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2021 Deep Winter 5-day Retreat (Live Online)

  • 8 Jan 2021
  • 6:00 PM
  • 13 Jan 2021
  • 11:00 AM
  • Live Online (Pacific Time)
  • 25


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

Deep Winter Retreat
A 5-day Silent Mindfulness & Compassion Practice Retreat

What people are saying...

Join us for a 5-day online mindfulness and compassion retreat in the style of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in the comfort of your own home.  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.

Deep Winter Retreat Theme: 
We'll meet women Zen Buddhist teachers through the ages by exploring a selection of the powerful teaching stories found in the book The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women (Caplow & Moon, 2013). Awakened women have been living amongst us since the beginning. We'll investigate some of their stories and see how they can inform our lives and mindfulness practice during our own turbulent times in the 21st century.

Notes from Online Retreat Participants

"I was surprised and delighted by how easily a sense of community developed in the online format."

"I learned that a retreat isn’t really about going away. It’s about giving permission and time and space to just practice."

"This format pushed me to establish a space for daily practice that works!"

"I never expected an online retreat to compare with live, but I got so much deep practice and insights."

"I felt deep relaxation which is important during these trying times."

Read complete participant reports.

Course details

This Live Online retreat features 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. Lead Instructor, Tim Burnett, will offer daily talks and will be available for private interviews. 

The daily schedule allows an integration of committed meditation practice, teachings, and your life at home.

We will be away from the screen for most of the afternoon.

We have found this format leads to an engagement with this work that is both deep and realistic.

We aren't simply "moving" our retreat from in-person to Zoom. Rather we have reinvented a home-based retreat. Students report that the format is nourishing and supportive, especially during this difficult time. 

Who this event is for:

  • Students of mindfulness and compassion interested in deepening their practice
  • Teachers who'd like to strengthen their understanding of the Buddhist roots of contemporary mindfulness
  • Adults age 18 and over

Getting ready for a multi-day online retreat:

You will need a quiet room or corner (headphones can help) for our periods of formal practice. You can do our integrated online retreats at home or you could consider booking yourself a stay somewhere for a personal retreat. Both work well.

Our online "retreats" are not so much retreats in terms of getting away from it all but an opportunity to integrate committed mindfulness practice into your life at home. It will be a time to explore seeing everything in life as part of the retreat - an opportunity to  show up with awareness, acceptance and kindness to every moment of the day whether it's during meditation with Zoom, helping your children, exercising, handling essential work tasks, or if you need to run an errand. 

More on our online retreats, including reports from past participants.


Before practicing for nearly 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 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 prerequisite requirements of a 5-day silent, guided retreat for the following  teacher training programs:

Mindfulness Northwest – Mindfulness Teacher Training Program 
Center for Mindful Self-Compassion – Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training
UCSD Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute (MBPTI): – MBSR 6-Day Teacher Training Intensive


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

Carolyn McCarthy, Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teacher and trained Mindfulness Teacher

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

Our online retreat days will run from 7:00 am Pacific time until 8:30 pm with breaks for meals and an ample open period in the middle of the day which can be used for more formal practice on your own, exercise, personal care, or any necessary home or work business that must be attended to.  

Starts Friday, January 8, at 6 PM.

Closes Wednesday, January 13, at 11 AM.
     Full schedule available here

Cost: $610 - $325   Sliding Scale Tuition.

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.

Note that there will also be an opportunity during registration to practice generosity by making a contribution to our Accessibility Fund so that others without means can attend.

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


With registration, you will also receive 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.

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