Chuckanut Mountain Recreation Area / Larrabee State Park. A moderate 5 mile round-trip hike is required.

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

    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 by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Additional Course details:

    A day of hiking and contemplation in nature. 

    Please bring:

    1) a lunch and two liters of water

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

    3) sturdy walking shoes or boots.


    Other Classes in the Area:

      See our full Upcoming Class Schedule.
    • 05 Jul 2018
    • 19 Jul 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Bellingham Cruise Terminal (Conference Room B, upstairs), 355 Harris Avenue, Bellingham, WA
    • 26
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    Getting Started with Mindfulness and Compassion


    The practice of mindfulness helps us find the calm center in the storm of life. And the practice of compassion helps us warm our hearts and meet the calm and the chaos with more kindness and curiosity. Our 8-week classes go into these two topics in depth. This 3-week class can help you get a feeling for this rewarding work and help you choose your path forward. With three sessions, a manual, support for practice between classes, and a warm classroom community you'll get started in "the practice" in a solid way.

    Expect to learn:

    • What mindfulness is and how systematic training in being more present and aware benefits our mental and physical health
    • How mindfulness helps us be more aware of perceptions - and misperceptions!
    • What meditation is, and what it isn't
    • How mindfulness of the body grounds you and increases wise responses to stress
    • How compassion works and what distinguishes it from empathy on the one hand, and pity on the other
    • How mindfulness and compassion help to reduce burnout and caregiving fatigue
    • The difference between formal and informal mindfulness & compassion practices

    Expect to leave with:

    • A 20 page manual and access to helpful practice recordings
    • Daily life tools for pausing and bringing kindness to even the most challenging situations
    • New friends and comrades on "the path"
    • An understanding of how a meditation teacher and how meditation communities serve to support your growth

    We hope you'll join us in this accessible new Mindfulness Northwest class designed by our Executive Director Tim Burnett based on his 30 years of meditation experience and teaching hundreds of students mindfulness and compassion.

    Schedule:
    3 classroom sessions: Thursday evenings 6 pm - 8:30 pm, July 5 - 26 (skipping July 12)

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

    Location:
    Bellingham Cruise Terminal (Conference Room B, upstairs)
    355 Harris Avenue
    Bellingham, WA
    (map and directions)

    Cost:
    $85-$125 sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). 

    The fee includes all 3 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.


    Other Classes in the Area:

      See our full Upcoming Class Schedule.
    • 08 Jul 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Semiahmoo County Park (Whatcom County), 9261 Semiahmoo Pkwy, Blaine, WA
    • 9
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    A silent day of continuous practice at beautiful Semiahmoo

    A silent day of continuous practice at the gorgeous Semiahmoo County Park north of Bellingham (near Blaine) led by Mindfulness Northwest guiding teacher 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.

    We will practice together inside their beautiful historic Cannery Lodge with options for walking meditation and lunch break time outside on the water.

    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:
    Saturday July 8th, 10 am - 4 pm (arrivals 9:30 - 10 am)

    Location:
    Semiahmoo County Park (Whatcom County) - a very beautiful and peaceful location for practice on the spit surrounding Drayton Harbor across from Blaine, WA. Directions and details about the location and what to bring are on our Semiahmoo Park page and will also be emailed to all participants.

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

    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 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:

    • Your lunch.
    • Layered clothing (including rain gear) as we often do walking meditation outside when possible.
    • A blanket for keeping warm during times of stillness or lying down.
    • An exercise or yoga mat if you have one.
    • A meditation cushion or bench if you prefer (there will also be chairs to use).
    • A commuter mug for tea if desired.

    This course will be taught by Mindfulness Northwest director and guiding teacher 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.


    Other Classes in the Area:

      See our full Upcoming Class Schedule.
    • 05 Aug 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 10 Aug 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Dumas Bay Centre, 3200 SW Dash Point Rd, Federal Way, WA 98023
    • 9
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    Our annual 5-day MSC Intensive in the Pacific Northwest.
    Transportation from SeaTac airport is available.

    Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training teaches us how to develop the warm-hearted, connected presence we need during moments of difficulty. Self-compassion provides the emotional strength and resilience needed to offer ourselves the same kindness and understanding we would offer a good friend. With self-compassion we can motivate ourselves with encouragement, forgive ourselves when needed, face and befriend our shortcomings, care for others while caring for ourselves, and live more authentically. Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.

