"The Roots of Mindfulness"
A week of extended Mindfulness Practice.
5pm Friday November 6th - 3pm Friday November 13th
(Note date change: originally advertised as Nov 1-8)
Join us for a full week long retreat of mindfulness practices in the style of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at a beautiful retreat site in the Skagit Valley. The retreat will be a deep exploration of the roots of mindfulness practice both experientially and through a series of talks on the Mindfulness Sutra (Satipatthana) of Buddhism.
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.
Daily talks will be offered on the Mindfulness Sutra (Satipatthana). This early Buddhist text lays out a series of practices and insights into the four foundations of mindfulness which serve as the basis for the MBSR curriculum.
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.
This retreat also meets the requirements from the Center for Mindfulness in Healthcare, Medicine and Society for MBSR teachers to attend an annual, silent, teacher-led retreat of at least 7 days.
Please contact us if you are uncertain about attending this retreat.
Simple accommodations (single occupancy in most cases) and all meals will be included.
Details on what to bring will be sent upon registration.
Schedule Arrive Friday November 6th between 4pm and 5pm.
Leave Friday November 13th at about 3pm after we complete camp cleanup.
Before practicing for a full week of we recommend that you have experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. The retreat is designed firstly for graduates of the intensive 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class and should also be fine for those who have tasted mindfulness or meditation in teacher-led classes, retreats, or meditation centers. Contact us if you have questions about whether this retreat will be appropriate for you.
||Tim Burnett, Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, Senior Mindfulness Teacher, and Soto Zen Buddhist priest and teacher.
||Jonas Batt, MA LMHC, is an experienced MBSR teacher, yoga instructor, and therapist. Jonas is deeply influenced by the American Vipassana tradition and Joseph Goldstein's teaching on the four foundations of mindfulness.
$590 - $790 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system)
We are studying the possibility of offering military veteran scholarships for this longer retreat. Please let us know if you are a vet and interested in this retreat.
Our funding for scholarships is from donations! Please consider making a donation to the Military Veteran's Scholarship Fund.
Samish Island Campground. 11565 Scott Road, Bow Washington. Instructions and details will be provided when you register. Samish is about 1 and half hours drive from Seattle, and 30 minutes from Bellingham.
This beautiful campground maintained by the Community of Christ at the east end of Samish Island (accessible by road) offers a stunning views, deep quiet, and simple accommodations.
It is not really an island, you can drive there.
And it's not exactly a campground, there are simple rustic cabins and motel-like "e-cabins" available. RV and tent camping is also available.
Directions and more information about Samish available here. Note that there is no public transportation all the way to Samish Island. Please see the ride board for help.
Samish "Campground" does not require camping. Housing is individual cabins (single occupancy unless double is requested). There are two types: rustic cabins are simply plywood cabins built in the 1950's they have heat, beds, and share campground bathroom buildings. e-cabins 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 $50 surcharge is required for housing in the more modern e-cabins. This surcharge can be waived in cases of need from disability, or age, or for military veterans on scholarships.
You may request an e-cabin in the registration process.
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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 be assigned an ongoing job or requested to help with cleaning and organizing at the end of the weekend. 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.
3) Consider making a teacher donation - an on-site opportunity to make a separate donation to the teachers (sometimes called "dana" from the Buddhist tradition around generosity).
Unlike our classes and other events we choose to keep the fees low and the retreat accessible by not paying salary to the teachers. Please consider supporting our teachers with an additional donation if possible.
This additional donation done on site is kept separate from retreat finances.