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Multi-Day Mindfulness Retreats & Trainings

Heart of Winter Retreat
February 10 - 12 , 2023

Heart of Winter Retreat

ONLINE

weekend retreat

Spring Weekend Retreat
March 24 - 26 , 2023

Spring Weekend Retreat

Bow (Samish Island)

weekend retreat


Rainforest Retreat & Fundraiser
May 21 - 28 , 2023

Rainforest Retreat & Fundraiser

Costa Rica

7-day retreat

Fierce Compassion Womenʹs Retreat
June 2 - 4 , 2023

Fierce Compassion Womenʹs Retreat

South Puget Sound (Union)

weekend retreat

Roots of Compassion Retreat
August 25 - 30 , 2023

Roots of Compassion Retreat

Bow (Samish Island)

5-day retreat

Summer Weekend Retreat
September 1 - 3 , 2023

Summer Weekend Retreat

Bow (Samish Island)

weekend retreat

Roots of Mindfulness Retreat
October 8 - 15 , 2023

Roots of Mindfulness Retreat

Bow (Samish Island)

7-day retreat

Fall Weekend Retreat
October 27 - 29 , 2023

Fall Weekend Retreat

Bow (Samish Island)

weekend retreat

Taking time away from our busy lives can give us the space to deeply connect with our experience, get acquainted with our true selves, see things differently, and reinvigorate mindfulness practice. Practicing with a group of people across several days can provide a unique sense of community and support that can last long after the retreat concludes.

Multi-day retreats & trainings also give us the chance to slow down, disconnect from technology, and reconnect with the natural cycles of the world. Join us for these multi-day deep dives into practice led by well-seasoned teachers.

RETREATS

At our retreats (online or in-person), you’ll be guided through sitting meditation, the body scan, walking meditation (indoors and out), gentle mindful movement, and contemplative practices like loving-kindness meditation. Multi-day in-person retreats are held largely in silence. Retreats are ideal for people with some mindfulness or meditation experience. For those newer to mindfulness we recommend starting with a class or a single day retreat.

RESIDENTIAL TRAININGS

At our Residential Trainings for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion, you’ll experience the full 8-week curriculum through a mix of teachings and practice in five days. The Trainings are appropriate to those who are brand new to mindfulness  and are a great way for returning students to refresh and deepen previous learning.

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The teachers are lovely, gentle, incredibly supportive, and clearly knowledgeable about mindfulness and how it can support us in our lives.

Katarina Gombocz, Bellingham, WA

You Are Welcome Here

Everyone is welcome at Mindfulness Northwest, regardless of race, religion, age, ability, gender expression, who you love, what you believe -- everyone. We at Mindfulness NW work hard to make our spaces safe for all, and we thank you for joining us with that same intention.

Below find detailed descriptions of the three types of multi-day retreats and trainings we offer. For single day retreats please click here.

About Our Residential Silent Retreats

Residential Retreats are multi-day teacher-led silent meditation retreats. After initial introductory greetings and information your instructors will explain how silent retreat practice works to support you in a deep experience of practice. The daily schedule will include gently guided sitting and walking meditation, morning teachings, mindful movement, and the body scan, as well as compassion cultivation and loving-kindness meditations.

We also offer Residential Trainings for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). These 5-day events, offered at retreat centers, mirror the content of our 8-week courses. They're much more interactive than a silent retreat. See our MBSR & MSC sections for more information.

WHO COMES TO RETREATS

All are welcome! We are honored to support each participant in their meditation practice regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual identity, age, physical ability, political affiliation, or religion. Our retreats are suitable for beginning through experienced practitioners.

We are committed to offering support for any accessibility needs you have as we are able. Please contact us with any questions or requests related to accessibility prior to registering for a course.

YOUR FIRST LONGER RETREAT?

Before sitting a multi-day retreat we recommend that you have teacher-led experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. Please contact us if you have questions about whether this retreat will be appropriate for you.

IS RETREAT RIGHT FOR YOU?  Meditation retreats are not right for everyone. If you have a history of trauma or acute psychological issues, consider checking with a mental health professional to decide if intensive retreat practice would be supportive. If you have questions or concerns about whether a retreat is right for you, please contact us at office@mindfulnessnorthwest.com.

