Regional Retreats

    • 03 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Good Shepherd Center, iLeap Group Room (4th floor), 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, WA
    • 0
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    A silent day of continuous practice in Seattle.
      

    This Day of Mindfulness is FULL with a long waiting list. Please consider registering for a Day of Mindfulness in May: in Seattle or in Woodinville. Or, if you're up for a nice scenic drive, head to our March 24th 10am - 4pm Day of Mindfulness at Semiahmoo County Park near the Canadian border (roughly 1 ¾ hours from Seattle).

    A silent day of continuous practice in Seattle led by Mindfulness Northwest teacher Richard Johnson. Richard will lead us 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.

    We will practice together inside the historic Good Shepherd Center with options for walking meditation and lunch break time outside on the beautiful grounds.

    The retreat is designed especially for those who have taken Mindfulness Northwest classes. A day to gather, see old friends, and reinvigorate our practice together. Others with teacher-led meditation experience or a background in contemplative practice are invited to join as well. If you are totally new to meditation this day may be a challenge but you're welcome to inquire; and, for some, "jumping in" is a great way to start.

    Schedule:
    Saturday March 3rd, 9:00am - 4:00pm.

    Location:
    Good Shepherd Center (iLeap Group Room, 4th floor)
    4649 Sunnyside Ave N
    Seattle, WA 98103
    (directions, map, and transit information available here)

    Cost:
    $50 - $90 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please Apply for a Scholarship

    Registration:
       
    Register Online or by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.


    Additional Course details:

    A day of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, and body awareness. Formal practices including body scan, mindful yoga, sitting and walking meditation, all practiced together in silence.

    Please bring:

    1) a lunch

    2) warm clothing / layers / rain coat & umbrella/sun protection as needed.

    3) Sitting gear (cushions, bench, yoga mat) if you have them - some will be provided.

    This course will be taught by Mindfulness Northwest instructor Richard Johnson.

    Please see the MBSR page to review details about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. This Day of Mindfulness is based on the MBSR principles and practices. MBSR is a well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the Univ. of Massachusetts. It has proven very effective in helping with many stress-related issues.

    Other Classes in the Area:
    A Day of Gratitude (in Bellevue)
    Saturday January 13th

    A Day of Mindfulness (in Woodinville)
    Saturday March 10th

    Meeting Mindfulness (in Seattle) (1 evening)
    Thursday evening January 18th

    Mindful Self-Compassion (in Seattle) (8-week class)
    Monday evenings January 22nd - March 12th

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (in Seattle) (8-week class)
    Wednesdays mid-day January 24th - March 14th

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (in Kirkland) (8-week class)
    Wednesday evenings January 24th - March 14th

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (in Seattle) (8-week class)
    Thursday evenings January 25th - March 15th

    Getting Started with Mindfulness and Compassion (in Kirkland) (3-week class)
    Monday evenings February 5th - 19th

    Getting Started with Mindfulness and Compassion (in Seattle) (3-week class)
    Tuesday evenings March 6th - 20th

    • 10 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Brightwater Environmental Education Center, 22505 State Route 9 SE Woodinville, WA 98072
    • 0
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    A silent day of continuous practice at the beautiful Brightwater Environmental Education Center.
      

    A silent day of continuous practice in Woodinville at the beautiful Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center. This new facility, situated on the edge of a hill with spacious views across the valley, is located roughly 20-25 minutes from Bellevue.

    This day-long retreat will be led by Mindfulness Northwest senior teacher Karen Schwisow who will guide us 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.

    The retreat is designed especially for those who have taken Mindfulness Northwest classes. A day to gather, see old friends, and reinvigorate our practice together. Others with teacher-led meditation experience or a background in contemplative practice are invited to join as well. If you are totally new to meditation this day may be a challenge but you're welcome to inquire; and, for some, "jumping in" is a great way to start.

    Schedule:
    Saturday March 10th, 9:00am - 4:00pm.

    Location:
    Brightwater Environmental Education Center
    22505 State Route 9 SE
    Woodinville, WA 98072
    (map and directions)

    Cost & Options:
    $50 - $90 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

    Registration:
       
    REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.


    Additional Course details:

    A day of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, and body awareness. Formal practices including body scan, mindful yoga, sitting and walking meditation, all practiced together in silence.

    Please bring:

    1) a lunch

    2) warm clothing / layers / rain coat & umbrella/sun protection as needed.

    3) Sitting gear (cushions, bench, yoga mat) if you have them - some will be provided.

    This course will be taught by Mindfulness Northwest instructor Karen Schwisow.

    Please see the MBSR page to review details about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. This Day of Mindfulness is based on the MBSR principles and practices. MBSR is a well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the Univ. of Massachusetts. It has proven very effective in helping with many stress-related issues.

    Related Courses:
    A Day of Gratitude (in Bellevue)
    Saturday January 13th

    Meeting Mindfulness (in Seattle) (1 evening)
    Thursday evening January 18th

    Mindful Self-Compassion (in Seattle) (8-week class)
    Monday evenings January 22nd - March 12th

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (in Seattle) (8-week class)
    Wednesdays mid-day January 24th - March 14th

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (in Kirkland) (8-week class)
    Wednesday evenings January 24th - March 14th

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (in Seattle) (8-week class)
    Thursday evenings January 25th - March 15th

    Getting Started with Mindfulness and Compassion (in Kirkland) (3-week class)
    Monday evenings February 5th - 19th

    Getting Started with Mindfulness and Compassion (in Seattle) (3-week class)
    Tuesday evenings March 6th - 20th

    A Day of Mindfulness (in Seattle)
    Saturday March 3rd

    • 24 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Semiahmoo County Park (Whatcom County), 9261 Semiahmoo Pkwy, Blaine, WA
    • 8
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    A silent day of continuous practice at beautiful Semiahmoo.

