Beyond the Good/Bad Binary: August Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Money, Power & Meaning: The first in a series of conversations beyond the good/bad binary
  • Exceedingly Good: Spotlight on Larisa Benson
  • Welcome James!
  • Planting Joy: A conversation with volunteer Mara Grey
  • Salish Sea Day of Action
  • Old Lesbians Oral Herstory Project

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August 23, 2018

Loving Action: July 2018 Newsletter

Featuring news about the Free Immigrant Families Fund, an interview with Jules LeDrew, a podcast with David Korten, and more!

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July 12, 2018

Gratitude | May 2018 Newsletter

In this issue, 2017 Gratitude Report announced; GiveBIG coming up; Land Steward position opening; and more!


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May 14, 2018

Emergence | March & April 2018 Newsletter

In this issue: Welcoming Noel Bain, Whidbey Institute Operations Manager; Spotlight on Joel DeJong; Learning from the Land 2018 Series announced; SoulCollage Artist joins the Awake & Alive Facilitation team; Trail Building Update; and more! Read the full issue.

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April 6, 2018

Uplift | February 2018 Newsletter

In this issue: The Soul of Business with Blaine Bartlett, The Emerging Futures Podcast featuring Dr. Stephen Micheal Newby, ReWilding Retreat photos by April Huizenga, facilities and construction updates, community events, and more!

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March 6, 2018

Spirit in Action | January 2018 Newsletter

In this issue: hiring announcement; “A Cohort in Carhartts”, bringing the land in, site evolution update, Transition Fidalgo FutureFest, Whidbey Island Racial Equity events, the quality of presence, and more!

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January 31, 2018

Welcome Winter | December 2017 Newsletter

Crowdfunding Update

This moment in history, with its escalating and interconnected political, environmental, and social challenges, calls for engaged, compassionate, and courageous individuals who sense and respond to the urgency of our times—of this world in turmoil, and of this culture in transition. The solutions must come from within, and they must come from all of us. They must start here, there, and everywhere—in hearts and homes and communities and organizations around the world.

There is no better time to invest in organizations like this one. As a home for inquiry, connection, and learning, the Whidbey Institute makes change possible by cultivating place, nurturing community, and co-creating experiences that develop the change-maker in each of us. This is where the leadership potential of each and every one of us can emerge, where we are supported and inspired to engage more wholeheartedly and effectively with the world’s complex challenges.

Our year-end appeal focuses on funding one Live Edge cabin—a small part of our capacity-building vision, with the potential to make a really big impact. The cabin you help fund will provide space for life-changing experiences for up to 100 participants per year!

Also in this issue: Remembering Dawna Fowler, Spotlight on Sanjay, Good Boundaries Free You, Site Evolution Update, the Language of Spaces.

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December 15, 2017

It’s Happening! | November 2017 Newsletter

Meadow Row Installation



We can’t say enough thanks to the team—Jade Craftsman Builders, J&D Wallace, Ross Chapin Architects, and others—who made last week’s installation of the new Meadow Row units so smooth and safe for all involved. Over the course of two days, this hardworking crew brought a total of twelve individual modules in and assembled them in place. Onsite completion, including roofing, decks, and interior furnishings, is scheduled by March 2018. Photos by Michael Foley.

Also in this issue: Community Equity Principles, Welcoming New Board Members, Recommended Reading, A Holy High, Seeking Donations of Truck and Golf Cart, Featured Events.


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November 20, 2017

Built by Friends | October 2017 Newsletter

Power of Hope Camp (pictured above) began at the Whidbey Institute in 1996. According to their website, “camps based on Power of Hope’s Creative Community Model exist in Canada, British Columbia First Nations, the US (Washington State, Oregon, and California), Jamaica, Brazil, South Africa, Uganda, the UK, and India.”

Built by Friends

$236k Raised at 2017 Gala
We’re so grateful to the many community members and new friends who joined us for the Down this Winding Road Gala fundraising experience on October 14. We had an incredible time celebrating in community and honoring Nancy Nordhoff for her exemplary leadership . . . and together, we raised $236,685 in support of our shared work as a home for transformative learning, inquiry, and action. This brings us significantly closer to our Whidbey Institute 2020 Phase 1 goal of $1.35 million to complete the Heartland lodging expansion already underway, and contributes sustaining momentum for our full four-year, $4.5 million capacity-building campaign.

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Deeper than the Heart with Dan McKee, A Gift of Trees from Cathi O’Nan, and more! Click here to view the whole issue and read on. 

October 27, 2017

Picnics and Potlucks and Easements, Oh My! | July Newsletter

Celebration, Anticipation for Meadow Row North and Live Edge Cabins

At a July 22 Groundbreaking Community Picnic, we broke ground for Meadow Row North with a brief ceremony and a day of games, music, fun in the sun, and exploration of the building site. We’d like to thank photographers Michael Foley and David Stern, sponsors Pink Parasol Productions, Fine Balance Imaging, and Pure Indulgence, musicians Talia Marcus and Give Back Brass Band, and all our volunteers for making the day a success!

Four cabins are being constructed in the Maxwelton Valley by Kim Hoelting of Live Edge Woodworks, while Meadow Row North, designed by Ross Chapin Architects, is being constructed in Bayview by Jade Craftsman Builders. Installation onsite this winter means expanded program lodging expansion will be up and running in early 2018. We can’t wait to see the benefits of this added capacity for our program partners and participants.

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Also in this issue: 

How to Build Bridges During Polarized Times by Mark Forman for Whidbey Life Magazine

Conservation Futures Funding to Help Protect Whidbey Institute Land in Perpetuity

Volunteer Week, Site and Facilities Work Coincide

Pint With a Cause Funds SW Non-Profit Program

Community, Deep and True: Potluck Picnic with Aldermarsh and Organic Farm School



July 28, 2017