Welcome to Chinook—a home for your work in the world.
Land and Accommodations
The land and accommodations at the Institute are cared for with intention. We honor the land and its heritage; we create a place for people to feel at home, whether for a night or a week; and we nourish and inspire each person to continue the vital work they bring.
When gathering here, we acknowledge the peoples of the Coast Salish and Lower Skagit tribes who stewarded this ground before us.
Our Trails and Shared Spaces
The 100 acres of trails at Chinook are generally open to the public from dawn until dusk, and we invite nature lovers to explore anytime! We partner with the Whidbey Camano Land Trust to keep much of our property in conservation easements, and cherish the wildness of our Chinook home. As this is a wildlife sanctuary, please come without your canine family members.
Our heartland space, including gardens and meadows, is sometimes dedicated to intensive work, large gatherings, and silent retreats. If you see signage asking for quiet, or if you notice that a shared space is in use by a group, please respect their space and privacy.
Our Other Facilities
From the soaring interior of Thomas Berry Hall to the rustic warmth of our historic Finnish sauna, our facilities are designed to hold the optimism, intensity, and power of your work on behalf of the common good. While exploring the Chinook land, you’ll encounter Storyhouse, in a serene pocket of our Legacy Forest, and the open-air Art Barn.
Our sacred spaces include the non-denominational Sanctuary, built by hand from local and salvaged timbers, and a stone labyrinth modeled after the famous labyrinth at Chartres, France. Meditation is held in the Sanctuary on the first Tuesday evening every month—free and open to the public.
The Synergo Challenge Course
The challenge course at the Whidbey Institute is designed to service small intimate groups and also works well with larger group sizes that want to spend the day together on the course. Synergo is dedicated to helping groups meet their potential for working together. The course has a combination of high and low elements and is set in a beautiful portion of forest on our 100-acre property. Experiences on the Synergo challenge course at the Whidbey Institute are independently facilitated by Synergo. Visit their website or email email@example.com to learn more or request a quote.