Upcoming Classes, Retreats, and Trainings

    • 25 Sep 2017
    • 11 Dec 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • St. Joseph Hospital, Conference Room 5/6, 2901 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225
    • 25

    A drop-in Mindfulness class to continue the practice of mindfulness. Designed for those who have taken the Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals course and open to all.

    The Physicians' Well-Being Network is happy to announce new programs to enhance the health of regional healthcare providers, with gratitude for their sponsor: The St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.

    Eligibility:
    This course is for healthcare providers and therapists (MD/DO/PA/NP/RN/LMHC/MHC/MSW, etc.) and their spouse or partner. It is designed to provide ongoing practice opportunities for those who have taken the 5-week Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers class. And it is open to others with an interest in mindfulness.

    Course details:
    This highly participatory, practical class continues our practices of:

    • Body Awareness practices such as the Body Scan and Gentle Mindful Yoga
    • Seated meditation including Awareness of Breathing, Labelling, and Loving-Kindness-Meditation.
    • Inquiry and dialog around the application of mindfulness in everyday life at work and at home.
    • Discussion of brief informal practices that you can do anywhere.
    • Support for in-depth formal practice as home (or perhaps in the car at lunch!).
    • Ongoing development of a community of practice for medical professionals of the Bellingham area.

    Instructor: Tim Burnett, Executive Director & Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest

    Schedule:
    2nd and 4th Mondays, 6:30pm - 8:00pm on Sept 25, Oct 9, Oct 23, Nov 13, Nov 27, and Dec 11th.

    Location:
    St. Joseph HospitalConference Room 5
    (the right side of room 5/6 as you leave the cafeteria)
    at 2901 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225

    Cost:
    There is no fee for this drop-in course.

    Background:
    These drop-in sessions continue the work derived from the well-researched, 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center. 

    Our mindfulness courses have been offered to physicians at many regional medical centers since 2012 including UW Medicine, Evergreen Health, The Everett Clinic, Skagit Valley Medical Center, UW Valley Medical Center, Providence Northwest Group, and statewide through our partnership with the Washington Physicians Health Program.

    • 06 Dec 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Village Books, 1200 11th St Bellingham, WA
    Register

    Having Mindful Holidays:
    Mindfulness Practices with Tim Burnett
      

    Join local mindfulness practitioner Tim Burnett, Guiding Teacher and Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, for an exploration of mindfulness practices that promote awareness and well-being. We'll discuss the origins of mindfulness, touch on stress physiology, and explore how mindfulness practices can help us engage in our relationship to experience (such as the holiday season!), reducing stress and enhancing well-being. Simple practices of breathing and mindful movement will support our discussion as we explore mindfulness from the inside out.

    Mindfulness teacher Tim Burnett has been practicing meditation for 30 years. He is knowledgeable about mindfulness from its traditional Buddhist origins and into its contemporary applications in medicine and psychology. Tim is authorized to offer Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), and Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT). In 2011, Tim founded the local non-profit Mindfulness Northwest which offers classes, workshops and retreats in mindfulness and compassion in Whatcom, King, Skagit, and Snohomish Counties, including Bellingham, Seattle, Kirkland, and Everett. Tim is also a fully authorized teacher of Soto Zen Buddhism.

    When: Wednesday December 6th, noon - 1pm
    Where: Village Books, 1200 11th St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    Cost: free!

    No registration is necessary but you may choose to register in order to RSVP and join our email list to receive twice-a-month emails about mindfulness and compassion as well as information about our upcoming classes, retreats and workshops.

    • 06 Jan 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Village Books, 1200 11th St Bellingham, WA
    Register

    Join Mindfulness Northwest at Village Books as a part of their annual New Year's Resolutions event.
      

    Mindfulness practitioner Joe Arellano, graduate of the Mindfulness Northwest Teacher Training Program, will facilitate an exploration of mindfulness practices that promote awareness and well-being. We'll discuss the origins of mindfulness, touch on stress physiology and explore how mindfulness practices can help us engage in our relationship to experience, helping to reduce stress and enhance well-being. Simple practices of breathing and mindful movement will support our discussion as we explore mindfulness from the inside out.

    When: Saturday January 6th, 3pm - 4pm
    Where: Village Books, 1200 11th St, Bellingham, WA
    Cost: free!

    No registration is necessary but you may choose to register in order to RSVP and join our email list to receive twice-a-month emails about mindfulness and compassion as well as information about our upcoming classes, retreats and workshops.

    • 07 Jan 2018
    • 11 Feb 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • UW Medicine South Lake Union, 850 Republican St Seattle, WA 98109

    For UW-affiliated Healthcare Providers: Mindfulness training on Sunday evenings. A chance for Seattle-area professionals to learn about mindfulness first-hand in a supportive group of peers.

