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Bellingham: Upcoming Classes and Retreats

    • 7 Jan 2019
    • 27 May 2019
    • 21 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    Our new weekly, on-going online practice group

    Looking for support to continue your practice after taking one of our courses? Join our weekly online drop-in mindfulness group led by Mindfulness Northwest teachers.

    Schedule
    Monday evenings 7 PM - 8:30 PM starting September 24, 2018 (skipping major holidays like Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, etc.) 

    Instructors
    Our highly trained Mindfulness Northwest teaching staff.

    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. Broadband internet is required. Details on how to use Zoom will be sent with your RSVP or monthly subscription confirmation.

    Cost & Options
    You may attend one session for free to ascertain suitability. To receive information on how to connect to the weekly session, please Register using the no-cost RSVP option.

    Thereafter, we ask you to enter into a monthly subscription at one of the following monthly rates (once subscribed, you're entitled to attend the weekly Online Practice Group as often as you'd like):

    • $10: Scholarship Fee (those needing a scholarship fee or intending to only occasionally attend)
    • $20: Students, Seniors, and those that need a Subsidized Fee (or intending to only occasionally attend)
    • $30: Supporting Fee (the regular fee)
    • $40: Sustaining Fee (offering support to MNW and those needing a Subsidized Fee)
    • $50: Benefactor Fee (offering even more support to MNW and those needing a Subsidized Fee)

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    Please don't hesitate to email or call us (360-830-6439 ext 0) with any questions.


    Our other Classes, Workshops and Retreats

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

    • 29 Mar 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 31 Mar 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow, WA 98232
    • 11
    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:  March 29 - 31, 2019:

    Starts Friday with 4pm - 5pm check-in.
    Closes on Sunday by 2pm after lunch and 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, Certified Mindfulness Teacher through the Mindfulness Northwest Teacher Training Program.



    Cost & Options

    $240 - $340 Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Plus an additional surcharge ($15 - $30) for some lodging options (see below). Food, lodging, and teachings are included in this all-inclusive registration fee.

    Note that there will also be an opportunity on-site and during registration to practice generosity by making a contribute to our Scholarship Fund so that others without means can attend.

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

    Additional Scholarship Assistance. For those unable to register at the sliding scale or scholarship rates described above, a separate application may be submitted to request additional scholarship assistance:  APPLY FOR ADDITIONAL  SCHOLARSHIP

    Registration

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

    And see also our carpooling site for setting up ride shares.

    Accommodations
    Samish Island "Campground" does not require camping. There are two types of cabins: rustic cabins, which are simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's - they have heat, beds, and share campground bathroom buildings; and e-cabins, which are modern motel-level buildings where two units share a bathroom.

    The 40 rustic cabins are quieter and simpler but one must walk across the lawn to the bathrooms.

    The 16 e-cabins are lighter, more modern, and share a bathroom. There can be more noise in e-cabins due to the sharing of the bathroom and we ask e-cabin residents to be very careful of the noise from doors and bathroom fixtures so as not to disturb their neighbor.

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

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

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

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


    Expectations of Participants

    By signing up for this retreat you are agreeing to:

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

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

    Our other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

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


    • 7 Apr 2019
    • 2 Jun 2019
    • 9 sessions
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    • 25
    Register

    Mindful Self-Compassion training offered in Bellingham.
    26 CE credits also available if you are a healthcare professional.


    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.

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    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.

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

    Instructor: Tim Burnett, Executive Director & Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest. Tim is certified to teach MSC by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

    Schedule and Location:
    8 classroom sessions: 

    Red Cedar Dharma Hall

    1021 N Forest St
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    (map and directions)

    All-day Retreat (Saturday, May 18):

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

    Cost: $340 - $520 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). 

