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learn • explore • inspire • connect

MARCH 2018 Storyhouse, by April Huizenga

Our mission is to cultivate place, nurture community, and co-create experiences which grow our human capacity for compassionate, courageous action.

ABOUT THE WHIDBEY INSTITUTE The Whidbey Institute is where leaders and learners of all ages share experiences that connect and inspire. Our 108 acre campus, about an hour and a short ferry ride North of Seattle, has been a home for transformative learning since 1972. The Whidbey Institute offers spaces and experiences that inspire, as well as partnering with a vibrant network of program leaders working in the areas of generative leadership, ecosystem vitality, community resilience, and more. Our guiding purpose is to serve as a home for ongoing inquiry, learning, and transformation in response to the unprecedented challenges of our time.

THE INSPIRATION OF NATURE & THE COMFORTS OF HOME Our 108-acre woodland campus, integrated gardens and forest ecosystem, four mile public-access trail network, and comfortable facilities invite nature connection and serve an engaged community. The land is home to a woodland sanctuary, a labyrinth, two residential-style homes, locally designed and built cabins, and more. Meals are lovingly prepared by a professional chef, using fresh, organic, grown-on-site ingredients whenever possible.


PO Box 57

501(c)(3) nonprofit

6447 Old Pietila Rd.

Thriving Communities’ purpose: to connect people through gatherings and films, to catalyze action and meaningful outcomes through deep listening, and to find people and processes that will support neighborhoods or communities as they grow.

The Magic of Thriving Communities:

SCHEDULE: Gathering runs Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 6 pm through Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 1:30 pm. Registrants are welcome to arrive any time after 3 pm. TUITION: $275/scholarships available LODGING & MEALS: $300/lower cost options available Explore music, story and art . . . connecting the invisible (less visible) in community. There are people in every community who quietly reach out to others who are struggling, and through some magic bring different folks together. How do they do this? How do people find them? And how does this process contribute to a thriving and resilient community? Be inspired by Pat Wright of The Total Experience Gospel Choir. Pat has traveled the world with the award-winning choir she founded in 1973. Her energy, musical talent, and devotion to community through singing reverberates through her presence. Learn how the arts can connect in sustainable ways! Meet Peggy Taylor of Power of Hope, PYE Global, and Young Women Empowered. What drives the soul when an idea becomes a vision which becomes reality which begins to change the world? Learn more and register:

Offered March 15—18 by the Thriving Communities Initiative

Arts, Culture and Deep Listening

Training of Facilitators:

The Art of Personal Leadership Offered March 19—24 by Personal Leadership Seminars

PREREQUISITES: The completion of a PL Foundations seminar or its equivalent, OR the completion of a self-study program of the Personal Leadership method supported by a PLSeminars-approved coach. SCHEDULE: Includes pre-work. Face-to-face gathering begins with dinner at 6pm on March 19 and completes after dinner at 8 pm on March 24. TUITION: $450-$2,525/some meals included LODGING & MEALS: $450-650 Are you . . . • Ready to facilitate Personal Leadership? • Wondering how best to design or sequence the training? • Ready for tips and techniques? If so, this Training of Facilitators seminar is what you need. The seminar will strengthen your capacity to . . . • Integrate PL into your content design and • Facilitate those PL components in a way that is relevant and valuable for your participants.

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Interested in bringing your workshop, conference, training, or retreat to the Whidbey Institute? We invite you to explore our available dates calendar.


Preparing for the Possible

SCHEDULE: Gathering runs Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 2 pm through Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 2 pm. TUITION: $275/scholarships available LODGING & MEALS: $300/low cost options available How might we respond to crises in a way that makes us and our communities more resilient and able to cope with the rising tide of changes? • Is your work with communities to help them prepare for disasters? • Do you help people or communities figure out how to be more healthy and resilient? • Are you in places where unexpected tragedy has occurred? What about here in the beautiful Northwest? How can we support each other, throughout the region, to learn about what’s possible now and to take that learning into action? What might it look like for our region to build true resilience?

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Offered March 22—24 by Bob Stilger & New Stories

“This journey of finding the future in our present, or discovering new stories, or making a new normal – it is a human journey. We can mark the path as we make it. We can lay down stepping stones.”

