A step beyond our Day of Mindfulness is our weekend retreat, which meets from Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon with two nights spent on site. A largely silent weekend of immersion in mindfulness and a deep break from our daily routine. Our first weekend retreat held last November was a real success. A wonderful mix of 30 people, some new to retreat, some with quite a bit of experience all appreciated the weekend deeply. And the beautiful site on the waters of Samish Bay supports our immersion into silence greatly.
The retreat will held again at the beautiful Samish Island church camp and it will be co-taught by Mindfulness Northwest’s Executive Director, Tim Burnett, joined by Carolyn McManus, and Kurt Hoelting; both of whom are very experienced mindfulness teachers.
Carolyn has been teaching MBSR at Swedish Hospital in Seattle for many years and has been working with Dr. David Kearney teaching Loving-Kindness classes to veterans at the Seattle VA. Carolyn’s deep training in loving-kindness and her professional expertise as a physical therapist and pain treatment expert are great additions.
Kurt brings a deep engagement with mind and our threatened environment – his wonderful book, The Circumference of Home: One Man’s Yearlong Quest for a Radically Local Life, ties into his twenty years of leading mindfulness kayaking trips in Alaska and his collaborations with environmental activists and writing teachers. Kurt is also a teacher of Qi Gong and look forward to including some of this moving meditation in our weekend sequence of practices.
David Kearney, who was one of the teachers in the Fall, is staying home that weekend to enjoy time with his wife and new daughter in the light of a busy Spring line up of conferences and retreats in his life.