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Teacher Training Discernment Retreat

  • 1 Sep 2017
  • 5:00 PM
  • 4 Sep 2017
  • 2:00 PM
  • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow, WA
  • 28


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • If you have been admitted to the 2017-18 MTTP cohort there is no additional charge for the retreats but we need you to sign up to get the info on your dietary and housing preferences.

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Join the trainees in the 2017-18 Mindfulness Teacher Training Program (MTTP - details here) for the Opening Retreat of that program. This is a great way to find out if you'd like to participate in a future MTTP cohort or pursue other mindfulness teacher training.

ALSO sign up here if you are an enrolled MTTP Student in the 2017-18 cohort so we can collect everyone's dietary info and other information in one place for the camp staff.

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

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

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

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

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


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

$310 - $410 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). Plus scholarship donations and an additional surcharge for some housing options (see below).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Directions and Transportation
Directions and more information about Samish are available here. Note that there is no public transportation all the way to Samish Island. You may find our ride board helpful in setting up rideshares and carpools.

Samish "Campground" does not require camping. There are two types of cabins: rustic cabins, which are simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's - they have heat, beds, and share campground bathroom buildings; and e-cabins, which are modern motel-level buildings where two units share a bathroom.

The 40 rustic cabins are quieter and simpler but one must walk across the lawn to the bathrooms.

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

A surcharge is required for housing in the more modern e-cabins. A $25 surcharge is required for double occupancy in an e-cabin (with a single roommate), and a $50 surcharge is required for single occupancy. 

Consider helping us make e-cabins available to more people, and save $25, by requesting double occupancy. We will do our best to match you with a compatible roommate and to honor requests for roommates if you are coming to retreat with a friend.

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

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

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

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

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

Additional Notes:

  • Joining us for this retreat is a separate process from the application process for the MTTP - please see the MTTP Pages for details on our 9-month training in the fundamentals of teaching mindfulness.
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