    A silent day of continuous practice at the gorgeous Semiahmoo County Park north of Bellingham (near Blaine) led by Mindfulness Northwest guiding teacher Tim Burnett. Tim will lead us 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.

    We will practice together inside their beautiful historic Cannery Lodge with options for walking meditation and lunch break time outside on the water.

    The retreat is designed especially for those who have taken Mindfulness Northwest classes. A day to gather, see old friends, and re-invigorate our practice together. Others with teacher-led meditation experience or a background in contemplative practice are invited to join as well. If you are totally new to meditation this day may be a challenge but you are welcome to inquire - for some "jumping in" is a great way to start.

    Schedule:
    Saturday March 24th, 10:00am - 4:00pm (arrivals 9:30 - 10:00am)

    Location:
    Semiahmoo County Park (Whatcom County) - a very beautiful and peaceful location for practice on the spit surrounding Drayton Harbor across from Blaine, WA. Directions and details about the location and what to bring are on our Semiahmoo Park page and will also be emailed to all participants.

    Cost & Options:
    $50 - $90 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.

    Registration:

       Register Online or by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Additional Course details:

    A day of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, and body awareness. Formal practices including body scan, mindful yoga, and sitting and walking meditation practiced together in silence.

    Please bring:

    1) a lunch

    2) warm clothing / layers / rain coat & umbrella / sun protection as needed.

    3) Sitting gear (cushions, bench, yoga mat) if you have them - some will be provided.

    This course will be taught by Mindfulness Northwest director and guiding teacher Tim Burnett.

    Please see the MBSR page to review details about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. This retreat is based on the MBSR principles and practices. MBSR is a well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. It has proven very effective in helping with many stress-related issues.

    Other Offerings in the Area:
    Free Drop-In Practice Group
    Every Thursday evening from February 1st to March 29th

    • 06 Apr 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 08 Apr 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow, WA
    • 42
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    Join us for our annual weekend retreat of mindfulness practices in the style of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at a beautiful retreat site in the Skagit Valley.

    Course details
    This residential retreat will be held mostly in silence and will include a series of gently guided mindfulness practices including sitting meditation, walking meditation, gentle yoga, and the body scan. Informative talks on the process of being on retreat, mindfulness, stress reactivity, and other topics will be presented by the instructors. Small and large group discussion centered around our experience together walking, sitting, and breathing in the quiet of the beautiful retreat site. This course is designed for graduates of mindfulness classes - please see the prerequisites below.

    Simple accommodations and all meals will be included.

    Details on what to bring will be sent upon registration.

    Schedule 

    April 6 - April 8, 2018:
    Starts Friday with 4pm - 5pm check-in.
    Closes on Sunday by 2pm after camp clean-up.

    Prerequisites
    Before practicing for a full weekend we recommend that you have experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. Please contact us with any questions.

    Instructors

    Tim Burnett, Lead Teacher: Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest

    Beth Glosten, MD, Assistant Teacher: Certified Mindfulness Teacher through the Mindfulness Northwest Teacher Training Program.


    Cost & Options
    $240 - $340 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.

    Registration
    REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Location
    Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Road, Bow, Washington. Instructions and details will be provided when you register. Samish is about 90 minutes north of Seattle and 40 minutes south of Bellingham.

    This beautiful campground maintained by the Community of Christ at the east end of Samish Island (accessible by road) offers stunning views, deep quiet, and simple accommodations. 

    It is not really an island - you can drive there.

    And it's not exactly a campground - there are simple rustic cabins and motel-like "e-cabins" available (see "Accommodations", below, for more details). RV and tent camping is also available.

    Directions and Transportation
    Directions and more information about Samish are available here.

    Note that there is no public transportation all the way to Samish Island.

    And see also the ride board for setting up ride shares.

    Accommodations
    Samish Island "Campground" does not require camping. There are two types of cabins: rustic cabins, which are simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's - they have heat, beds, and share 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.

    The 16 e-cabins are lighter, more modern, and share a bathroom. 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 neighbor.

    A surcharge is required for lodging in the more modern e-cabins. A $15 surcharge is required for double occupancy in an e-cabin (with a single roommate), and a $30 surcharge is required for single occupancy.

    Consider helping us make e-cabins available to more people, and save $15, by requesting double occupancy. We will do our best to match you with a compatible roommate and to honor requests for roommates if you are coming to retreat with a friend.

    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:
       


    Expectations of Participants

    By signing up for this retreat you are agreeing to:

    1) Follow the Schedule - participate in the practice schedule as fully as possible. We allow alternate schedules and variations in the schedule due to health needs. This is a structured weekend of practice with a schedule of practices we will do together starting first thing in the morning. That structure is a powerful support for deepening our mindfulness practice.

    2) Do jobs and chores - do some chores around the camp. You will have the option of choosing an ongoing job or helping with cleaning and organizing at the end of the week. The Samish Island Campground is staffed by a small volunteer staff and costs are held low by asking the visiting group to leave the camp as clean as they found it.

    • 14 Apr 2018
    • 15 Apr 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Peace & Spirituality Center, St. Mary-on-the-Lake, 1663 Killarney Way, Bellevue, WA
    • 26
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    A Couples Retreat at beautiful St. Mary-on-the-Lake (Bellevue)

    Infuse your relationship with practices that foster trust, security, stability, and intimacy.

    This two-day retreat offers couples the opportunity to explore how to nourish their relationship by cultivating the values of love, understanding, and commitment and integrating them into their lives through mindfulness. We provide couples with a rich environment for growth as they practice wholehearted communication, reflection, and various forms of mindfulness meditation.