    Registration Through UW, Coming Soon

    Join us in the company of other clinicians, staff, and their family members, in an investigation of mindfulness from the inside out. Introduction to Mindfulness (and it's companion class Continuing with Mindfulness) are based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). MBSR is the best researched mindfulness intervention with positive research indications for:

    • Improving immune system function
    • Reducing anxiety
    • Preventing relapse of depression
    • Reducing negative emotional response to stress
    • Managing chronic pain
    • Addressing chronic health conditions including high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, heart disease, asthma, GI distress, and skin disorders
    • Effectively coping with short and long-term stressful situations
    • Encouraging growth in the brain areas associated with learning, memory, focus, attention, emotional regulation, and empathy
    • Enhancing compassion and altruism
    • Reducing pregnancy-related anxiety
    • Helping professionals cope with stress, connect with patients, and reduce burnout-inducing negative emotions and anxiety
    • Coping with PTSD (veterans and other sufferers)
    • Increasing “mindfulness of eating” (e.g., in relationship to obesity)
    • Improving general health and well-being through a focus on prevention and greater awareness of what's truly harmful and helpful

    This shorter Introduction to Mindfulness class was inspired by MBSR and offers a deep taste of mindfulness training in a briefer 5-week period.

    Eligibility:
    This course is for UW-affiliated clinicians and their family members. This includes UW Medicine Staff and residents/fellows/students and their family members. Please contact GME directly with eligibility questions at uwgme@uw.edu or 206.616.8286.

    Course details:
    Introduction to Mindfulness is a structured 5-week course on mindfulness that promotes stress reduction, health and well-being.  This highly participatory, practical class includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • Guided audio files for home practice
    • a 40-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about the well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Schedule:
    5 meetings: 4 regular class sessions and one extended session.

    Sunday evenings 6:00pm - 8:30pm: January 7th, 14th and 21st and February 11th. We do not meet on February 4th.

    Extended session: Sunday January 28th, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

    Instructor: Richard Johnson, PhD

    Location
    UW School of Medicine
    South Lake Union
    850 Republican St.
    Seattle, WA
    (Map and directions)

    Cost:
    $150 for UW Faculty/Staff, $50 for UW Housestaff

    The fee includes all 5 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs). 

    This class is sponsored by UW Graduate Medical Education and the UW School of Medicine Wellness Committee and offered at a reduced fee.

    Registration:
    Registration is through UW GME via a Catalyst survey (link to come).

    • 13 Jan 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Peace & Spirituality Center, St. Mary-on-the-Lake, 1663 Killarney Way, Bellevue, WA
    • 28
    Register

    A Day of Gratitude at beautiful St. Mary-on-the-Lake (Bellevue)


    What if each ​morning we could put on a set of glasses ​to help us view​ the details of our day ​​more often through a lens of wonder?

    Science is now revealing that practicing gratitude is a skill that can have positive effects on our health, moods and relationships. Put simply, it offers us the opportunity to approach life with new eyes.

    Please join us for a day of immersion in mindfulness practices, discussion, poetry and teachings which will invite the door of gratefulness in our hearts and minds​​ ​to open wide.

    “And in every moment, in every action, we will feel the urge to say thank you, we will follow the urge to bow.”

       - From One Morning, by Rosemerry Trommer

    This Day of Gratitude 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 spacious, modern rooms; we'll be well-cared-for and can relax into the pace and rhythm of this day of practice together.

    Schedule:
    Saturday January 13th, 9:00am - 4:00pm

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

    Instructors: Richard and Teresa Johnson


    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 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.

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

    Other Classes in the Area:
    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

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

    • 15 Jan 2018
    • 29 Jan 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA
    • 22
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    Getting Started with Mindfulness and Compassion


    The practice of mindfulness helps us find the calm center in the storm of life. And the practice of compassion helps us warm our hearts and meet the calm and the chaos with more kindness and curiosity. Our 8-week classes go into these two topics in depth. This 3-week class can help you get a feeling for this rewarding work and help you choose your path forward. With three sessions, a manual, support for practice between classes, and a warm classroom community you'll get started in "the practice" in a solid way.

    Expect to learn:

    • What mindfulness is and how systematic training in being more present and aware benefits our mental and physical health
    • How mindfulness helps us be more aware of perceptions - and misperceptions!
    • What meditation is, and what it isn't
    • How mindfulness of the body grounds you and increases wise responses to stress
    • How compassion works and what distinguishes it from empathy on the one hand, and pity on the other
    • How mindfulness and compassion help to reduce burnout and caregiving fatigue
    • The difference between formal and informal mindfulness & compassion practices

    Expect to leave with:

    • A 20 page manual and access to helpful practice recordings
    • Daily life tools for pausing and bringing kindness to even the most challenging situations
    • New friends and comrades on "the path"
    • An understanding of how a meditation teacher and how meditation communities serve to support your growth

    We hope you'll join us in this accessible new Mindfulness Northwest class designed by our Executive Director Tim Burnett based on his 30 years of meditation experience and teaching hundreds of students mindfulness and compassion.

