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The Eastide: Upcoming Area Classes and Retreats

    • 24 Aug 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, Judge Voorhees Multi-Purpose Room, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd., Seattle WA 98199
    • 0
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    A silent day of continuous practice at
    Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center

                      

    During this day-long retreat we will be guided 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.

    Instructor Richard Johnson, PhD, Mindfulness Northwest Senior Instructor and Trained MSC Teacher qualified to teach MSC by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

    Cost: $55 - $100 Sliding Scale Tuition.

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


    Registration:

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

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    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.

    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.

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Notes for King County employees who are taking this course as part of the Balanced You program:

    1) King County employees are eligible for free tuition via the King County Balanced You program. To sign-up for this course, please email   BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov to request approval before registering on this website.

    2) If for any reason a King County employee cannot attend a course they are registered for, please immediately notify KCTraining@kingcounty.govCancellations must be received in writing at least five full business days prior to the start of the class. Registrants who cancel with less than five business days' notice or who fail to attend the class will be assessed a $100 cancellation fee.


    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

      See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.
    • 25 Aug 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 30 Aug 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Rd, Bow WA 98232
    • 16
    Register

    The Roots of Compassion: a 5-day Mindfulness & Compassion Practice Retreat
    90 minutes north of Seattle

    Sunday August 25 - Friday August 30

    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.


    2019 Roots of Compassion Theme: the compassion mind training slogans from the Indo-Tibetan tradition known as "lojong slogans" with an emphasis on the presentation of these ancient teachings in Norman Fischer's book Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong.  


    (It is not necessary to read this book but you may find it helpful to have read the introductory chapters. And note that we ask participants not to read during our silent retreats.)

    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.

    Schedule 

    August 25 - 30:
    Starts Sunday August 25th with 4 - 5 PM check-in.
    Closes Friday August 30th by 2 PM.

    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 to become Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teachers which requires both 5-day and 7-day retreats. See the CFM website for more information.

    Instructors

    Cost
    $590 - $790
    Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Food, lodging, and teachings are included in our all-inclusive registration fees. There is an additional surcharge ($50 - $100) for some lodging options (see below).

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

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

    Registration

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

    Location
    Samish Island Campground. 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.

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

    And see also our carpool service 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:
       


    Meals

    The hearty meals served at Samish Island Campground get rave reviews. All meals are included in the registration price (dinner on Sunday through lunch on Friday). We can accommodate nearly any dietary request - just let us know in the Comments field during registration.

    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.

    Our other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.
    Or to sign up for our MSC 5-day Residential Intensive Training Retreat in October click here.
    • 12 Sep 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island WA 98040
    • 13
    Register

    A Free Introduction to 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?

    This workshop will give you a taste of mindfulness training and is based on the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. MBSR has been shown to reduce chronic pain and boost the immune system; address painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimize emotional reactivity and promote well-being; increase flexible attention and sharpen mental focus. 

    Course details:
    This participatory, practical introductory class includes:

    • Definitions and benefits of mindfulness
    • A  helpful handout summarizing the benefits and practices of mindfulness
    • Body and breath awareness practices
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group discussion.
    • Suggestions on resources for ongoing practice and how to apply mindfulness at work.

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about the well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the U. Mass Medical Center which this course is based on.

    Instructor:
    Teresa Johnson, Mindfulness Northwest Instructor

    Location:

    Mercer Island Community Center, Burbank Room 104 

    Cost:
      Free

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


    Our other Classes, Workshops and Retreats

       See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.

    • 24 Sep 2019
    • 19 Nov 2019
    • 9 sessions
    • Online
    • 11
    Register

    Learn the healing art of mindfulness in this well-respected class.
    25 CE credits also available if you are a healthcare professional.


    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?

    Recent research shows Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) reduces chronic pain and boosts the immune system; addresses painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimizes emotional reactivity and promotes well-being; increases flexible attention and sharpens mental focus; and actually thickens grey matter in the areas of empathy and problem-solving. 

    Course details:
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a structured 8-week course on mindfulness that reduces stress, and promotes health 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 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about this well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Who this class is for:
    This adult class is open to the general public. Come join us!

    InstructorTim Burnett, Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest. Tim is certified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts.

    Location:  Offered Live Online.  

    Online Note: We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us. Broadband internet is required. This class is an interactive online class. All that is needed to participate is a device with a camera and microphone (like a smartphone, tablet or laptop). Simple and easy instructions will be provided and we will help you get set up smoothly. In addition, details on how to use Zoom will be sent with your registration. 

    Schedule:
    9 meetings: 8 regular class sessions and one Day of Mindfulness retreat day (see also  alternate in-person retreat day option below.)

    Cost$340 - $520 Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Payment plans are also available during registration (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee).

    The registration fee includes all nine meetings and instructional materials (a downloadable course manual and home practice CDs).

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

    Alternate Retreat Day Option
    Those living in the Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham or  Wenatchee areas (or willing to travel), may instead choose to attend an in-person Day of Mindfulness Retreat Day that is scheduled near or after the date of the scheduled online retreat. There is no additional fee charged for attending this alternative retreat.  

