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About Us

Nurturing the conditions for transformational learning

Whidbey Institute is a home for transformational learning and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, founded in 1972. Our mission is to nurture the conditions for transformational learning, and our guiding purpose is to serve as a home for ongoing inquiry, learning, and transformation in response to the unprecedented challenges of our time.

We partner with a vibrant network of program leaders working in the areas of generative leadership, ecosystem vitality, community resilience, and more to offer one-day and multi-day retreats. Our 106-acre conservation forest campus on South Whidbey Island features integrated gardens, a four-mile public trail network, and comfortable lodging, dining, and gathering facilities. Our spaces and programs invite nature connection and serve an engaged community.

Looking to get involved?

Bring Your Work Here

At the Whidbey Institute, we host a variety of partner-led programs, workshops, retreats, conferences, and seminars. Inquire about holding your work at the Whidbey Institute.

Volunteer

Connect with others on fun projects—weekly, seasonally, or just once in a while! We have a variety of indoor and outdoor volunteer jobs for a range of interests and skill levels.

Visit and Explore

Explore our 4 mile public trail system, visit our gardens and labyrinth, take a pause in our woodland sanctuary, and more. Here’s how to get her and what to expect.

Experience a Program

Whether you’re looking for a skill-building workshop, a restorative retreat, or an inspiring conference, our events calendar has something for you! Check out our upcoming programs.

About the Whidbey Institute

Community Equity Principles

Members of the Whidbey Institute team commit to honor these community equity principles and invite all who come here to do the same.

Our History

The Whidbey Institute grew out of the Chinook Learning Community, founded in 1972 in service to Earth, Spirit, and the Human Future. Learn more here.

Our Team

Our staff, board, contractors, interns and volunteers are wholeheartedly committed to the work, mission, and stewardship of the Whidbey Institute. Meet the team.

Who We Serve

A home for transformational learning since 1972, we exist for those who sense the urgency and responsibility of this moment in history and feel called to respond. Learn more.

We acknowledge this place, its history, and the people—past, present, and future—upon whose traditional lands we live and work. The Whidbey Institute is located on the territory of the Lower Skagit, Swinomish, Suqamish, and Snohomish tribes—the island Tscha-kole-chy, named Whidbey Island by colonial settlers.

We exist for those who sense the urgency and responsibility of this moment—this world in turmoil, and this culture in transition.

With capacity to lodge up to 45 participants, our campus effectively supports multiple small groups gathering concurrently, larger groups of 45+, and summertime camping for groups including youth engagement. Our campus is also home to Whidbey Island Waldorf School, providing a preK through 8th grade education rooted in creativity, compassion, and reverence for nature.

FAQs

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