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Creativity & Community Programs



CANCELLED: Invitas Alumni Weekend

April 17 - 19, 2020
*** This retreat has been postponed. Invitas will notify participants when it is rescheduled.***   A weekend open to all alumni of the Invitas Foundations of Conversational Leadership program. This is an alumni-led retreat. Facilitation support will be offered by Jafer Patterson, Sue Fort White, David Cotson, and Gayle Karen Young Whyte.

Cancelled: Training of Facilitators: a Personal Leadership seminar

With Tatyana Fertelmeyster and Marie Sheffield

April 20 - 26, 2020
This Training of Facilitators Seminar (ToF) is an opportunity to learn how to facilitate Personal Leadership (PL) learning events. This is intended for experienced designers and facilitators, and is a prerequisite for joining the PL Facilitator Program. This seminar creates a community for examining the dynamics of facilitating PL and making a world of difference. This seminar will help you navigate PL depths and respond with confidence to the complexities of facilitating. Hosted by Connecting Differences, LLC. Register here for meals and lodging only. To learn more or register, visit the program information page. The seminars consist of: One six-day…

VORTEXT: a women’s writing salon

April 30 - May 3, 2020
Use this form for lodging registration only. To register for Vortext, visit this link. VORTEXT is an extraordinary weekend salon at the famed Whidbey Institute, led by renowned women writers. The program, now in its ninth year, gives women writers the opportunity to connect in diverse and powerful small-group workshops. Writers also enjoy dynamic keynotes and discussions about opportunities and challenges for women who write, as well as several open mics over the course of the weekend. Join us to share meals, conversation and community in a stunningly beautiful setting. Hedgebrook is a global community of women writers and people who…

Ourselves, Growing Older with Mary Holscher

May 7 - 9, 2020
We begin Thursday at 1 pm (after lunch) and end Saturday at 2:30 pm (after lunch). Our maximum size, including facilitators, is eleven.  All sessions will be in the Farmhouse. We will have a spacious structure to continue our solitary and communal exploration of growing older. We’ll have time in silence with ourselves and with nature as means to deepen our reflections. We’ll read poems aloud, as we do every year. And we’ll share thoughts, memories and experiences, and, of course, write poems or short prose pieces to share or not share at each person’s discretion. We will share delicious, organic meals…

Divine Happiness, Creative Gift of the Soul

With Carolyn Berry and Micki O'Brien

May 15 - 17, 2020
Whidbey Institute
Happiness is not a frivolous feeling. It is a powerful state of being! Growing happiness is a movement to help heal the world. During this profound event, Divine Happiness: Creative Gift of the Soul, you will realize your connection to your happiness, how to expand it, and shine it out into the world to help activate a happier humanity. Based on her book, From Misery to Happiness, Carolyn Berry, LMFT The Go Shining Coach, and Micki O’Brien, M.A., Greatness Teacher/Coach, plus special guest, Dara Wagner, Reiki Master, will guide you on an experiential journey to your inner happiness. By weaving…