    To attend an alternate In-Person Day of Mindfulness Retreat Day:

    1. Register for the online MBSR course
    2. Find in-person retreats and dates  here.
    3. 
    Email us and let us know you've  enrolled in the MBSR online class and would like to attend an in-person retreat day. Please include the DATE and LOCATION
    4. We will register you for your alternative selection if space is available and send a confirmation email.

    Cancellation Policy:
    For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Notes for King County employees who are taking this course as part of the Balanced You program:

    1) King County employees are eligible for free tuition via the King County Balanced You program. To sign-up for this course, please email   BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov to request approval before registering on this website.

    2) If for any reason a King County employee cannot attend a course they are registered for, please immediately notify KCTraining@kingcounty.govCancellations must be received in writing at least five full business days prior to the start of the class. Registrants who cancel with less than five business days' notice or who fail to attend the class will be assessed a $100 cancellation fee.

    Continuing Education Credits

    Please note that this is a community class and all are welcome to join. This section provides the details for those choosing to request CE credits. CE credits are granted per class. If participants miss a class, those CE credits cannot be made up at a later date.  In addition, participants must be registered for this class by week two (2) in order to also register for CE credits.

    Up to 25 CE credits are available to class participants through our collaboration with International Seminars Group (ISG)For full details visit our CE credit information page.

    Target Audience:
    Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), Social Workers (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Registered Dietitians, and Nurses.

    For Mental Health Professionals:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education programs for psychologists.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of Certified Counselors, Washington State Board of Social Workers, and Washington State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists do not provide pre-approval for classes. These boards frequently accept courses from APA-approved sponsors.

    For Nurses:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing to provide continuing education programs for nurses.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of nursing does not provide pre-approval for classes.  This board frequently accepts courses approved by other state boards of nursing.

    More Details & Registration:
    For full details please visit our CE credit information page.

    Our Other Classes, Retreats, and Workshops

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.  Or to sign up for our MBSR 5-day Residential Intensive Training Retreat coming in August click here.
    • 25 Sep 2019
    • (PDT)
    • 20 Nov 2019
    • (PST)
    • 9 sessions
    • 308 4th Avenue South, Kirkland, WA 98033
    • 22
    Register

    Learn the healing art of mindfulness in this well-respected class.
    26 CE credits also available if you are a healthcare professional.

    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?

    Recent research shows Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) reduces chronic pain and boosts the immune system; addresses painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimizes emotional reactivity and promotes well-being; increases flexible attention and sharpens mental focus; and actually thickens grey matter in the areas of empathy and problem-solving. Happiness is a delightful by-product.

    Course details:
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a structured 8-week course on mindfulness that reduces stress, and promotes health 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 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about this well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Who this class is for:
    This adult class is open to the general public. Come join us!


    InstructorKaren Schwisow, E-RYT, Mindfulness Northwest Senior Instructor. Karen is certified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts.

    Schedule and Location:
    8 classroom sessions: Wednesdays, September 25 - November 20

    308 4th Avenue S
    Kirkland, WA 98033  
    (Special directions for building entry)

    All-Day Retreat, Saturday, November 2:

    Brightwater Environmental Education Center
    22505 State Route 9 SE
    Woodinville, WA 98072
    (map and directions)       

    Cost$340 - $520 Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

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

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

    Cancellation Policy:
    For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Continuing Education Credits

    Please note that this is a community class and all are welcome to join. This section provides the details for those choosing to request CE credits. CE credits are granted per class. If participants miss a class, those CE credits cannot be made up at a later date.  In addition, participants must be registered for this class by week two (2) in order to also register for CE credits.

    Up to 26 CE credits are available to class participants through our collaboration with International Seminars Group (ISG)For full details visit our CE credit information page.

    Target Audience:
    Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), Social Workers (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Registered Dietitians, and Nurses.

    For Mental Health Professionals:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education programs for psychologists.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of Certified Counselors, Washington State Board of Social Workers, and Washington State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists do not provide pre-approval for classes. These boards frequently accept courses from APA-approved sponsors.

    For Nurses:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing to provide continuing education programs for nurses.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of nursing does not provide pre-approval for classes.  This board frequently accepts courses approved by other state boards of nursing.

    More Details & Registration:
    For full details please visit our CE credit information page.



    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.  
    • 6 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 13 Oct 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Rd, Bow WA 98232
    • 32
    Register

    The Roots of Mindfulness: a week of extended Mindfulness Practice
    90 minutes north of Seattle

    Sunday evening October 6th, through Sunday mid-day October 13th

    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.

    2019 Roots of Mindfulness Theme: The Seven Factors of Awakening

    We will explore the relevance and deep nuance of this famous Buddhist list of mental factors that support depth, learning and growth in mindfulness practice just as they do in traditional Buddhist Training. There are many relevant texts if you are interested in doing some reading ahead (not necessary!). More details will be posted in this space.

    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.


    Schedule 

    October 6 - 13, 2019
    Starts Sunday, October 6th with 4 - 5 PM check-in.
    Closes Sunday, October 13th by 2 PM.

