What a wonderful gathering! If you missed it this year, we missed you! Here is a summary of our time together.
We gathered and connected and settled in on Thursday night, setting our intentions, creating our altar, and beginning to settle in to practice together.
Friday was a day of silent practice of sitting, walking and qi gong which created spaciousness, grounding and a foundation for the rest of the gathering. Using our inquiry skills in small groups, we explored the question ‘What is your current edge or most pressing question right now as a teacher?’ A lively and insight-filled exploration took place, and we felt grateful to be able to bring our big questions to our sangha of fellow teachers and have them skillfully handled through inquiry.
Saturday morning’s practice was crafted to exemplify trauma sensitive practices, and was led by Janice Sack-Ory and Vanessa Meade. In the afternoon, we made a deep dive into the neurological imprint of trauma, how it shows up in our lives and in our classes, and how to skillfully create safety and handle triggering when it occurs (in ourselves and in our participants). Janice shared with us her tremendous expertise on trauma as well as her personal wisdom, heart and trauma informed teaching style. Thank you Janice! After an evening of fellowship, poems and song, we all retired feeling enriched and connected. Sunday morning we shared practice and breakfast and a beautiful closing ceremony.
I also want to add that Camp Burton really got our accommodations right this year! We had lovely rooms which would be doubles or triples at most with a shared bathroom (but we each got a room to ourselves!). We were able to use the Conference Center the whole time, and the food was delicious as usual. We will have these same accommodations next year.
We have really created something special here. Keeping our gathering grounded firmly in practicing together has kept the retreat spacious and our intentions clear. Creating enough time for conversation, connection, and work-shopping our topics of interest has served to strengthen us as teachers and practitioners. Out of this has grown our strong and beloved sangha.
Many of us have reflected that this was our best gathering yet. As our sangha grows more connected, our commitment to the annual gathering is stronger and more enthusiastic than ever! We hope you will join us next year!
Please register as soon as possible so we can plan for your attendance. Prompt registration helps us keep costs low for attendees year after year.
9326 SW Bayview Drive
Vashon Island, WA 98070
Phone: 206 463 2512
3-5 pm check in period
5:30 pm dinner
5:30 am - 4:00 pm Silent retreat day for attending MBSR teachers. Structured and some periods led by attending MBSR teachers
5:30 pm Dinner
5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Retreat day with practices, sharing exercises and discussion groups and open conversation
5:30 - 11:00 am retreat morning with practices, sharing and closing
* The Friday silent practice day has been highly valued by many teachers as a preparation into the retreat setting. It is in line with the spirit of MBSR and was actually started in 2016 after requests for allowing space for reflection before going into the more interactive part of the retreat.
Camp Burton, situated on Vashon Island, close to Tacoma, WA has been very accommodating, and we have reserved their Retreat Center for 2020, which includes our own building for meeting, with our lodging right next door. This gives us lots of flexibility for lodging, and all linens are provided.
Please sign up through the MBSR PNW website. Space is limited. We will assign spaces first come first serve. Space for members of MBSR PNW will be prioritized until the end of October. After that, reservations will be taken on a first come first serve basis.
Deposit - $50
Non-refundable deposit will reserve your space. Remaining balance due by Dec. 1
* If any of these options don't suit your time schedule, or if you want to commute or book your own private accommodation, please contact info@mbsrpnw to discuss.
** Members of MBSR PNW receive a $50 discount for the Gathering.
The gathering is enriched by the opportunity to practice together but also by sharing our teachings with each other. Volunteering to lead a meditation or any other contribution to the gathering is both an opportunity to practice in the safety of our group with valuable feedback, but also an opportunity where we can learn from each other. Contributing in the 'logistical' parts of the gathering is also a way of helping to make the retreat as smooth as possible for everybody.
We welcome and appreciate your contribution to the gathering! Let us know how you would like to participate.