    Couples will:

    • Learn what mindfulness is and what it means to relate to their partner with a mindful heart
    • Explore how to get to the root of and change relationship patterns such as blame, defensiveness, avoiding conflict, and shutting down
    • Identify and learn how to release obstacles and inner resistance

    The retreat includes:

    • Group presentation and discussion
    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Couples exercises
    • A workbook with short readings, a guide to the retreat, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness
    This Couples Retreat will take place at the beautiful Peace and Spirituality Center of St. Mary-on-the-Lake, on the shores of Lake Washington. This nine-acre site offers wooded paths, mountain views, a dock on the lake and a spacious, modern indoor space. All will be well-cared-for and can relax into the pace and rhythm of this weekend together.

    (Note that this is a non-residential retreat. However, for those who may need overnight accommodations there are hotels within 10 minutes of the retreat center.)

    Schedule:

    Saturday April 14th, 9 am - 5 pm (8:30 am check-in; light breakfast fare provided)
    Sunday April 15th, 9 am - 4 pm

    Location:
    Peace & Spirituality Center
    St. Mary-on-the-Lake
    1663 Killarney Way
    Bellevue, WA 98004
    (map and directions)

    Instructors: Richard and Teresa Johnson


    Cost:

    $100 - $180 regular sliding scale (per person). Paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system.

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.

    Registration:
    This course is for couples of every age, ability, and sexual orientation but our registration system is set up for people to register individually. One person in the couple may register both of you in one transaction (the second person being registered as a guest), or each person may register separately.

       REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Additional Course details:

    Each day, please bring:

    1) A lunch, and snacks for breaks

    2) Warm outerwear - we’ll be walking outside

    3) A yoga mat, if you have one, and a blanket for keeping warm during times of stillness

    4) Sitting gear (cushions, bench, etc) if you have it

    • 12 May 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Brightwater Environmental Education Center, 22505 State Route 9 SE, Woodinville, WA
    • 14
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    A silent day of continuous practice at the beautiful Brightwater Environmental Education Center.
      

    A silent day of continuous practice in Woodinville at the beautiful Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center. This new facility, situated on the edge of a hill with spacious views across the valley, is located roughly 20-25 minutes from Bellevue.

    This day-long retreat will be led by Mindfulness Northwest senior teacher Karen Schwisow who will guide us 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.

    The retreat is designed especially for those who have taken Mindfulness Northwest classes. A day to gather, see old friends, and reinvigorate our practice together. Others with teacher-led meditation experience or a background in contemplative practice are invited to join as well. If you are totally new to meditation this day may be a challenge but you're welcome to inquire; and, for some, "jumping in" is a great way to start.

    Schedule:
    Saturday May 12th, 9 am - 4 pm

    Location:
    Brightwater Environmental Education Center
    22505 State Route 9 SE
    Woodinville, WA 98072
    (map and directions)

    Cost & Options:
    $50 - $90 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    Payment plans are available during registration (4 equal monthly payments; no financing fee).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

    Registration:
       
    REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.


    Additional Course details:

    A day of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, and body awareness. Formal practices including body scan, mindful yoga, sitting and walking meditation, all practiced together in silence.

    This course will be taught by Mindfulness Northwest instructor Karen Schwisow.

    Please bring:

    1) a lunch

    2) warm clothing / layers / rain coat & umbrella/sun protection as needed.

    3) Sitting gear (cushions, bench, yoga mat) if you have them - some will be provided.

    Please see the MBSR page to review details about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. This Day of Mindfulness is based on the MBSR principles and practices. MBSR is a well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the Univ. of Massachusetts. It has proven very effective in helping with many stress-related issues.

    • 12 May 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Semiahmoo County Park (Whatcom County), 9261 Semiahmoo Pkwy, Blaine, WA
    • 10
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    A silent day of continuous practice at beautiful Semiahmoo.

    A silent day of continuous practice at the gorgeous Semiahmoo County Park north of Bellingham (near Blaine) led by Mindfulness Northwest guiding teacher Tim Burnett. Tim will lead us 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.

    We will practice together inside their beautiful historic Cannery Lodge with options for walking meditation and lunch break time outside on the water.

    The retreat is designed especially for those who have taken Mindfulness Northwest classes. A day to gather, see old friends, and re-invigorate our practice together. Others with teacher-led meditation experience or a background in contemplative practice are invited to join as well. If you are totally new to meditation this day may be a challenge but you are welcome to inquire - for some "jumping in" is a great way to start.

    Schedule:
    Saturday May 12th, 10 am - 4 pm (arrivals 9:30 - 10 am)

    Location:
    Semiahmoo County Park (Whatcom County) - a very beautiful and peaceful location for practice on the spit surrounding Drayton Harbor across from Blaine, WA. Directions and details about the location and what to bring are on our Semiahmoo Park page and will also be emailed to all participants.

    Cost & Options:
    $50 - $90 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    Payment plans are available during registration (4 equal monthly payments; no financing fee).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.

    Registration:

       Register Online or by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Additional Course details:

    A day of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, and body awareness. Formal practices including body scan, mindful yoga, and sitting and walking meditation practiced together in silence.

    Please bring:

    1) a lunch

    2) warm clothing / layers / rain coat & umbrella / sun protection as needed.

    3) Sitting gear (cushions, bench, yoga mat) if you have them - some will be provided.

    This course will be taught by Mindfulness Northwest director and guiding teacher Tim Burnett.

    Please see the MBSR page to review details about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. This retreat is based on the MBSR principles and practices. MBSR is a well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. It has proven very effective in helping with many stress-related issues.

    • 19 May 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Good Shepherd Center, iLeap Group Room (4th floor), 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, WA
    • 15
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    A silent day of continuous practice in Seattle.
      

    A silent day of continuous practice in Seattle led by Mindfulness Northwest teacher Richard Johnson. Richard will lead us 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.

    We will practice together inside the historic Good Shepherd Center with options for walking meditation and lunch break time outside on the beautiful grounds.

