The Friendship of Trees | Oct-Nov 2021 Newsletter

The Friendship of Trees | Oct-Nov 2021 Newsletter

Something New in Legacy Forest: the Center for Knowing Home. Over the past several months Whidbey Institute founders Fritz and Vivienne Hull have been preparing a new project, the Center for Knowing Home, on their five acres near Storyhouse.

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November 3, 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

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September 3, 2021

This Stupendous Process | August 2021 Newsletter

“If the dynamics of the Universe from the beginning shaped the course of the heavens, lighted the Sun, and formed the Earth, if this same dynamism brought forth the continents and the seas and the atmosphere, if it awakened life in the primordial cell and then brought into being the unnumbered variety of living beings, and finally brought us into being and guided us safely through the turbulent centuries, there is reason to believe that this same guiding process is precisely what has awakened in us our present understanding of ourselves and our relationship to this stupendous process. Sensitized to such guidance from the very structure and functioning of the Universe, we can have confidence in the future that awaits the human venture.”

—Thomas Berry, New Cosmologist (1987)

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August 3, 2021

Walking a Path | July 2021 Newsletter

This month’s newsletter features an interview with Nancy Neudecker, opportunities for guided labyrinth walks and forest hikes, community announcements, and more. Click here to read the issue!


July 28, 2021

Heartquarters | May-June 2021 Newsletter

During a recent online program with NewStories, we heard Bob Stilger refer to Whidbey Island as the organization’s heartquarters. NewStories has staff based in Spokane, Vancouver Island and Portland with team members up and down the west coast. When this diverse system gathers, it returns to Whidbey Island to remember what’s important.

With gratitude to NewStories, this issue is dedicated to leadership grounded in place and guided by love.

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June 3, 2021

Emergence | April 2021 Newsletter

Special thanks to Themis Gkion and Tessie and Madeleine Bunnell for their contributions to this issue!

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April 17, 2021

The Wondrous View | February-March 2021 Newsletter

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Our resident caretaker, Thomas Arthur, shares an experience he had here during our February snowstorm and then offers up a beautiful video of that time. Enjoy! —Marnie

I am standing in the courtyard of Thomas Berry Hall in the midst of our February snow storm. There is no wind, no sound, just the wondrous view of huge flakes floating to the ground, galaxies of light falling through space. I am captivated by the moment, filled with a giddy delight as if I were seeing snow for the first time. Read More →

March 5, 2021

Encounters | January 2021 Newsletter

The Evolving Dance of “Place Ballet”
Years ago, our friend and former colleague Robert Mellinger introduced me to the concept of “place ballet”. This concept is described by David Seamon and Christina Nordin in a 1980 paper on Marketplace as Place Ballet. “Conducting their own daily activities, people come together in space, which takes on a sense of place. Individual participants using the same space unintentionally create a larger place with its own tempo of activity and rest, bustle and calm,” they write.

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January 16, 2021

Winter 2020 Volunteer Newsletter

“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” —Albert Camus

Dear Volunteers,

As we close 2020, I feel both deep gratitude and deep grief. This tumultuous year has torn some people apart and brought others closer. We have witnessed and experienced more than we could have imagined had we cast our thoughts forward at this time last year.

I am deeply grateful for all of you and wish you health and well-being as we embark upon 2021.


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December 22, 2020

A Quiet Season | December 2020 Newsletter

A Winter Wish for You

Our winter wish: that each and every one of you has abundant access to what is healing and hopeful for you. Perhaps this looks like fresh food, warm shelter, deep rest, and joyous companionship (yes, even if it must be through Zoom!). May you experience the space to rest, connect, and reflect in this quiet season.

We wish you the very happiest of holiday seasons, and on this Winter Solstice we offer our warmest welcome to the brighter days ahead.

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December 21, 2020