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2021 Mindful Self-Compassion, Residential Training (Skagit County, North of Seattle)

  • 22 Oct 2021
  • 5:00 PM
  • 27 Oct 2021
  • 2:00 PM
  • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow WA 98232
  • 20


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • We strongly recommend that the commuter option only be considered by those living within a reliable 30-minute maximum travel time of the retreat site.


Our 5-day residential intensive form of
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
Live, in-person event

Friday evening October 22, through Wednesday mid-day October 27.
As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, we invite you to join us for five full days of training in Mindful Self-Compassion just 90 minutes north of Seattle. Designed especially for those who have found attending an 8-week class difficult to schedule, this 5-day residential intensive includes all of the content of our popular 8-week MSC program offered in a peaceful retreat setting.

Course details:

In MSC you will learn:

  • How to stop being so hard on yourself
  • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • How to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
  • How to transform difficult relations, both old and new
  • Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
  • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
  • tools to manage Caregiver fatigue
  • How to become your own best teacher

More info on Mindful Self-Compassion is available here.

See What to Expect at Residential Trainings for more information about our multi-day trainings.

Who this event is for: 
This adult training is open to the general public. Come join us!


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

Catherine Duffy: Certified MSC and Mindfulness Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest


October 22 - 27, 2021

  • Starts Friday, October 22 with 4 - 5 PM check-in.
  • Closes Wednesday, October 27, by 2 PM.
  • Morning and afternoon 3-hour classroom sessions daily.
  • Optional early morning meditation.
  • Flexible evenings to integrate the learning.

Note: This is not a silent meditation retreat but an interactive residential training which includes meditation and periods of silence.

Cost: $1350 - $720 Sliding Scale TuitionWe 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).

Commuting: Although commuter attendance is possible we highly encourage you to stay on site. This makes for a much more complete and valuable experience. We strongly recommend that the commuter option only be considered by those living within a reliable 30-minute maximum travel time of the retreat site.



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 training, 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:

Samish Campground keeps costs low by maintaining a small staff. When we are training there we help out with camp chores such as washing the dishes and cleaning the bathrooms. Everyone will be asked to do regular chores (within their abilities).

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

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