“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” —Albert Camus
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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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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Our Outlook for Winter and Beyond
Effective November 16, we have paused hosting in response to new guidance from Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. All in-person programs, including garden tours and volunteer work parties, are cancelled through the end of 2020. Our team continues to tend the land, and we are grateful for the ongoing care that individuals and families are providing through our Adopt-A-Trail program. Read More →
Our friend Larry Daloz recounts a time when he explored the Whidbey Institute woods with ecofeminist scholar Joanna Macy. As I recall the story, Larry—who possesses an extensive knowledge of moss—said something to Joanna about his admiration of it. With her hand, she pushed his face into the plush green carpet and held it there. “Now you know moss,” she said. Read More →
It’s early on a warm, grey morning. I’m looking out into my yard at myriad shades of green. Too numerous to count, each one unique in its own beauty; all of them together making up a lush tapestry of color and living beings.
I am constantly struck by and grateful for the vibrant ecosystem in which we live. As we celebrate the diversity of our natural world, let us also remember how poor we would all be without the diversity and richness of human cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives that thread through this world. Please take a minute to read our recent newsletter, Re-Membering, if you haven’t already. Read More →
“How is it possible to blossom, fully into me, when there are parts of me that are not allowed to be known? To be realized? . . . . how does [one] re-member herself, through truth songs of the past, present, and future? Can I be whole again?” ― From Scars, a novel by Dr. A. Breeze Harper
In this issue: Black Lives Matter—a Call for Transformation. United Student Leaders Call to Action. Welcoming Board Member Dani Turk. Thanking Frank and Nico. Introducing Leadership Whidbey. Click here to view the issue.
“We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was never normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, hate and lack. We should not long to return, my friends. We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and nature.”—Sonya Renee Taylor
In this issue: staffing update, conservation easement update, GiveBIG May 5 & 6, and Journalists of Color on COVID-19.Click to read the issue. Read More →
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Transformational learning in the present moment
Transformational learning was once defined by Dean Elias as, “the expansion of consciousness through the transformation of basic worldview and specific capacities of the self.” Through transformational learning, in the words of Jack Mezirow, “ . . . we learn to negotiate and act on our own purposes, values, feelings, and meanings rather than those we have uncritically assimilated from others—to gain greater control ove r our lives as socially responsible, clear-thinking decision makers.” According to John M. Dirkx, transformational learning “challenges our existing frames of reference—the beliefs and assumptions we hold about ourselves, others and the world,” while at the same time “evoking potentially powerful feelings and emotions within the learning experience.” Read More →
In this issue: Remembering Yvonne Palka and Tom Jay and Hiking Close to Home with Maribeth Crandell.
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This issue includes content from Jeremy Lent, Sarah Goettsch, and more! Click here to view the issue and read on.
“In the traditional sense of the commons, the basic practice of life together is the practice of dialogue . . . talking through the things that are most essential.” —Sharon Daloz Parks
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