About Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week course on mindfulness practice and stress reduction developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. Since then over 18,000 people have taken MBSR. There are several other mindfulness-based classes and interventions but MBSR is the oldest and most studied for general improvements in health and well-being. Significant improvement has been shown for a wide variety of physical and mental illnesses.   [See current MBSR class listings below]

What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction?

Since 1979, more than 18,000 people have completed the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. It is a course that helps participants draw on their own inner resources and actively engage in caring for themselves and finding greater balance, ease, and peace of mind.

The program was founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD at the Stress Reduction Clinic of UMass Medical School and described in his book Full Catastrophe Living. The technique was originally developed for use in hospitals with patients suffering from painful, chronic, or disabling conditions. It was found that following participation in an MBSR program, participants' levels of anxiety and depression decreased and their sense of well-being increased. Extensive research has shown that the Stress Reduction Program can be beneficial for anyone, regardless of state of health.

Research Evidence Suggests MBSR is helpful for:

  • immune system function
  • reducing anxiety
  • preventing relapse of depression
  • reducing negative emotions responding to stress
  • managing chronic pain
  • chronic health conditions including high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, heart disease, asthma, GI distress, and skin disorders.
  • effective coping with short and long-term stressful situations.
  • growth in the brain areas associated with learning, memory, focus, attention, emotional regulation, and empathy
  • enhancing compassion and altruism
  • reducing pregnancy-related anxiety (with relationships and communication)
  • professionals: coping with stress, connecting with patients, and reducing burnout-inducing negative emotions and anxiety.
  • Veterans and other sufferers of PTSD
  • obesity - increasing “mindfulness of eating”
  • general health and well-being through a focus on prevention and improved awareness of what's truly harmful and helpful. Research citations available on request.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in the Media

MBSR has been featured on PBS in Bill Moyers’ documentary Healing and the Mind, which was seen by more than 40 million people; on NBC’s Dateline; on ABC’s Evening News and Chronicle programs; on The Oprah Winfrey Show; and in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. In the Seattle area a wonderful new documentary on the power of mindfulness with veterans at the Seattle VA Hospital is available online through this link.



Healing and the Mind - Healing from Within - the classic 1993 documentary with Bill Moyers on Jon Kabat-Zinn and MBSR. Well worth the 46 minutes


Our 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course 

In a safe, supportive atmosphere participants meet in a closed group every week with their instructor to:

  • Investigate the nature of stress- how habitual reactions increase it, and how it affects your life.
  • Learn and practice mindfulness practices which are done in class and during home practice. This includes body awareness work, yoga, and sitting and walking meditation (among others).
  • Learn mindfulness approaches to manage physical, emotional, or psychological pain, stress, and difficulty in an effective way.
  • Connect with the wisdom of one's own body and learn to relax tension.
  • Develop tools to work with and transform stressful situations and reactions.
  • Discover how to address depression and anxiety more skillfully.
  • Overcome old habits of reaction and forge new pathways of responding mindfully.
  • Re-establish balance and a sense of well-being and ease in your life.
  • Have more control over your own health and fitness, and feel empowered to live with more joy and equanimity.

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 discussions and dialogue aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
  • Discussion with partners and small groups on personal responses to stress and well-being goals
  • 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


The Commitment of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

MBSR is truly experiential education. By spending a significant amount of time in class and at home it’s truly possible to change patterns of reactivity and stress. New ways of relating to life that are less reactive and more healthy often result. The power of this investigation into moment-to-moment living offered by MBSR can change your relationship to your own experience and this carries forward into relationships and attitudes of all kinds.

For this “magic” to work participants must be committed to putting in the time in practice and study. This includes:

  1. Eight classes, each typically two-and-a-half hours long.
  2. One day long retreat (typically six or seven hours long).
  3. Daily practice at home of 30-45 minutes during the entire course which many participants choose to continue after the course ends.

Sometimes with tongue just a little bit in cheek MBSR instructions tell participants that learning about stress reduction can be quite stressful! Most of us have busy lives and it’s not easy to add the weekly class and daily home practice.

To receive benefit from MBSR you must be ready to make your best effort to attend all class sessions and do the home practice. And to bring forward a gentle but persistent effort with an open-minded spirit of curiosity. There is plenty of support from the instructor, the recorded and written materials, and from your fellow participants but the decision to commit to MBSR can come from you alone.

