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Welcome King County Employees!


Mindfulness Northwest is delighted to partner with King County's Balanced You program.  In addition to offering programs in the workplace, we invite King County employees to register for and attend many MNW events open to the general community -- for free!

Important Note: King County employees are allowed one community event registration per quarter regardless of the length of the course.

To Register Online 

1.  When registering, choose the "King County Employee" option. No additional approvals are needed. 

2.  Use your @kingcounty.gov email address and provide your position at King County.  

3.  You may join the waitlist if there are no open King County Employee spaces available and will be notified if space becomes available. 

4.  If an event does not list a "King County Employee" option, there is no free space offered for this event. However, you may register as a paid participant if you wish.


CANCELLATION POLICY FOR KING COUNTY EMPLOYEES :

If for any reason you cannot attend a course for which you are registered, we request that you immediately notify Office@mindfulnessnorthwest.com. 

1.  Cancellations must be received in writing at least five full business days prior to the start of the class in order to avoid penalty. 

2.  Registrants who cancel with less than five business days' notice or who fail to attend the class will be assessed a $100 cancellation fee by King County.




    • 16 Jun 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 4 Aug 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Online
    • 1

    Mindful Self-Compassion training offered Live Online.

    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).

    What people are saying...

    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.

    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.

    Instructor: Richard Johnson, PhD, Mindfulness Northwest Senior Instructor and Trained MSC Teacher qualified to teach MSC by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

    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 and connect to this Zoom Online Event will be sent with your registration. 

    Day of Self-Compassion Retreat Online: Saturday, July 25, from 1 PM - 5 PM.

    Cost:
    $580 - $310 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 or by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0. 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.


    • 17 Jun 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 5 Aug 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Online
    • 8

    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?

    What people are saying...
    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.

    Schedule:
    9 meetings: 8 regular class sessions Wednesdays, 6 - 8:30 pm, and one Day of Mindfulness retreat on July 19, 9 AM - 4 PM, all Online.

    Location:  Offered Live Online.  

    Online Note: 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. This class is an interactive online class. All that is needed to participate is a device with a camera and microphone (like a smartphone, tablet or laptop). Simple and easy instructions will be provided and we will help you get set up smoothly. In addition, details on how to use Zoom will be sent with your registration. 

    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: $595 - $315 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).

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

    Registration:

     REGISTER ONLINE or 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.

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

    Continuing Education 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.

    Note: Registration for CE's takes place at the time of class registration. 

    See this page regarding late registration.

    Who is Eligible for CE's?
    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. 


    • 30 Jun 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 18 Aug 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 9 sessions
    • Online
    • 7

    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...
    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.

    Instructor:  Catherine Duffy, Certified Mindfulness Northwest Instructor and MSC Trained 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!

    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 and connect to this Zoom Online Event will be sent with your registration. (Please note: If you registered for this Event prior to March 18, we will email you instructions for accessing this class.)


    Retreat day: Saturday, August 8,  9 am - 4 pm,  Live Online. 

    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 ONLINEor by phone at 360-830-6439 ext 0. 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.

    • 6 Jul 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 13 Jul 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    • 12


    This 3-hour workshop, offered in two 1.5-hour sessions, introduces participants to the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion. 

    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.

    What people are saying...

    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.

    Instructor:  Carolyn McCarthy, Mindful Self-Compassion Trained Teacher by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

    Cost:  $100 - $45 Sliding Scale Tuition. 

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

    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 and connect to this Zoom Online Event will be sent with your registration. 

    Registration:

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

    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.

    • 19 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online
    • 25
    Register

    Day of Mindfulness - Live Online

    A silent day of continuous practice, in the comfort of your own home!
      

    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.

    What people are saying...
    The retreat is designed especially for those who have taken Mindfulness Northwest classes. A day to gather, see old friends, and reinvigorate 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're welcome to inquire; and, for some, "jumping in" is a great way to start.

                         

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

    Holly Bond, Mindfulness Northwest Instructor

    Cost: $95 - $50 Sliding Scale Tuition. 

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

    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 and connect to this Zoom Online Event will be sent with your registration. 

    Registration:

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

    Additional Course details:

    A day of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, and body awareness. Formal practices including body scan, mindful yoga, sitting and walking meditation, all practiced together in silence.

    Please have available that day:

    • 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.

    Please see the MBSR page to review details about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. This Day of Mindfulness 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 Univ. of Massachusetts. It has proven very effective in helping with many stress-related issues.

