COVID-19: Update for Program Leaders

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As leaders bringing people together in physical space, the Whidbey Institute team shares many of the tensions you may be feeling right now. Our work is to navigate these tensions, together.

First, it is vital that we stand for the highest, greatest good and be guided by the question: how do we nourish conditions of health for the whole?

Second, it is important to acknowledge that ‘health for the whole’ is complex, requiring us to navigate many variables, among them:

All of this is a lot for each of us to be navigating. As global pandemics become a growing reality of our times, it is our responsibility to sense our way through with care, grace, and wisdom.

The work that you’re convening is important! Your work makes possible the conversations, skills, and relationships that are needed in these times. And—this outbreak is a unique moment of unknown. Let’s find our way through this together.

Please read our message to the general community here.

Next steps for your 2020 program:

Sensing and responding as we go forward:

We’ll all stay tuned to shifts in news and outbreak updates, and will no doubt grow further muscles for adaptative co-leadership as we navigate the ongoing complexities of our time. Grateful to be in this work with you!

With appreciation,
Heather, Meg, Marnie and the Whidbey Institute team

March 4, 2020

Public Health


  1. Hi Heather and all,
    thank you so much for your care and concern and for the very special way in which you are dealing with this sensitive situation!
    Sending love your ways and wishing you the smallest possible impact of this current global challenge for the Institute and everybody connected!

    1. Whidbey Institute says:

      Thank you Christiane!