    And, self-compassion is a skill that can be learned and cultivated by anyone through Mindful Self-Compassion Training.

    In this course, you will:

    • Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
    • Learn how to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    • Learn how to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
    • Take a fresh look at challenging relationships, old and new
    • Learn tools to manage caregiver fatigue
    • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
    • Be able to teach simple self-compassion practices to others

    This program is an intensive skills training program (not a silent meditation retreat). It is a condensed version of the eight-session, empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff (and thus fulfills a prerequisite for becoming an MSC teacher). (Should you prefer a 5-day silent retreat incorporating elements of Mindful Self-Compassion, please see our Roots of Compassion retreat).

    MSC is an experiential journey - an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness - offering periods of instruction and periods of practice. Our full days include an optional morning meditation before breakfast, full 3-hour classroom sessions in the morning and afternoon, and some evening activities.

    Self-Compassion can be learned by anyone, even those of us who did not learn these skills as children.

    Instructors

    Tim Burnett, Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, Trained MSC Teacher, teacher of MBSR and Compassion Cultivation Training. More on Tim.

    &

    Michelle Becker, senior teacher and teacher trainer for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness, and licensed marriage and family therapist. More on Michelle.

    Schedule
    August 5 - 10, 2018:
    Starts Sunday with 4pm - 5pm check-in.
    Closes on Friday by 2pm after lunch.

    Cost
    Tuition for this intensive skills training program is sliding scale $775 - $1175 (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    Note that room & board is an additional charge (see below for more details). If you elect to stay on site (which we highly recommend) there is an additional charge of $625 for room & board, bringing the total retreat fee to $1400 - $1800.

    Each registration includes a $350 deposit that is non-refundable after July 5th, 2018.

    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.

    Room & Board
    The housing in this former convent is all single rooms costing $625 inclusive. The rooms are small but comfortable and have en-suite bathrooms. All meals are included (Sunday dinner through Friday lunch). Most dietary needs can be easily accommodated.

    Although commuter attendance is possible we highly encourage you to stay on site. This makes for a much more complete and valuable experience. Please contact us at office@mindfulnessnorthwest.com before registering as a commuter so we can discuss the options with you. The commuter option costs $275 all meals included (Sunday dinner through Friday lunch), or $110 for lunch only. Due to the terms of the venue, it is not possible to bring your own lunch unless there is a medical need.

    Location & Transportation
    Dumas Bay Retreat Centre in Federal Way is a peaceful former convent on the Puget Sound and yet only a 30 minute drive from SeaTac airport (Seattle-Tacoma International Airport - SEA).

    For those flying in please see the shuttle service we're offering between SeaTac airport (Seattle) and the retreat site (there is a separate sign-up and fee for this shuttle service).

    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.

    Recommended reading:

    Other Retreats

    Rainforest Retreat (7-day silent retreat)
    May 26 - Jun 2. A 7-day mindfulness retreat in Costa Rica.

    Roots of Compassion (5-day silent retreat)
    Aug 26 - 31. Incorporating elements of both Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Held north of Seattle.

    Compassion for Couples Retreat (weekend retreat)
    Sept 28 - 30. Utilizing the skills of mindfulness and compassion, this program teaches how to build a strong and healthy foundation for relationships, and provides skills to help navigate the difficulties that arise within us and between us.

    Roots of Mindfulness (7-day silent retreat)
    Oct 14 - 21. A 7-day mindfulness retreat held north of Seattle.

    OR see our full schedule of upcoming classes, workshops and retreats.
    • 26 Aug 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 31 Aug 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island, Skagit County, WA
    • 46
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    The Roots of Compassion: a 5-day Mindfulness & Compassion Practice Retreat
    90 minutes north of Seattle

    Sunday August 26 - Friday August 31

    Join us for a 5-day mindfulness and compassion retreat in the style of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at a beautiful retreat site on Samish Island in the Samish River delta of Skagit County in Washington state (roughly 90 minutes north of Seattle). The retreat will be a deep exploration of the roots of mindfulness and compassion practices, both experientially and through a series of talks on Buddhist teachings and connected ideas from philosophy, poetry, and the sciences.

