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Unplug and reset as you spend a weekend learning simple, secular mindfulness practices in a supportive community. This Mindfulness Retreat will take place in a spacious and restful Oregon coast location, right on the beach in Seal Rock.


Noticing what’s happening right now with kindness and curiosity instead of judgement.

    • Mindfulness is a momentary statepracticing mindfulness in the moment shifts the state of our brain and nervous system so that we can be fully present, so that we can respond instead of react, so that we can choose how we will meet this moment.
    • Mindfulness is a skill we train through daily practice…the foundation of mindfulness is daily personal practice: choosing a time and place each day to practice. We can begin with 5 minutes per day and build up to 20 minutes or more. This retreat is designed to jumpstart your own personal practice and set you up to make this a daily habit when you return home.
    • Mindfulness is a growing traitover time daily practice and mindful moments rewire our brain. We find we have an increasing quality of presence...an increasing ability to “be with what is” in each moment instead of resisting it or running from it…a growing capacity to meet our experience moment to moment with acceptance and compassion.

Asealrock3t the Mindfulness Retreat, we offer: 

  • A relaxing environment, where skilled cooks prepare your meals and pour your wine.
  • An encouraging community of people 
  • Quality group sessions led by Heidi Hopkins (see Heidi’s bio below).
  • Down time
  • Ample opportunities for discussion and laughter, naps and yoga, movies and hikes, opportunities for introverts and extroverts alike.
  • Quite possibly naked hot tubbing, questionable language, and stories with way, WAY too much personal information, because Beth Woolsey will be there and she’s not very socially appropriate.

Here’s what a previous participant had to say:

Truly everything about the retreat was shocking in how incredible it was. Location, people, food, teaching, the balance of teaching and free time, the love and sincerity of everyone there. I would go again in a second and recommend it to anyone.”



Osealrock2UR LOCATION: Seal Rock, Oregon Coast

GROUP SIZE: 15 participants maximum + 5 staff

INCLUDED: Your retreat includes all group sessions and materialslodging, meals, wine, WiFi, linens, activities, and more.

GROUP MINDFULNESS SESSIONS: Each group session will include time for teaching, discussion, and practice as we explore

  • What is mindfulness?
  • The science of mindfulness
  • Mindful breathing
  • Mindfulness of the body
  • Mindfulness of emotions
  • Heartfulness practices: kind thoughts and gratitude

Please Note: This is a completely secular retreat; therefore, there will be an optional breakout session for those who want to discuss integrating mindfulness into an existing spiritual tradition or practice. (Please indicate interest when registering).

ACCOMMODATIONS: We will be staying on the Oregon Coast at a gorgeous 7-bedroom, 6-bath house with panoramic views. With stunning ocean vistas, comfortable meeting spaces, a hot tub with a view of the Pacific Ocean, and meals prepared for us on-site paired with wine, this will be a retreat to remember.

ROOMS and RATES: Your retreat includes everything listed in “included” above. You may choose from the room and bed types below when selecting your rate, (those items crossed out like this are already sold), OR you may select a “Put Me Anywhere” rate at $475/person, the lowest rate with the possibility you’ll be upgraded to a higher bed type/room for no additional fee.

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BEDROOM #1: Single or Double Occupancy
King Bed
Private Bath
Ocean Front
Cost: $575/person to share with another retreat participant
or $999 to reserve the room as a single occupant

BEDROOM #1B: Single Occupancy
Bottom Bunk
(Note: No one will be assigned to the top bunk.
This bunk is located in a teeny, tiny, but private space.)
Shared Bath
No Ocean View
Cost: $530

BEDROOM #2: Double or Triple Occupancy
King Bed + Full Futon
Private Bath
Ocean Front
Cost: $575/person to share the King Bed
(or $999 for single occupancy of the King Bed);
$600/person for the Full Futon, unshared

BEDROOM #3: Double or Triple Occupancy
King Bed + Full Futon
Private Bath
Ocean View
Cost: $575/person to share the King Bed
(or $999 for single occupancy of the King Bed);
$600/person for the Full Futon, unshared

BEDROOM #4: Single or Double Occupancy
Queen Bed
Shared Bath with Bedroom #5
Ocean View
Cost: $475/person to share with another retreat participant
or $999 to reserve the room as a single occupant

BEDROOM #5: Double or Triple Occupancy
King Bed + Single Bed
Shared Bath with Bedroom #4
Partial Ocean View
Cost: $550/person to share the King Bed
(or $999 for single occupancy of the King Bed);
$575/person for the Single Bed

BEDROOM #6: Single or Double Occupancy
Queen Bed
Shared Bath with the Bunkroom
No Ocean View
Cost: $475/person to share with another retreat participant
or $800 to reserve the room as a single occupant

BUNKROOM: Quadruple Occupancy
Shared Bath with Bedroom #6
No Ocean View
Cost: $500/person


OPTIONAL 4th NIGHT: Extend your retreat by a day though November 13th. $125/additional fee per person.