    Additional Scholarship Assistance. For those unable to register at the sliding scale or scholarship rates described above, a separate application may be submitted to request additional scholarship assistance:  APPLY FOR ADDITIONAL  SCHOLARSHIP

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

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

    Cancellation Policy:

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

    Continuing Education Credits

    Please note that this is a community class and all are welcome to join. This section provides the details for those choosing to request CE credits. CE credits are granted per class. If participants miss a class, those CE credits cannot be made up at a later date.  In addition, participants must be registered for this class by week two (2) in order to also register for CE credits.

    Up to 26 CE credits are available to class participants through our collaboration with International Seminars Group. For full details visit our CE credit information page.

    Target Audience for Credits:
    Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), Social Workers (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Registered Dieticians, and Nurses.

    For mental health professionals:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education programs for psychologists.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of Certified Counselors, Washington State Board of Social Workers, and Washington State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists do not provide pre-approval for classes. These boards frequently accept courses from APA-approved sponsors.

    For nurses:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing to provide continuing education programs for nurses.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of nursing does not provide pre-approval for classes.  This board frequently accepts courses approved by other state boards of nursing.

    More Details & Registration:
    For full details please visit our CE credit information page.



    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.
    Or to sign up for our MSC 5-day Residential Intensive Training Retreat in October  click here.
    • 8 Apr 2019
    • 3 Jun 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
    • 14
    Register


    For individuals in recovery from alcohol or drug use, compulsive eating, or other addictive behaviors.

    Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention is a novel treatment approach developed at the University of Washington. Mindfulness practices increase awareness of triggers, habitual patterns, and automatic reactions. These practices cultivate the ability to pause, observe present experience, and bring awareness to the range of choices before us in each moment.

    • Develop awareness of personal triggers and habitual reactions, and create a pause in this seemingly automatic process.
    • Change your relationship to discomfort, learning to recognize challenging emotional and physical experiences and respond to them skillfully.
    • Foster a lifestyle that supports continued mindfulness practice and long-term recovery.
    • Adopt a nonjudgmental, compassionate approach toward yourself and your experiences.

    Course details:

    Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention is a structured 8-week course on mindfulness that promotes stress reduction, 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

    Please see the MBRP page for full details about this well-researched class designed by psychologists at the University of Washington based on the well known MBSR program.

    Schedule:

    8 classroom sessions: Monday evenings, 5 - 7 pm, April 8 - June 3, skipping May 27

    Instructors:  Mark Lazich, MS, LMHC and Colleen Semple, LMHC           

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

    Cost:
    $360-$480 Sliding Scale Tuition

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

    Registration:

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

    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.


    • 8 Apr 2019
    • 13 May 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • St. Joseph Hospital, Conference Room 5/6, 2901 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225
    • 16
    Register


    A 14-credit CME mindfulness series in Bellingham for area medical professionals and therapists and their spouses or partners.


    The Physicians' Well-Being Network and Mindfulness Northwest are happy to continue to provide this program to enhance the health of regional healthcare professionals.

    Join us in an investigation of mindfulness from the inside out. Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals is based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). MBSR is the best researched mindfulness intervention with positive research indications for:

    • Reduced stress and anxiety while working
    • Reduced burnout
    • Improved communication and relationships with patients
    • Better patient outcomes
    • Improved communications and relationships with co-workers
    • Improved focus and creativity
    • Greater job satisfaction
    This Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals class was inspired by MBSR and offers a deep taste of mindfulness training in a shorter 5-week period.

    Eligibility:
    This course is for healthcare professionals and therapists (MD/DO/PA/NP/RN/LMHC/MHC/MSW, etc.) and their spouse or partner.

    Course details:
    Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals is a structured 5-week, 16 hour course on mindfulness that promotes stress reduction, health and well-being. This highly participatory, practical class includes:

    • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
    • Guided instruction in stretching and mindful yoga
    • Inquiry exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
    • Group dialogue and small group exercises
    • Daily home assignments
    • A CD of meditations for home practice
    • a 60-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness

    This course is 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. Further details found below.