    2018 Roots of Compassion Theme: The Four Divine Abodes (Brahma Viharas) of Buddhism. A traditional Buddhist list which is one of the few to feature compassion and puts it in a context with 3 other critical mental factors to be developed.

    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 compassion cultivation and loving kindness meditations.


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

    (Note: should you prefer a 5-day Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) skills training workshop - a condensed version of the eight-session, empirically-supported MSC training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff - please see our Mindful Self-Compassion 5-day Training.)

    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 

    August 26 - 31:
    Starts Sunday August 26th with 4pm - 5pm check-in.
    Closes Friday August 31st by 2pm.

    Prerequisites
    Before practicing for nearly 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 classes in Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 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 retreat 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). This course also meets the prerequisites for those in the the Center for Mindfulness' Oasis training pathway which requires both 5-day and 7-day retreats. See the CFM website for more information.

    Instructor

    • Rev. Tim Burnett, Teacher: Guiding Instructor and Executive Director at Mindfulness Northwest
    • Oori Silberstein, Assistant Teacher: Mindfulness Northwest Instructor and Trained MSC Teacher

    Cost
    $590 - $790 (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). Plus an additional surcharge ($50 - $100) for some housing options (see below).

    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.

    Location
    Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Road, Bow, Washington. Instructions and details will be provided when you register. Samish Island Campground is about 90 minutes north of Seattle and 40 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 (see "Accommodations", below, for more details). RV and tent camping is also available.

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

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

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

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

    Accommodations
    Samish Island "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 lodging 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 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.

    Other Retreats and Trainings

    Rainforest Retreat (7-day silent retreat)
    May 26 - Jun 2. A 7-day mindfulness retreat in Costa Rica.

    Mindful Self-Compassion 5-day Training (5-day skills training workshop)
    Aug 5 - 10. A condensed version of the eight-session, empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. 
    Held just south of Seattle.

    Compassion for Couples Retreat (weekend retreat)
    Sept 28 - 30. Utilizing the skills of mindfulness and compassion, this program teaches how to build a strong and healthy foundation for relationships, and provides skills to help navigate the difficulties that arise within us and between us.

    Roots of Mindfulness Retreat (7-day silent retreat)
    Oct 14 - 21. A 7-day mindfulness retreat held north of Seattle.

    OR see our full schedule of upcoming classes, workshops and retreats.

    • 31 Aug 2018
    • 02 Jun 2019
    • Bellingham area plus distance learning
    • 7
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    Apply for the 2018-19 cohort of the Mindfulness Northwest Mindfulness Teacher Training Program (MTTP).

    For program details and prerequisites please see our MTTP page and especially be certain you can attend all of the in-person retreats and seminars listed on the 2018-19 Key Dates page.

    Please note that this is an application, not a registration form. We will be selecting a maximum of 16 participants for this cohort.

    Key selection criteria:

    * Prior meditation / teaching experience

    * Applicable situation / plan for teaching mindfulness

    * Cohort diversity of backgrounds

    * Flexible, independent, learner

    * Team-oriented, "we first," orientation

    The MTTP is a significant commitment of time, energy, and funds. We are excited to be offering this intensive training and encourage you to review all materials before applying.

    You are also invited to speak with the lead instructor, and Mindfulness Northwest Director, Tim Burnett, if you have any questions about the program.

    The application process includes a brief interview. After receiving your application we will contact you about an in-person or video interview using the Zoom platform.

    Application Process:

    1) Fill out the application (click Register to begin).

    2) Ask a mentor, teacher, or colleague to send a letter of recommendation to office@mindfulnessnorthwest.com - please ask your reference to help us understand why this teacher training program is a good fit for you at this time.


    3) Upon receipt of application and letter of recommendation we will contact you to schedule an applicant interview.

    4) If you are selected for this year's cohort we will let you know and request that you finalize your enrollment by making a $500 tuition deposit.

    Note that we recommend writing your statements in a Word document and copy-pasting them into the application to ensure you don't lose your work as this is a web form and there is no Save feature until you complete the entire application.

