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


Upcoming Live Online

Classes & Retreats


Sitting Together
30 minutes of free, guided practice with Carolyn.
All are welcome ~ ONLINE
Offered weekly on Wednesdays at 7pm
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Free Hour of Mindfulness (registration required)
Give mindfulness a try. Leave with simple, supportive tools.


Introduction to MSC
Curious about Mindful Self-Compassion? Get a taste and learn a few simple tools in this hands-on workshop. Short and sweet.
For Mindfulness Northwest ~ ONLINE
August 31 & September 7, 2021
November 30 & December 7, 2021






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, Chris Germer, Kristin Neff, and David Treleaven.

Headshot by Tiffany Brooks


sitting in silence

then, reaching me through the wall –

hummingbird’s wings

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. Her practice supports her work in social justice, encouraging her to turn toward the difficult within and without. Mindfulness practices also help her to be a calmer, happier person and a better mother, daughter, partner, and friend (most of the time!).

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 fool.

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