Letting It All In: A Self-Compassion Retreat
June 1 (Saturday)

Letting It All In: A Self-Compassion Retreat

In person in Woodinville

1-day retreat

Three photos in a row: each a different person with their eyes closed in meditation. Some have their hands over their hearts.

To allow and turn toward what life offers us takes great courage, compassion, and patience. In this gentle day of mindfulness and self-compassion practice, immerse yourself in supportive guidance as we practice with releasing the illusion of control and surrendering to the ebb and flow of life’s currents. When we embrace and allow even our resistance, fear and pain, we put our trust in the transformative power of radical acceptance, and greet our life with open arms.

We’ll explore the practices of mindful self-compassion and the ideas of allowing and embracing all of our experience 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.

The exterior of Brightwater center, looking over a wetland area, with grey clouds and fir trees in the background.

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.

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.


Saturday, June 1, 2024

9am – 4pm


Catherine Duffy


Brightwater Environmental Education Center (Woodinville)


$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.


Allow by Danna Faulds

There is no controlling life.
Try corralling a lightning bolt, containing a tornado.
Dam a stream and it will create a new channel.
Resist, and the tide will sweep you off your feet.
Allow, and grace will carry you to higher ground.
The only safety lies in letting it all in
the wild and the weak –
fear, fantasies, failures, and success.
When loss rips off the doors of the heart
or sadness veils your vision with despair,
practice becomes simply bearing the truth.
In the choice to let go of your known way of being,
the whole world is revealed to your new eyes.



Instructor Catherine Duffy meditating with her hands on her heart as she smiles

Catherine Duffy

 When a family member was diagnosed with a personality disorder, Catherine discovered mindfulness, and was deeply moved by its transformative power in navigating life’s complexities with grace. Catherine’s passion led her to train deeply in mindfulness, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teaching certifications. She has been teaching 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction classes with Mindfulness Northwest for many years now.

The mother of four grown children — one of whom lives with developmental disabilities — and a grandmother, Catherine continues to learn the value of pausing, taking a breath, and inviting quiet moments to reset and refresh. Her supportive teaching is imbued with nurturance, compassionate listening, and gentle, sincere care. With her warm, grounded presence, Catherine helps her students find and rest in the peace that is always within them.

“Catherine is wonderful, warm and a very skilled facilitator. The whole group was wonderful, open to sharing, and invested in the practice, which made it feel very warm and meaningful.”

“Catherine created a very open environment for sharing (or not sharing!) and was incredibly affirming.”

“Catherine did a superlative job of creating a safe, inclusive, gentle, and affirming environment.”

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