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Mindful Self-Compassion, Residential Training (Skagit County, North of Seattle)

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


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

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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.

24 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!


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.


  • Oori Silberstein Mindfulness Northwest Instructor and MSC Teacher

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

$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. 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).


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

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.

Carpooling Services

See 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.


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:


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).

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 24 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.

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