    Prerequisites
    Before practicing for a full week we recommend that you have experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. The retreat is designed first 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, Co-Teacher, Certified MBSR Instructor, www.mindfulnessforeveryone

    Cost
    $890 - $1290
    Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Food, lodging, and teachings are included in our all-inclusive registration fees. There is an additional surcharge ($15 - $30) for some lodging options (see below).

    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 Fund so that others without means can attend.

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

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

    Location
    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.

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

    And see also our carpooling service 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:
       


    Meals

    The hearty meals served at Samish Island Campground get rave reviews. All meals are included in the registration price. We can accommodate nearly any dietary request - just let us know in the Comments field during registration.

    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.

    Our other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

       See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.


    • 13 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 18 Oct 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow WA 98232
    • 16
    Register

    The 5-day residential intensive form of
    Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)


    Designed especially for those who have found attending an 8-week class difficult to schedule, this 5-day residential intensive includes all of the content of our popular 8-week program offered in a peaceful retreat setting.

    26 CE credits also available if you are a healthcare professional.

    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, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity.

    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
    • tools to manage Caregiver fatigue
    • How to become your own best teacher

    More info on Mindful Self-Compassion is available here:
                          Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

    Who this class is for: This adult class is open to the general public. Come join us!


    Schedule: 

    Starts Sunday 4 - 5 PM check-in.
    Closes Friday by 2 PM.

    Morning and afternoon 3-hour classroom sessions daily.
    Optional early morning meditation.
    Flexible evenings to integrate the learning.

    Note: this is not a silent meditation retreat but an interactive residential training which includes meditation and periods of silence.

    Instructors

    • Oori Silberstein Mindfulness Northwest Instructor and MSC Teacher

    • Megan Prager, Compassion Programs Director, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, Certified MSC Teacher.

    Cost
    $640 - $1060
    Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Food, lodging, and teachings are included in our all-inclusive registration fees. There is an additional surcharge ($50 - $100) for some lodging options (see below).

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

    Registration

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

    Location
    Samish Island Campground. 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.

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

    And see also our carpooling service for setting up ride shares.


    And it's not really 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.

    Accommodations

    There are two types of cabins: rustic cabins, which are simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's with heat, beds, and shared campground bathroom buildings; and e-cabins, which are modern motel-level buildings where two units share a bathroom.

    The 40 rustic cabins are quieter and simpler but one must walk across the lawn to the bathrooms. We can offer single or double occupancy in the rustic cabins to all participants.

    The 16 e-cabins are lighter, more modern, and share a bathroom. There can be more noise in e-cabins due to the sharing of the bathroom and we ask e-cabin residents to be very careful of the noise from doors and bathroom fixtures so as not to disturb their neighbor.

    A surcharge is required for lodging in the more modern e-cabins. 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:
       


    Meals

    The hearty meals served at Samish Island Campground get rave reviews. All meals are included in the registration price (dinner on Sunday through lunch on Friday). We can accommodate nearly any dietary request - just let us know in the Comments field during registration.

    Expectations of Participants

    Samish Campground keeps costs low by maintaining a small staff. When we are retreating there we help out with camp chores such as washing the dishes and cleaning the bathrooms. Everyone will be asked to do regular chores (within their abilities).



    Continuing Education Credits

    Please note that this is a community class and all are welcome to join. This section provides the details for those choosing to request CE credits. CE credits are granted per session. If participants miss a session, those CE credits cannot be made up at a later date.  

    Up to 26 CE credits are available to class participants through our collaboration with International Seminars Group. For full details visit our CE credit information page.

    Target Audience for Credits:
    Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), Social Workers (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Registered Dieticians, and Nurses.

    For mental health professionals:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education programs for psychologists.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of Certified Counselors, Washington State Board of Social Workers, and Washington State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists do not provide pre-approval for classes. These boards frequently accept courses from APA-approved sponsors.

    For nurses:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing to provide continuing education programs for nurses.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of nursing does not provide pre-approval for classes.  This board frequently accepts courses approved by other state boards of nursing.

    More Details & Registration:
    For full details please visit our CE credit information page.

    To register now for this 5-day Residential Training Register

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    • 2 Nov 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Brightwater Environmental Education Center, 22505 State Route 9 SE, Woodinville WA 98072
    • 14
    Register

    A silent day of continuous practice at the beautiful Brightwater Environmental Education Center.
      

    A silent day of continuous practice in Woodinville at the beautiful Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center. This new facility, situated on the edge of a hill with spacious views across the valley, is located roughly 20-25 minutes from Bellevue.

    During this day-long retreat, we will be guided 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 reinvigorate 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're welcome to inquire; and, for some, "jumping in" is a great way to start.                           

    Instructor:
    Karen Schwisow, E-RYT, Mindfulness Northwest Senior Teacher. Karen is certified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts.

    Catherine Duffy

    Mindfulness Northwest Instructor and MSC Trained Teacher with the Center for  Mindful Self-Compassion at the University of California at San Diego. 