    Schedule:
    3 classroom sessions: Monday evenings 6pm - 8:30pm, January 15th - 29th

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

    Location:
    Red Cedar Dharma Hall
    1021 N. Forest St
    Bellngham, WA 98225
    (map and directions)

    Cost:
    $85-$125 sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). 

    The fee includes all 3 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

    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.

    Other Classes in the Area:
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (8-week class)
    Sunday evenings from February 4th to March 25th

    Mindful Self-Compassion (8-week class)
    Thursday mornings from February 1st to March 29th

    FREE Drop-In Classes
    Every Thursday evening from February 1st to March 29th

    A Winter Day of Mindfulness
    Saturday March 24th

    • 16 Jan 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Village Books, 1200 11th St Bellingham, WA
    Register

    Start the year off with mindfulness practices taught by Tim Burnett

    Join local mindfulness practitioner Tim Burnett, Guiding Teacher and Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, for an exploration of mindfulness practices that promote awareness and well-being. We'll discuss the origins of mindfulness, touch on stress physiology, and explore how mindfulness practices can help us engage in our relationship to experience (such as the holiday season!), reducing stress and enhancing well-being. Simple practices of breathing and mindful movement will support our discussion as we explore mindfulness from the inside out.

    Mindfulness teacher Tim Burnett has been practicing meditation for 30 years. He is knowledgeable about mindfulness from its traditional Buddhist origins and into its contemporary applications in medicine and psychology. Tim is authorized to offer Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), and Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT). In 2011, Tim founded the local non-profit Mindfulness Northwest which offers classes, workshops and retreats in mindfulness and compassion in Whatcom, King, Skagit, and Snohomish Counties, including Bellingham, Seattle, Kirkland, and Everett. Tim is also a fully authorized teacher of Soto Zen Buddhism.

    When: Tuesday January 16th, noon - 1pm
    Where: Village Books, 1200 11th St, Bellingham, WA
    Cost: free!

    No registration is necessary but you may choose to register in order to RSVP and join our email list to receive twice-a-month emails about mindfulness and compassion as well as information about our upcoming classes, retreats and workshops.

    • 18 Jan 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Nalanda West, 3902 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle, WA
    • 23
    Register

    An Introduction to Mindfulness

    Have you been curious about mindfulness and it's benefits? This one-evening class offers an accessible and hands-on introduction to mindfulness. Simple practices of breathing and mindful movement will support our discussion as we explore mindfulness from the inside out. After this course you will have a good idea whether you'd like to pursue mindfulness training further.

    We will:

    • Discuss the origins of mindfulness
    • Touch on stress physiology
    • And explore how mindfulness practices can help us engage in our relationship to experience, reducing stress and enhancing well-being.

    Recent research shows that Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) - the type of mindfulness taught by Mindfulness Northwest - has these effects:

    • Reduces chronic pain and boosts the immune system
    • Addresses painful mental states like depression and anxiety
    • Minimizes emotional reactivity and promotes well-being
    • Increases flexible attention and sharpens mental focus
    • And actually thickens grey matter in the areas of empathy and problem-solving.
    • Happiness is a delightful by-product.

    Schedule:
    Thursday evening January 18th, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

    Location:
    Nalanda West
    3902 Woodland Park Ave N
    Seattle, WA 98103
    (map and directions)

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

    Cost:
    $20 - $60 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.

    Other Classes in the Area:

    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 Gratitude (in Bellevue)
    Saturday January 13th

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

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

    • 22 Jan 2018
    • 12 Mar 2018
    • 9 sessions
    • Nalanda West, 3902 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle, WA
    • 21
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    Mindful Self-Compassion training offered in Wallingford

    Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.mindfulselfcompassion.org) and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.self-compassion.org).

    MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing - being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity.

    Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we're hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

    MSC can be learned by anyone. It's the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves - especially when we're suffering - and cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and be free from suffering.

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

    In MSC you will learn:

    • How to stop being so hard on yourself
    • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    • How to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
    • How to transform difficult relations, both old and new
    • Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
    • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
    • How to become your own best teacher

    A randomized, controlled trial demonstrated that MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced mindfulness and self-compassion in their daily lives.