    The retreat is designed especially for those who have taken Mindfulness Northwest classes. A day to gather, see old friends, and reinvigorate our practice together. Others with teacher-led meditation experience or a background in contemplative practice are invited to join as well. If you are totally new to meditation this day may be a challenge but you're welcome to inquire; and, for some, "jumping in" is a great way to start.

    Schedule:
    Saturday May 19th, 9 am - 4 pm.

    Location:
    Good Shepherd Center (iLeap Group Room, 4th floor)
    4649 Sunnyside Ave N
    Seattle, WA 98103
    (directions, map, and transit information available here)

    Cost:
    $50 - $90 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    Payment plans are available during registration (4 equal monthly payments; no financing fee).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please Apply for a Scholarship

    Registration:
       
    Register Online or by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.


    Additional Course details:

    A day of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, and body awareness. Formal practices including body scan, mindful yoga, sitting and walking meditation, all practiced together in silence.

    Please bring:

    1) a lunch

    2) warm clothing / layers / rain coat & umbrella/sun protection as needed.

    3) Sitting gear (cushions, bench, yoga mat) if you have them - some will be provided.

    This course will be taught by Mindfulness Northwest instructor Richard Johnson.

    Please see the MBSR page to review details about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. This Day of Mindfulness is based on the MBSR principles and practices. MBSR is a well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the Univ. of Massachusetts. It has proven very effective in helping with many stress-related issues.

    Other Classes in the Area:
      TBA

    • 19 May 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Brightwater Environmental Education Center, 22505 State Route 9 SE, Woodinville, WA
    • 29
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    A day of Meeting Motherhood with Mindfulness
    at the beautiful Brightwater Environmental Education Center.

    A day to offer ourselves, as mothers, the gift of holding all our tender joys, concerns, challenges and opportunities for growth in mindful and heartful awareness.

    Bringing mindfulness to the rich and at times stressful landscape of motherhood equips us to step back from the role, to approach it with curiosity, and to discern the highest good more wisely for both ourselves and our family.

    To provide a day of experience and awareness for body, heart, and mind, a variety of foundational mindfulness practices will be woven amidst the day’s discussions and sharings, including: sitting and walking meditation, the body scan, and mindful movement.

    We’ll explore important topics of motherhood like:

    • Balancing a busy life
    • Mindfulness in the body for self-care
    • Presence in the midst of hardship and everydayness
    • Trusting ourselves, and
    • Living in the now

      

    This day of Meeting Motherhood with Mindfulness will take place in Woodinville at the beautiful Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center. This new facility, situated on the edge of a hill with spacious views across the valley, is located roughly 20-25 minutes from Bellevue.

    Schedule:
    Saturday May 19th, 9 am - 4 pm

    Location:
    Brightwater Environmental Education Center
    22505 State Route 9 SE
    Woodinville, WA 98072
    (map and directions)

    Instructors:
    Class facilitators Catherine Duffy and Teresa Johnson are mindfulness teachers-in-training and are very grateful to share this day of mindfulness as their culminating practicum project.

    Cost:
    $40 - $80 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    Payment plans are available during registration (4 equal monthly payments; no financing fee).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.

    Registration:
       
    REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.


    Additional Course details:

    Please bring:

    1) a lunch

    2) warm clothing / layers / rain coat & umbrella/sun protection as needed (part of the program may take us outside).

    3) Sitting gear (cushions, bench, yoga mat, blanket) if you have them - some will be provided.

    • 26 May 2018
    • 5:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • 02 Jun 2018
    • 11:00 AM (UTC-06:00)
    • Selva Verde Lodge, Chilamate, Sarapiquí, Costa Rica, Central America
    • 11
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    Breathing in Indra's Net:
    Immersion in the Web of Life


    Saturday May 26th to Saturday June 2nd, 2018

    Join us for a full week-long silent retreat of ecological immersion with mindfulness and compassion practices, nature exploration, and the Buddhist roots of these practices in the Costa Rican rainforest. 

    Our hosts at Selva Verde Lodge have created a deeply peaceful eco-tourist inn interwoven into a 500 hectare primary forest reserve in central Costa Rica.

    Course details

    This residential retreat will be held mostly in silence and will include a series of gently guided mindfulness practices including sitting meditation, walking meditation, gentle yoga, and the body scan as well as immersive sitting, walking, and exploring in the rainforest. To explore the rainforest we will be working with local skilled naturalists to provide us with a deep immersion into the local ecosystem - including a night walk!

    Daily talks will be given by lead teacher Tim Burnett on both Buddhism and ecology. (Tim is a fully authorized mindfulness and Buddhist teacher AND holds degrees in biology and environmental studies. Tim formerly worked as a field botanist and environmental educator.)

    Buddhist Roots of Mindfulness Practice and Ecological Awareness

    The daily prepared talks in this retreat will focus on the wonderful metaphor of Indra's Net from the Mahayana Buddhist Huayen School. A powerful teaching on interconnectedness and ecology, the metaphor of Indra's Net is described by Buddhist scholar Stephen Mitchell, in his book The Enlightened Mind, as:

    "The Net of Indra is a profound and subtle metaphor for the structure of reality. Imagine a vast net; at each crossing point there is a jewel; each jewel is perfectly clear and reflects all the other jewels in the net, the way two mirrors placed opposite each other will reflect an image ad infinitum. The jewel in this metaphor stands for an individual being, or an individual consciousness, or a cell or an atom. Every jewel is intimately connected with all other jewels in the universe, and a change in one jewel means a change, however slight, in every other jewel."

    This central metaphor will be reflected in discussions of ecology as exemplified by the surrounding Central American rainforest and how we can apply these understandings to our own lives to in a happier, more resilient, and more compassionate way.


    Who is this Retreat For?

