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About Us

Our guiding purpose

To serve as a home for ongoing inquiry, learning, and transformation in response to the unprecedented challenges of our time.

Our mission

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

Our vision

People and communities wholeheartedly meeting
the complex challenges of our time.


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.

Bring Your Work

At the Whidbey Institute, partner-led programs engage with a wide range of topics and learning modalities. Inquire about holding your work at the Whidbey Institute.

Our 108-acre woodland campus has served as a home for transformative learning since 1972. We partner with a vibrant network of program leaders working in the areas of generative leadership, ecosystem vitality,
community resilience, and more.

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

Our integrated gardens and forest ecosystem, four mile public-access trail network, and locally designed and built facilities invite nature connection and serve an engaged, growing community.

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.