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

Upcoming Classes


Mindful Self-Compassion
January 2020
Co-teaching with Tim Burnett

Mindful Self-Compassion
April 2020
Co-teaching with Tim Burnett


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

Becoming Trauma-Sensitive: Making Mindfulness and Meditation Safe for Trauma Survivors
Center for Child and Family Well-Being, University of Washington
David Treleaven, PhD
October 18, 2019

Skill in Action Workshop
8 Limbs Yoga, Seattle WA
Michelle Johnson
December 15, 2019

Awakening in the Body: First Foundation of Mindfulness
Cloud Mountain
Heather Sundberg
July 19 – 24, 2019; July 24 – 29, 2020


I still sing with Kent Chasson and Dave Lewis in the Random Orbit Sanders. Two guitars, three voices, the occasional banjo. Folks songs, show tunes, yodeling, lullabies.

Fun projects in the works! Check back here or sign up for my newsletter to get the skinny.


diving in
piercing the mirror glass after
the slippery silver mystery
to feed us, to fly
you, the kingfisher, and I

Carolyn McCarthy

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, cooking, writing letters, watching birds, and dancing like a complete and utter fool.

Taking time to stop and taste the slugs



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