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


Listen to Practice Recordings HERE


Upcoming Classes & Retreats


Midday Mindfulness
Drop-in online hour of guided practice. Warm community and simple, welcoming practices.
FREE but you must register HERE to receive the link.
For Mindfulness Northwest ~ ONLINE
Wednesdays at noon
Usually taught by Tim Burnett, but I often sub.
I will be teaching:
May 24
May 31
June 28
July 5
July 19
July 26
Aug 2
Aug 23 


Intro to Self-Compassion
Curious about self-compassion? Dip your toe in with this FREE evening session.
For Mindfulness Northwest ~ ONLINE
May 22

Fierce Compassion: A Women’s Retreat
Join us in cultivating both fierce and tender compassion with a warm community of women.
With the extraordinary Karen Schwisow!
For Mindfulness Northwest ~ IN PERSON
June 2-4
FULL, but you might try joining the waitlist.

Day of Mindfulness & Self-Compassion
A day of continuous guided practice at the beach! Silence, community, and the beauty of nature. We will be indoors & out.
For Mindfulness Northwest ~ IN PERSON
(Semiahmoo County Park)

Saturday, June 10

FREE Hour of Mindfulness
Sweet and simple workshop introducing mindfulness. Curious? Nice way to check it out.
At Village Books in Fairhaven!
For Mindfulness Northwest ~ IN PERSON
Thursday, June 15

Mindful Self-Compassion
Learn how to befriend yourself, especially when things are tough. This class was a game changer for me. Powerful practice, warm community.

For Mindfulness Northwest ~ ONLINE
July 11 – August 29

Day of Self-Compassion
Retreat full of nourishing guided practice — at home! Practice in your pajamas if you like. 🙂 Give yourself the gift of self-compassion.

For Mindfulness Northwest ~ ONLINE
Saturday, August 19

Intro to Self-Compassion
Curious about self-compassion? Dip your toe in with this FREE evening session.
For Mindfulness Northwest ~ ONLINE
August 28

What People Are Saying . . .


Insightful, inspirational, and transformative.
-Spencer, MSC participant

Carolyn, you have a gift for creating a space where discoveries can be made. Thank you for your guidance.
-Becca, Mindful Writing participant

Prior to my first workshop with Carolyn on mindful self-compassion, I had been “doing” meditation exercises either with an app or using breathing techniques. Carolyn opened up the world of mindfulness to me. She is a wonderful teacher – patient, empathetic, warm, compassionate, and a brilliant communicator with great energy! She went above and beyond to understand the needs of each student.
-Anand, MSC participant

I find Carolyn’s feedback as we talk about our experience endlessly helpful, insightful, and genuine.
– Carol G., MSC participant

Carolyn provided an abundance of information while keeping the learning incredibly organic and experiential. I appreciate the scientific and practical examination of the practice along side the less tangible, emotional, spiritual elements.
– taylor s., MBSR participant

Carolyn is a really wonderful instructor – she holds space for everyone in the class in a special way, modeling the practice of mindful self-compassion, but as an outward expression.
-Erin B., MSC participant

Lots of great insights and practices that help you to understand mindfulness and how you can use it in your daily life in formal or informal ways.
– Jen H., MBSR participant

Carolyn is great! Well-studied, wise, creative, playful and pragmatic. Anything you glean from the course and your practice improves your life.
– Renee, MSC participant



Headshot by Tiffany Brooks




Lopsided, luscious,
the moon moves through the cedars,
her golden late-summer light
obscuring the meteors
that I have stepped out to see.

She is forgiven.

Carolyn McCarthy




Carolyn offers classes in the hopes of moving us, individually and collectively, toward healing, wholeness, and love. Zest, warmth and wit enliven her teaching. Core practices: sitting meditation, time outside, solo living room dance parties.

A student of social justice, Carolyn uses mindfulness to face difficult truths within and without. All are welcome in her offerings. She lives and practices on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish people. Here by way of colonialism, she is grateful for the ongoing leadership that her neighbors, the Lhaq’te’mish (Lummi Nation), provide in caring for the lands and waters we all call home.

  • Certified to teach MSC by UCSD Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.
  • Trained to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction through Mindfulness Northwest.
  • Graduate of Mindfulness Northwest’s 9-month Mindfulness Teacher Training Program.
  • Trainings and retreats with Chris Germer, Michelle Johnson, Tuere Sala, Heather Sundberg, David Treleaven, and many others.


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