STRUCTURE AND PARTICIPATION

FOUR DAILY PRACTICE SESSIONS

  • Mindfulness and compassion practices are offered in four blocks daily: early morning, morning, afternoon, and evening.
  • Participants are expected to attend all sessions and follow the printed schedule you will receive on site as fully as possible.
    However, we are flexible and always willing to work with you on what your body and mind can reasonably do. Speak with the retreat teachers if you have concerns about following the complete schedule.
PRACTICING IN SILENCE
  • After the initial orientation and introductions on the first evening, our residential retreats are held in silence.
  • Participants are expected to follow guidelines around silence and participation:
    • not speaking to other participants including close friends or partners you are attending with
    • not using technology of any form
    • not reading books, magazines, flyers, or any reading materials
    • reducing interpersonal contact through the eyes or other body language
  • Necessary communication with the retreat teachers can be done via a notes station or by taking them aside.

The intention of silent retreat is to settle deeply into your own experience and to not interact with others, allowing everyone space to have the retreat they need to have -- including you!

PERSONAL AND INTERPERSONAL SAFETY
  • Participants are expected to be sensitive and responsive to these guidelines and the needs of fellow participants as fully as possible.
  • Please do not take photos or make recordings of other participants or the teachers.
  • Do not use alcohol or mind altering drugs of any kind.
  • Emergency contact information to share with loved ones is generally included on our venue pages. Venue staff and Mindfulness Northwest instructors will make sure you receive incoming messages promptly while your phone is off. If you are expecting an urgent message please let your instructor know.
  • Instructors are available at all times to offer support, including conversation if needed.

OTHER GUIDELINES

ATTEND THE ENTIRE RETREAT

Please arrive at the retreat at the beginning and stay until the end, as:

  • Arriving late will cause stress as you will miss the orientation.
  • Leaving early means you are offloading your clean-up chores on other participants and missing an opportunity for closure.
  • Please stay on campus unless invited to take an off-campus break by the instructors.
RETREAT CENTER CHORES
  • Several of our venues keep costs down, reducing your registration fee, by asking that event participants wash dishes, sweep floors, clean bathrooms, and do other chores around the facility. Final clean up chores before leaving are also done.
  • Participants are asked to do chores as fully as they are able. If you have physical limitations, we will help you find a suitable chore assignment.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Face masks ​​– please check our COVID policy for our current guidelines around masking. While masks may not be required at your training, it's always a good idea to bring some.
  • Extra COVID tests, in case you develop symptoms during the retreat.
  • Warm clothes in layers (sweater, and jacket, etc) as we will be going in and out of doors as we move between buildings.
  • Rain coat AND umbrella. This is the Pacific Northwest.
  • Shoes that are (1) fine walking in damp grass and (2) slip-on if possible. We take shoes on and off frequently. Slippers for the practice room can also be nice to have.
  • Toiletries and overnight things including a towel.
  • Bringing your own bedding (pillows, sheets, blankets or sleeping bag) is required at most of our venues. Please check your registration confirmation email for this information.
  • A flashlight can be helpful but venues are generally reasonably well lit. Sometimes there is walking between buildings in the early morning and evening.
  • A yoga mat if you have a favorite. We are able to bring mats to share.
  • Meditation cushions / supplies – if you have a meditation cushion(s), a bench or other sitting gear, feel free to bring it. We are able to bring a limited supply of cushions. Note that there are plenty of chairs available.
  • An extra blanket or two for the meditation hall – nice for body scans and resting.

LODGING

Lodging assignments will be available on check-in at the course venue. You will have a room to yourself at most of our venues.

AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDING TAKEN BY MINDFULNESS NORTHWEST

Mindfulness Northwest staff may occasionally create audio/video recordings of our instructors for certification and training purposes during these programs. These recordings will include only our instructors in the photo frame (though they may pick up student voices at some points in the recording) and are for internal use only.

We may also request your consent to take photos or videos for promotional purposes. Your image will not be captured or used without your consent.

About Our Online Silent Retreats

We've been happy to discover that doing a full day or multi-day meditation retreat online works well. It's a different experience than a residential retreat at a retreat center, but very valuable. With an online retreat done at home there are powerful opportunities to integrate your mindfulness practice experience into daily life within familiar surroundings.

