Fierce Compassion: A Retreat Day for Women
July 8 (Saturday)

Fierce Compassion: A Retreat Day for Women

In person in Woodinville

1-day retreat

Now more than ever, we need compassion: for ourselves, for each other, for the world. Compassion can be tender, like offering kindness. But it can also be fierce, like holding healthy boundaries, saying no, and standing up for ourselves and others. Developing this essential quality takes time, intention, and practice — especially given that females are often rewarded for doing the opposite.

This retreat is a one-day version of Karen & Carolyn’s popular weekend retreat on the same theme. Perfect if your schedule does not allow overnight retreat, or if you’re ready for a tune up. No experience necessary.


Dahlias in the garden at Brightwater Center.

Join us in cultivating both fierce and tender compassion with a warm community of women*. Be nourished by stepping away from your busy life, and by quiet, contemplation, and beauty.

Some of this retreat will be held in silence, deepening your experience and allowing for introspection and personal growth.

This Retreat Day Includes:

Gentle Yoga

Sitting Meditation

Walking Meditation

Warm Community & Discussion

*All who identify as women are welcome.

The retreat was so nourishing. The instructors have a warm, authentic, and caring energy that was felt deeply.
Dawn W.

Attended the 2022 Women's Weekend Retreat


Saturday, July 8, 2023
9:00am – 4:00pm


Karen Schwisow & Carolyn McCarthy


Brightwater Environmental Education Center (Woodinville)

The outside of brightwater center, with exposed wooden beams against a blue sky.


$150 - $230 (or $38 – $58/month)

  • Sliding scale: Choose what’s right for you.
  • Payment plan option: 4-months, no-interest.
  • Limited scholarships available: No need to apply; just choose a scholarship tuition during registration.
Refreshing. Not only were Carolyn and Karen wonderful guides throughout, but the community built by all the women at the retreat was extremely special. This was the perfect mix of silent practice, engaging dialogue, thoughtful instruction, and relaxing movement.
Becca F.

Attended the 2022 Women's Weekend Retreat


Karen Schwisow

Karen Schwisow

Karen has been a teacher of yoga and meditation since 2005. She continues to deepen her understanding of these ancient wisdom traditions and how they are relevant to our lives today.  Through compassionate listening, authenticity and humor she empowers you to experience your own innate ability to heal and thrive. She is a Certified MBSR teacher through UMass Medical Center, and Co-Founder of Three Trees Yoga & Healing Arts Center in Federal Way.

Carolyn McCarthy

Carolyn McCarthy

Carolyn is a lifelong writer and performer who cultivates attentiveness and joy. With a degree in Latin American Studies and Women’s Studies, she uses mindfulness to support the work of social justice, turning toward the difficult within and without. Zest, warmth, and wit enliven her teaching. Carolyn is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness. Her core practices: sitting meditation, time outside, solo living room dance parties. Visit her online at

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