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


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Upcoming Classes & Retreats


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)

Day of Self-Compassion
Simple half-day retreat full of nourishing guided practice. Give yourself the gift of self-compassion. Fill your cup.

A day of mindfulness and movement. Meditate, dance, play, rest. A collaboration with Open Floor Dance teacher and bright light Kelsey Maloney!
At Bellingham’s Presence Studio ~ IN PERSON
Saturday, December 17

New Year’s Reset: Cultivating Joy
Collaboration with yogini supreme, Beth Rusk! Mindfulness, yoga, and writing practices to launch you into the new year. Beautiful setting, indoors and out.
At Bow Sanctuary ~ IN PERSON
Saturday, January 7

Heart of Winter Online Retreat
Nourish yourself with this home-based retreat. Gentle schedule makes room for your life while supporting you in practice.
For Mindfulness Northwest ~ ONLINE
February 10-12

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
The gold standard! Learn about your brain, support your nervous system, practice in community. Good stuff.
For Mindfulness Northwest ~ IN PERSON
At 3OMs Studio in Bellingham, WA
February 13 – April 3


Mindful Morning
A continuous flow of gentle guided practice. Rest into the support of community, care, and beauty.
At Bow Sanctuary ~ IN PERSON
Saturday, February 18

Fierce Compassion: A Women’s Retreat
Join us in cultivating both fierce and tender compassion with a warm community of women.
Step away from your busy life into quiet, contemplation, and beauty.
All who identify as women are welcome.
With the extraordinary Karen Schwisow!
For Mindfulness Northwest ~ IN PERSON
June 2-4



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.

She is forgiven.

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 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. In addition to time in the classroom, she loves reading, singing, writing letters, watching birds, and dancing like a fool.

TRAINING: 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. Has attended retreats & trainings with Michelle Becker, Robin Boudette, Tim Burnett, Chris Germer, Steve Hickman, Michelle Johnson, Kristin Neff, Tuere Sala, Regula Saner, Karen Schwisow, Heather Sundberg, and David Treleaven.


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