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


Upcoming Classes & Retreats

Sitting Together
30 minutes of free, guided practice with Carolyn.
All are welcome.
Offered once a month; dates and times vary.
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Mindful Self-Compassion
8-weeks chock full of goodness! Learn how to befriend yourself, even when the going gets tough.
For Mindfulness Northwest; co-taught with Catherine Duffy
Day of Self-Compassion
Nourishing half-day retreat at home. We guide practice – you just float along. Restful and restorative.
For Mindfulness Northwest; co-taught with Catherine Duffy

March 13 

Deep Winter Retreat
Live online retreat at home. 
Gentle way to ease into retreat practice. Excellent community support. Periods of silent practice woven into daily life.
For Mindfulness Northwest; I’ll be assisting Tim Burnett
March 19-21, 2021

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
March 29 & April 5, 2021

Mindful Self-Compassion
A deep dive into this nourishing practice. Learn how to treat yourself as you would a friend, even when the going gets tough.
For Mindfulness Northwest; co-taught with Catherine Duffy



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


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. 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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