    Schedule:
    8 classroom sessions: Monday evenings 6pm - 8:45pm, January 22nd - March 12th

    Extended session: Saturday March 3rd 9am - 4pm

    Instructor: Richard Johnson, PhD, Mindfulness Northwest Senior Instructor

    Location:
    Classroom sessions:

    Nalanda West
    3902 Woodland Park Ave N
    Seattle, WA 98103
    (map and directions)


    Retreat day (Saturday March 3rd):

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

    Cost:
    $340 - $520 sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). 

    The fee includes all 9 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

    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.

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

    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 Gratitude (in Bellevue)
    Saturday January 13th

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

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

    • 23 Jan 2018
    • 13 Mar 2018
    • 9 sessions
    • Rainier Conference Room, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett - Colby Campus, 1321 Colby Ave, Everett, WA 98201
    • 17
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    Our second MBSR class in Everett!

    Are you interested in mindfulness and its potential for enhancing health and well-being? Are you under stress? Are you struggling with chronic conditions such as chronic pain, depression, and anxiety? Are you feeling as if life is too much? Or do you simply want to live a fuller life with greater balance?

    Recent research shows Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) reduces chronic pain and boosts the immune system; addresses painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimizes emotional reactivity and promotes well-being; increases flexible attention and sharpens mental focus; and actually thickens grey matter in the areas of empathy and problem-solving. Happiness is a delightful by-product.

    Course details:
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a structured 8-week course on mindfulness that reduces stress, and promotes health and well being.  This highly participatory, practical course includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • Guided audio files for home practice
    • a 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about this well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Schedule:
    8 classroom sessions: Tuesday evenings 6:00pm - 8:30pm, January 23rd  - March 13th

    Retreat day: Saturday March 10th, 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Instructor: Richard Johnson, PhD, Senior Instructor

    Location:
    Classroom sessions:

    Rainier Conference Room
    Providence Regional Medical Center Everett - Colby Campus
    1321 Colby Ave
    Everett, WA 98201
    (map and directions)

    Retreat day (Saturday March 10th):

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

    Cost:
    $310 - $450 sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). 

    The fee includes all 9 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

    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.

    • 24 Jan 2018
    • 14 Mar 2018
    • 9 sessions
    • Nalanda West, 3902 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle, WA
    • 15
    Register

    Wednesday Mid-Day MBSR in Seattle

    Are you interested in mindfulness and its potential for enhancing health and well being? Are you under stress? Are you struggling with chronic conditions such as chronic pain, depression, and anxiety? Are you feeling as if life is too much? Or do you simply want to live a fuller life with greater balance?

    Recent research shows Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) reduces chronic pain and boosts the immune system; addresses painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimizes emotional reactivity and promotes well-being; increases flexible attention and sharpens mental focus; and actually thickens grey matter in the areas of empathy and problem-solving. Happiness is a delightful by-product.

    Course details:
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a structured 8-week course on mindfulness that reduces stress, and promotes health and well-being.  This highly participatory, practical course includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • Guided audio files for home practice
    • a 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about this well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Schedule:
    8 classroom sessions: Wednesdays mid-day noon - 2:30pm, January 24th  - March 14th.

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

    Instructor: Karen Schwisow, Senior Instructor, E-RYT

    Location:
    Classroom sessions:

    Nalanda West
    3902 Woodland Park Ave N
    Seattle, WA 98103
    (map and directions)


    Retreat day (Saturday March 10th):

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


    Cost & Options:
    $330-$490 sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    The fee includes all 9 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

    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.


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

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

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

    • 24 Jan 2018
    • 14 Mar 2018
    • 9 sessions
    • 308 4th Avenue South, Kirkland, WA 98033
    • 16
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    Wednesday Evening MBSR in Kirkland

    Are you interested in mindfulness and its potential for enhancing health and well being? Are you under stress? Are you struggling with chronic conditions such as chronic pain, depression, and anxiety? Are you feeling as if life is too much? Or do you simply want to live a fuller life with greater balance?

    Recent research shows Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) reduces chronic pain and boosts the immune system; addresses painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimizes emotional reactivity and promotes well-being; increases flexible attention and sharpens mental focus; and actually thickens grey matter in the areas of empathy and problem-solving. Happiness is a delightful by-product.

    Course details:
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a structured 8-week course on mindfulness that reduces stress, and promotes health and well-being.  This highly participatory, practical course includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • Guided audio files for home practice
    • a 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about this well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Schedule:
    8 classroom sessions: Wednesday evenings 6:30pm - 9:00pm, January 24th  - March 14th.

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

    Instructor: Karen Schwisow, Senior Instructor, E-RYT

    Location:
    Classroom sessions:

    308 4th Avenue S
    Kirkland, WA 98033
    (map and directions)


    Retreat day (Saturday March 10th):

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

    Cost & Options:
    $330-$490 sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    The fee includes all 9 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

    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.