Kumudini Shoba is from a family in Sri Lanka with a long “Vaidhya” (healer) tradition. She is a Master Herbalist who has studied both eastern and western herbs. She also has a master’s degree in bio-organic chemistry.

Spring Wisdom from the Garden Offered March 24 by the Whidbey Institute with Kumudini Shoba

Ayurveda Healing with Kumudini Shoba

SCHEDULE: Gathering runs from 1 pm to 4 pm in the Whidbey Institute Westgarden. TUITION: $45/$30 for Westgarden volunteers Join us in the sweet, woodsy Westgarden at the Whidbey Institute to learn about supporting health with Ayurveda practioner Kumudini Shoba. This class will explore using nature to support cleansing the body and re-setting for spring, and will focus on using plants and herbs from the garden and surrounding forest. This is the first class in a series of three that will run through fall of 2018. The class will be held on Saturday, March 24th from 1 to 4 pm. This workshop will be held in the greenhouse with a walk through the garden and forest to gather plants, depending on the weather.

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Join us for Soul Songs From the Heart and Bones of the World featuring local artist Julie Glover and worldrenowned singer/songwriter Gina SalÄ with Claudia Walker. Join Julie and Gina on a magical journey into the music of many different ethnic traditions, and how they express joy, sorrow, celebration and mystery. Come prepared to be embraced by and to participate in a rich field of sound.

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave, Langley


“‘Getting it’ when it comes to race and racism challenges our very identities as good white people. It’s an ongoing and often painful process of seeking to uncover our socialization at its very roots. It asks us to rebuild this identity in new and often uncomfortable ways. But I can testify that it is also the most exciting, powerful, intellectually stimulating and emotionally fulfilling journey I have ever undertaken.” ­­Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Robin DiAngelo is a former Associate Professor of Education. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year from the University of Washington. Her scholarship is in White Racial Identity and Race Relations, and she has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in issues of race relations and racial justice. She was appointed to co-design the City of Seattle’s Race & Social Justice Initiative Training. She has numerous publications and books, including, “What Does it Mean to be White?”: Developing White Racial Literacy. Her work on White Fragility has influenced the national dialogue on race and been featured in Alternet, Salon, NPR, PBS, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate and Colorlines.

Seeing the Racial Waters:

Offered March 25 at 1 pm the Clyde Theatre by community partners

Robin DiAngelo Live at the Clyde SCHEDULE: Sunday March 25, 1 to 3 pm, The Clyde Theatre. COST: Free (donations accepted to offer additional presentations in this community racial justice learning series). The Whidbey Institute is partnering with others in the community to spread the word about this upcoming event sponsored by the Whidbey Racial Justice Learning Group and the Clyde Theatre. Three follow up conversations in the following weeks will be facilitated by Rose Homme, Diana Sandoval, James DeLong, Janet Staub, Belinda Griswold and Dan McGee. These conversations will provide space to explore what came up during the talk will be provided at no cost, open to the public. Childcare available. To reserve a spot, email Dates and locations of follow-up conversations: • Saturday, 3/31, Healing Circles, Langley, 1 to 4 pm. • Sunday, 4/8, Storyhouse, Whidbey Institute, Clinton, 1 to 4 pm. • Wednesday, 4/18, Freeland Hall, 5:30 to 8:30 pm. TICKETS AVAILABLE FREE AT CLYDE THEATRE AND MOONRAKER BOOKS. UNRESERVED SEATS AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT.

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“I remember on the morning we left Selma, Martin Luther King saying, ‘tell your children and your grandchildren that you were here, that you were part of history.’ Today, we want to know that in the future we can tell our families that we awoke to the challenge of our time, joined in the great work, and that we did our creative best. We can also tell them that on this journey, in a way more deeply satisfying than we expected, we found we were linked with others in passionate community—we found a people to walk with.” Fritz Hull, founder of the Whidbey Institute

Whidbey Institute Featured Programs, March 2018  

Our 108-acre nonprofit learning center is located on Whidbey Island near Seattle, Washington. See our full calendar and learn more about our...

Whidbey Institute Featured Programs, March 2018  

Our 108-acre nonprofit learning center is located on Whidbey Island near Seattle, Washington. See our full calendar and learn more about our...