    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 Jul 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 29 Jul 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    • 15
    Register


    Emotional Resilience refers to a person’s capacity for meeting difficult emotional situations with greater equanimity and a person’s capacity for returning to a state of emotional balance more quickly. This 4-hour workshop, offered in two 2-hour sessions, introduces techniques specifically designed to enhance participants’ ability to be aware of and respond to difficult emotional situations with both mindfulness and compassion, a combination which cultivates emotional resilience.

    KEY CONCEPTS

    What people are saying...
    Emotions are an important part of who and what we are as human beings, coloring our perceptions, deeply influencing our quality of life and ability to function well and yet we know little about them and often don't notice emotion unless it's strong.

    This workshop uses the tools of mindfulness to help us on our journey with emotions in three ways:

    • To know our emotions more fully
    • To become able to respond to strong emotions more wisely
    • To cultivate and strengthen positive emotions

      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. 

      Cost:  $120 - $60 Sliding Scale Tuition. 

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

      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 and connect to this Zoom Online Event will be sent with your registration. 

      Registration:

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

      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.

      • 25 Jul 2020
      • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
      • Online
      • 24
      Register

      A Day of Self-Compassion - Live Online

      A Retreat at Home full of nourishing, continuous practice.

        

      During this half-day 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.


                            

      Instructor: Richard Johnson, PhD, Mindfulness Northwest Senior Instructor and Trained MSC Teacher qualified to teach MSC by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

      Cost: $70 - $35 Sliding Scale Tuition. 

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

      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 and connect to this Zoom Online Event will be sent with your registration. 

      Registration:

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

      In your confirmation email, you will 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.

      Additional Course details:

      A half-day of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, and body awareness. Formal practices including body scan, mindful yoga, sitting and walking meditation, all practiced together in silence.

      Please have available that day:

      • 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.

      Please see the MSC page to review details about the Mindful Self-Compassion program. This Day of Mindful Self-Compassion is based on the MSC principles and practices. MSC was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion.

      Notes for King County employees who are taking this course as part of the Balanced You program:

      1) King County employees are eligible for free tuition via the King County Balanced You program. To sign-up for this course, you must use a @kingcounty.gov email address and provide your position at King County. 

      2) King County employees are limited to participating in one Community Class per quarter.

      3) If for any reason a King County employee cannot attend a course they are registered for, please immediately notify Office@mindfulnessnorthwest.com. Cancellations must be received in writing at least five full business days prior to the start of the class. Registrants who cancel with less than five business days' notice or who fail to attend the class will be assessed a $100 cancellation fee by King County.


      Our Other Classes, Workshops, and Retreats

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

      • 3 Aug 2020
      • (PDT)
      • 10 Aug 2020
      • (PDT)
      • 2 sessions
      • Online
      • 21
      Register


      Mindful Communication helps to increase awareness around multiple levels of interaction  beyond just the content and information that is being conveyed.

      Mindful Communication asks what can I bring to this communication, rather than just what can I get from it? What qualities, such as kindness, acceptance, patience, lightness, humor and strength can I offer?

      When we communicate mindfully, every interaction is fresh with opportunity and open to discovery. Mindful Communication also concerns itself with foundational issues of social justice and inequity which color all communication.

      Key Concepts

      What people are saying...
      Communication is complex and essential for all of our relationships to function well. Essential at work and essential at home and everywhere in between. And yet we have little training in how communication works. Most of our training is focused just on one level. In this 4-hour workshop, offered in two 2-hour sessions, we suggest there are three key levels to pay attention to in order to be a more successful communicator. And we bring the tools of mindfulness to bear in exploring all three:
        1. The Content - where we have the most knowledge and experience, but even here we can do better.
        2. The Transaction - a complex exchange is happening between 2 or more people, there is far more happening in that exchange than just information.
        3. The Foundational - what "foundation" is this communication resting on? What are social / cultural / environmental factors that support or undermine trust and safety in the communication?

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

      Cost:  $120 - $60 Sliding Scale Tuition. 

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

      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 and connect to this Zoom Online Event will be sent with your registration. 

      Registration:

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

      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.

      • 6 Aug 2020
      • (PDT)
      • 13 Aug 2020
      • (PDT)
      • 2 sessions
      • Online
      • 19
      Register


      A Mindful Leader embodies leadership presence by cultivating focus, clarity, creativity, and compassion in the service of others. Mindful leaders can feel the space even in fast-paced high stress situations and work to create a culture of trust. Leadership presence is a tangible quality. This requires full and complete attention, with curiosity and openness, in the present moment. Those around a mindful leader see and feel that presence.

      What people are saying...

