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The Roots of Mindfulness & Compassion 7-day Retreat 2021 (Skagit County, North of Seattle)

  • 10 Oct 2021
  • 5:00 PM
  • 17 Oct 2021
  • 2:00 PM
  • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Rd, Bow WA 98232
  • 12


(depends on selected options)

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


The Roots of Mindfulness & Compassion:
A week of extended Practice 90-minutes north of Seattle

Live, in-person event

Sunday evening October 10th, through Sunday mid-day October 17th

As we start to emerge from the pandemic, this year's retreat will emphasize both mindfulness and compassion. These two areas of practice deeply support each other. Mindfulness is knowing more fully and clearly what is happening moment after moment, and compassion training supports our natural ability to respond to the ups and downs of life with more kindness and understanding. 

Roots of Mindfulness & Compassion Theme: Practicing Together. The practices led, and the talks by Tim and Robin, will focus on the ways mindfulness and compassion support each other as we grow, learn, and transform through practicing together once again at retreat.

Course Details:
This residential retreat will be held mostly in silence and will include a series of gently guided mindfulness and self-compassion practices including sitting meditation, walking meditation, gentle yoga, the body scan, loving-kindness, and other compassion practices.

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

Details on what to bring will be sent upon registration.

For more information about our Residential Silent Retreats, click here.

Who this event is for:
This retreat will be highly relevant both to mindfulness and self-compassion students interested in deepening their practice. 

Before practicing for 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 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 retreat meets prerequisite requirements of a 5-day silent, guided retreat for the following teacher training programs:


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

Robin Boudette, PhD, Co-Teacher, Certified MBSR Instructor, www.mindfulnessforeveryone


October 10 - 17, 2021

  • Starts Sunday, October 10th with 4 - 5 PM check-in.
  • Closes Sunday, October 17th by 2 PM.

$890 - $1290
Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Food, lodging, and teachings are included in our all-inclusive registration fees. There is an additional surcharge ($50 - $100) for some lodging options (see below).

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


 Register Online 

COVID-19 Precautions:

We expect that all participants will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving at this event and that if any participant is experiencing symptoms consistent with Covid-19 that they will not attend this event. Should COVID-like symptoms begin during the event, we ask that you notify a training leader as soon as possible. For more information about our work with Samish Island Retreat Center to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please see this page

In addition, mask wearing in accordance with the current CDC guidelines and venue protocols - if more stringent - at the time of the event will be required. Please plan on bringing your masks.

If you have any questions about our COVID-19 policy please contact us at office@mindfulnessnorthwest.com or (360) 830-6439 ext 0.

Location and Directions:

Samish Island Campground 


There are two types of cabins: rustic cabins, which are simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's with heat, beds, and shared 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. Single occupancy is available in rustic cabins for all participants. Or, same-household participants can share a rustic cabin.

The 16 e-cabins are lighter, more modern, and may share a bathroom if both participants are from the same household. 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 neighbors.

A surcharge is required for lodging in the more modern e-cabins. 

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

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

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