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

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

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

    • 25 Jan 2018
    • 15 Mar 2018
    • 9 sessions
    • Nalanda West, 3902 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle, WA
    • 21
    Register

    Winter 2017 MBSR in Fremont

    Are you interested in mindfulness and its potential for enhancing health and well being? Are you under stress? Are you struggling with chronic conditions such as chronic pain, depression, and anxiety? Are you feeling as if life is too much? Or do you simply want to live a fuller life with greater balance?

    Recent research shows Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) reduces chronic pain and boosts the immune system; addresses painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimizes emotional reactivity and promotes well-being; increases flexible attention and sharpens mental focus; and actually thickens grey matter in the areas of empathy and problem-solving. Happiness is a delightful by-product.

    Course details:
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a structured 8-week course on mindfulness that reduces stress, and promotes health and well being.  This highly participatory, practical course includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • Guided audio files for home practice
    • a 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about this well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Schedule:
    8 classroom sessions: Thursday evenings 6pm - 8:30pm, January 25 - March 15th

    Retreat day: Saturday March 3rd, 9:00am - 4:00pm

    Instructor: Richard Johnson, PhD, Mindfulness Northwest Senior Instructor

    Location:
    Classroom sessions:

    Nalanda West
    3902 Woodland Park Ave N
    Seattle, WA 98103
    (map and directions)

    Retreat day (Saturday March 3rd):

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

    Cost:
    $330 - $490 sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). 

    The fee includes all 9 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

    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.

    Other Classes in the Area:
    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

    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 Gratitude (in Bellevue)
    Saturday January 13th

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

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

    • 01 Feb 2018
    • 29 Mar 2018
    • 9 sessions
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA 98225
    • 25
    Register

    Mindful Self-Compassion in Bellingham
    24 CEUs available for those in the healing professions

    Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.mindfulselfcompassion.org) and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.self-compassion.org).

    MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing - being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, and confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity.

    Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we're hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

    MSC can be learned by anyone. It's the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves - especially when we're suffering - and cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and be free from suffering.

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

    In MSC you will learn:

    • How to stop being so hard on yourself
    • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    • How to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
    • How to transform difficult relations, both old and new
    • Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
    • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
    • How to become your own best teacher

    A randomized, controlled trial demonstrated that MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress.  Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced mindfulness and self-compassion in their daily lives.

    Schedule:
    8 classroom sessions: Thursday mornings 9am - 11:45am, February 1st - March 29th (no class March 1st)

    Extended session: Saturday March 24th, 10am - 4pm

    InstructorTim Burnett, Guiding Teacher & Executive Director at Mindfulness Northwest

    Location:
    Classroom sessions:

    Red Cedar Dharma Hall
    1021 N. Forest St
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    (map and directions)

    Extended session (Saturday March 24th):

    Semiahmoo County Park near Blaine
    9261 Semiahmoo Pkwy
    Blaine, WA 98230
    (map and directions)

    Cost:
    $320 - $480 sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).

    The fee includes all 9 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

    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.

    Continuing Education Credits:
    Continuing education credits are available in the following categories for an additional $70 charge.

    Psychologists: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided 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: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. 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.

    Other Classes in the Area:
    Getting Started with Mindfulness and Compassion (3-week class)
    Monday evenings from January 15th to January 29th

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (8-week class)
    Sunday evenings from February 4th to March 25th

    FREE Drop-In Classes
    Every Thursday evening from February 1st to March 29th

    A Winter Day of Mindfulness
    Saturday March 24th

    • 01 Feb 2018
    • 29 Mar 2018
    • 9 sessions
    • 214 N Commercial St, Bellingham, WA
    Register

    A FREE drop-in mindfulness practice group every Thursday evening
    in February and March

    Join us for a FREE drop-in mindfulness practice group on any (or every!) Thursday evening between February 1st and March 29th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

    Enjoy a guided practice together, a short reading or poem and an opportunity for a brief discussion & check in around mindfulness practice. Drop in, be together, refresh.

    These free sessions will be led by teachers-in-training who have been studying and practicing for 5 months in our Mindfulness Teacher Training Program. 

    All are welcome - from those with no previous experience in mindfulness to those with years of practice. For those new to mindfulness, this is a great way to get started and to taste firsthand some of the benefits of mindfulness: reduced stress and greater health, self-awareness and well-being.

    No need to register (although RSVP registrations are appreciated), just show up at 214 N Commercial St (half a block from the downtown public library in Bellingham) on any Thursday evening between February 1st and March 29th.