    This retreat will be highly relevant both to mindfulness and compassion students interested in deepening their practice and to naturalists and those who love the natural world who are interested in the benefits of meditation and how mindfulness and ecological thinking can be supported by Buddhist teachings. 

    Please note: although there will be discussions of Buddhism in the daily prepared talks, this is not a Buddhist retreat. The practices and format is in the universal ("secular" for want of a better term) language of the mindfulness and compassion development classes such as MBSR and MSC. 

    What is La Selva Lodge like?

    Raised walkways and lovely rooms in a rainforest garden adjacent to a primary (old growth) rainforest. Double occupancy accommodations and all meals will be included (single occupancy accommodations available with supplementary charge). The buffet style Costa Rican cuisine is varied and accommodating of a variety of dietary preferences and needs.

    Also included is transportation by coach from the San Jose, Costa Rica airport.

    Details on what to bring will be sent upon registration.

    Logistics and Itinerary

    Saturday May 26th at 5pm - Saturday June 2nd at 11am.
    On either Friday evening, May 25th, or Saturday morning May 26th, arrive at San Jose Airport, Costa Rica (note this is actually in the town of Alajuela).

    The retreat bus will pick you up at San Jose Airport at 3pm on Saturday May 26th and arrive at Selva Verde Lodge on the Sarapiquí River in north-central Costa Rica at about 5pm. You may also travel independently to Selva Verde Lodge.

    After check-in and dinner we will meet each other and get orientated. 

    Then we'll enjoy a silent mindfulness retreat through Saturday morning June 2nd. 

    Our days will include silent meditation, mindful walking, guided nature walks, talks on ecology and Buddhism, silent meals, and break times for rest and individual exploration.

    On Saturday June 2nd our final retreat event will be breakfast, and the bus back to the San Jose Airport will leave at 11am and arrive at the airport about 1pm. Book your flight home for 3pm or later.

    Extend your stay... Costa Rica Travel Suggestions

    Interested in further explorations? Selva Verde Lodge is itself an excellent area for birding and ecotourism and is near several other excellent areas. Come early or stay after the retreat at Selva Verde Lodge (please arrange directly with them) and book a birding tour at La Selva Biological Station (15 minutes drive from the lodge). You could also do additional birding tours at the Lodge.

    Interested in regular Costa Rican culture and/or Spanish language studies? The town of Heredia is 30 minutes from the airport and also has a stop on the commuter train into San Jose itself (note that the airport is in Alajuela, not San Jose proper). We recommend Hotel Hojarascas in Heredia - a delightful and affordable family run hotel. There are highly recommended Spanish language schools in Heredia as well.

    Interested in nature and seeing more of Costa Rica? Travel to one or more of these nearby nature hotspots:

    1) The Carribean coastal area of Tortuguero: see coastal bird and amphibian species, a flooded rainforest, sea turtles and many other species in a warm laid-back environment. About 3 hours drive plus a 1 hour boat ride from Selva Verde Lodge.

    2) The Arenal Volcano. The Volcano itself is impressive and many forest bird species can be seen. Nearby hot springs at La Fortuna are a delight as well. About 2 hours drive from Selva Verde Lodge.

    3) The Monte Verde Cloud forest, one of the most impressive cloud forest regions in the Americas. 3 hour drive on from Arenal Volcano. 

    Travel independently or arrange with an outfitter. For an outfitter we recommend Aratinga Tours. Please tell them you're part of the Mindfulness Northwest group.

    Prerequisites
    Before practicing for a full week we recommend that you have experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. You will want to have tasted mindfulness or meditation in teacher-led classes, retreats, or meditation centers. Contact us if you have questions about whether this retreat will be appropriate for you.

    Teacher Training and Development
    This course meets the prerequisites for those in the the Center for Mindfulness' Oasis training pathway. See the CFM website for more information. It meets CFM's requirement to attend an annual, silent, teacher-led retreat of at least 7 days for ongoing development and one of the 4 required retreats before certification as an MBSR teacher. This retreat also meets requirements for training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher which requires a 5-day silent retreat before beginning Teacher Training (see the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion website for details).

    Instructors

    • Rev. Tim Burnett, Teacher: Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest (and former botanist and environmental educator!)

    Cost
    $1600- $2600 - using our sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). Includes double occupancy room and all meals. Single occupancy rooms are available for an additional surcharge ($400).

    Payment plans are available during registration (4 equal monthly payments; no financing fee).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.

    Registration
       REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Cancellation Policy
    A special cancellation policy (below) applies to this retreat. This policy supersedes our regular policy.

    • Before April 1st: full refunds (less a $30 non-refundable registration fee) are available
    • April 1st to April 20th: receive back 75% of your registration fee
    • April 21st to May 5th: receive back 50% of your registration fee
    • After May 5th: sorry, no refunds are possible
    • 05 Aug 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 10 Aug 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Dumas Bay Centre, 3200 SW Dash Point Rd, Federal Way, WA 98023
    • 15
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    Our annual 5-day MSC Intensive in the Pacific Northwest.
    Transportation from SeaTac airport is available.

    Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training teaches us how to develop the warm-hearted, connected presence we need during moments of difficulty. Self-compassion provides the emotional strength and resilience needed to offer ourselves the same kindness and understanding we would offer a good friend. With self-compassion we can motivate ourselves with encouragement, forgive ourselves when needed, face and befriend our shortcomings, care for others while caring for ourselves, and live more authentically. Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.

    And, self-compassion is a skill that can be learned and cultivated by anyone through Mindful Self-Compassion Training.

    In this course, you will:

    • Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
    • Learn how to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    • Learn how to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
    • Take a fresh look at challenging relationships, old and new
    • Learn tools to manage caregiver fatigue
    • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
    • Be able to teach simple self-compassion practices to others

    This program is an intensive skills training program (not a silent meditation retreat). It is a condensed version of the eight-session, empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff (and thus fulfills a prerequisite for becoming an MSC teacher). (Should you prefer a 5-day silent retreat incorporating elements of Mindful Self-Compassion, please see our Roots of Compassion retreat).