Below are a few suggestions to help you create an optimal retreat experience, realizing each of you has a unique home situation.

 

PREPARING FOR YOUR RETREAT AT HOME

  1. A quiet space - As much as possible, create a separate, quiet space away from family and distraction, even pets if they might distract you or other participants.
  2. Unplug - Plan to “unplug” from your phone, clocks, or any other electronic device unless using it to connect to our virtual retreat room. Turn off any notifications that might pop up on the device you're using to connect to the retreat.
  3. Free yourself up - Minimize or eliminate as many tasks and activities as you can. Normally we would be in a retreat setting to allow for an immersive experience. Retreating at home offers the benefit of being able to practice mindfulness skills in your regular environment while it offers the potential challenge of home distractions.
  4. Have a conversation ahead - We suggest that you prepare your household members ahead, letting them know you’ll be practicing silence during this time. If you're able to, maintaining silence or minimizing talk between practice periods (like we do at our in-person retreats) is a valuable contribution to the retreat experience.
  5. Explore integration and accept what happens - See an online retreat as an opportunity to integrate mindfulness practice and your daily life instead of as a way to “get away” – it helps to see this as a different type of experience from an in-person retreat at a retreat center.
  6. It won't be perfect - Resistance and wanting things to be other than they are can be a part of all contemplative practices. Please accept that the day will unfold in the way that it does and much is beyond your control. If things are busier or in some way not to your liking in the environment as you do the series of practices offered, please accept things as they are and know that there is benefit.

WE ASK THAT YOU:

  1. Sign in a little early to make sure you can connect.
  2. Turn cameras on once the retreat starts. This is not a requirement, but we've found that having cameras on best supports a rich and connected experience for all participants.
  3. Stay muted unless we are having a discussion.
  4. Maintain silence and focus as possible during practice times: refraining from speaking, reading, writing, or using other devices.

Following the guidelines supports a deep dive into practice for you and the entire community. Thank you.

About Our Residential Trainings

Residential Trainings are multi-day forms of our 8-week classes. We offer Residential Trainings for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). You will receive all of the content, practices and experiences of these 8-week classes in 5 full days of training at an overnight training venue. Meals and lodging are included in your registration.

Residential Trainings are excellent if you cannot attend our 8-week classes or simply prefer the more intensive format and appreciate the way a Residential Training gets you away from your daily routine with space to focus.

We also offer silent teacher-led Residential Retreats. These are meditation retreats which consist primarily of silent meditation practice with some spoken guidance and brief talks from the teachers. Please see our Residential Silent Retreats section for more information.

STRUCTURE AND PARTICIPATION

A TRAINING DAY

Early morning practice starts our days before breakfast. Then 3-hour classroom sessions are offered morning and afternoon of most days.  Evening sessions with additional resources and opportunities are offered on a few evenings as well. Participants are expected to attend all classroom sessions, but evening sessions are usually optional. You'll receive a printed schedule and guidance from the teachers about navigating these rich days of practice, study, and learning.

PERIODS OF SILENCE

Although our Residential Courses are interactive with talking, there are some periods of silence. Early morning and breakfast are usually held in silence, for example. Participants are expected to follow guidelines around silence and participation.

INTERPERSONAL SAFETY

Mindfulness and compassion training programs involve our personal stories and emotions. Instructors will work with the group to establish clear guidelines for safety. Participants are expected to be sensitive and responsive to these guidelines and the needs of fellow participants as fully as possible.

VENUE CHORES

To keep costs down, several of our venues ask that event participants wash dishes, sweep floors, clean bathrooms, and do other chores around the facility. We also do final clean up chores before leaving. We ask you to do chores as fully as you are able. If you have physical limitations we will help you find a suitable chore assignment.

REQUESTS OF YOU
  • Arrive for the very beginning and stay to the end of the program.
  • Follow the course schedule.
  • Honor times of silence noted on the schedule: no reading, writing, or using devices during these times of silence.
  • Please stay on campus unless invited to take an off-campus break by the instructors.
  • Please do not use recreational drugs or intoxicants during any part of the training.
  • Participants are asked to focus their energies and attention on the instruction and curriculum in order to get the most benefit from the week of training and in consideration of all participants.
  • Do not take photos, video, or recordings of other participants or the instructors without their prior permission.