    If you're a total beginner and would like some basic instruction before the group starts, please email drop-in@mindfulnessnorthwest.com to coordinate coming in 15 minutes early for instruction.

    Schedule:
    Thursday Evenings, 6:30pm - 8pm, February 1st and March 29th.

    Instructors:
    Michael Kelberer, mindfulness teacher-in-training.
    Others to be announced.

    Location:
    214 N Commerical St
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    (map and directions)

    Cost: Free (we'll have a free-will donation basket out to cover the rent for the room - appreciated but not required)

    RSVP: Is appreciated. RSVP here

    More on our mindfulness practices
    Are you interested in mindfulness and its potential for enhancing health and well-being? Are you under stress? Are you struggling with chronic conditions such as chronic pain, depression, and anxiety? Are you feeling as if life is too much? Or do you simply want to live a fuller life with greater balance?

    Join us for a drop-in mindfulness class where we'll explore facets of the well-researched, 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Research over the last ten years has shown mindfulness training to reduce chronic pain and boost the immune system; to address painful mental states like anxiety and depression; to promote well-being and reduce emotional reactivity; to increase attention and focus; and to enlarge the brain in the areas of decision-making, flexibility and empathy.

    Other Classes in the Area:
    Getting Started with Mindfulness and Compassion (3-week class)
    Monday evenings from January 15th to January 29th

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (8-week class)
    Sunday evenings from February 4th to March 25th

    Mindful Self-Compassion (8-week class)
    Thursday mornings from February 1st to March 29th

    A Winter Day of Mindfulness
    Saturday March 24th
    • 04 Feb 2018
    • 25 Mar 2018
    • 9 sessions
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St., Bellingham WA
    • 22
    Register

    Winter MBSR in Bellingham

    Are you interested in mindfulness and its potential for enhancing health and well being? Are you under stress? Are you struggling with chronic conditions such as chronic pain, depression, and anxiety? Are you feeling as if life is too much? Or do you simply want to live a fuller life with greater balance?

    Recent research shows Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) reduces chronic pain and boosts the immune system; addresses painful mental states like depression and anxiety; minimizes emotional reactivity and promotes well-being; increases flexible attention and sharpens mental focus; and actually thickens grey matter in the areas of empathy and problem-solving. Happiness is a delightful by-product.

    Course details:
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a structured 8-week course on mindfulness that reduces stress, and promotes health and well-being.  This highly participatory, practical course includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • Guided audio files for home practice
    • a 50-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    Please see the MBSR page for full details about this well-researched class designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical Center.

    Schedule:
    8 classroom sessions: Sunday evenings 6pm - 8:30pm, February 4th - March 25th

    Retreat day: Saturday March 24th, 10:00am - 4:00pm

    InstructorTim Burnett, Executive Director and Senior Teacher at Mindfulness Northwest

    Location:
    Classroom sessions:

    Red Cedar Dharma Hall
    1021 N. Forest St
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    (map and directions)

    Extended session (Saturday March 24th):

    Semiahmoo County Park near Blaine
    9261 Semiahmoo Pkwy
    Blaine, WA 98230
    (map and directions)

    Cost:
    $310-$450 sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). 

    The fee includes all 9 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

    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.

    Other Classes in the Area:
    Getting Started with Mindfulness and Compassion (3-week class)
    Monday evenings from January 15th to January 29th

    Mindful Self-Compassion (8-week class)
    Thursday mornings from February 1st to March 29th

    FREE Drop-In Classes
    Every Thursday evening from February 1st to March 29th

    A Winter Day of Mindfulness
    Saturday March 24th

    • 05 Feb 2018
    • 19 Feb 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • 308 4th Avenue South, Kirkland, WA 98033
    • 24
    Register

    Getting Started with Mindfulness and Compassion in Kirkland


    The practice of mindfulness helps us find the calm center in the storm of life. And the practice of compassion helps us warm our hearts and meet the calm and the chaos with more kindness and curiosity. Our 8-week classes go into these two topics in depth. This 3-week class can help you get a feeling for this rewarding work and help you choose your path forward. With three sessions, a manual, support for practice between classes, and a warm classroom community you'll get started in "the practice" in a solid way.

    Expect to learn:

    • What mindfulness is and how systematic training in being more present and aware benefits our mental and physical health
    • How mindfulness helps us be more aware of perceptions - and misperceptions!
    • What meditation is, and what it isn't
    • How mindfulness of the body grounds you and increases wise responses to stress
    • How compassion works and what distinguishes it from empathy on the one hand, and pity on the other
    • How mindfulness and compassion help to reduce burnout and caregiving fatigue
    • The difference between formal and informal mindfulness & compassion practices

    Expect to leave with:

    • A 20 page manual and access to helpful practice recordings
    • Daily life tools for pausing and bringing kindness to even the most challenging situations
    • New friends and comrades on "the path"
    • An understanding of how a meditation teacher and how meditation communities serve to support your growth

    We hope you'll join us in this accessible new Mindfulness Northwest class designed by our Executive Director Tim Burnett based on his 30 years of meditation experience and teaching hundreds of students mindfulness and compassion.

