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Fierce Compassion Women's Retreat, Union , United States

Carolyn McCarthy

June 2, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - June 4, 2023 @ 12:00 pm

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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.

A bed of red, yellow and orange dahlia flowers, with a white cottage behind them, and a view of hood canal and a clear blue sky behind that.


There are three accommodation types available:

  • Camping: $350
  • Double Occupancy: $650
  • Single Occupancy: $850

Two $450 scholarships (Double Occupancy) are available until filled. No need to apply ​​– just select this tuition level when you register.

Includes three nutritious meals a day, lodging, and teachings.


Friday, June 2 at 4pm – Sunday, June 4 at 12pm

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.

yellow flowers dangle from a green vine, with a view of hood canal, fir trees and a blue partly-cloudy sky behind.

Harmony Hill Retreat Center is dedicated to healing. Nestled on 12 acres on the south side of Hood Canal with breathtaking Olympic mountain views, this tranquil retreat is the perfect setting to discover the richness of the present moment.Some of this retreat will be held in silence, deepening your experience and allowing for introspection and personal growth.

This retreat features:

Gentle Yoga
Sitting Meditation
Walking Meditation
Stunning Scenery
Delicious, Organic Meals
Private or Shared Quarters
Warm Community & Discussion 

*All who identify as women are welcome. 

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 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 www.carolynmcc.com.


June 2, 2023 @ 4:00 pm
June 4, 2023 @ 12:00 pm


Carolyn McCarthy
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Harmony Hill Retreat Center
7362 E STATE ROUTE 106
Union, 98592 United States
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