WHAT TO BRING

  1. Face masks ​​– please check our COVID policy for our current guidelines around masking. While masks may not be required at your training, it's always a good idea to bring some.
  2. Warm clothes in layers (sweater, and jacket, etc) as we will be going in and out of doors as we move between buildings.
  3. Rain coat AND umbrella. This is the Pacific Northwest.
  4. Shoes that are (1) fine walking in damp grass and (2) slip-on if possible. We take shoes on and off frequently. Slippers for the practice room can also be nice to have.
  5. Toiletries and overnight things including a towel.
  6. Bringing your own bedding (pillows, sheets, blankets or sleeping bag) is required at most of our venues. Please check your registration confirmation email for this information.
  7. A flashlight can be helpful but venues are generally reasonably well lit. Sometimes there is walking between buildings in the early morning and evening.
  8. A yoga mat if you have a favorite. We are able to bring mats to share.
  9. Meditation cushions / supplies – if you have a meditation cushion(s), a bench or other sitting gear feel free to bring it. We are able to bring a limited supply of cushions. Note that there are plenty of chairs available.
  10. An extra blanket or two for the meditation hall – nice for body scans and resting.
  11. A notebook and pens like you would to any class or seminar.

WHAT’S NOT NEEDED

  1. Minimize electronic gadgets beyond what you need to take notes. We encourage you to consider reducing or disconnecting from phone, email, and text contact, but this is not required like it is in our silent residential retreats.

LODGING

Lodging assignments will be available on check-in at the course venue. You will have a room to yourself at most of our venues.

DIVERSITY & ACCESSIBILITY

We are honored to support each participant in their training regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual identity, age, physical ability, political affiliation, or religion.

We are committed to offering support for any accessibility needs you have as we are able. Please contact us with any questions or requests related to accessibility prior to registering for a course.

AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDING TAKEN BY MINDFULNESS NORTHWEST

Audio/video recordings of our instructors may occasionally be created for certification and training purposes during these programs. These recordings will include only our instructors in the photo frame (though they may pick up student voices at some points in the recording) and are for internal use only.

We may also request your consent to take photos or videos for promotional purposes. Your image will not be captured or used without your consent.

Policies & Program Info

Our COVID Policy

UPDATED October 4, 2022

Our COVID-19 policy is designed to balance our commitment to accessibility of mindfulness training with the safety of our participants and the communities they return to after attending a Mindfulness Northwest in-person event.
 

Stay home if you are ill: If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you should not attend. Should COVID-like symptoms begin during an event, notify a training leader immediately.

Full social distancing isn’t always practical in the venues we use. We will spread out as reasonable. Look to your instructor for guidance.

Mask wearing: currently RECOMMENDED. Always mask if you have had any recent exposure to Covid, are immunocompromised, or are in close contact with immunocompromised others. If you do choose to mask, make it count: N95 or KN95 masks have been shown to reduce viral spread much more effectively than cloth or surgical masks.

Masking requirement is subject to change: Masking requirements are based on CDC guidelines (current levels) and State and Country recommendations. CDC guidelines are responsive to current Community Covid Levels (High, Medium, or Low). Mask wearing is required when the Community Covid Level for that county becomes High. Currently (October 4, 2022) CDC levels are Low for the counties we work in and indoor masking is optional per CDC.

Masking by your teacher: At either optional or recommended masking level we do allow our teachers to be unmasked when speaking so that you can hear them better. When masking is required it is required for everyone, including the teacher.

Testing requirement for overnight programs: For our overnight retreats and trainings, a negative home COVID-19 test result is required. Please self-administer this test before arriving at the venue. If you forget to test we will have tests available at check in. Please go straight to the registration to complete your test with minimal contact with others if you did not test before arrival. This requirement is in recognition of the much larger amount of interaction participants have during overnight events.

Our Non-Discrimination Policy

We are honored to support each participant in their mindfulness practice. Mindfulness Northwest does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our staff, students, and clients.

You are welcome here

YOU ARE WELCOME HERE

Everyone is welcome at Mindfulness Northwest, regardless of race, religion, age, ability, gender expression, who you love, what you believe -- everyone. We at Mindfulness NW work hard to make our spaces safe for all, and we thank you for joining us with that same intention.

