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

  • 05 Aug 2018
  • 5:00 PM
  • 10 Aug 2018
  • 2:00 PM
  • Dumas Bay Centre, 3200 SW Dash Point Rd, Federal Way, WA 98023
  • 15


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

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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.

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 (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 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.

August 5 - 10, 2018:
Starts Sunday with 4pm - 5pm check-in.
Closes on Friday by 2pm after lunch.

$1400 - $1800 (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system) including tuition, room and board. 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
Are included with the registration free. The housing in this former convent is all single rooms. The rooms are small but comfortable and all have en-suite bathroom (half-bath).

Commuter Option: this is an intensive and immersive training and we highly recommend residential attendance to give you time and space to process and absorb this material. In some cases we will allow non-residential commuters who live close to Federal Way to attend. While this does reduce costs it does add challenge and potentially undermines the value of this week of training for your personal (and professional) development. Commuter options will be released on a space-available basis two months before the workshop begins. If you're interested in being added to a notification list for this commuter option, please contact us at office@mindfulnessnorthwest.com.

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 (Seattle-Tacoma International Airport - SEA).

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

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.

Recommended reading:

Other Retreats

Rainforest Retreat (7-day silent retreat)
May 26 - Jun 2. A 7-day mindfulness retreat in Costa Rica.

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.

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

Mindfulness Northwest, a 501c(3) Tax-Exempt Non-Profit    office@mindfulnessnorthwest.com    360-830-6439
214 N. Commercial St. #103, Bellingham, WA 98225

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