    This course has been offered to physicians, healthcare professionals and therapists at many regional medical centers since 2012 including UW Medicine, Evergreen Health, The Everett Clinic, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and the Skagit Valley Medical Center through the Northwest Washington Medical Society or co-sponsored with the Washington Physicians Health Program.

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

    Schedule and Location:

    4 classroom sessions:  Apr 8 - May 13 (skipping Apr 22 & May 6).

    St. Joseph Hospital
    Conference Room 5/6 (the right side of room 5/6 as you leave the cafeteria)
    2901 Squalicum Parkway
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    (map and directions)

    All-Day Retreat: Sunday, May 5, 10 am - 4 pm.

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

    Cost: $240 - $360 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). 

    Additional Scholarship Assistance: May be available for those unable to register at the available sliding scale or scholarship rates. A separate application is required for additional scholarship assistance  APPLY FOR ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP

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

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

    Continuing Education:
    PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center is accredited by the Washington State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    PeaceHealth St. Joseph designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    This activity meets the criteria for up to 14 hours of Category I Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

    Category 1 CME credits are generally accepted on a 1:1 equivalency by nursing, social work, mental health counseling and other licensing authorities. Health care professionals are advised to check about equivalencies with their licensing authorities in advance.

    Disclosure: The Planning Committee, faculty and CME Committee of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center disclose no relevant commercial interest.

    Learning Objectives:
    After this education, learners should be able to:

    • 1.  Employ formal and informal mindfulness training techniques in preventive and responsive ways in high stress situations;
    • 2.  Identify the three primary components of burnout and implement mindfulness practices to reduce risk of burnout along these three axes;
    • 3.  Discuss with peers strategies for positive, mindful engagement in work and home situations which trigger stress response and unhelpful behaviors;
    • 4.  Identify helpful and unhelpful thought patterns, problem solving, emotional regulation, and meaning-focused coping strategies;
    • 5.  Show change in mindfulness, perceived stress, and burnout as shown in standardized measures administered pre and post.

    Additional Details:
    This course is based on the longer Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training which has been shown in numerous studies to:

    • increase immune system function
    • reduce anxiety
    • prevent relapse of depression
    • reduce negative emotions responding to stress
    • manage chronic pain
    • help manage chronic health conditions including high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, heart disease, asthma, GI distress, and skin disorders
    • provide an effective coping mechanism for short and long-term stressful situations
    • encourage growth in the brain areas associated with learning, memory, focus, attention, emotional regulation, and empathy
    • enhance compassion and altruism
    • with relationships and communication, parents reduce pregnancy-related anxiety
    • help professionals cope with stress, connect with patients, and reduce burnout-inducing negative emotions and anxiety.
    • help veterans and other sufferers of PTSD
    • with obesity - increase “mindfulness of eating”
    • provide an increase in general health and well-being through a focus on prevention and improved awareness of what's truly harmful and helpful

    This condensed Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals class includes much of the MBSR material, offering a deep taste of mindfulness in a shorter class.


    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.
    • 9 Apr 2019
    • 4 Jun 2019
    • 9 sessions
    • Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N Forest St, Bellingham WA 98225
    • 18
    Register

    MBSR in Bellingham.
    Learn the healing art of mindfulness in this well-respected class.
    26 CE credits also available if you are a healthcare professional.

    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. 

    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.

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

    Primary Instructor:
    Tim Burnett, Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest. Tim is certified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts.

    Schedule and Location:

    8 classroom sessions:  Tues, April 9 - June 4 (skipping April 23)
    Red Cedar Dharma Hall
    1021 N Forest St
    Bellingham, WA 98225 (map and directions)


    All-Day Retreat
     Saturday, May 18:

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

    Cost: $310 - $450 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). 

    Additional Scholarship Assistance: May be available for those unable to register at the available sliding scale or scholarship rates. A separate application is required for additional scholarship assistance  APPLY FOR ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP

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

    Up to 26 CE credits are available for an additional $95 fee. Please see "Continuing Education Credits" below.