    Cost: $55 - $100 Sliding Scale Tuition. Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

    Registration:

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

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Additional Course details:

    A day of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, and body awareness. Formal practices including body scan, mindful yoga, sitting and walking meditation, all 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).

    Please see the MBSR page to review details about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. This Day of Mindfulness 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 Univ. of Massachusetts. It has proven very effective in helping with many stress-related issues.

    Notes for King County employees who are taking this course as part of the Balanced You program:

    1) King County employees are eligible for free tuition via the King County Balanced You program. To sign-up for this course, please email   BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov to request approval before registering on this website.

    2) If for any reason a King County employee cannot attend a course they are registered for, please immediately notify KCTraining@kingcounty.govCancellations must be received in writing at least five full business days prior to the start of the class. Registrants who cancel with less than five business days' notice or who fail to attend the class will be assessed a $100 cancellation fee.


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    • 2 Nov 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, Judge Voorhees Multi-Purpose Room, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd., Seattle WA 98199
    • 7
    Register

    A silent day of continuous practice at
    Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center

                      

    During this day-long retreat we will be guided 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.

    Instructor Richard Johnson, PhD, Mindfulness Northwest Senior Instructor and Trained MSC Teacher qualified to teach MSC by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

    Cost: $55 - $100 Sliding Scale Tuition.

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


    Registration:

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

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    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.

    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.

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Notes for King County employees who are taking this course as part of the Balanced You program:

    1) King County employees are eligible for free tuition via the King County Balanced You program. To sign-up for this course, please email   BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov to request approval before registering on this website.

    2) If for any reason a King County employee cannot attend a course they are registered for, please immediately notify KCTraining@kingcounty.govCancellations must be received in writing at least five full business days prior to the start of the class. Registrants who cancel with less than five business days' notice or who fail to attend the class will be assessed a $100 cancellation fee.


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    • 3 Nov 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Semiahmoo County Park Cannery Lodge, 9261 Semiahmoo Pkwy, Blaine, WA 98230
    • 5
    Register

    A silent day of continuous practice at beautiful Semiahmoo

    A silent day of continuous practice at the gorgeous Semiahmoo County Park Cannery Lodge north of Bellingham - a very beautiful and peaceful location for practice on the spit surrounding Drayton Harbor, across from Blaine. We'll practice together inside their historic Cannery Lodge, with options for walking meditation and lunch break time outside on the water.


    During this day-long retreat we will be guided 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.

    Instructor:

    Tim Burnett, Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest. Tim is certified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts.

    Cost: $50 - $90 Sliding Scale Tuition. Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

    Registration:

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

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    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.

    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.

    Notes for King County employees who are taking this course as part of the Balanced You program:

    1) King County employees are eligible for free tuition via the King County Balanced You program. To sign-up for this course, please email   BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov to request approval before registering on this website.

    2) If for any reason a King County employee cannot attend a course they are registered for, please immediately notify KCTraining@kingcounty.govCancellations must be received in writing at least five full business days prior to the start of the class. Registrants who cancel with less than five business days' notice or who fail to attend the class will be assessed a $100 cancellation fee.


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    • 7 Nov 2019
    • 21 Nov 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St., Mercer Island, WA 98040
    • 22
    Register

    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 35-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.

    Instructor:
    Beth Glosten, MD, Certified Mindfulness Teacher through theMindfulness Northwest Teacher Training Program.

    Cost: $95-$145 Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

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

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

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Notes for King County employees who are taking this course as part of the Balanced You program:

    1) King County employees are eligible for free tuition via the King County Balanced You program. To sign-up for this course, please email   BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov to request approval before registering on this website.

    2) If for any reason a King County employee cannot attend a course they are registered for, please immediately notify KCTraining@kingcounty.govCancellations must be received in writing at least five full business days prior to the start of the class. Registrants who cancel with less than five business days' notice or who fail to attend the class will be assessed a $100 cancellation fee.


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    • 7 Nov 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Room 202, Seattle WA 98103
    • 17
    Register

    A Free Introduction to 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?

    This workshop will give you a taste of mindfulness training and is based on the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. MBSR has been shown to reduce chronic pain and boost the immune system; address painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimize emotional reactivity and promote well-being; increase flexible attention and sharpen mental focus. 

    Course details:
    This participatory, practical introductory class includes:

    • Definitions and benefits of mindfulness
    • A  helpful handout summarizing the benefits and practices of mindfulness
    • Body and breath awareness practices
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group discussion.
    • Suggestions on resources for ongoing practice and how to apply mindfulness at work.

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about the well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the U. Mass Medical Center which this course is based on.

    Instructor:
    Teresa Johnson, Mindfulness Northwest Instructor

    LocationGood Shepherd Center

    Cost:  Free

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


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    • 9 Nov 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • St. Mary-on-the-Lake Peace and Spirituality Center - Lakeview Room, 1663 Killarney Way, Bellevue WA 98004
    • 17
    Register

    A silent day of continuous practice at the beautiful St. Mary-on-the-Lake in Bellevue

     A silent day of continuous practice will take place at the beautiful Peace and Spirituality Center of St. Mary-on-the-Lake, on the shores of Lake Washington. This nine-acre site offers wooded paths, mountain views, a dock on the lake and spacious, modern rooms; we'll be well-cared-for and can relax into the pace and rhythm of this day of practice together.