    Schedule:
    3 classroom sessions: Monday evenings 6:30pm - 9pm on February 5th, 12th, and 19th.

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

    Location:
    308 4th Avenue S
    Kirkland, WA 98033
    (map and directions)

    Cost:
    $85-$125 sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). 

    The fee includes all 3 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

    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.

    Related Courses:
    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 Seattle) (3-week class)
    Tuesday evenings March 6th - 20th

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

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

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

    • 23 Feb 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 1319 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA
    Register

    A FREE evening of mindfulness exploration at 3 Oms Yoga with Tim Burnett

    Join local mindfulness practitioner Tim Burnett, Guiding Teacher and Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, for an exploration of mindfulness practices that promote awareness and well-being. We'll discuss the origins of mindfulness, touch on stress physiology, and explore how mindfulness practices can help us engage in our relationship to experience, reducing stress and enhancing well-being. Simple practices of breathing and mindful movement will support our discussion as we explore mindfulness from the inside out.

    Mindfulness teacher Tim Burnett has been practicing meditation for 30 years. He is knowledgeable about mindfulness from its traditional Buddhist origins and into its contemporary applications in medicine and psychology. Tim is authorized to offer Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), and Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT). In 2011, Tim founded the local non-profit Mindfulness Northwest which offers classes, workshops and retreats in mindfulness and compassion from Bellingham to Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. Tim is also a fully authorized teacher of Soto Zen Buddhism.

    When: Friday February 23rd, 7pm - 8:30pm
    Where: 3 Oms Yoga, 1319 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA (or see the 3 Oms Yoga website)
    Cost: FREE! (We'll collect optional donations for a charity.)

    No registration is necessary but you may choose to register in order to RSVP and join our email list to receive twice-a-month emails about mindfulness and compassion as well as information about our upcoming classes, retreats and workshops.

    • 03 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Good Shepherd Center, iLeap Group Room (4th floor), 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, WA
    • 21
    Register

    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 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

    • 06 Mar 2018
    • 20 Mar 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Nalanda West, 3902 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle, WA
    • 25
    Register

    Getting Started with Mindfulness and Compassion in Seattle

    The practice of mindfulness helps us find the calm center in the storm of life. And the practice of compassion helps us warm our hearts and meet the calm and the chaos with more kindness and curiosity. Our 8-week classes go into these two topics in depth. This 3-week class can help you get a feeling for this rewarding work and help you choose your path forward. With three sessions, a manual, support for practice between classes, and a warm classroom community you'll get started in "the practice" in a solid way.

    Expect to learn:

    • What mindfulness is and how systematic training in being more present and aware benefits our mental and physical health
    • How mindfulness helps us be more aware of perceptions - and misperceptions!
    • What meditation is, and what it isn't
    • How mindfulness of the body grounds you and increases wise responses to stress
    • How compassion works and what distinguishes it from empathy on the one hand, and pity on the other
    • How mindfulness and compassion help to reduce burnout and caregiving fatigue
    • The difference between formal and informal mindfulness & compassion practices

    Expect to leave with:

    • A 20 page manual and access to helpful practice recordings
    • Daily life tools for pausing and bringing kindness to even the most challenging situations
    • New friends and comrades on "the path"
    • An understanding of how a meditation teacher and how meditation communities serve to support your growth

    We hope you'll join us in this accessible new Mindfulness Northwest class designed by our Executive Director Tim Burnett based on his 30 years of meditation experience and teaching hundreds of students mindfulness and compassion.

    Schedule:
    3 classroom sessions: Tuesday evenings 6:15pm - 8:45pm on March 6th, 13th and 20th.

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

    Location:
    Nalanda West
    3902 Woodland Park Ave N
    Seattle, WA 98103
    (map here)

    Cost:
    $85-$125 sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). 

    The fee includes all 3 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).

    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.

    Other Classes in the Area:
    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

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

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

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

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

    • 10 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Brightwater Environmental Education Center, 22505 State Route 9 SE Woodinville, WA 98072
    • 24
    Register

    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

    • 23 Mar 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 1319 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA
    Register

    A FREE evening of mindfulness exploration at 3 Oms Yoga with Tim Burnett

    Join local mindfulness practitioner Tim Burnett, Guiding Teacher and Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, for an exploration of mindfulness practices that promote awareness and well-being. We'll discuss the origins of mindfulness, touch on stress physiology, and explore how mindfulness practices can help us engage in our relationship to experience, reducing stress and enhancing well-being. Simple practices of breathing and mindful movement will support our discussion as we explore mindfulness from the inside out.

