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

  • 5 Aug 2018
  • 5:00 PM
  • 10 Aug 2018
  • 2:00 PM
  • Dumas Bay Centre, 3200 SW Dash Point Rd, Federal Way, WA 98023
  • 5


(depends on selected options)

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

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training teaches us how to develop the warm-hearted, connected presence we need during moments of difficulty. Self-compassion provides the emotional strength and resilience needed to offer ourselves the same kindness and understanding we would offer a good friend.

With self-compassion we can motivate ourselves with encouragement, forgive ourselves when needed, face and befriend our shortcomings, care for others while caring for ourselves, and live more authentically. Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.

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

Sunset at Dumas Bay Centre

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
Gazebo at Dumas Bay Centre

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

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

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


Tim Burnett, Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest. Certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT).

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

August 5 - 10, 2018:
Starts Sunday with 4 - 5 PM check-in.
Closes on Friday by 2 PM after lunch.
Our 2018 daily schedule is not yet finalized, but it should be similar to our 2017 schedule.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Although commuter attendance is possible we highly encourage you to stay on site. This makes for a much more complete and valuable experience. We strongly recommend that the commuter option only be considered by those living within a reliable 30-minute maximum travel time of the retreat site.

The commuter option costs $275 all meals included (Sunday dinner through Friday lunch), or $110 for lunch only. Due to the terms of the venue, it is not possible to bring your own lunch unless there is a medical need.

Our 2018 daily schedule is not yet finalized, but it should be similar to our 2017 schedule and would require commuters to be present for the following sessions:

Sunday: 7:30 PM - 9 PM
Monday to Thursday: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 9:30 AM - noon

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

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

And see also our carpool site for setting up ride shares.

Main Building

Continuing Education Credits:
Continuing education credits are available in the following categories for an additional $40 charge. 

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

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

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

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Other Retreats

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

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

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

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