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2020 5-day Mindfulness Island Retreat (Orcas Island)

  • 5 May 2020
  • 3:00 PM
  • 10 May 2020
  • 11:00 AM
  • Indralaya Retreat Center, 360 Indralaya Rd, Eastsound WA 98245
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Join us for a 5-day Mindfulness Retreat on beautiful Orcas Island

Tuesday afternoon, May 5, through Sunday morning, May 10, 2020

Join us for a 5-day retreat of mindfulness practices in the style of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at Orcas Island's beautiful retreat site, Indralaya, in the San Juan Islands. 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.

Indralaya Retreat Theme: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

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 and all meals will be included.

Details on what to bring will be sent by Indralaya upon registration.

Starts Tuesday, with 3 PM check-in. Closes the following Sunday, with 11 AM check-out. Shuttle service from the ferry is available (details below).

Before practicing for a full 5-days we recommend that you have experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. The retreat is designed first 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.


Rev. Tim Burnett, Lead Teacher: Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest has been leading multi-day retreats in both the mindfulness and Zen Buddhist styles for many years. For these retreats Tim loves offering a universal ("secular") mindfulness retreat experience while also plumbing the depth of Buddhist texts and philosphy that form one of the deep roots of this work. Please see the Roots Talks section of our website for examples of Tim's teachings at these retreats.

Teresa JohnsonMindfulness Northwest Instructor. Teresa holds a BA in Secondary Education, and completed the Mindful Schools and Making Friends with Yourself trainings to teach mindfulness and mindful self-compassion to youth grades K-12 .  Teresa is a Certified Mindfulness teacher and working on her MBSR certification in the Mindfulness Northwest Teacher Training program.  Facilitating and witnessing inner growth brings her great joy, and she’s excited about the many opportunities to do this in her roles with Mindfulness Northwest.


Cost for this 5-day retreat including room, board, and instruction will range from $535 to $675 depending on housing. Work exchange scholarships will be available from Indralaya.

Registration for this event is done directly with Indralaya Retreat Center.  Click on this hyperlink to be redirected to Indralaya's registration page.


Instructions and details will be provided when you register with Indralaya Retreat Center. Indralaya is located on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington state.

This beautiful location, maintained by the Theosophical Society, is a 78-acre sanctuary  of forest, meadows, and trails along 3/4 of a mile of shoreline.  

Directions and more information about Indralaya Retreat Center are available here.

Note that there is no public transportation all the way to Indralaya Retreat Center. In addition, a ferry ride from Anacortes or from Friday Harbor/Sydney is needed in order to get to Indralaya. Plan your trip and make ferry reservations in advance if you plan to bring a vehicle: Ferry Schedule.

Indralaya Retreat Center Shuttle Service from Orcas Island Ferry Landing
Indralaya will offer a shuttle service from the Orcas Island ferry landing to the Retreat Center between the hours of 1:45 pm - 5 pm  on May 5th (the start-date of  this retreat).  In addition, shuttle service to the Orcas Island ferry landing also available before our noon check-out on May 10th. 

Indralaya's shuttle service only operates during these timeframes on the start and end dates of our retreat.

Need a ride or want to help others with transportation to the Anacortes  ferry dock or all the way to Indralaya? 
See our carpooling page for setting up ride shares.

Accommodations at Indralaya

Indralaya Retreat Center offers three types of cabins: Sleeping Cabins, Plumbing Cabins, and Round House.

Most cabins at Indralaya are Sleeping Cabins. These are simple, rustic, and warmed with wood burning stoves or electric heat. They share the use of a nearby bathhouse. Sleeping cabins vary in size and can accommodate an average of 2 - 4 guests.

Plumbing Cabins vary in size and amenities. There are seven of these cabins on site and all include a shower, sink, and toilet. A surcharge is required for lodging in the Plumbing cabins.

The Round House has seven sleeping rooms with shared use of 2.5 bathrooms and a common area with a kitchenette. Rooms are both double and single occupancy. A surcharge is required for lodging in the Round House.

Small RV or tent camping is also available.

During the registration process, you may request one of these options: Sleeping Cabin, Plumbing Cabin, Round House, or RV or tent camping. 

Sleeping Cabin: Plumbing Cabin:
 Round House: Small RV and Tent Camping:


The delicious vegetarian meals served at Indralaya Retreat Center are a reflection of their mission to honor and engage with nature in ways that cause the least harm, foster compassion, and encourage mindfulness in how we interact with the world. All meals are included in the registration price. 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) Participate in After Meal Chores and End-of-Retreat Clean-up - As members of the camp community, everyone is asked to participate in after-meal cleanup. Visitors are also asked to clean their own cabins at the end of each visit, preparing them for the next guest. Indralaya Retreat Center is maintained by a small volunteer staff and costs are held low by asking the visiting group to leave the facility as clean as they found it.


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