    Mindfulness teacher Tim Burnett has been practicing meditation for 30 years. He is knowledgeable about mindfulness from its traditional Buddhist origins and into its contemporary applications in medicine and psychology. Tim is authorized to offer Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), and Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT). In 2011, Tim founded the local non-profit Mindfulness Northwest which offers classes, workshops and retreats in mindfulness and compassion from Bellingham to Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. Tim is also a fully authorized teacher of Soto Zen Buddhism.

    When: Friday March 23rd, 7pm - 8:30pm
    Where: 3 Oms Yoga, 1319 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA (or see the 3 Oms Yoga website)
    Cost: FREE! (We'll collect optional donations for a charity.)

    No registration is necessary but you may choose to register in order to RSVP and join our email list to receive twice-a-month emails about mindfulness and compassion as well as information about our upcoming classes, retreats and workshops.

       Register Online
    • 24 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Semiahmoo County Park (Whatcom County), 9261 Semiahmoo Pkwy, Blaine, WA
    • 9
    Register

    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 Classes in the Area:
    Getting Started with Mindfulness and Compassion (3-week class)
    Monday evenings from January 15th to January 29th

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (8-week class)
    Sunday evenings from February 4th to March 25th

    Mindful Self-Compassion (8-week class)
    Thursday mornings from February 1st to March 29th

    FREE Drop-In Classes
    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
    • 53
    Register

    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 30 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. 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.

    Housing
    Samish "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 housing 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 housing options: rustic, e-cabin with double occupancy, or e-cabin with single occupancy.

     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.

    • 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
    • 21
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    Breathing in Indra's Net:
    Immersion in the Web of Life


    Saturday May 26th to Saturday June 2nd, 2018
    $200 early bird discount until December 1st

    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

    Cost

    $1600- $2600 [$1400 - $2400 early bird discount until December 1st] - using our sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system). Plus an additional supplement if you desire a single occupancy room.

    An early bird discount of $200 is available until December 1st.

    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
    • 28
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    Our annual 5-day MSC Intensive in the Pacific Northwest.
    Transportation from SeaTac airport is available.

    Mindful Self-Compassion 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. MSC is an experiential journey - an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness - offering periods of instruction and periods of practice. Self-Compassion can be learned by anyone, even those of us who did not learn these skills as children. This program fulfills a prerequisite for becoming a MSC teacher.

    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 3pm - 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).

    For those living in Federal Way or very near by there may be a commuter option available for a reduced rate. Please contact us at office@mindfulnessnorthwest.com for more details.

    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:

    • 26 Aug 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 31 Aug 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow, WA
    • 55
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    The Roots of Mindfulness: 5 days of extended Mindfulness Practice

    The roots grow deep...


    Sunday August 26 - Friday August 31

    Join us for a 5-day silent, teacher-led retreat of mindfulness practices in the style of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at a beautiful retreat site in the Skagit Valley (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: 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. 


    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 will be available from SeaTac Airport (Seattle) to the retreat site for an additional fee.

    Schedule 

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

    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 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 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 for some housing (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 is about 90 minutes north of Seattle and 30 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. RV and tent camping is also available.

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

    Round trip transportation from SeaTac Airport (Seattle) to Samish Island will be available for an additional fee.

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

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

    Housing
    Samish "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 housing 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 housing 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.

    • 31 Aug 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • 03 Sep 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow, WA
    • 45
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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 30 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.

    Housing
    Samish "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 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 Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow, WA
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    Register

    The Roots of Compassion: a 7-day Mindfulness & Compassion Practice Retreat

    The roots grow deep...
    Sunday October 14th - October 21st

    Join us for a full week-long, silent, teacher-led mindfulness and compassion retreat in the style of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at a beautiful retreat site in the Skagit Valley, Washington (roughly 90 minutes north of Seattle). Our Roots retreats are 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: TBA.

    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 both 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.

    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 will be available from SeaTac Airport (Seattle) to the retreat site for an additional fee.

    Schedule 

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

    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 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 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 for some housing (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 is about 90 minutes north of Seattle and 30 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.

    Round trip transportation will be available from SeaTac Airport (Seattle) to the retreat site for an additional fee.


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

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

    Housing

    Samish "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 housing 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.

    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.

Mindfulness Northwest, a 501c(3) Tax-Exempt Non-Profit    office@mindfulnessnorthwest.com    360-830-6439
214 N. Commercial St. #103, Bellingham, WA 98225


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