    MSC is an experiential journey - an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness - offering periods of instruction and periods of practice. Our full days include an optional morning meditation before breakfast, full 3-hour classroom sessions in the morning and afternoon, and some evening activities.

    Self-Compassion can be learned by anyone, even those of us who did not learn these skills as children.

    Instructors

    Tim Burnett, Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, Trained MSC Teacher, teacher of MBSR and Compassion Cultivation Training. More on Tim.

    &

    Michelle Becker, senior teacher and teacher trainer for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness, and licensed marriage and family therapist. More on Michelle.

    Schedule
    August 5 - 10, 2018:
    Starts Sunday with 4pm - 5pm check-in.
    Closes on Friday by 2pm after lunch.

    Cost
    $1400 - $1800 (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system) including tuition, room and board. Each registration includes a $350 deposit that is non-refundable after July 5th, 2018.

    Payment plans are available during registration (4 equal monthly payments; no financing fee).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.

    Registration
       REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Room & Board
    Are included with the registration free. The housing in this former convent is all single rooms. The rooms are small but comfortable and all have en-suite bathroom (half-bath).

    Commuter Option: this is an intensive and immersive training and we highly recommend residential attendance to give you time and space to process and absorb this material. In some cases we will allow non-residential commuters who live close to Federal Way to attend. While this does reduce costs it does add challenge and potentially undermines the value of this week of training for your personal (and professional) development. Commuter options will be released on a space-available basis two months before the workshop begins. If you're interested in being added to a notification list for this commuter option, please contact us at office@mindfulnessnorthwest.com.

    Location & Transportation
    Dumas Bay Retreat Centre in Federal Way is a peaceful former convent on the Puget Sound and yet only a 30 minute drive from SeaTac airport (Seattle-Tacoma International Airport - SEA).

    For those flying in please see the shuttle service we're oferring between SeaTac airport (Seattle) and the retreat site (there is a separate sign-up and fee for this shuttle service).

    Continuing Education Credits:
    Continuing education credits are available in the following categories for an additional $40 charge. 

    Psychologists: This program is sponsored by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 24.0 hours of credit.

    California Licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: This activity is an approved continuing education program by the American Psychological Association. 24.0 contact hours may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if APA accreditation meets their requirements.

    Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 28.75 contact hours.

    Recommended reading:

    Other Retreats

    Rainforest Retreat (7-day silent retreat)
    May 26 - Jun 2. A 7-day mindfulness retreat in Costa Rica.

    Roots of Compassion (5-day silent retreat)
    Aug 26 - 31. Incorporating elements of both Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Held north of Seattle.

    Roots of Mindfulness (7-day silent retreat)
    Oct 14 - 21. A 7-day mindfulness retreat held north of Seattle.
    • 26 Aug 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 31 Aug 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island, Skagit County, WA
    • 52
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    The Roots of Compassion: a 5-day Mindfulness & Compassion Practice Retreat
    90 minutes north of Seattle

    Sunday August 26 - Friday August 31

    Join us for a 5-day mindfulness and compassion retreat in the style of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at a beautiful retreat site on Samish Island in the Samish River delta of Skagit County in Washington state (roughly 90 minutes north of Seattle). The retreat will be a deep exploration of the roots of mindfulness and compassion practices, both experientially and through a series of talks on Buddhist teachings and connected ideas from philosophy, poetry, and the sciences.

    2018 Roots of Compassion Theme: TBD

    Course details
    This residential retreat will be held mostly in silence and will include a series of gently guided mindfulness practices including sitting meditation, walking meditation, gentle yoga, and the body scan, as well as compassion cultivation and loving kindness meditations.


    This retreat will be highly relevant to students of mindfulness and compassion interested in deepening their practice and to teachers of mindfulness and compassion who would like to strengthen their background understanding of the Buddhist roots of contemporary programs like MBSR and MSC.

    (Note: should you prefer a 5-day Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) skills training workshop - a condensed version of the eight-session, empirically-supported MSC training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff - please see our Mindful Self-Compassion 5-day Training.)

    Simple accommodations (single occupancy in most cases) and all meals will be included.

    Details on what to bring will be sent upon registration.

    Round trip transportation from SeaTac Airport (Seattle) to the retreat site is available with our shuttle service (register separately).

    Schedule 

    August 26 - 31:
    Starts Sunday August 26th with 4pm - 5pm check-in.
    Closes Friday August 31st by 2pm.

    Prerequisites
    Before practicing for nearly a full week we recommend that you have experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. The retreat is designed firstly for graduates of the intensive 8-week classes in Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and should also be fine for those who have tasted mindfulness or meditation in teacher-led classes, retreats, or meditation centers. Contact us if you have questions about whether this retreat will be appropriate for you.

    Teacher Training and Development
    This retreat meets requirements for training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher which requires a 5-day silent retreat before beginning Teacher Training (see the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion website for details). This course also meets the prerequisites for those in the the Center for Mindfulness' Oasis training pathway which requires both 5-day and 7-day retreats. See the CFM website for more information.

    Instructor

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

    Cost
    $590 - $790 (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). Plus an additional surcharge ($50 - $100) for some housing options (see below).

    Payment plans are available during registration (4 equal monthly payments; no financing fee).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.

    Registration
    REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Location
    Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Road, Bow, Washington. Instructions and details will be provided when you register. Samish Island Campground is about 90 minutes north of Seattle and 40 minutes south of Bellingham.

    This beautiful campground maintained by the Community of Christ at the east end of Samish Island (accessible by road) offers stunning views, deep quiet, and simple accommodations.

    It is not really an island - you can drive there.