    Registration:

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

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

    Continuing Education Credits

    Please note that this is a community class and all are welcome to join. This section provides the details for those choosing to request CE credits. CE credits are granted per class. If participants miss a class, those CE credits cannot be made up at a later date.  In addition, participants must be registered for this class by week two (2) in order to also register for CE credits.

    Up to 26 CE credits are available to class participants through our collaboration with International Seminars Group (ISG)For full details visit our CE credit information page.

    Target Audience:
    Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), Social Workers (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Registered Dietitians, and Nurses.

    For Mental Health Professionals:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education programs for psychologists.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of Certified Counselors, Washington State Board of Social Workers, and Washington State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists do not provide pre-approval for classes. These boards frequently accept courses from APA-approved sponsors.

    For Nurses:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing to provide continuing education programs for nurses.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of nursing does not provide pre-approval for classes.  This board frequently accepts courses approved by other state boards of nursing.

    More Details & Registration:
    For full details please visit our CE credit information page.



    Our Other Classes, Retreats, and Workshops

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.  Or to sign up for our MBSR 5-day Residential Intensive Training Retreat coming in August click here.
    • 5 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Semiahmoo County Park (Whatcom County), 9261 Semiahmoo Pkwy, Blaine, WA 98230
    • 6
    Register

    A silent day of continuous practice

    for Healthcare Professionals at beautiful Semiahmoo

    A silent day of continuous practice at the gorgeous Semiahmoo County Park north of Bellingham - a very beautiful and peaceful location for practice on the spit surrounding Drayton Harbor, across from Blaine. We'll practice together inside their historic Cannery Lodge, with options for walking meditation and lunch break time outside on the water.


    During this day-long retreat we will be guided 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 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.

    Instructor:

    Tim Burnett, Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest. Tim is certified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts.

    Location:
    Semiahmoo County Park Cannery Lodge
    9261 Semiahmoo Pkwy
    Blaine, WA 98230
    (map and directions)

    Cost: $50 - $90 Sliding Scale Tuition. Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

    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:

    • Your lunch.
    • Layered clothing (including rain gear) as we often do walking meditation outside when possible.
    • A blanket for keeping warm during times of stillness or lying down.
    • An exercise or yoga mat if you have one.
    • A meditation cushion or bench if you prefer (there will also be chairs to use).
    • A commuter mug for tea if desired.

    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.


    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

      See our entire schedule.
    • 18 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Vaux Retreat Center at Bakerview Park, 3011 East Fir St., Mount Vernon WA 98273
    • 9
    Register

    A silent day of continuous practice at Vaux Retreat Center at Bakerview Park

    Vaux Retreat Center Deck

    During this day-long retreat we will be guided 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 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.


    Instructor:
    Joe Arellano
    Certified Mindfulness Teacher through the Mindfulness Northwest Teacher Training Program.

    Cost: $40 - $80 Sliding Scale Tuition. Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

    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:

    • Your lunch.
    • Layered clothing (including rain gear) as we often do walking meditation outside when possible.
    • A blanket for keeping warm during times of stillness or lying down.
    • An exercise or yoga mat if you have one.
    • A meditation cushion or bench if you prefer (there will also be chairs to use).
    • A commuter mug for tea if desired.

    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.


    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

      See our entire schedule.
    • 18 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Semiahmoo County Park Cannery Lodge, 9261 Semiahmoo Pkwy, Blaine, WA 98230
    • 3
    Register

    A silent day of continuous practice at beautiful Semiahmoo

    A silent day of continuous practice at the gorgeous Semiahmoo County Park Cannery Lodge north of Bellingham - a very beautiful and peaceful location for practice on the spit surrounding Drayton Harbor, across from Blaine. We'll practice together inside their historic Cannery Lodge, with options for walking meditation and lunch break time outside on the water.


    During this day-long retreat we will be guided 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 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.