       Begin the Application

    • 31 Aug 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 03 Sep 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island, 11633 Scott Road, Bow, WA
    • 44
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    Join the trainees in the 2018-19 Mindfulness Teacher Training Program (MTTP - details here) for the Opening Retreat of that program. This is a great way to find out if you'd like to participate in a future MTTP cohort or pursue other mindfulness teacher training.

    ALSO sign up here if you are an enrolled MTTP Student in the 2018-19 cohort so we can collect everyone's dietary info and other information in one place for the camp staff.

    We'll explore who we are as mindfulness practitioners and dive deeply into the aspiration to become teachers.

    There will be a mix of silent and led mindfulness training, exercises in values clarification and discernment, conversations and informal time to meet each other deeply.

    "Discernee" students at this retreat also will help to support the launch of the trainees as they begin their 9-month journey of discovery.

    The retreat will run Friday 5pm - Mon 2pm at this residential retreat space in the Skagit Valley (details below). Room, board and instruction is included in the registration fees (with a surcharge for some housing choices).

    Plan to be as fully present at the retreat as possible with business at home squared away, cell phone off, and other technology away.

    Instructor

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

    Cost
    $310 - $410 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 options (see below).

    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.

    Location
    Samish Island Campground. 11565 Scott Road, Bow, WA. Instructions and details will be provided when you register. Samish is about 90 minutes north of Seattle and 40 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 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. You may find our ride board helpful in setting up rideshares and carpools.

    Lodging
    Samish "Campground" does not require camping. There are two types of cabins available: 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 $25 surcharge is required for double occupancy in an e-cabin (with a single roommate), and a $50 surcharge is required for single occupancy.

    Consider helping us make e-cabins available to more people, and save $25, 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.

    You may request: rustic, e-cabin with double occupancy, or e-cabin with single occupancy in the registration process.

     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.

    Additional Notes:

    • Joining us for this retreat is a separate process from the application process for the MTTP - please see the MTTP Pages for details on our 9-month training in the fundamentals of teaching mindfulness.
    • 28 Sep 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 30 Sep 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Camp Burton, 9326 SW Bayview Dr, Vashon, WA
    • 24
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    As important as our relationships are, they are not always easy!

    Compassion for Couples (CfC) is a residential weekend retreat designed to help us meet ourselves and our partners with greater awareness and compassion. Utilizing the skills of mindfulness and compassion, this program teaches how to build a strong and healthy foundation for relationships, and provides skills to help navigate the difficulties that arise within us and between us.

    “We left the course feeling refreshed and re-invested in our commitment to our relationship, but perhaps more helpful than that is that we left with a bag full of practical tools to access on a daily basis in real life.”


    “I appreciate so much the foundation we learned in self-compassion. It was clear, simple to remember and immediately effective in changing my state. The course appealed to my best self, who really wants to love and accept my partner with compassion. I came away with concrete steps for doing just that, and enough practice that my body is reminding me of what I can do differently now! Many thanks, we were blessed to take part in Compassion for Couples!”

    Partners attend together and will learn to:

    • Be more present with each other
    • Identify shared values
    • Build a base of warmth, security, and connection
    • Communicate with kindness and compassion
    • Comfort themselves and their partner
    • Skillfully relate to their partner in times of difficulty
    • Gain a greater understanding of themselves, their partner, and shared relational patterns

    CfC builds on the skills developed in the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course. No prior experience with mindfulness or compassion is needed. If couples would like to familiarize themselves with MSC, consider reading Chris Germer’s The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion or Kristin Neff’s Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. Or taking the Mindful Self-Compassion course before or after Compassion for Couples.

    Overall Schedule

    September 28 - 30, 2018:
    Starts Friday with 4pm - 5pm check-in.
    Closes on Sunday after 12:30pm lunch.
    (Detailed schedule available below)

    Eligibility
    This program is designed for committed couples of all types who wish to deepen their compassion practice in service of strengthening a healthy relationship that supports partners in actualizing their dreams. It is not designed to be couples therapy, although compassion skills can be therapeutic.

    Instructors

    Tim Burnett, Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest, Certified teacher of Mindful Self-Copmpassion (MSC), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT). Tim is also a Zen Buddhist priest and has been in a committed relationship for 31 years.