    During this day-long retreat we will be guided 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 reinvigorate 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're welcome to inquire; and, for some, "jumping in" is a great way to start.

    Instructor: 

    Teresa Johnson, Mindfulness Northwest Instructor
     

    Cost: $55 - $100 Sliding Scale Tuition. Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

    Location:

    St. Mary-on-the-Lake
    Peace and Spirituality Center - Lakeview Room
    1663 Killarney Way
    Bellevue WA 98004

     (map and directions)

    Registration:

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

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Additional Course details:

    A day of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, and body awareness. Formal practices including body scan, mindful yoga, sitting and walking meditation, all 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).

    Please see the MBSR page to review details about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. This Day of Mindfulness 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 Univ. of Massachusetts. It has proven very effective in helping with many stress-related issues.

    Notes for King County employees who are taking this course as part of the Balanced You program:

    1) King County employees are eligible for free tuition via the King County Balanced You program. To sign-up for this course, please email   BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov to request approval before registering on this website.

    2) If for any reason a King County employee cannot attend a course they are registered for, please immediately notify KCTraining@kingcounty.govCancellations must be received in writing at least five full business days prior to the start of the class. Registrants who cancel with less than five business days' notice or who fail to attend the class will be assessed a $100 cancellation fee.


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    • 1 Dec 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Nalanda West, 3902 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
    • 30
    Register

    Mindful Relationships Workshop


          Neuroscience has proven what people intuitively know — human beings need connection: we’re neurologically wired for it and psychologically dependent on it to thrive. This innate need and capacity requires early, consistent experiences with attuned and secure parents in order to develop. Research tells us, however, that 45% of all adults in the U.S. have not experienced the kind of parenting that provides the foundation for the neurological patterning of lifelong feelings of safety, security, and well-being, the underpinnings of healthy adult relationships.    

        BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS. Recent neuroscience has also discovered that we can build new neural pathways, ones which lead to stable, meaningful, and happy relationships.  The skills which reflect this re-patterning are the same characteristics of people who experienced healthy, attuned childhood relationships and are present in people who practice mindfulness. These skills include:

    • Management of the body’s reactions
    • Regulation of fear reactivity
    • Emotional resilience
    • Response flexibility
    • Insight (self knowing)
    • Empathy and attunement - within self and with others
    • Perspective shift from “me” to “we”

    Course Details

    In this class, we explore these fundamentals of how to improve relationships with others - at home or at work - through mindful awareness and an open heart:

    • What it means to have a Mindful Heart
    • Getting to the root of relationship patterns such as blame, defensiveness, avoiding conflict, and shutting down 
    • Letting go of unhelpful narratives about ourselves, our partner, and our relationships
    • 6 mindfulness practices that nourish and sustain relationships
    • Practical benefits of mindfulness in relationships

    Also Included:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practice
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Guided audio files for home practice
    • A handout with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness


    Instructors: Richard and Teresa Johnson

    Cost: $30 - $60 Sliding Scale Tuition. Payment plans are also available during registration (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

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


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    • 11 Jan 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Peace & Spirituality Center, St. Mary-on-the-Lake, 1663 Killarney Way, Bellevue WA 98004
    • 23
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    A Day of Gratitude at beautiful St. Mary-on-the-Lake's
    Peace and Spirituality Center


    What if each morning we could put on a set of glasses to help us view the details of our day more often through a lens of wonder?

    Science is now revealing that practicing gratitude is a skill that can have positive effects on our health, moods and relationships. Put simply, it offers us the opportunity to approach life with new eyes.

    Please join us for a day of immersion in mindfulness practices, discussion, poetry and teachings which will invite the door of gratefulness in our hearts and minds to open wide.

    “And in every moment, in every action, we will feel the urge to say thank you, we will follow the urge to bow.”

    - From One Morning, by Rosemerry Trommer                         

    This event will take place at beautiful St. Mary-on-the-Lake's Peace & Spirituality Center, on the shores of Lake Washington. This nine-acre site offers wooded paths, mountain views, a dock on the lake and spacious, modern rooms; we'll be well-cared-for and can relax into the pace and rhythm of this day of practice together.

    Instructors: Richard and Teresa Johnson


    Cost: $80 - $120 Sliding Scale Tuition. Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

    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, sitting and walking meditation, all 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).


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    • 20 Jan 2020
    • 9 Mar 2020
    • 9 sessions
    • Online
    • 20
    Register

    Learn the healing art of mindfulness in this well-respected class.
    25 CE credits also available if you are a healthcare professional.


    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?

    Recent research shows Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) reduces chronic pain and boosts the immune system; addresses painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimizes emotional reactivity and promotes well-being; increases flexible attention and sharpens mental focus; and actually thickens grey matter in the areas of empathy and problem-solving. 

