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Mindful Self-Compassion 5-day Training Retreat (Seattle area)

  • 7 May 2017
  • 4:00 PM
  • 12 May 2017
  • 2:00 PM
  • Dumas Bay Centre, 3200 SW Dash Point Rd, Federal Way, WA 98023
  • 2


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • You must submit a scholarship application before registering.

Note that there is an additional charge for room & board for this retreat.

Our first 5-day MSC Intensive in the Pacific Northwest.
Transportation from SeaTac airport now available.

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

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

In this course, you will:

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

This program is an intensive skills training program. It is a condensed version of the eight-session, empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. MSC is an experiential journey - an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness - offering periods of instruction and periods of practice. Self-Compassion can be learned by anyone, even those of us who did not learn these skills as children. This program fulfills a prerequisite for becoming a MSC teacher.


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


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

Check-in Sunday 3pm - 5pm, leave after lunch on Friday at 2pm.

Cost & Registration:
Tuition for this intensive training retreat is sliding scale $590 - $860 (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). 

Note that room & board is an additional charge.

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

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

Room & Board:
The housing in this former convent is all single rooms costing $610 inclusive. The rooms are small but comfortable and most have en-suite bathrooms.

Although commuter attendance for $270 is possible we highly encourage you to stay on site. This makes for a much more complete and valuable experience. Please contact us before registering as a commuter so we can discuss the options with you.

Location & Transportation:
Dumas Bay Retreat Centre in Federal Way is a peaceful former convent on the Puget Sound and yet only a 30 minute drive from SeaTac airport.

For those flying in please see our shuttle service between SeaTac airport (Seattle) and the retreat site (separate sign up and fee).

Continuing Education Credits:
Continuing education credits are available in the following categories for an additional $30 charge. 

Psychologists: This program is sponsored by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 24.0 hours of credit.

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

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

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