Thousands of people of all ages, from all walks of life and lifestyles have now benefited from the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program - and you can too! This program is suitable for anyone who is interested in living a less stressful and more rewarding life.

Our Classes

Below, you can find a list of current, upcoming, and past MBSR classes offered by Mindfulness Northwest.

Or view our Entire Schedule, which includes our MBSR classes as well as all other classes, workshops, and retreats we're currently offering.

Current & Upcoming MBSR Classes

    • 30 Mar 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 18 May 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Live Online (Pacific Time)
    • 12

    Learn the healing art of mindfulness in this well-respected class.

    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?

    What people are saying...

    I am thankful daily that I took this opportunity to become more mindful in my daily life.

    - Craig Garver, MD
    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.

    Location: Offered Live Online.

    We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us

    Schedule:

    • Tuesday evenings, March 30 - May 18, from 6 - 8:30 PM.
    • All-Day Retreat: Saturday,  May 8, Live Online from 9 AM - 4 PM.

    Instructor:
    Karen Schwisow, E-RYT, Mindfulness Northwest Senior Teacher. Karen is certified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts.

    Who this class is for:
    This adult class is open to the general public. Come join us!

    Cost: $530 - $285  Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale.

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

    Registration:  REGISTER ONLINE 

    With Registration, you will also receive a confirmation email with information about how to connect to this Online Zoom Event. 

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Important note to King County employees: please read THIS before you register.


    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.  
    • 31 Mar 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 19 May 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Live Online (Pacific Time)
    • 13

    Learn the healing art of mindfulness in this well-respected class.

    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?

    What people are saying...

    I am thankful daily that I took this opportunity to become more mindful in my daily life.

    - Craig Garver, MD
    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.

    Location: Offered Live Online.

    We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us

    Schedule:

    • Wednesday evenings, March 31 - May 19, from 6 - 8:30 PM.
    • All-Day Retreat: Saturday,  May 8, Live Online from 9 AM - 4 PM.

    Instructor:
    Karen Schwisow, E-RYT, Mindfulness Northwest Senior Teacher. Karen is certified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts.

    Who this class is for:
    This adult class is open to the general public. Come join us!

    Cost: $530 - $285  Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale.

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

    Registration:  REGISTER ONLINE 

    With Registration, you will also receive a confirmation email with information about how to connect to this Online Zoom Event. 

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Important note to King County employees: please read THIS before you register.


    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.  
    • 1 Apr 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 27 May 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Live Online (Pacific Time)
    • 14

    Learn the healing art of mindfulness in this well-respected class.

    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?

    What people are saying...

    I am thankful daily that I took this opportunity to become more mindful in my daily life.

    - Craig Garver, MD
    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 manual 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.

    Location: Offered Live Online.

    We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us

    Schedule:

    • Thursday evenings, April 1 - May 27, from 6 - 8:30 PM (skipping 5/13).
    • All-Day Retreat: Sunday,  May 23, from 9 AM - 4 PM.

    Instructor:  Richard Johnson, PhDMindfulness Northwest Senior Instructor

    Who this class is for:
    This adult class is open to the general public. Come join us!

    Cost: $530 - $285  Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale.

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

    Registration:  REGISTER ONLINE 

    With Registration, you will also receive a confirmation email with information about how to connect to this Online Zoom Event. 


    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Important note to King County employees: please read THIS before you register.


    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.  
    • 2 Jun 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 21 Jul 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Live Online (Pacific Time)
    • 13
    Register

    Learn the healing art of mindfulness in this well-respected class.

    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?

    What people are saying...

    I am thankful daily that I took this opportunity to become more mindful in my daily life.

    - Craig Garver, MD
    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.

    Location: Offered Live Online.

    We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us

    Schedule:

    • Wednesday early evenings, June 2 - July 21, from 4 - 6:30 PM.
    • All-Day Retreat: Saturday,  July 17, Live Online from 9 AM - 4 PM.

    Instructor:
    Karen Schwisow, E-RYT, Mindfulness Northwest Senior Teacher. Karen is certified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts.

    Who this class is for:
    This adult class is open to the general public. Come join us!

    Cost: $530 - $285  Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale.