    Course details:
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a structured 8-week course on mindfulness that reduces stress, and promotes health 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 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about this well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Who this class is for:
    This adult class is open to the general public. Come join us!

    InstructorRichard Johnson, PhD, Mindfulness Northwest Senior Instructor and Trained MSC Teacher qualified to teach MSC by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

    Location:  Offered Live Online.  

    Online Note: We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us. Broadband internet is required. This class is an interactive online class. All that is needed to participate is a device with a camera and microphone (like a smartphone, tablet or laptop). Simple and easy instructions will be provided and we will help you get set up smoothly. In addition, details on how to use Zoom will be sent with your registration. 

    Schedule:
    9 meetings: 8 regular class sessions and one Day of Mindfulness retreat (see also alternate in-person retreat day option below.)

    Cost$340 - $520 Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Payment plans are also available during registration (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee).

    The registration fee includes all nine meetings and instructional materials (a downloadable course manual and home practice CDs).

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

    In-Person Retreat Day Option
    Those living in the Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham or  Wenatchee areas (or willing to travel), may instead choose to attend an in-person Day of Mindfulness Retreat Day that is scheduled near or after the date of the scheduled online retreat. There is no additional fee charged for attending this alternative retreat.  

    To attend an alternate In-Person Day of Mindfulness Retreat Day:

    1. Register for the online MBSR course
    2. Find in-person retreats and dates here.
    3. 
    Email us and let us know you've  enrolled in the MBSR online class and would like to attend an in-person retreat day. Please include the DATE and LOCATION
    4. We will register you for your alternative selection if space is available and send a confirmation email.

    Cancellation Policy:

    For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Notes for King County employees who are taking this course as part of the Balanced You program:

    1) King County employees are eligible for free tuition via the King County Balanced You program. To sign-up for this course, please email   BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov to request approval before registering on this website.

    2) If for any reason a King County employee cannot attend a course they are registered for, please immediately notify KCTraining@kingcounty.govCancellations must be received in writing at least five full business days prior to the start of the class. Registrants who cancel with less than five business days' notice or who fail to attend the class will be assessed a $100 cancellation fee.

    Continuing Education Credits

    Please note that this is a community class and all are welcome to join. This section provides the details for those choosing to request CE credits. CE credits are granted per class. If participants miss a class, those CE credits cannot be made up at a later date.  In addition, participants must be registered for this class by week two (2) in order to also register for CE credits.

    Up to 26 CE credits are available to class participants through our collaboration with International Seminars Group (ISG)For full details visit our CE credit information page.

    Target Audience:
    Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), Social Workers (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Registered Dietitians, and Nurses.

    For Mental Health Professionals:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education programs for psychologists.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of Certified Counselors, Washington State Board of Social Workers, and Washington State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists do not provide pre-approval for classes. These boards frequently accept courses from APA-approved sponsors.

    For Nurses:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing to provide continuing education programs for nurses.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of nursing does not provide pre-approval for classes.  This board frequently accepts courses approved by other state boards of nursing.

    More Details & Registration:
    For full details please visit our CE credit information page.

    Our Other Classes, Retreats, and Workshops

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.  Or to sign up for our MBSR 5-day Residential Intensive Training Retreat coming in August click here.
    • 21 Jan 2020
    • 10 Mar 2020
    • 9 sessions
    • Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St., Mercer Island, WA 98040
    • 28
    Register


    Our Mindful Self-Compassion 8-week training.


    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, 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.

    Instructor:  Catherine Duffy, Mindfulness Northwest Instructor and MSC Trained Teacher with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion at the University of California at San Diego.   

    Schedule and Location:

    Eight classroom sessions  at the following location:

    Mercer Island Community and Events Center 
    (map and directions)

    All-day Retreat (Saturday, February 29):

    St. Mary-on-the-Lake Peace and Spirituality Center - Lakeview Room, 1663 Killarney Way, Bellevue WA 98004

    (map and directions)

    Cost:
    $365-$555 Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

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

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

    Cancellation Policy:
    For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.


    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.

    Or to sign up for our MSC 5-day Residential Intensive Training Retreat in October click here.
    • 22 Jan 2020
    • (PST)
    • 11 Mar 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • 308 4th Avenue South, Kirkland, WA 98033
    • 28
    Register

    Learn the healing art of mindfulness in this well-respected class.
    26 CE credits also available if you are a healthcare professional.

    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?

    Recent research shows Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) reduces chronic pain and boosts the immune system; addresses painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimizes emotional reactivity and promotes well-being; increases flexible attention and sharpens mental focus; and actually thickens grey matter in the areas of empathy and problem-solving. Happiness is a delightful by-product.

    Course details:
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a structured 8-week course on mindfulness that reduces stress, and promotes health 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 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about this well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Who this class is for:
    This adult class is open to the general public. Come join us!

    Instructor
    Beth Glosten, MD, Certified Mindfulness Teacher through the 
    Mindfulness Northwest Teacher Training Program.

