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Roots of Mindfulness 7-day Retreat 2018 (Skagit County, North of Seattle)

  • 14 Oct 2018
  • 5:00 PM
  • 21 Oct 2018
  • 12:00 PM
  • Samish Island, Skagit County, WA
  • 23


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • For alumni of our Mindfulness Teacher Training Program (MTTP).
  • For those admitted to the 2018-19 MTTP cohort.

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The Roots of Mindfulness: a week of extended Mindfulness Practice
90 minutes north of Seattle

Sunday evening October 14th - Sunday mid-day October 21st

Join us for a full week-long retreat of mindfulness practices in the style of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at a beautiful retreat site on Samish Island in the Samish River delta of Skagit County in Washington state (roughly 90 minutes north of Seattle). The retreat will be a deep exploration of the roots of mindfulness practice both experientially and through a series of talks on Buddhist teachings and connected ideas from philosophy, poetry, and the sciences.

2018 Roots of Mindfulness Theme: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness Sutra (Sattipatthana Sutta) - this central text for all mindfulness programs lays out the Buddha's vision of how to practice through body & breath awareness, awareness of feeling-tone and perception, understanding thoughts and emotions, and perceiving the deep patterns of our lives.

Course Details
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.

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.

Simple accommodations (single occupancy in most cases) and all meals will be included.

Details on what to bring will be sent upon registration.

Round trip transportation from SeaTac Airport (Seattle) to the retreat site is available with our shuttle service (register separately).


October 14 - 21
Starts Sunday October 14th with 4 - 5 PM check-in.
Closes Sunday October 21st by noon.

Before practicing for a full week 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.

Teacher Training and Development
This course meets the prerequisites for those in the the Center for Mindfulness' Oasis training pathway. See the CFM website for more information. It meets CFM's requirement to attend an annual, silent, teacher-led retreat of at least 7 days for ongoing development and one of the 4 required retreats before certification as an MBSR teacher. This retreat also meets requirements for training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher which requires a 5-day silent retreat before beginning Teacher Training (see the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion website for details).


Rev. Tim Burnett, Lead Teacher: Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest

Robin Boudette, PhD, Certified MBSR Instructor, www.mindfulnessforeveryone

$890 - $1290 regular sliding scale fee (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). Plus an additional surcharge ($50 - $100) for some lodging options (see below). Food, lodging, and teachings are included in this all-inclusive registration fee.

Note that there will also be an opportunity on-site and during registration to practice generosity ("dana" in Buddhist ethics) by making a contribute to our Scholarship Fund so that others without means can attend.

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.

Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Road, Bow, Washington. Instructions and details will be provided when you register. Samish Island Campground is about 90 minutes north of Seattle and 40 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 (see "Accommodations", below, for more details). RV and tent camping is also available.

Directions and Transportation
Directions and more information about Samish Island Campground are available here.

Round trip transportation from SeaTac Airport (Seattle) to the retreat site is available with our shuttle service (register separately).

Note that there is no public transportation all the way to Samish Island.

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


Samish Island "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 lodging in the more modern e-cabins. A $50 surcharge is required for double occupancy in an e-cabin (with a single roommate), and a $100 surcharge is required for single occupancy.

Consider helping us make e-cabins available to more people, and save $50, 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.

During the registration process, you may request one of these options: rustic, e-cabin with double occupancy, or e-cabin with single occupancy, or RV or camping.

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


The hearty meals served at Samish Island Campground get rave reviews. All meals are included in the registration price (dinner on Sunday October 14th through breakfast on Sunday October 21st). We can accommodate nearly any dietary request - just let us know in the Comments field during registration.

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.

Other Retreats and Trainings

Mindful Self-Compassion 5-day Training (5-day skills training workshop)
Aug 5 - 10. A condensed version of the eight-session, empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. 
Held just south of Seattle.

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.

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

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