Fall Theme Announced: First Meeting September 18th, 2014 at 9:30 am!

Connect & Replenish at our First Fall Mom’s Morning Retreat Meeting Thursday, September 18th at 9:30 am!

IMG_7784-1We are excited to announce this year’s theme:

“Loving the Life You Have”

Plan to join us for our first fall meeting to connect with other moms as we explore mindfulness, our innate capacity to be happy and how we can teach our children the skills they need to raise their emotional intelligence, to be resilient, and to form happiness habits for life.

As we become more conscious parents, with intention and awareness, we also become more mindful of living our own lives with happiness and gratitude.

Bev will be drawing from the new brain science that is coming out of The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, as well these (and other) books:

Raising Happiness by Christine Carter, Ph.D.

Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson

The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsaybary

Check out the Bookshelf section on our website for a complete reading resource list this fall.

Thank you, to Steering and to all our childcare providers for your hard work and dedication over the summer! We can’t wait for September!photo-3
Fall Calendar
Mark our fall meetings on your calendar:
  • September 18th
  • October 2nd
  • October 16th
  • November 6th
  • November 20th
  • December 4th
  • December 18th
Don’t Just Love Us! Like Us! And Invite Your Friends!

Visit our Facebook page and “Like” us if you haven’t already!

Think your friends would enjoy Mom’s Morning Retreat? Let them know that Mom’s Morning Retreat is a trusted place for mothers of all beliefs and backgrounds, with children of all ages, to connect and replenish. Invite them to join us for conversation, laughter and rejuvenating time with other mothers. And let them know that tuition includes an on-site childcare program for infants and young children.

Looking forward to seeing you on September 18th!

Mountain SunriseHello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields…Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.” 
― Mary Oliver

Happy Summer!

It is good to have an end to journey toward;
but it is the journey that matters, in the end.  
–Ursula K. LeGuin



Thank You for Traveling the Journey of Compassion with us!

We hope that along the way each of you has collected some special treasures–nuggets of inspiration from our conversations that you can carry with you as you continue on the path of deepening compassion and connection with yourself and others.

We look forward to seeing you in September for what is already shaping up to be a great year of learning, sharing and growing together with Bev Gaines, our truly amazing mentor.




Thank you, Bev, for an inspiring year!




It’s like that old Steve Martin routine where he states to the audience, “I’d now like to thank each and every one of you” and then proceeds to say “thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you…” about a million times.

We have many people to thank–because everyone plays a part in creating this special place where mothers can connect with other mothers for rejuvenating, reflective time together.

A special thank you to Shawna Paulson for her tireless work as Chair this year–and to all of our Steering members. Thank you to our caregivers, and to all you members for your participation, wisdom and support.  We so appreciate all of your efforts on behalf of Mom’s Morning Retreat.

For those of you just joining, or checking us out for fall, we look forward to seeing more of you! Whether a new or returning member, the directory is a great way to stay in touch with other Mom’s Morning Retreat mothers. If you haven’t received a directory, it’s not too late! Just email us through the website or message us through Facebook.

We look forward to starting another great year in September. Tell your friends! Stay tuned for updates, be in touch via newsletter and Facebook, and enjoy the days of summer!


If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
–Dalai Lama


Year-End Meeting This Thursday, June 5th at 9:30 a.m.

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another. –Thomas Merton

photo-45Last Meeting of the Year This Thursday, May 5th at 9:30 a.m.

Last Fall we embarked upon a metaphorical “Journey of Compassion” and with Bev as our guide we set out to discover more about this elusive ideal of compassion.

We asked ourselves, what is compassion? How can we enrich our connection with ourselves, with our loved ones, with acquaintances, and yes–even with the difficult people in our lives?

As we’ve traveled this road, have you found yourself growing in compassion?

How does has this sense of empathy, or “co-suffering” changed or evolved in you?

How has your deepening awareness of compassion impacted your relationships–with yourself, as a parent, with other people in your life?

Come reflect on the year and enjoy this special time with Bev. Steering will host this Thursday’s meeting–we hope to see you then!

Interested in Learning More About Serving on Steering?

Next year’s Steering Committee is forming now. If you are interested in working more closely with Bev and amazing women on Steering, we’d love to talk with you! Ask Bev or any current Steering member for more information!

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. — Maya Angelou

A Trusted Place on Bainbridge Island for Mothers to Connect and Replenish


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