    Schedule and Location:
    8 classroom sessions: 

    308 4th Avenue S
    Kirkland, WA 98033  
    (Special directions for building entry)

    All-Day Retreat, Saturday, February 29:

    Brightwater Environmental Education Center
    22505 State Route 9 SE
    Woodinville, WA 98072
    (map and directions)       

    Cost$340 - $520 Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

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

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

    Cancellation Policy:
    For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Continuing Education Credits

    Please note that this is a community class and all are welcome to join. This section provides the details for those choosing to request CE credits. CE credits are granted per class. If participants miss a class, those CE credits cannot be made up at a later date.  In addition, participants must be registered for this class by week two (2) in order to also register for CE credits.

    Up to 26 CE credits are available to class participants through our collaboration with International Seminars Group (ISG)For full details visit our CE credit information page.

    Target Audience:
    Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), Social Workers (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Registered Dietitians, and Nurses.

    For Mental Health Professionals:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education programs for psychologists.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of Certified Counselors, Washington State Board of Social Workers, and Washington State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists do not provide pre-approval for classes. These boards frequently accept courses from APA-approved sponsors.

    For Nurses:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing to provide continuing education programs for nurses.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of nursing does not provide pre-approval for classes.  This board frequently accepts courses approved by other state boards of nursing.

    More Details & Registration:
    For full details please visit our CE credit information page.



    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.  
    • 25 Jan 2020
    • 14 Mar 2020
    • 9 sessions
    • Mercer Island Community & Event Center - Slater Room #105, 8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island WA 98040
    • 23
    Register

    Learn the healing art of mindfulness in this well-respected class.

    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?

    Recent research shows Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) reduces chronic pain and boosts the immune system; addresses painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimizes emotional reactivity and promotes well-being; increases flexible attention and sharpens mental focus; and actually thickens grey matter in the areas of empathy and problem-solving. 

    Course details:
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a structured 8-week course on mindfulness that reduces stress, and promotes health 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 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about this well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Instructor:
    Teresa Johnson, Mindfulness Northwest Instructor

    Schedule and Location:
    8 classroom sessions: 

    Mercer Island Community Center
    Slater Room #105 
    8236 SE 24th St
    Mercer Island, WA
    (map and directions)


    Retreat day: Saturday, February 29,  9 am - 4 pm

    Peace & Spirituality Center (Lakeview Room)
    St. Mary-on-the-Lake
    1663 Killarney Way
    Bellevue, WA 98004
    (map and directions)

    Cost:
    $340-$520 Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Payment plans are also available during registration (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee).

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


    Registration:

       REGISTER ONLINE

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

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.  Or to sign up for our MBSR 5-day Residential Intensive Training Retreat coming in August click here.

    • 29 Feb 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Brightwater Environmental Education Center, 22505 State Route 9 SE, Woodinville WA 98072
    • 17
    Register

    A silent day of continuous practice at the beautiful Brightwater Environmental Education Center.
      

    A silent day of continuous practice in Woodinville at the beautiful Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center. This new facility, situated on the edge of a hill with spacious views across the valley, is located roughly 20-25 minutes from Bellevue.

    During this day-long retreat, we will be guided 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 reinvigorate 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're welcome to inquire; and, for some, "jumping in" is a great way to start.                           

    InstructorsKaren Schwisow, E-RYT, Mindfulness Northwest Senior Instructor. Karen is certified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts.


    Beth Glosten, MD, Certified Mindfulness Teacher throughthe Mindfulness Northwest Teacher Training Program.



    Joe ArellanoCertified Mindfulness Teacher through the Mindfulness Northwest Teacher Training Program.

     

    Cost: $55 - $100 Sliding Scale Tuition. Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

    Registration:

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

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Additional Course details:

    A day of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, and body awareness. Formal practices including body scan, mindful yoga, sitting and walking meditation, all 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).

    Please see the MBSR page to review details about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. This Day of Mindfulness 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 Univ. of Massachusetts. It has proven very effective in helping with many stress-related issues.

    Notes for King County employees who are taking this course as part of the Balanced You program:

    1) King County employees are eligible for free tuition via the King County Balanced You program. To sign-up for this course, please email   BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov to request approval before registering on this website.

    2) If for any reason a King County employee cannot attend a course they are registered for, please immediately notify KCTraining@kingcounty.govCancellations must be received in writing at least five full business days prior to the start of the class. Registrants who cancel with less than five business days' notice or who fail to attend the class will be assessed a $100 cancellation fee.


    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

       See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.

    • 29 Feb 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • St. Mary-on-the-Lake Peace and Spirituality Center - Lakeview Room, 1663 Killarney Way, Bellevue WA 98004
    • 18
    Register

    A silent day of continuous practice at the beautiful St. Mary-on-the-Lake in Bellevue

     A silent day of continuous practice will take place at the beautiful Peace and Spirituality Center of St. Mary-on-the-Lake, on the shores of Lake Washington. This nine-acre site offers wooded paths, mountain views, a dock on the lake and spacious, modern rooms; we'll be well-cared-for and can relax into the pace and rhythm of this day of practice together.

