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The Magic of Saying Yes: An interview with Bethany Bylsma

Tender || Wild is coming up October 18 through 20 at the Whidbey Institute. This workshop is described as a chance to explore the wild parts of writing, the tender stories that must be told, and ways to engage yourself and others in writing practices that bring life back. To understand more about the opportunity, I connected with facilitator Bethany Bylsma. Here’s our conversation. —Marnie Jackson

Learn more about the program and register here.



Marnie: What do you hope a participant will get out of this program?

Bethany: I hope participants in this writing retreat will collect much more than word counts on a page by the end of our weekend. Really Tyler and I want to create a place for creativity to flourish. Yes, there will be writing . . . but we hope those who join us will get to know the land of the Whidbey Institute, we hope they will walk, and listen, and tell stories to themselves and to each other. We want great rest and rejuvenation to be a piece of the process as well. It is a retreat about being well, with ourselves, with our stories, and with each other.

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September 9, 2019

Position Available-Now Hiring Land Steward


The Land Steward will fill a 35-hour per week position and will be responsible for care and management of the landscape, conservation forest, and public trails at the Whidbey Institute, a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit with a 106-acre campus. In addition, they will work with volunteers and service learning groups to support land-based community engagement. Read More →

July 1, 2019

Forever Protected: 106-Acre Conservation Easement Finalized

On November 29, 2018, a longstanding dream came true with the establishment of an expanded, comprehensive conservation easement at the Whidbey Institute. We owe a debt of gratitude to Board Chair Kate Snider, the staff and board of the Whidbey Institute and Whidbey Camano Land Trust, the Island County Commissioners, attorney and neighbor Doug Kelly, and many other neighbors and friends who brought this project to completion. Read More →

December 19, 2018

Liberating Structure | November 2018 Newsletter

In this issue: Gala photos, exploring liberating structure with Evolution at Work, a conversation with volunteer Tom Buxton, community announcements, and more! Click here to view the full issue and read on.

November 19, 2018

Enter with intention: Warrior Monk retreats at the threshold of a new year

The Warrior Monk retreat, led by Dan McKee, has been a key offering at the Whidbey Institute for nearly 15 years. While the Warrior Monk retreat itself has been held for over two decades at sites around the world, holding the retreat at the threshold of the new year is a more recent trend, and only takes place at the Whidbey Institute. I reached out to talk with Dan about what makes the new year Warrior Monk retreat unique. Here’s that conversation. —Marnie Jackson

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October 18, 2018

Administrative and Logistics Coordinator Position Available


Applications received by October 19, 2018 will receive priority consideration

The Whidbey Institute is seeking an administrative and logistics coordinator to hold vital integrative functions of our organization. A person well-suited for this position will demonstrate proficient computer skills, adept interpersonal capacities, and financial acuity and will delight in attending to details. Experience with registration software is a plus. Read More →

October 5, 2018

A Paradigm Shift: Marta Mulholland Reflects on Powers of Leadership

Marta Mulholland is the Whidbey Institute’s Volunteer Coordinator. She also assists in the Westgarden, and is currently co-creating a garden curriculum with Westgarden Steward Jules LeDrew to engage Waldorf students in the space. She participated in the 2017-2018 Powers of Leadership Retreat Cycle, and we recently sat down together to reflect on that experience. Here’s our conversation.  —Marnie Jackson

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September 26, 2018

Planting Joy: A conversation with volunteer Mara Grey

Volunteer Mara Grey and I met in the Appletree Garden on a dewy morning last month to discuss the garden—which she’s stewarded for about a decade—and the diversity of plants she tends there.  She introduced me to my favorite summer bloomer—Crocosmia Lucifer—and told me how the garden has evolved since last we spoke. Here’s that conversation. —Marnie Jackson

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August 23, 2018

Exceedingly Good: Spotlight on Larisa

Whidbey Institute Director Larisa Benson spoke with me recently about her board service and background. Larisa is one of the folks behind “Strategies for a More Joyful Government,and brings a great wealth of leadership, governance, and teaching expertise to her role on our Board of Directors. Here’s an excerpt from our conversation. —Marnie Jackson 

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August 22, 2018

Join the staff! Seeking housekeeping team member

posted August 15, 2018

This is a part-time, non-exempt, hourly position. Starting wage is $16.50 per hour. Schedule will average 20-25 hours per week. The housekeeping team works to maintain cleanliness, beauty, environmental sensitivity, and guest comfort at the Whidbey Institute, a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit with a 106-acre campus. We seek a team member who will help us serve our mission to nurture the conditions for transformational learning. Read More →

August 15, 2018