FOOD: All meals from dinner the evening you arrive through breakfast the morning you depart will be provided onsite, including full brunches, snacks available constantly and delicious dinners. If you have food allergies or sensitivities, please let us know when you register.

TRANSPORTATION: Rates do not include transportation to/from the retreat. If you need ground transportation, we can provide information or make arrangements for you. 


  1. Email Maggie Peterson at petersonm1@spu.edu
  2. Use “Mindfulness Retreat Registration” in your subject line.
  3. Include the following information:
    • Your first and last name.
    • Your bed/rate preferences, listed in priority order (i.e. 1. king bed, 2. futon, 3. bottom bunk) OR select the $475 “Put Me Anywhere” rate. 
    • Want an additional night? If you’re staying through September 13th for a 4-night retreat (instead of 3), let us know. $125/person fee.
    • Roommate requests, if any.
    • Food allergies or sensitivities, if any.
    • Your questions or other requests. For example, this is a great place to let us know you’re flying into Portland and will need ground transportation information! 

Within 24 hours of receiving your email, we will send you additional information, including how to make your payment. PLEASE NOTE: Your registration is not complete until you have paid in full. 

Cancellation Policy: Because we’re already incurring expenses related to this event, reservations are nonrefundable. That’s the policy. However, if you find you’re not able to attend, please do let us know as soon as possible. We’re not jerks; we’ll try to work with you. For example, if we can find someone else to pay to take your place, we’ll deduct a $75 administrative fee (’cause setting this stuff up is a lot of work, friends) and the send the rest back to you. OK? OK.


IMG_4730MINDFULNESS EDUCATOR: Heidi Hopkins has been studying, practicing, and supporting others in contemplative practice for the last 15 years. She graduated with BA in Human Biology from Stanford University and has been fascinated by the brain and body ever since. Heidi has trained in a variety of settings since college, most recently with Richard Rohr in the Living School for Action and Contemplation and with Mindful Schools in their year long certification program. She currently teaches mindfulness to public school students and works in one on one and group settings with adults and youth. You can read more about mindfulness and Heidi here. Heidi is humbled by her own ongoing need for mindfulness and heartened by the fruits of daily practice. She looks forward to learning and practicing with you! 

beth-equals-boss-099RETREAT FACILITATOR: Beth Woolsey is the writer and humorist behind the Five Kids Is A Lot of Kids blog where she writes frequently about pee and Jesus, but not usually at the same time. She’s been described by readers as “optimistic, authentic, poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, [capturing] the mom experience with all its pathos and humor,” and she was named one of Sheknows.com’s Top Five Moms Who Will Make You Laugh Out Loud. Beth’s true passion lies in creating authentic communities full of imperfect people. She loves wild truths and unreasonable grace, and she’s really far too loud for polite society.     

RMaggieETREAT COORDINATOR: Maggie Peterson is a friendly and energetic human from Seattle, Washington and graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts in French and Francophone Studies. She is currently managing vacation rentals on the Oregon Coast, even the one we will be staying at for the retreat! She loves good food, being outside, getting rowdy and investing in people in her community, so enjoy her youthful presence and don’t be intimidated by her “nudity-builds-community” approach to bonding.               

petersonFOOD, WINE, ACTIVITIES AND HOSPITALITY: Polly and Maggie Peterson are a mother/daughter team in charge of all things hospitality! Their mission is great food, fabulous wine and warm welcomes for all coming to this retreat. Polly is an English/Writing professor and playwright from Newberg, Oregon. Polly believes every person is valuable and has something important to say; as such, she takes a holistic approach to writing, caring as much about what the writer wants to say as how she says it.


We are LGBTQ friendly and a safe space.

If you identify as LGBTQ and have questions about attending any of the retreats we offer and/or accommodations we provide, please contact me directly at fivekidsisalotofkids@gmail.com.

With love,

House and beach photos courtesy of Seal Rock Oceanfront Home