    And it's not exactly a campground - there are simple rustic cabins and motel-like "e-cabins" available (see "Accommodations", below, for more details). RV and tent camping is also available.

    Directions and Transportation
    Directions and more information about Samish Island Campground are available here.

    Round trip transportation from SeaTac Airport (Seattle) to the retreat site is available with our shuttle service (register separately).

    Note that there is no public transportation all the way to Samish Island.

    And see also the ride board for setting up ride shares.

    Accommodations
    Samish Island "Campground" does not require camping. There are two types of cabins: rustic cabins, which are simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's - they have heat, beds, and share 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.

    The 16 e-cabins are lighter, more modern, and share a bathroom. 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 neighbor.

    A surcharge is required for lodging in the more modern e-cabins. A $50 surcharge is required for double occupancy in an e-cabin (with a single roommate), and a $100 surcharge is required for single occupancy.

    Consider helping us make e-cabins available to more people, and save $50, by requesting double occupancy. We will do our best to match you with a compatible roommate and to honor requests for roommates if you are coming to retreat with a friend.

    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:
       


    Expectations of Participants
    By signing up for this retreat you are agreeing to:

    1) Follow the Schedule - participate in the practice schedule as fully as possible. We allow alternate schedules and variations in the schedule due to health needs. This is a structured week of practice with a schedule of practices we will do together starting first thing in the morning. That structure is a powerful support for deepening our mindfulness practice.

    2) Do jobs and chores - do some chores around the camp. You will have the option of choosing an ongoing job or helping with cleaning and organizing at the end of the week. The Samish Island Campground is staffed by a small volunteer staff and costs are held low by asking the visiting group to leave the camp as clean as they found it.

    Other Retreats and Trainings

    Rainforest Retreat (7-day silent retreat)
    May 26 - Jun 2. A 7-day mindfulness retreat in Costa Rica.

    Mindful Self-Compassion 5-day Training (5-day skills training workshop)
    Aug 5 - 10. A condensed version of the eight-session, empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. 
    Held just south of Seattle.

    Roots of Mindfulness (7-day silent retreat)
    Oct 14 - 21. A 7-day mindfulness retreat held north of Seattle.

    • 31 Aug 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 03 Sep 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island, 11633 Scott Road, Bow, WA
    • 44
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    Join the trainees in the 2018-19 Mindfulness Teacher Training Program (MTTP - details here) for the Opening Retreat of that program. This is a great way to find out if you'd like to participate in a future MTTP cohort or pursue other mindfulness teacher training.

    ALSO sign up here if you are an enrolled MTTP Student in the 2017-18 cohort so we can collect everyone's dietary info and other information in one place for the camp staff.

    We'll explore who we are as mindfulness practitioners and dive deeply into the aspiration to become teachers.

    There will be a mix of silent and led mindfulness training, exercises in values clarification and discernment, conversations and informal time to meet each other deeply.

    "Discernee" students at this retreat also will help to support the launch of the trainees as they begin their 9-month journey of discovery.

    The retreat will run Friday 5pm - Mon 2pm at this residential retreat space in the Skagit Valley (details below). Room, board and instruction is included in the registration fees (with a surcharge for some housing choices).

    Plan to be as fully present at the retreat as possible with business at home squared away, cell phone off, and other technology away.

    Instructor

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

    Cost
    $310 - $410 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). Plus an additional surcharge for some housing options (see below).

    Payment plans are available during registration (4 equal monthly payments; no financing fee).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.

    Registration
       REGISTER ONLINE or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Location
    Samish Island Campground. 11565 Scott Road, Bow, WA. Instructions and details will be provided when you register. Samish is about 90 minutes north of Seattle and 40 minutes south of Bellingham.

    This beautiful campground maintained by the Community of Christ at the east end of Samish Island (accessible by road) offers stunning views, deep quiet, and simple accommodations. 

    It's not really an island - you can drive there.

    And it's not exactly a campground - there are simple, rustic cabins and motel-like "e-cabins" available. RV and tent camping is also available.

    Directions and Transportation
    Directions and more information about Samish are available here. Note that there is no public transportation all the way to Samish Island. You may find our ride board helpful in setting up rideshares and carpools.

    Lodging
    Samish "Campground" does not require camping. There are two types of cabins available: rustic cabins, which are simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's - they have heat, beds, and share 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.

    The 16 e-cabins are lighter, more modern, and share a bathroom. 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 neighbor.

    A surcharge is required for housing in the more modern e-cabins. A $25 surcharge is required for double occupancy in an e-cabin (with a single roommate), and a $50 surcharge is required for single occupancy.

    Consider helping us make e-cabins available to more people, and save $25, by requesting double occupancy. We will do our best to match you with a compatible roommate and to honor requests for roommates if you are coming to retreat with a friend.

    You may request: rustic, e-cabin with double occupancy, or e-cabin with single occupancy in the registration process.

     Rustic Cabins Exterior:  Rustic Cabin Interior:
     Samish rustic cabin  
     E-Cabin Exterior:  E-Cabin Interior:
       

    Expectations of Participants
    By signing up for this retreat you are agreeing to:

    1) Follow the Schedule - participate in the practice schedule as fully as possible. We allow alternate schedules and variations in the schedule due to health needs. This is a structured week of practice with a schedule of practices we will do together starting first thing in the morning. That structure is a powerful support for deepening our mindfulness practice.

    2) Do jobs and chores - do some chores around the camp. You will have the option of choosing an ongoing job or helping with cleaning and organizing at the end of the week. The Samish Island Campground is staffed by a small volunteer staff and costs are held low by asking the visiting group to leave the camp as clean as they found it.