    During this day-long retreat we will be guided 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 reinvigorate 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're welcome to inquire; and, for some, "jumping in" is a great way to start.

    Instructors: 

    Teresa Johnson, Mindfulness Northwest Instructor



    Catherine Duffy, Mindfulness Northwest Instructor and MSC Trained Teacher with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion at the University of California at San Diego.   
     


    Cost: $55 - $100 Sliding Scale Tuition. Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

    Location:

    St. Mary-on-the-Lake
    Peace and Spirituality Center - Lakeview Room
    1663 Killarney Way
    Bellevue WA 98004

     (map and directions)

    Registration:

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

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Additional Course details:

    A day of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, and body awareness. Formal practices including body scan, mindful yoga, sitting and walking meditation, all 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).

    Please see the MBSR page to review details about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. This Day of Mindfulness 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 Univ. of Massachusetts. It has proven very effective in helping with many stress-related issues.

    Notes for King County employees who are taking this course as part of the Balanced You program:

    1) King County employees are eligible for free tuition via the King County Balanced You program. To sign-up for this course, please email   BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov to request approval before registering on this website.

    2) If for any reason a King County employee cannot attend a course they are registered for, please immediately notify KCTraining@kingcounty.govCancellations must be received in writing at least five full business days prior to the start of the class. Registrants who cancel with less than five business days' notice or who fail to attend the class will be assessed a $100 cancellation fee.


    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

      See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.

    • 27 Mar 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • 29 Mar 2020
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow, WA 98232
    • 54

    - SAVE THE DATE - 

    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:  

    Starts Friday with 4pm - 5pm check-in.
    Closes on Sunday by 2pm after lunch and 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, Lead Teacher: Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest.




    Cost & Options

    Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Food, lodging, and teachings are included in our all-inclusive registration fees. There is an additional surcharge for some lodging options (see below).

    Note that there will also be an opportunity on-site and during registration to practice generosity by making a contribute to our Scholarship Fund so that others without means can attend.

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

    Registration

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

    Location
    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 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 are available here.

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

    And see also our carpooling site 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. 

    Consider helping us make e-cabins available to more people by requesting double occupancy. We will do our best to match you with a compatible roommate and to honor requests for roommates if you are coming to retreat with a friend.

    During the registration process, you may request one of these options: rustic, e-cabin with double occupancy, e-cabin with single occupancy, or RV or camping.

     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.

    Our other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

       See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.


    • 30 Aug 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • 4 Sep 2020
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Rd, Bow WA 98232
    • 56

    ~ SAVE THE DATE ~

    The Roots of Compassion: a 5-day Mindfulness & Compassion Practice Retreat
    90 minutes north of Seattle

    Sunday August 30 - Friday September 4

    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.


    Roots of Compassion 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, 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.

    Schedule 

    Starts Sunday with 4 - 5 PM check-in.
    Closes Friday by 2 PM.

    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 to become Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teachers which requires both 5-day and 7-day retreats. See the CFM website for more information.

    Instructors

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

    Cost
    Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Food, lodging, and teachings are included in our all-inclusive registration fees. There is an additional surcharge for some lodging options (see below).

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

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

    Registration

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

    Location
    Samish Island Campground. 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.

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

    And see also our carpool service 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. 

    Consider helping us make e-cabins available to more people by requesting double occupancy. We will do our best to match you with a compatible roommate and to honor requests for roommates if you are coming to retreat with a friend.

    During the registration process, you may request one of these options: rustic, e-cabin with double occupancy, e-cabin with single occupancy, or RV or camping.

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


    Meals

    The hearty meals served at Samish Island Campground get rave reviews. All meals are included in the registration price (dinner on Sunday through lunch on Friday). We can accommodate nearly any dietary request - just let us know in the Comments field during registration.

    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.

    Our other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

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    • 11 Oct 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • 18 Oct 2020
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Rd, Bow WA 98232
    • 56

    - SAVE THE DATE -

    The Roots of Mindfulness: a week of extended Mindfulness Practice
    90 minutes north of Seattle

    Sunday evening October 11th, through Sunday mid-day October 18th

    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.

    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.


    Schedule 

    Starts Sunday, with 4 - 5 PM check-in. Closes the following Sunday, by 2 PM.

    Prerequisites
    Before practicing for a full week we recommend that you have experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. The retreat is designed first 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, Lead Teacher: Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest


    Cost
    Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Food, lodging, and teachings are included in our all-inclusive registration fees. There is an additional surcharge for some lodging options (see below).

    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 Fund so that others without means can attend.

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

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

    Location
    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.

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

    And see also our carpooling service 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. 

    Consider helping us make e-cabins available to more people by requesting double occupancy. We will do our best to match you with a compatible roommate and to honor requests for roommates if you are coming to retreat with a friend.

    During the registration process, you may request one of these options: rustic, e-cabin with double occupancy, 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:
       


    Meals

    The hearty meals served at Samish Island Campground get rave reviews. All meals are included in the registration price. We can accommodate nearly any dietary request - just let us know in the Comments field during registration.

    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.

    Our other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

       See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.


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