    Michelle Becker, LMFT,  is the developer of the Compassion for Couples program and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Diego. Additionally, she is a certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT), and The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ programs and a senior teacher trainer, mentor, and co-founder of the teacher-training program in Mindful Self-Compassion. She teaches and speaks on the topics of compassion for self and others nationally and internationally. For more information on Michelle’s teaching and schedule please visit her website, www.wisecompassion.com.

    Cost
    $650 - $990 regular sliding scale (per person), includes tuition, room and board.  Paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system.

    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
    This course is for couples of every age, ability, and sexual orientation but our registration system is set up for people to register individually. One person in the couple may register both of you in one transaction (the second person being registered as a guest), or each person may register separately.

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

    Location
    Camp Burton
    9326 SW Bayview Dr, Vashon, Washington, is a beautiful retreat center on Vashon Island overlooking Quartermaster Harbor and backed by a large native forest. Camp Burton is roughly 1 ½ - 2 hours from both downtown Seattle and SeaTac airport, including a short ferry ride to the island.

    Note that ferries to Vashon Island can be accessed from Tacoma in the south (Point Defiance), West Seattle to the east (Fauntleroy) and the Kitsap Peninsula to the west (Southworth). West Seattle's Fauntleroy terminal is closest to SeaTac airport.

    https://goo.gl/maps/r21KahhajMx

    Room & Board
    Room and board is included with the registration fee. Each couple will have their own room with two single beds and an en-suite bathroom (shower + toilet + sink).


    Detailed Schedule

    Friday

    dinner 5:30pm - 6:30pm
    program 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    Saturday 

    breakfast 8:30am - 9:30am
    morning program 9:30am - 11:30am
    lunch 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    afternoon program 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    dinner 5:30pm - 6:30pm
    evening program 6:30pm - 9:00pm

    Sunday

    breakfast 8:30am - 9:30am
    (time for packing up)
    morning program 10:00am - 12:00pm
    lunch 12:30pm 


    Other Retreats and Trainings of Interest

    A condensed version of the eight-session Mindful Self-Compassion training.
    August 5 - 10.

    OR see our full schedule of upcoming classes, workshops and retreats.
    • 14 Oct 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 21 Oct 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Samish Island, Skagit County, WA
    • 50
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    The Roots of Mindfulness: a week of extended Mindfulness Practice
    90 minutes north of Seattle

    Sunday evening October 14th - Sunday mid-day October 21st

    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 on Samish Island in the Samish River delta of Skagit County in Washington state (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.

    2018 Roots of Mindfulness Theme: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness Sutra (Sattipatthana Sutta) - this central text for all mindfulness programs lays out the Buddha's vision of how to practice through body & breath awareness, awareness of feeling-tone and perception, understanding thoughts and emotions, and perceiving the deep patterns of our lives.

    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 14 - 21
    Starts Sunday October 14th with 4pm - 5pm check-in.
    Closes Sunday October 21st by noon.

    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

    Rev. Tim Burnett, Lead Teacher: Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest

    Robin Boudette, PhD, Certified MBSR Instructor, www.mindfulnessforeveryone

    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 ($50 - $100) for some lodging options (see below). Food, lodging, and teachings are included in this all-inclusive registration fee.

    Note that there will also be an opportunity on-site and during registration to practice generosity ("dana" in Buddhist ethics) by making a contribute to our scholarship funds so that others without means can attend. 

    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.

    Location
    Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Road, Bow, Washington. Instructions and details will be provided when you register. Samish Island Campground is about 90 minutes north of Seattle and 40 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 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 (see "Accommodations", below, for more details). RV and tent camping is also available.

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

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


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

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

    Accommodations

    Samish Island "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 lodging 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 options: rustic, e-cabin with double occupancy, or 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.

    Other Retreats and Trainings

    Rainforest Retreat (7-day silent retreat)
    May 26 - Jun 2. A 7-day mindfulness retreat in Costa Rica.

    Mindful Self-Compassion 5-day Training (5-day skills training workshop)
    Aug 5 - 10. A condensed version of the eight-session, empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. 
    Held just south of Seattle.

    Roots of Compassion (5-day silent retreat)
    Aug 26 - 31. Incorporating elements of both Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Held north of Seattle.

    OR see our full schedule of upcoming classes, workshops and retreats.

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