    Additional Notes:

    • Joining us for this retreat is a separate process from the application process for the MTTP - please see the MTTP Pages for details on our 9-month training in the fundamentals of teaching mindfulness.
    • 14 Oct 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 21 Oct 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Samish Island, Skagit County, WA
    • 52
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    The Roots of Mindfulness: a week of extended Mindfulness Practice
    90 minutes north of Seattle

    Sunday evening October 14th - Sunday mid-day October 21st

    Join us for a full week-long retreat of mindfulness practices in the style of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at a beautiful retreat site on Samish Island in the Samish River delta of Skagit County in Washington state (roughly 90 minutes north of Seattle). The retreat will be a deep exploration of the roots of mindfulness practice both experientially and through a series of talks on Buddhist teachings and connected ideas from philosophy, poetry, and the sciences.

    2018 Roots of Mindfulness Theme: The Four Foundations of Mindfulness Sutra (Sattipatthana Sutta) - this central text for all mindfulness programs lays out the Buddha's vision of how to practice through body & breath awareness, awareness of feeling-tone and perception, understanding thoughts and emotions, and perceiving the deep patterns of our lives.

    Course details:
    This residential retreat will be held mostly in silence and will include a series of gently guided mindfulness practices including sitting meditation, walking meditation, gentle yoga, and the body scan.

    This retreat will be highly relevant both to mindfulness students interested in deepening their practice and to teachers of mindfulness who would like to strengthen their background understanding of the Buddhist roots of MBSR.


    Simple accommodations (single occupancy in most cases) and all meals will be included.

    Details on what to bring will be sent upon registration.

    Round trip transportation from SeaTac Airport (Seattle) to the retreat site is available with our shuttle service (register separately).

    Schedule 

    October 14 - 21
    Starts Sunday October 14th with 4pm - 5pm check-in.
    Closes Sunday October 21st by noon.

    Prerequisites
    Before practicing for a full week we recommend that you have experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. The retreat is designed firstly for 

    graduates of the intensive 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class and should also be fine for those who have tasted mindfulness or meditation in teacher-led classes, retreats, or meditation centers. Contact us if you have questions about whether this retreat will be appropriate for you.

    Teacher Training and Development
    This course meets the prerequisites for those in the the Center for Mindfulness' Oasis training pathway. See the CFM website for more information. It meets CFM's requirement to attend an annual, silent, teacher-led retreat of at least 7 days for ongoing development and one of the 4 required retreats before certification as an MBSR teacher. This retreat also meets requirements for training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher which requires a 5-day silent retreat before beginning Teacher Training (see the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion website for details).

    Instructors

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

    Robin Boudette, PhD, Certified MBSR Instructor, www.mindfulnessforeveryone

    Cost
    $890 - $1290 regular sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). Plus an additional surcharge ($50 - $100) for some lodging options (see below). Food, lodging, and teachings are included in this all-inclusive registration fee.

    Note that there will also be an opportunity on-site and during registration to practice generosity ("dana" in Buddhist ethics) by making a contribute to our scholarship funds so that others without means can attend. 

    Payment plans are available during registration (4 equal monthly payments; no financing fee).

    Financial Assistance: Scholarship assistance may be available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding fee scale. Please APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP.

    Registration
       Register Online or register by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0.

    Location
    Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Road, Bow, Washington. Instructions and details will be provided when you register. Samish Island Campground is about 90 minutes north of Seattle and 40 minutes south of Bellingham.

    This beautiful campground maintained by the Community of Christ at the east end of Samish Island (accessible by road) offers stunning views, deep quiet, and simple accommodations.

    It's not really an island - you can drive there.

    And it's not exactly a campground - there are simple rustic cabins and motel-like "e-cabins" available (see "Accommodations", below, for more details). RV and tent camping is also available.

    Directions and Transportation
    Directions and more information about Samish Island Campground are available here.

    Round trip transportation from SeaTac Airport (Seattle) to the retreat site is available with our shuttle service (register separately).


    Note that there is no public transportation all the way to Samish Island.

    And see also the ride board for setting up ride shares.

    Accommodations

    Samish Island "Campground" does not require camping. There are two types of cabins: rustic cabins, which are simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's - they have heat, beds, and share 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.

    The 16 e-cabins are lighter, more modern, and share a bathroom. 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 neighbor.

    A surcharge is required for lodging in the more modern e-cabins. A $50 surcharge is required for double occupancy in an e-cabin (with a single roommate), and a $100 surcharge is required for single occupancy.

    Consider helping us make e-cabins available to more people, and save $50, by requesting double occupancy. We will do our best to match you with a compatible roommate and to honor requests for roommates if you are coming to retreat with a friend.

    During the registration process, you may request one of these options: rustic, e-cabin with double occupancy, or e-cabin with single occupancy, or RV or camping.

     Rustic Cabins Exterior:  Rustic Cabin Interior:
     Samish rustic cabin  
     E-Cabin Exterior:  E-Cabin Interior:
       


    Expectations of Participants
    By signing up for this retreat you are agreeing to:

    1) Follow the Schedule - participate in the practice schedule as fully as possible. We allow alternate schedules and variations in the schedule due to health needs. This is a structured week of practice with a schedule of practices we will do together starting first thing in the morning. That structure is a powerful support for deepening our mindfulness practice.

    2) Do jobs and chores - do some chores around the camp. You will have the option of choosing an ongoing job or helping with cleaning and organizing at the end of the week. The Samish Island Campground is staffed by a small volunteer staff and costs are held low by asking the visiting group to leave the camp as clean as they found it.

    Other Retreats and Trainings

    Rainforest Retreat (7-day silent retreat)
    May 26 - Jun 2. A 7-day mindfulness retreat in Costa Rica.

    Mindful Self-Compassion 5-day Training (5-day skills training workshop)
    Aug 5 - 10. A condensed version of the eight-session, empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion training developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff. 
    Held just south of Seattle.

    Roots of Compassion (5-day silent retreat)
    Aug 26 - 31. Incorporating elements of both Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Held north of Seattle.

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