    Instructor:

    Tim Burnett, Executive Director and Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest. Tim is certified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts.

    Cost: $50 - $90 Sliding Scale Tuition. Payment plans are also available during registration  (four equal monthly payments; no financing fee). 

    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:

    • Your lunch.
    • Layered clothing (including rain gear) as we often do walking meditation outside when possible.
    • A blanket for keeping warm during times of stillness or lying down.
    • An exercise or yoga mat if you have one.
    • A meditation cushion or bench if you prefer (there will also be chairs to use).
    • A commuter mug for tea if desired.

    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.


    Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

      See our entire schedule.
    • 4 Aug 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 9 Aug 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Whidbey Institute 6449 Old Pietila Rd., Clinton, WA 98236
    • 15
    Register

    Our 5-day residential intensive form of
    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

    Designed especially for those who have found attending an 8-week class difficult to schedule, this 5-day residential intensive includes all of the content of our popular 8-week program offered in a peaceful retreat setting.

    26 CE credits also available if you are a healthcare professional.

    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 can be a delightful by-product.


    Course details:
    This highly participatory residential intensive form of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 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
    • A 60-page workbook with short readings, a guide to the course, and resources to support your ongoing investigation of mindfulness
    • Supplemental, optional, meetings for meditation and enriched learning
    • Excellent vegetarian meals and five days of peaceful quiet living

    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.

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

    Schedule:
    Sunday dinner through Friday lunch. Please arrive by 5pm on Sunday if possible and no later than 7pm.

    Each day will include two 3-hour class sessions in the morning and afternoon. Additionally optional early morning meditation, and evening programs featuring our favorite videos for learning about mindfulness will also be offered.

    In this immersive in-person experience expect to be deeply embedded in a cohort learning experience as you make your way through a powerful week of training together.

    Instructors: 

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

    Richard Johnson, PhD, Mindfulness Northwest Senior Teacher. Richard is qualified to teach MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts.

    Location:
    The Whidbey Institute
    6449 Old Pietila Rd, Clinton, WA 98236
    [On Whidbey Island: a ferry ride is required]
    (map and directions)

    If you would like to set up a carpool with other participants, use our carpooling service here.

    Cost:
    The $860 - $1290 Sliding Scale Tuition includes instruction, materials, room and board. Rooms are doubles and singles. There is a $90 supplement for single rooms.


    We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. We can only offer limited quantities of scholarship tuition so please register early.

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

    Additional Scholarship Assistance: May be available for those unable to register at the available sliding scale or scholarship rates. A separate application is required for additional scholarship assistance  APPLY FOR ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP

    Up to 26 CE credits are available for healthcare professionals with an additional $95 fee. Please see "Continuing Education Credits" below.

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

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

    About the Whidbey Institute

    Our hosts for this retreat, The Whidbey Institute, have offered a home for transformational learning since 1972 on South Whidbey Island.

    The vegetarian cuisine is farm-to-table local, delicious, and varied. Neighbors are far away and the property includes hiking trails. 

    To reach the Whidbey Institute you typically take the Washington State Ferry from Mukilteo, Washington.

    The Institute is a 15 minute drive from the ferry landing and ferries run every 30 minutes but wait times do increase on weekends. Our Sunday evening start should help.

    More details on reaching Whidbey Institute are available here.

    Whidbey Institute 6449 Old Pietila Rd., Clinton, WA 98236

    Transportation issues or running late? For help reaching the Whidbey Institute please call their office at 360-341-1884. To get a message to our instructors please call our office at 360-830-6439  ext 0.

    Continuing Education Credits

    Please note that this is a community course and all are welcome to join. This section provides the details for those choosing to request CE credits. CE credits are granted per session of training. If participants miss a morning or afternoon session, those CE credits cannot be made up at a later date.  

    Up to 26 CE credits are available to class participants through our collaboration with International Seminars Group (ISG)For full details visit our CE credit information page.

