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Event Listing

We’re rolling out a new online events calendar this autumn! Bear with us as we get the last few technical kinks ironed out and get it populated with all the great programming coming up in 2019 and 2020. Some events may not yet be listed during this transition time. 


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.

Daylong Mindfulness Retreat

With Sarah Manchester

April 18, 2020
Storyhouse
Take time and gift yourself a day of mindfulness with Sarah Manchester! Learn why it is important to meditate Learn mindfulness meditation or enhance your existing practice Take meditative walks on exquisite trails Enjoy a delicious meal (lunch provided) Write, collage, draw, and contemplate (art materials provided) Spend time in reflection and discussion Come for one day or build on your practice and come to all three days. Each daylong retreat will focus on a specific mindfulness meditation. See the brief descriptions below: March 14th: Mindfulness of Body. What is mindfulness of Body? With an emphasis on the posture of meditation, we…

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…

Daylong Mindfulness Retreat

With Sarah Manchester

May 9, 2020
Storyhouse
Take time and gift yourself a day of mindfulness with Sarah Manchester! Learn why it is important to meditate Learn mindfulness meditation or enhance your existing practice Take meditative walks on exquisite trails Enjoy a delicious meal (lunch provided) Write, collage, draw, and contemplate (art materials provided) Spend time in reflection and discussion Come for one day or build on your practice and come to all three days. Each daylong retreat will focus on a specific mindfulness meditation. See the brief descriptions below: March 14th: Mindfulness of Body. What is mindfulness of Body? With an emphasis on the posture of meditation, we…

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…

Next Stage Collaboration

With Rebecca Colwell

May 21 - 24, 2020
Welcome to the Next Stage Collaboration hosted at the Whidbey Institute.   Whidbey Institute is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit and a home for transformational learning. Whidbey Institute is a place-based learning center in a rural community on  South Whidbey Island in Western Washington's Salish Sea. Our 106 acre conservation forest campus includes four miles of public trails, a stone labyrinth, and two educational gardens. During your stay at the Whidbey Institute, you'll be nourished with delicious, healthy, and sustainable food cooked with love by Chef Christyn Johnson and her team and housed in one of several woodland homes and cabins. As part of Whidbey…

Powers of Leadership (4 of 4)

June 11 - 13, 2020
Whidbey Institute
The Powers of Leadership retreat series convenes a diverse cohort of people across strategic fields to gain perspective on the currents of change moving in these times.

Realization Process Retreat

With Judith Blackstone

June 17 - 21, 2020
Judith will teach all aspects of the Realization Process: nondual meditation, embodiment, relational attunement and the release of trauma-based constrictions from the body.  This is a chance to do deep, intensive practice of the Realization Process in this beautiful natural setting. The Realization Process is a direct path to embodied nondual awakening. It is a series of powerful but gentle, precise attunement practices for realizing your own nature as fundamental consciousness– an undivided expanse of luminous transparency, pervading your body and environment as a unity. Pervading your body, fundamental consciousness is the basis of your sense of existing as an…

Summer Garden Wisdom

With Kumudini Shoba

June 27, 2020
Westgarden
Join us in the sweet, woodsy Westgarden at the Whidbey Institute to learn about supporting health with Ayurveda practioner Kumudini Shoba. This class will explore using nature to support cleansing the body, with a focus on using plants and herbs from the garden and surrounding forest. This is the second class in a series of three that will run through fall of 2020. While the spring class looked at the cleansing properties of nettles, this class will focus on the abundant healing energy of summer! Kumudini Shoba, Ayurvedic practitioner, will help us explore an assortment of medicinal flowers that will…

Healing Ourselves with Flowers

With Mara Grey

June 28, 2020
Appletree Garden
Join us from noon to 2 pm in the Appletree Garden for this class with Master Gardener Mara Grey. Inviting nature’s support into our lives by making and using flower essences. All supplies will be provided! The class will include learning, writing, and product-making, in the beautiful Appletree Garden at the peak of early summer's beauty. Tickets are $40 or $25 for Whidbey Institute volunteers. 

Autumn Garden Wisdom

With Kumudini Shoba

September 19, 2020
Westgarden
Join us in the sweet, woodsy Westgarden for this final class in a series of three 2020 Ayurvedic herbal workshops at the Whidbey Institute with Kumudini Shoba. New registrations are welcome. When we wake to a chill in the air and see the setting sun a bit earlier in the evening, we know Autumn is upon us. At this time, we transition from the expansive energy of summer into the quiet world of fall and winter. Plants echo this process as their leaves and fruit fall away and they concentrate their energy into their core system, roots. This makes Autumn…

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