      This 4-hour workshop, offered in two 2-hour sessions, introduces techniques specifically designed to explore the intersection of mindfulness training and qualities associated with leadership excellence. With dedication and practice, employees transform their leadership abilities and their environments into places of increased innovation, greater focus, improved productivity, and widespread compassion.

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

      Cost:  $120 - $60 Sliding Scale Tuition. 

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

      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 and connect to this Zoom Online Event will be sent with your registration. 

      Registration:

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

      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.

      • 8 Aug 2020
      • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
      • Online
      • 28
      Register

      Day of Mindfulness - Live Online

      A silent day of continuous practice, in the comfort of your own home!
        

      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.

      What people are saying...

      The retreat is designed especially for those who have taken Mindfulness Northwest classes. A day to gather, see old friends, and reinvigorate 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're welcome to inquire; and, for some, "jumping in" is a great way to start.

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

      Cost: $95 - $50 Sliding Scale Tuition. 

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

      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 and connect to this Zoom Online Event will be sent with your registration. 

      Registration:

       REGISTER ONLINE to receive information about how to connect to this Online Zoom Event.  Registering also adds you to our email list to receive monthly emails about mindfulness and compassion as well as information about our upcoming classes, retreats and workshops. You can easily unsubscribe at any time.


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

      Additional Course details:

      A day of immersion into mindfulness, stress reduction, and body awareness. Formal practices including body scan, mindful yoga, sitting and walking meditation, all practiced together in silence.

      Please have available that day:

      • 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.

      Please see the MBSR page to review details about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. This Day of Mindfulness 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 Univ. of Massachusetts. It has proven very effective in helping with many stress-related issues.

      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.

      • 20 Aug 2020
      • (PDT)
      • 27 Aug 2020
      • (PDT)
      • 2 sessions
      • Online
      • 23
      Register


      Join us for this introductory workshop in mindfulness, stress reduction, body awareness, and inner care. Mindfulness helps us meet challenges with more resilience, and to embrace the joys of life with more appreciation and awareness.

      What people are saying...

      In this 3-hour workshop, offered in two 1.5-hour sessions, we’ll meet the primary practices of mindfulness, learn about the scientific and cultural roots of these practices, and have time for a hands-on experiential immersion. The day will conclude with small group discussion and dialog with the instructor on your experience of the day and how mindfulness can be integrated into daily life at work and at home.

      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.

      Cost:  $100 - $45 Sliding Scale Tuition. 

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

      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 and connect to this Zoom Online Event will be sent with your registration. 

      Registration:

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

      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.

      • 25 Aug 2020
      • (PDT)
      • 1 Sep 2020
      • (PDT)
      • 2 sessions
      • Online
      • 20
      Register


      This 3-hour workshop, offered in two 1.5-hour sessions, introduces participants to the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion. 

      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.

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

      Cost:  $100 - $45 Sliding Scale Tuition. 

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

      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 and connect to this Zoom Online Event will be sent with your registration. 

      Registration:

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

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


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      • 27 Aug 2020
      • (PDT)
      • 3 Sep 2020
      • (PDT)
      • 2 sessions
      • Online
      • 19
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      Mindfulness is the capacity to bring full attention and awareness to one’s experience, in the moment, without judgment.  Mindful eating helps us become aware of our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations related to eating, reconnecting us with our innate inner wisdom about hunger and satiety. 

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      Join us for this evidence-based, four-hour workshop, offered in two 2-hour sessions, to grow in awareness of our seven kinds of hunger while discovering a healthy, joyous relationship with food.

      NOTE: Please bring to each online session a snack or a meal, whatever you would enjoy eating, with a variety of flavors and textures. It's important that the food you bring is fully prepared for this experience of mindful eating.

      Instructor:  Richard Johnson, PhDMindfulness Northwest Senior Instructor

      Cost:  $120 - $60 Sliding Scale Tuition. 

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

      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 and connect to this Zoom Online Event will be sent with your registration. 

      Registration:

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

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


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      • 22 Sep 2020
      • (PDT)
      • 17 Nov 2020
      • (PST)
      • 9 sessions
      • Live Online
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      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. 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. Broadband internet is required. Details on how to use and connect to this Zoom Online Event will be sent with your registration. 

      Schedule:
      Tuesday evenings, September 22 - November, 17, from 6 - 8:30 PM, skipping October 13.
      All-Day Retreat: Saturday,  November 7, 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).

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

      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. 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.

      Continuing Education 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.

      Note: Registration for CE's takes place at the time of class registration. 

      See this page regarding late registration.

      Who is Eligible for CE's?
      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.



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