    Target Audience:
    Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), Social Workers (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Registered Dietitians, and Nurses.

    For Mental Health Professionals:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education programs for psychologists.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of Certified Counselors, Washington State Board of Social Workers, and Washington State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists do not provide pre-approval for classes. These boards frequently accept courses from APA-approved sponsors.

    For Nurses:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing to provide continuing education programs for nurses.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of nursing does not provide pre-approval for classes.  This board frequently accepts courses approved by other state boards of nursing.

    More Details & Registration:
    For full details please visit our CE credit information page.


    Our other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats


       See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.
    • 25 Aug 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 30 Aug 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Rd, Bow WA 98232
    • 45
    Register

    The Roots of Compassion: a 5-day Mindfulness & Compassion Practice Retreat
    90 minutes north of Seattle

    Sunday August 25 - Friday August 30

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


    2019 Roots of Compassion Theme: TBD.

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


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

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

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

    Details on what to bring will be sent upon registration.

    Schedule 

    August 25 - 30:
    Starts Sunday August 25th with 4 - 5 PM check-in.
    Closes Friday August 30th by 2 PM.

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

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

    Instructors

    • Rev. Tim Burnett, Teacher: Guiding Instructor and Executive Director at Mindfulness Northwest
    • Oori Silberstein, Assistant Teacher:  Mindfulness Northwest Instructor and Trained MSC Teacher

    Cost
    $590 - $790
    Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Plus an additional surcharge ($15 - $30) for some lodging options (see below). Food, lodging, and teachings are included in this all-inclusive registration fee.

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

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

    Additional Scholarship Assistance. For those unable to register at the sliding scale or scholarship rates described above, a separate application may be submitted to request additional scholarship assistance:  APPLY FOR ADDITIONAL  SCHOLARSHIP

    Registration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    And see also our carpool service for setting up ride shares.

    Accommodations
    Samish Island "Campground" does not require camping. There are two types of cabins: rustic cabins, which are simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's - they have heat, beds, and share campground bathroom buildings; and e-cabins, which are modern motel-level buildings where two units share a bathroom.

    The 40 rustic cabins are quieter and simpler but one must walk across the lawn to the bathrooms.

    The 16 e-cabins are lighter, more modern, and share a bathroom. There can be more noise in e-cabins due to the sharing of the bathroom and we ask e-cabin residents to be very careful of the noise from doors and bathroom fixtures so as not to disturb their neighbor.

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

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

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

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


    Meals

    The hearty meals served at Samish Island Campground get rave reviews. All meals are included in the registration price (dinner on Sunday through lunch on Friday). 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.

    Our other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

    See our entire schedule of classes, workshops, and retreats.
    Or to sign up for our MSC 5-day Residential Intensive Training Retreat in October click here.
    • 6 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 13 Oct 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Rd, Bow WA 98232
    • 53
    Register

    The Roots of Mindfulness: a week of extended Mindfulness Practice
    90 minutes north of Seattle

    Sunday evening October 6th, through Sunday mid-day October 13th

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

    2019 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.


    Schedule 

    October 6 - 13, 2019
    Starts Sunday, October 6th with 4 - 5 PM check-in.
    Closes Sunday, October 13th by 12 noon.

    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 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
    Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Plus an additional surcharge ($15 - $30) for some lodging options (see below). Food, lodging, and teachings are included in this all-inclusive registration fee.

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

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

    Additional Scholarship Assistance. For those unable to register at the sliding scale or scholarship rates described above, a separate application may be submitted to request additional scholarship assistance:  APPLY FOR ADDITIONAL  SCHOLARSHIP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    And see also our carpooling service for setting up ride shares.

    Accommodations

    Samish Island "Campground" does not require camping. There are two types of cabins: rustic cabins, which are simple plywood cabins built in the 1950's - they have heat, beds, and share campground bathroom buildings; and e-cabins, which are modern motel-level buildings where two units share a bathroom.