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

    Registration:  REGISTER ONLINE 

    With Registration, you will also receive a confirmation email with information about how to connect to this Online Zoom Event. 

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Important note to King County employees: please read THIS before you register.


    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.  
    • 3 Jun 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 22 Jul 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Live Online (Pacific Time)
    • 14
    Register

    Learn the healing art of mindfulness in this well-respected class.

    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?

    What people are saying...

    I am thankful daily that I took this opportunity to become more mindful in my daily life.

    - Craig Garver, MD
    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.

    Location: Offered Live Online.

    We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us

    Schedule:

    • Thursday evenings, June 3 - July 22, from 6 - 8:30 PM.
    • All-Day Retreat: Saturday,  July 10, Live Online from 9 AM - 4 PM.

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

    Who this class is for:
    This adult class is open to the general public. Come join us!

    Cost: $530 - $285  Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale.

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

    Registration:  REGISTER ONLINE 

    With Registration, you will also receive a confirmation email with information about how to connect to this Online Zoom Event. 

    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Important note to King County employees: please read THIS before you register.


    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.  
    • 22 Jun 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 10 Aug 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Live Online (Pacific Time)
    • 20
    Register

    Learn the healing art of mindfulness in this well-respected class.

    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?

    What people are saying...

    I am thankful daily that I took this opportunity to become more mindful in my daily life.

    - Craig Garver, MD
    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 manual 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.

    Location: Offered Live Online.

    We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us

    Schedule:

    • Tuesday late afternoons, June 22 - August 10, from 4 - 6:30 PM.
    • All-Day Retreat: Saturday,  July 24, from 9 AM - 4 PM.

    Instructor: Catherine Duffy, Certified Mindfulness Northwest Instructor and Certified MSC Teacher with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion at the University of California at San Diego.  

    Who this class is for:
    This adult class is open to the general public. Come join us!

    Cost: $530 - $285  Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale.

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

    Registration:  REGISTER ONLINE 

    With Registration, you will also receive a confirmation email with information about how to connect to this Online Zoom Event. 


    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Important note to King County employees: please read THIS before you register.

    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats. 
    • 23 Jun 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 11 Aug 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Live Online (Pacific Time)
    • 23
    Register

    Learn the healing art of mindfulness in this well-respected class.

    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?

    What people are saying...

    I am thankful daily that I took this opportunity to become more mindful in my daily life.

    - Craig Garver, MD
    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 manual 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.

    Location: Offered Live Online.

    We'll use the Zoom video conferencing platform. Find out more about this easy to use software at www.Zoom.us

    Schedule:

    • Wednesday evenings, June 23 - August 11, from 6 - 8:30 PM.
    • All-Day Retreat: Saturday,  July 31, from 9 AM - 4 PM.

    Instructor: Holly BondMindfulness Northwest Instructor

    Who this class is for:
    This adult class is open to the general public. Come join us!

    Cost: $530 - $285  Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale.

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

    Registration:  REGISTER ONLINE 

    With Registration, you will also receive a confirmation email with information about how to connect to this Online Zoom Event. 


    Cancellation Policy: For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Important note to King County employees: please read THIS before you register.

    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats. 
    • 10 Oct 2021
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • 17 Oct 2021
    • 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Rd, Bow WA 98232
    • 38
    Register

    The Roots of Mindfulness & Compassion:
    A week of extended Practice 90-minutes north of Seattle

    Live, in-person event

    Sunday evening October 10th, through Sunday mid-day October 17th

    As we start to emerge from the pandemic, this year's retreat will emphasize both mindfulness and compassion. These two areas of practice deeply support each other. Mindfulness is knowing more fully and clearly what is happening moment after moment, and compassion training supports our natural ability to respond to the ups and downs of life with more kindness and understanding. 

    Roots of Mindfulness & Compassion Theme: Practicing Together. The practices led, and the talks by Tim and Robin, will focus on the ways mindfulness and compassion support each other as we grow, learn, and transform through practicing together once again at retreat.

    Course Details:
    This residential retreat will be held mostly in silence and will include a series of gently guided mindfulness and self-compassion practices including sitting meditation, walking meditation, gentle yoga, the body scan, loving-kindness, and other compassion practices.

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

    Details on what to bring will be sent upon registration.

