A way of paying attention that can bring us greater resilience, ease, and joy.



Upcoming Classes & Retreats

Roots of Compassion Retreat
5-day live online retreat at home
Periods of silent practice woven into daily life
For Mindfulness Northwest with Tim Burnett
August 30 – September 4

Introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion
Learn about this powerful, heart-warming practice.
Each class is two 1.5-hour sessions
For Mindfulness Northwest
FREE Hour of Mindfulness
For Mindfulness Northwest
Mindful Self-Compassion
8-weeks chock full of goodness!
For Mindfulness Northwest with Oori Silberstein
Day of Self-Compassion
Nourishing half-day retreat at home.
For Mindfulness Northwest with Oori Silberstein




Mindfulness Teacher Training Program
Mindfulness Northwest
Tim Burnett, Karen Schwisow
September 2019 – June 2020

Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training
Center for Mindful Self-Compassion
Steve Hickman, Chris Germer, Michelle Becker, Regula Saner
January 5-10, 2020

Plus workshops and retreats with Michelle Johnson, Tuere Sala, Heather Sundberg, and David Treleaven.

Headshot by Tiffany Brooks


Out the window, a cedar waxwing lays

her first egg in a nest of lichen and twigs.

I wish for you the same sturdy hope,

soft and round, made to hold your body

as you launch your life into this world.

Carolyn McCarthy

​Carolyn McCarthy has worked for years cultivating presence, attentiveness, and joy as a writer, actor, and singer. After a decade of solo meditation practice, she was thrilled to find Mindfulness Northwest’s retreats and classes. The process of learning in community under the guidance of a trained teacher has been invaluable, inspiring her to become a teacher herself.

Carolyn offers classes in the hopes of moving us, individually and collectively, toward healing, wholeness, and love. Mindfulness practices help her to be a calmer, happier person and a better mother, daughter, partner, and friend.

Carolyn lives with her family where the Chuckanut Mountains meet the Salish Sea. In addition to time in the classroom, she loves reading, singing, writing letters, watching birds, and dancing like a complete and utter fool.

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