    The 40 rustic cabins are quieter and simpler but one must walk across the lawn to the bathrooms.

    The 16 e-cabins are lighter, more modern, and share a bathroom. There can be more noise in e-cabins due to the sharing of the bathroom and we ask e-cabin residents to be very careful of the noise from doors and bathroom fixtures so as not to disturb their neighbor.

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

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

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

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


    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.

    Our other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

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


    • 13 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 18 Oct 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Samish Island Campground, 11633 Scott Road, Bow WA 98232
    • 27
    Register

    The 5-day residential intensive form of
    Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)


    Designed especially for those who have found attending an 8-week class difficult to schedule, this 5-day residential intensive includes all of the content of our popular 8-week program offered in a peaceful retreat setting.

    26 CE credits also available if you are a healthcare professional.

    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.

    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
    • tools to manage Caregiver fatigue
    • How to become your own best teacher

    More info on Mindful Self-Compassion is available here:
                          Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

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


    Schedule: 

    Starts Sunday 4 - 5 PM check-in.
    Closes Friday by 2 PM.

    Morning and afternoon 3-hour classroom sessions daily.
    Optional early morning meditation.
    Flexible evenings to integrate the learning.

    Note: this is not a silent meditation retreat but an interactive residential training which includes meditation and periods of silence.

    Instructors

    • Oori Silberstein Mindfulness Northwest Instructor and MSC Teacher

    • Megan Prager, Compassion Programs Director, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, Certified MSC Teacher.

    Cost
    $640 - $1060
    Sliding Scale Tuition. We also have special Scholarship Tuition options available for those unable to pay at the low end of the sliding scale. Plus an additional surcharge ($50) for some lodging options (see below). Food, lodging, and teachings are included in this all-inclusive registration fee.

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

    Additional Scholarship Assistance. For those unable to register at the sliding scale or scholarship rates described above, a separate application may be submitted to request additional scholarship assistance:  APPLY FOR ADDITIONAL  SCHOLARSHIP

    Registration

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

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

    This beautiful campground maintained by the Community of Christ at the east end of Samish Island (accessible by road) offers stunning views, deep quiet, and simple accommodations. It is not really an island - you can drive there.

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

    And see also our carpooling service for setting up ride shares.


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

    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. We can offer single or double occupancy in the rustic cabins to all participants.

    The 16 e-cabins are lighter, more modern, and share a bathroom. There can be more noise in e-cabins due to the sharing of the bathroom and we ask e-cabin residents to be very careful of the noise from doors and bathroom fixtures so as not to disturb their neighbor.

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

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

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

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


    Meals

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

    Expectations of Participants

    Samish Campground keeps costs low by maintaining a small staff. When we are retreating there we help out with camp chores such as washing the dishes and cleaning the bathrooms. Everyone will be asked to do regular chores (within their abilities).

    To register now for this 5-day Residential Training Register


    Continuing Education Credits

    Please note that this is a community class and all are welcome to join. This section provides the details for those choosing to request CE credits. CE credits are granted per session. If participants miss a session, those CE credits cannot be made up at a later date.  

    Up to 26 CE credits are available to class participants through our collaboration with International Seminars Group. For full details visit our CE credit information page.

    Target Audience for Credits:
    Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), Social Workers (LCSW), Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Registered Dieticians, and Nurses.

    For mental health professionals:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education programs for psychologists.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of Certified Counselors, Washington State Board of Social Workers, and Washington State Board of Marriage and Family Therapists do not provide pre-approval for classes. These boards frequently accept courses from APA-approved sponsors.

    For nurses:
    International Seminars Group (ISG) is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing to provide continuing education programs for nurses.  ISG maintains responsibility for its programs and its content.  The Washington State Board of nursing does not provide pre-approval for classes.  This board frequently accepts courses approved by other state boards of nursing.

    More Details & Registration:
    For full details please visit our CE credit information page.

    To register now for this 5-day Residential Training Register

    Our other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

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

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