Give Back to Your Heart: A Self-Compassion Retreat
February 17 (Saturday)

Give Back to Your Heart: A Self-Compassion Retreat

In person in Blaine (Semiahmoo)

1-day retreat

The crossed legs and balanced hands of a person sitting on a purple yoga mat.

Give your heart the gift of rest, quiet and care ​​– Immerse yourself in mindfulness and self-compassion during this day-long silent retreat. Together, we’ll explore the practices of mindful self-compassion with a guided sequence of meditation-based practices including: loving-kindness meditation, compassionate meditations and visualization practices, the body scan, walking meditation and sensory awareness, and gentle mindful yoga.

Through this peaceful day of practice, we’ll experience the gentle embrace of self-love and the transformative power of compassion for ourselves from within.


Love after Love by Derek Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.



Saturday, February 17, 2024

9am – 4pm PST


Tim Burnett


Semiahmoo County Park Cannery Lodge (Whatcom County)

View of the orange sun setting over the calm Salish sea from Semiahmoo


$55 - $90 (or $14 – $23/month)

  • Sliding scale: Choose what’s right for you.
  • Payment plan option: 4-months, no-interest.
  • Limited scholarships available: No need to apply; just choose a scholarship tuition during registration.

About One Day Retreats

Our One Day Retreats are an immersion into silent, continuous, teacher-led practice. During this day of practice, we'll ask you to be as quiet as possible and let go of entertainments and distractions for the day.

One Day Retreats are included in our 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion courses and offered for stand-alone sign up in the Retreats section of our website.

Everyone with some experience of mindfulness and meditation is welcome to try a One Day Retreat. It can be a powerful and important way to explore mindfulness and compassion more deeply. If you are totally new to meditation, this day may be a challenge; however, all are welcome. For some, "jumping in" is a great way to start.

Whether online or in-person, you will be guided in a sequence of meditation and mindfulness practices including: sitting meditation, the body scan, walking meditation (indoors and out!), gentle mindful yoga, and contemplative practices like the loving-kindness meditation.

In-Person Retreats:

A great virtue of in-person retreats is the possibilities that emerge from taking a quiet day totally away from your usual routine and environment. Plus we've found some lovely sites to host our retreats. Be sure to bring your lunch, a blanket, and yoga mat and/or meditation cushion if you have one. We are able to bring some extra yoga / meditation gear to share, and all of our retreat sites have comfortable chairs for sitting.

Online Retreats:

Online retreats are rich opportunity to integrate sustained mindfulness practice into your "regular" life at home. We do recommend having a conversation with the occupants of your home. While it's not reasonable to expect roommates, spouses, or children to be totally silent for a day because you'll be on retreat, sometimes a  simple shift in routine to help you have a quieter, more protected space is possible.

This retreat is ideal for people with some mindfulness or compassion training experience. Introductory information about mindful self-compassion will not be provided at this session. Rather, we will dive right in to guided practice. If you are totally new to meditation this day may be a challenge; however, all are welcome. For some, “jumping in” is a great way to start.


Tim Burnett, Lead instructor, sits with legs crossed and his hands on his torso as he explains something with deep feeling. Tim's wearing a black button down shirt and khakis,

Rev. Tim Burnett

(he/him) Founder, Executive Director, & Guiding Teacher of Mindfulness northwest

Tim founded Mindfulness Northwest in 2011 with the hope of offering the transformational practices he’d learned as a student of Zen Buddhism much more widely to the community. He is a certified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindful Self-Compassion, and Compassion Cultivation Training. Tim’s background in traditional Dharma practice informs his mindfulness work. Ordained as a Soto Zen priest in 2000, he apprenticed with Zen teacher Zoketsu Norman Fischer and is the Guiding Teacher of Red Cedar Zen Community in Bellingham.

Tim has been leading retreats in both the mindfulness and Zen Buddhist styles for many years, and loves offering a universal (“secular”) mindfulness retreat experience that is also fed by the deep roots of Buddhism.

Register for this program

Registration is closed for this program.