The Roots of Mindfulness: a week of extended Mindfulness Practice exploring the theme Beginner’s Mind.
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 in the Skagit Valley (roughly 90 minutes north of Seattle and 2 hours south of Vancouver, BC). 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.
2017 Roots of Mindfulness Theme: Beginner’s Mind
This year we will explore the teachings of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, author of the classic book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, who coined the term “beginner’s mind.” Jon Kabat-Zinn, when he designed MBSR in the 1970’s, named beginner’s mind as a key “Foundational Attitude” for effective participation in mindfulness training.
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.
October 15 – 22, 2017:
Starts Sunday October 15th (3pm-5pm check-in).
Closes Sunday October 22nd by noon after camp clean-up.
Before practicing for 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 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.
$690 – $990 sliding scale fee (plus an additional surcharge for some housing options).
Payment plans and scholarships are available.
Samish Island Campground, 11565 Scott Road, Bow, WA, about 90 minutes north of Seattle and 2 hours south of Vancouver, BC.
It’s not exactly a campground – there are simple rustic cabins and motel-like “e-cabins” available. RV and tent camping is also available.
And it’s not really an island – you can drive there.
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.
Round trip transportation from SeaTac Airport (Seattle) to the retreat site is available with our at-cost shuttle service.
Samish “Campground” does not require camping. There are two types of cabins: rustic cabins, which are simple, clean, well-maintained plywood cabins built in the 1950’s – they have heat, beds, and share campground bathroom buildings; and e-cabins, which are modern motel-like buildings where every two units share a bathroom.
More details and photos are available on the registration page.