Mindful Self-Compassion Residential Training
September 9 - 14

Mindful Self-Compassion Residential Training

In person in Eastsound

5-day program

An adult in a black jacket sits at a picnic table with their back to the camera. The table is in a green grassy field with apple trees, firs beyond, and blue sky above.

Connect with your compassionate self

Interested in learning to be more aware of your emotions and kinder to yourself when you’re suffering? Join us for a 5-day residential training in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) at Orcas Island’s beautiful retreat site, Indralaya, in the San Juan Islands. Simple but comfortable accommodations and all meals are included.

This training includes all of the elements of the widely offered 8-week MSC course. Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy, and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion. MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience.

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
  • How to become your own best teacher


A photo of the dinning hall at Indralaya on a sunny day, as seen from the road.

About MSC 

Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing – being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings with a spirit of openness and curiosity. Self-compassion involves responding to difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we’re hurting.

Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives. MSC can be learned by anyone. It’s the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves – especially when we’re suffering – and cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and be free from suffering.

Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most? All that’s required is a shift in the direction of our attention – recognizing that as a human being, you too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.



September 9 – 14
Friday Dinner – Wednesday Breakfast


Catherine Duffy


Indralaya (Orcas Island)

The pavilion in a field of grass at Indralaya Retreat center on Orcas Island, WA

Located on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State and maintained by the Theosophical Society, this beautiful location is a 78-acre sanctuary of forest, meadows, and trails along 3/4 of a mile of shoreline. A place of quiet, peace, and beauty.


Tuition ranges from $325 to $875, depending on selected accommodations, an optional “Daily Staff” work-exchange agreement (3 hours of chores/day, scheduled around our programming) and age (18-25 year olds receive discounted rates as part of Indralaya’s mission to make retreat experiences accessible to young people). Food, lodging, and teachings are included.

For what to expect at a residential training, click HERE.

A view through the madrona trees of the bay on a sunny day at Indralaya Retreat center on Orcas Island, WA


Please review our current COVID policy before registering. We currently require verbal confirmation of a negative COVID home test result taken before your arrival on the first day of the retreat.

Catherine Duffy @ mindfulness northwest bellingham wa

Catherine Duffy: Catherine’s journey toward mindfulness began when a family member was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Catherine is now a certified mindfulness instructor and teacher of  Mindful Self-Compassion, and also extends her love for children and families through her work as a Listening Mothers facilitator for the Community of Mindful Parenting. Catherine’s thoughtful awareness and presence creates a supportive environment for participants to find a place of calm in the challenges of everyday life and to practice a kind openness – rather than judgment –  toward themselves and others.

Register now through our partner organization.