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2021 Spring Renewal 5-day Retreat (Live Online)

  • 12 May 2021
  • 3:00 PM
  • 17 May 2021
  • 11:00 AM
  • Live Online (Pacific Time)
  • 50


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:


Spring Renewal Retreat
A 5-day Silent Mindfulness Retreat
Wednesday afternoon, May 12, through Monday morning, May 17, 2021

Join us for a 5-day retreat of mindfulness practices in the style of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Live Online in the comfort of your own home. 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.

Spring Renewal Retreat Theme: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

In this retreat we'll emphasize practices and teachings from the contemplative traditions around renewal and change. This retreat is a part of our Roots of Mindfulness series. For several years lead teacher Tim Burnett has been drawing on his knowledge of traditional Buddhist teachings and bringing forward elements from this valuable source tradition of modern mindfulness in accessible ways that apply to our 21st century contemporary lives.

Notes from Online Retreat Participants

"I was surprised and delighted by how easily a sense of community developed in the online format."

"I learned that a retreat isn’t really about going away. It’s about giving permission and time and space to just practice."

"This format pushed me to establish a space for daily practice that works!"

"I never expected an online retreat to compare with live, but I got so much deep practice and insights."

"I felt deep relaxation which is important during these trying times."

Read complete participant reports.

Course details:

This Live Online 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.

The daily schedule allows an integration of committed meditation practice, teachings, and your life at home.

We will be away from the screen for most of the afternoon.

We have found this format leads to an engagement with this work that is both deep and realistic.

We aren't simply "moving" our retreat from in-person to Zoom. Rather we have reinvented a home-based retreat. Students report that the format is nourishing and supportive, especially during this difficult time.

Who this event is for:

  • Students of mindfulness and compassion interested in deepening their practice
  • Teachers who'd like to strengthen their understanding of the Buddhist roots of contemporary mindfulness
  • Adults age 18 and over

Getting ready for a multi-day online retreat:

You will need a quiet room or corner (headphones can help) for our periods of formal practice. You can do our integrated online retreats at home or you could consider booking yourself a stay somewhere for a personal retreat. Both work well.

Our online "retreats" are not so much retreats in terms of getting away from it all but an opportunity to integrate committed mindfulness practice into your life at home. It will be a time to explore seeing everything in life as part of the retreat - an opportunity to show up with awareness, acceptance and kindness to every moment of the day whether it's during meditation with Zoom, helping your children, exercising, handling essential work tasks, or if you need to run an errand.

More on our online retreats, including reports from past participants.


Before practicing for nearly a full week we recommend that you have experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. The retreat is designed first for graduates of the intensive 8-week classes in Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 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 retreat meets prerequisite requirements of a 5-day silent, guided retreat for the following teacher training programs:


Rev. Tim Burnett, Mindfulness Northwest Executive Director and Guiding Teacher.

Teresa JohnsonMindfulness Northwest Instructor.

Location: Offered Live Online.

We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us.


Our online retreat days will run from 7:00 am Pacific time until 8:30 pm with breaks for meals and an ample open period in the middle of the day which can be used for more formal practice on your own, exercise, personal care, or any necessary home or work business that must be attended to.

Starts Wednesday, May 12, at 3 PM.

Closes Monday, May 17, at 11 AM.

Cost: $610 - $325 Sliding Scale Tuition.

We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. We can only offer limited quantities of scholarship tuition so please register early.

Note that there will also be an opportunity during registration to practice generosity by making a contribution to our Accessibility Fund so that others without means can attend.

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

Registration:  REGISTER ONLINE

With registration, you will also receive information about how to connect to this Online Zoom Event.

Cancellation Policy:
For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

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