Passages | June 2022 Newsletter

Passages | June 2022 Newsletter

Read “Passages”, our June 2022 Newsletter, where we welcome new board member Jenna Ringelheim, share a farewell letter from staff member Marnie Jackson, and offer an exciting update about our partnership with ILALI.

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June 17, 2022

Human-Centered Organizing: Introducing Board Member Jenna Ringelheim 

We are pleased to introduce Jenna Ringelheim as the newest member of our Board of Directors. Jenna’s connection to the Whidbey Institute threads through Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), whose Pacific Northwest Regional Fellows gathered here as a cohort, and through Bainbridge Graduate Institute, where she obtained an MBA in Sustainable Systems alongside fellow board members Casey Dilloway and Hilary Wilson.  Read More →

June 17, 2022

The Call of the Future: 2021 Gratitude Report

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May 3, 2022

The Center for Knowing Home

Center for Knowing Home

Fall Equinox 2021

Essay and program by Whidbey Institute founders Fritz and Vivienne Hull


Humanity is part of a vast evolving universe. Earth, our home, is alive with a unique community of life. The protection of Earths vitality, diversity, and beauty is a sacred trust. The spirit of human solidarity and kinship with all life is strengthened when we live with reverence for the mystery of being, gratitude for the gift of life, and humility regarding the human place in nature.

—Earth Charter

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November 24, 2021

Forest Listening Project

Photo from Forest Listening, by Russell Horning.

The Forest Listening Project is a program of Center For Knowing Home, launched in Legacy Forest by Whidbey Institute founders Fritz & Vivienne Hull.

You are invited into the forest — to listen!

We understand—the earth’s atmosphere is warming with alarming seriousness. Global warming is definitely here. At the same time, is it possible that this period could be a time of a powerful cultural renewal and regeneration as some are now suggesting? What is needed to make this possible?

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November 24, 2021

The Year of the Donor: 2020 Gratitude Report

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October 1, 2021

The Wellspring

The Wellspring: Reflections from Sarah Goettsch

I recently connected with our friend and community member Sarah Goettsch, who’s been in relationship with the Whidbey Institute from a number of perspectives: as a program participant, a program leader, a volunteer, a substitute caretaker, a donor, and more.  Here are some excerpts from our conversation. —Marnie Jackson


Marnie: Thanks for being open to sharing your story in our Gratitude Report! 

Sarah: You’re welcome! In preparing to have this conversation, I kept coming back to gratitude—gratitude for the wellspring of the ecosystem of the Whidbey Institute. I’ve had all these different connections and experiences. Each one is another instance of showing up, as we are, in any particular moment, in one of the vast variety of ways of being human. That’s one of the things that’s really been a treasure for me. 

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September 30, 2021

Working From the Heart

by Marta Mulholland

I am consistently humbled by the generosity of energy and spirit that people bring to volunteer work.

This was evidenced in full when I received a call in July from Jeanne Jackson (JJ) McMinds, a Whidbey Institute friend and advisor for our Forest Stewardship Plan. She had been on the land a few days earlier and had helped work on a process called Shou Sugi Ban (or Yakisugi), “an ancient Japanese exterior siding technique that preserves wood by charring it with fire. The process involves charring the wood, cooling it, cleaning it, and finishing it with a natural oil.” ( Read More →

September 22, 2021

From the Heart | September 2021 Newsletter

“We talked and laughed and connected and built relationship while we worked together . . . ”  

—Marta Mulholland, from Working from the Heart

View the September 2021 Newsletter here:

September 3, 2021

The World Needs Good Leaders: Matt McSweyn on Powers of Leadership

Matt McSweyn and I were both members of the 2014-2015 Powers of Leadership cohort. Together with over a dozen fellow leaders and learners, and with program faculty Christie Lynk and Craig Fleck, we gathered quarterly to develop as adaptive leaders, capable of addressing those questions for which there are no easy answers. This month, I reconnected with Matt (pictured) to understand how the work still resonates with him seven years later. Read on for my reflections on that conversation. 

—Marnie Jackson
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August 20, 2021