 

Registration Policies

By signing up for a Mindfulness Northwest event you agree to the following:

EMAIL

Event registrants are automatically signed up for our emails, including a monthly newsletter, upcoming program announcements, and other updates. You can unsubscribe from these emails at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email.

ELIGIBILITY

Unless otherwise stated, our courses and retreats are designed for adults. If you (or an individual for whom you are registering) are less than 18 years of age, please contact the office before registering.

We also ask that people who are attending our programs together please register separately.

FINALIZING REGISTRATION

Registration is not complete until you have paid your registration fee or started your payment plan. You have 24 hours to do this. Please contact us if you need to request special arrangements.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICIES
  • All event registrations include a $30 non-refundable processing fee. Refunds for cancellation always have this fee deducted.

  • Registrations are non-transferable, and we do not provide credit for cancelled registrations or missed classes.

  • Refunds and cancellation from our programs:

    • Cancel up to 1 month before the event begins: Receive a full refund less the $30 non-refundable processing fee.
    • Cancel between 1 month and one week before the event begins: Receive a refund of 50% of the registration fee.
    • Cancel under one week before the event begins: No refunds. To receive a refund, you must let us know at least one week before the event begins.
RECORDINGS & PHOTOGRAPHY

As a participant you agree not to take photos, audio recordings, or video recordings of our classes or other class participants.

Note that Mindfulness Northwest may make audio/video recordings of our instructors for certification and training purposes. These recordings are for internal use only.

COVID POLICY

By attending a Mindfulness Northwest event you agree to abide by our current Covid-19 Policy.

What is your cancellation policy?

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICIES

When you register for any program at Mindfulness Northwest your registration signifies agreement to the following policy?

  • All event registrations include a $30 non-refundable processing fee. Refunds for cancellation always have this fee deducted.

  • Registrations are non-transferable, and we do not provide credit for cancelled registrations or missed classes.

  • Refunds and cancellation from our programs:

    • Cancel up to 1 month before the event begins: Receive a full refund less the $30 non-refundable processing fee.
    • Cancel between 1 month and one week before the event begins: Receive a refund of 50% of the registration fee.
    • Cancel under one week before the event begins: No refunds. To receive a refund, you must let us know at least one week before the event begins.
ARE EXCEPTIONS EVER MADE TO THIS POLICY?

Yes. At our discretion we may grant exceptions to this policy on compassionate grounds. Please let us know your situation if you would like to be considered for a compassionate exception.

Do you offer discounts or scholarships?

We do! Our mission is to make mindfulness accessible. To that end we offer a sliding scale for tuition which includes scholarship rates. No need to apply; simply choose the level that's the best fit for your budget. MNW alumni receive a discounted rate for some events. We also provide a 4-month interest-free payment plan option, available during registration.

Payment Plans & Sliding Scale Pricing

Payment Plans

You may pay your tuition with 4 monthly interest-free payments at Checkout. You will be redirected to Partial.ly, a 3rd party online payment plan service. Your first payment is made now, the remaining 3 are withdrawn on the same day of the month that you registered. Questions? Contact Partial.ly Support.

Sliding Scale Pricing

As part of our non-profit commitment to accessibility, we offer a sliding scale fee for most of our courses, workshops, retreats, and trainings. You may choose the fee that matches your budget; there is no application or screening process.

Our intention is to make our offerings affordable to all while allowing those who are more fortunate in their financial circumstances an opportunity to practice generosity. Generally, the middle "Our Cost" value on the sliding scale is the amount needed to fully cover the costs of your attending an offering.

There are 3 levels on our sliding scale fees in addition to scholarship options.

  • Supporting Tuition: At this level, your registration fees somewhat exceed the costs of your attending the program. This is an offering to help subsidize the reduced fees paid by others who have more challenging financial circumstances.
  • Our Cost Tuition: At this level, your registration fees fully cover the costs of your attending the program.
  • Subsidized Tuition: At this level, your registration fees do not fully cover the costs of your attending the program. If you select this level, your registration will be subsidized by others, either via the general donations people offer or through the additional fees paid by those selecting a Supporting Level fee.

Donations

Donations are another way to support the accessibility provided by our sliding scale. Will you help?

Mindfulness Northwest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

QUESTIONS?

Please don't hesitate to get in touch.