    For more information about our Residential Silent Retreats, click here.

    Who this event is for:
    This retreat will be highly relevant both to mindfulness and self-compassion students interested in deepening their practice. 


    Prerequisites:
    Before practicing for a full week we recommend that you have experience with mindfulness or related contemplative practices. The retreat is designed first 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 prerequisite requirements of a 5-day silent, guided retreat for the following teacher training programs:


    Instructors:

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

    Robin Boudette, PhD, Co-Teacher, Certified MBSR Instructor, www.mindfulnessforeveryone


    Schedule: 

    October 10 - 17, 2021

    • Starts Sunday, October 10th with 4 - 5 PM check-in.
    • Closes Sunday, October 17th by 2 PM.

    Cost:
    $890 - $1290
    Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Food, lodging, and teachings are included in our all-inclusive registration fees. There is an additional surcharge ($50 - $100) for some lodging options (see below).

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

    Registration:

     Register Online 

    COVID-19 Precautions: We ask that all participants be fully vaccinated to attend this event. In addition, Mask wearing in accordance with the current CDC guidelines and venue protocols - if more stringent - at the time of the event will be required. Please plan on bringing your masks.

    Please note: In the days leading up to the Retreat, if you experience any cold or flu symptoms or fever (even if mild), we request that you not attend and contact our office at: Office@mindfulnessnorthwest.com.

    If you begin to experience any cold or flu symptoms or fever (even if mild) during the retreat, we ask that you notify one of the retreat leaders as soon as possible to discuss next steps.

    For more information about our work with Samish Island Retreat Center to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please see this page.

    Location and Directions:

    Samish Island Campground 

    Accommodations:

    There are two types of cabins: rustic cabins, which are simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's with heat, beds, and shared 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. Single occupancy is available in rustic cabins for all participants. Or, same-household participants can share a rustic cabin.

    The 16 e-cabins are lighter, more modern, and may share a bathroom if both participants are from the same household. 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 neighbors.

    A surcharge is required for lodging in the more modern e-cabins. 

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

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


    Meals:

    The hearty meals served at Samish Island Campground get rave reviews. All meals are included in the registration price. We can accommodate nearly any dietary request - just let us know in the Comments field during registration.

    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.

    Cancellation Policy:
    For all details about our registration and cancellation policies, please see our Course Registration Policies page.

    Our other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

       See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.


