Meeting Grief
September 28 (Saturday afternoon)

Meeting Grief

In person in Bow

3-hour workshop

Grief is all of the feelings surrounding any loss

So much can bring up grief: the death of a loved one, physical pain or illness, the challenges of aging, the climate crisis, or simply reading the news. A child grows up and moves away, a job or friendship ends, we can’t do the things we used to do. Even a positive change like moving or retirement can include a thread of grief.

All of us experience grief. You may not have anything “big” up at the moment, or even be feeling particularly sad — but you are human! We all feel grief. That’s enough. Everyone is welcome.

In this workshop we’ll use the tools of mindfulness and self-compassion to meet our grief. We’ll explore the ways present moment awareness can help, and discover how to bring in fierce and tender self-compassion.

An experienced teacher, warm community, and the beauty of nature offer support. You’ll come away with simple, accessible tools to work with grief and loss.


A white bridge over a small pond at Bow Sanctuary, where this event takes place.

Note: if you are fresh off a significant or devastating loss, or deep in unprocessed grief, this workshop may not be a good match. Please check with us to see if the time is right for you.

About the Instructor

Carolyn is a certified teacher of mindfulness and compassion as well as a trained hospice volunteer. Her deep training in Mindful Self-Compassion is especially supportive in working with difficult emotions.


This workshop will include:

  • Supportive mindfulness and self-compassion practices
  • Small and large group discussion
  • Time in silence, time in nature
  • Practical tools for working with your inner critic in everyday life


Bow Sanctuary is a is a peaceful wellness refuge in beautiful Bow, WA, which is in the Skagit Valley, 25 minutes South of Bellingham or 80 minutes North from Seattle. The sanctuary offers many on-site amenities to enhance your program experience. Before the workshop, you could schedule a massage or other hands-on healing treatment, relax in the sauna, or you might consider relaxing with a hot beverage in the gardens or dining at the Persimmon Bistro (closes at 3pm).


Saturday, September 28, 2023
1:00 – 4:00pm


Carolyn McCarthy


$70 - $105 (or $17 – $26/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.
Carolyn is an excellent teacher. She always empowered me to also be my own teacher and modify practices as needed. Her warm presence, wise teachings, and encouraging energy made me feel supported, and I got so much out of the experience thanks to her guidance.
Molly, Bellingham, WA

A white bridge over a small pond at Bow Sanctuary, where this event takes place.
Three photos; the inside of the meditation hall; pink lotus blossoms among lily pads; the outside of the meditation hall at bow sanctuary.
Lily pads with pink lotus flowers
Interior of the meditation hall at Bow Sanctuary
Exterior of the meditation hall at Bow Sanctuary.

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                                       4-month payment plan available.

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