Past MBSR Classes

13 Feb 2021 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Live Online) - Saturday Mornings
25 Jan 2021 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Live Online) - Mondays Early Evening
21 Jan 2021 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Live Online) - Thursday Evenings
20 Jan 2021 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Live Online) - Wednesday Evenings
15 Oct 2020 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Live Online) - Thursday evenings
11 Oct 2020 2020 Roots of Mindfulness 7-day Retreat (Live Online)
24 Sep 2020 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Live Online) - Thursday Evenings
22 Sep 2020 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Live Online) - Tuesday Evenings
30 Jun 2020 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Live Online) - Tuesday late afternoons
18 Jun 2020 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Live Online) - Thursday evenings
17 Jun 2020 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Live Online) - Wednesday Evenings
18 Apr 2020 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Online) - Saturday mornings
16 Apr 2020 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Online) - Thursday evenings
14 Apr 2020 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Online) - Tuesday evenings
8 Apr 2020 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Online) - Wednesday Evenings
8 Apr 2020 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Online) - Wednesday mid-day
3 Feb 2020 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Monday evenings
25 Jan 2020 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Mercer Island) - Saturday mornings
22 Jan 2020 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Kirkland) - Wednesday evenings
22 Jan 2020 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Wednesday mid-day
21 Jan 2020 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Tuesday evenings
21 Jan 2020 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Tacoma) - Tuesday Evenings
21 Jan 2020 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Bellingham) - Tuesday mornings
20 Jan 2020 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Online - Monday Evenings
1 Oct 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Snohomish County) - Tuesday Evenings
26 Sep 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Snohomish County) - Thursday Mornings
25 Sep 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Kirkland) - Wednesday evenings
25 Sep 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Wednesday mid-day
24 Sep 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Tacoma) - Tuesday Evenings
24 Sep 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Online - Tuesday Evenings
22 Sep 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Bellingham) - Sunday evenings
20 Sep 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Wenatchee) - Friday mornings
16 Sep 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Monday evenings
8 Jul 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Online - Monday Evenings
25 Jun 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Tuesday evenings
12 Jun 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Mercer Island) - Wednesday evenings
11 Apr 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Thursday evenings
10 Apr 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Kirkland) - Wednesday evenings
10 Apr 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Wednesdays mid-day
9 Apr 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Mercer Island) - Tuesday evenings
9 Apr 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Bellingham) - Tuesday mornings
4 Apr 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Everett) - Thursday Evenings
3 Apr 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for WPMG Clinicians (Olympia) - Wednesday mornings
2 Apr 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Tacoma) - Tuesday Evenings
27 Feb 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Everett) - Wednesday Evenings
24 Jan 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Thursday Evenings
23 Jan 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Kirkland) - Wednesday Evenings
23 Jan 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Wednesday Mid-Day
22 Jan 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Mercer Island) - Tuesday Evenings
22 Jan 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Tacoma) - Tuesday Evenings
20 Jan 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Bellingham) - Sunday evenings
17 Jan 2019 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Wenatchee) - Thursday evenings
26 Sep 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Everett) - Wednesday Evenings
25 Sep 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Tacoma) - Tuesday Evenings
21 Sep 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Wenatchee) - Friday Mornings
20 Sep 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Thursday Evenings
20 Sep 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Bellingham) - Thursday mornings
19 Sep 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Kirkland) - Wednesday Evenings
19 Sep 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Wednesday Mid-Day
19 Sep 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for WPMG Clinicians (Snohomish) - Wednesday mornings
28 Jun 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Thursday Evenings
5 Apr 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Thursday Evenings
4 Apr 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Kirkland) - Wednesday Evenings
4 Apr 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Wednesday Mid-Day
3 Apr 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Mercer Island) - Tuesday Evenings
3 Apr 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Everett) - Tuesday Evenings
3 Apr 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Bellingham) - Tuesday Evenings
21 Mar 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for WPMG Clinicians (Seattle) - Wednesday mornings
4 Feb 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Bellingham) - Sunday Evenings
30 Jan 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for WPMG Clinicians (Tacoma) - Tuesday Afternoons
25 Jan 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Thursday Evenings
24 Jan 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Kirkland) - Wednesday Evenings
24 Jan 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Wednesday Mid-Day
23 Jan 2018 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Everett) - Tuesday Evenings
21 Sep 2017 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Bellingham) - Thursday Mornings
20 Sep 2017 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Kirkland) - Wednesday Evenings
19 Sep 2017 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Everett) - Tuesday Evenings
18 Sep 2017 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Mondays Mid-Day
13 Apr 2017 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Federal Way) - Thursday Evenings
12 Apr 2017 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Kirkland) - Wednesday Evenings
6 Apr 2017 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Thursday Evenings
1 Feb 2017 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Kirkland) - Wednesday Evenings
26 Jan 2017 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Seattle) - Thursday Evenings
24 Oct 2016 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (Bellingham) - Monday Evenings [MBSR-Bham]
22 Sep 2016 (MBSR-Seattle) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Thursday Evenings
21 Sep 2016 (MBSR-Kirkland) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Wednesday Evenings
2 May 2016 (MBSR-Kirkland) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Monday Evenings
21 Apr 2016 (MBSR-Seattle) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Thursday Evenings
14 Apr 2016 (MBSR-Kent) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Thursday Mid-Day
12 Apr 2016 (MBSR-Kirkland) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Tuesday Evenings
3 Feb 2016 (MBSR-Kirkland) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Wednesday Evenings
21 Jan 2016 (MBSR-Seattle) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Thursday Evenings
16 Sep 2015 (MBSR-Kirkland) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Wednesday Evenings
16 Sep 2015 (MBSR-Bham) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Weds. Mornings for the Community
25 Sep 2014 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for the Healing Professional (Bellingham) - Thursday Evenings
25 Sep 2014 (MBSR-Bham) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for the Community (Bellingham) - Thursday Mornings
22 Sep 2014 (MBSR-Garfield) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for the Community (Seattle, Central) - Monday Evenings
17 Sep 2014 (MBSR-Kirkland) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for the Community (Kirkland) - Wednesday Evenings
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