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  • Shared Lodging - Queen Bed for Couple – $375.00
  • Standard Shared Lodging – $375.00
  • Standard Single Lodging – $450.00
  • Commuters – $75.00
  • Camping – $90.00

Date & Time Details:
April 11 to April 14
Thursday 6:00pm through Sunday 11:30am

6449 Old Pietila Road
Clinton, WA 98236

Contact: [email protected]

Tuition and Meals:

Tiered tuition pricing allows you to pay what you can and allows those who can to support others in attending. The cost of meals each day is included in the tuition.

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Spring Gathering 2024

With Marta Mulholland, Diana Sandoval, Aaron Johnson and Community

April 11 - 14, 2024

Resilience in Community

Join us for our 2024 Spring Gathering and an opportunity to tap into our collective and personal resilience. Come together with us to nourish ourselves and our community with experiences that leave us feeling more harmonized, connected, and whole.

Two options for attending:

    • Attend the full 4-day retreat to immerse yourself in the land and in the community of the Gathering. The spacious schedule includes time for art and movement plus interactive plenaries and a chance to host, or participate in, open sessions. Evenings will close with optional activities including an outdoor fire, song circle, and open mic night on Saturday.
    • Attend Friday only for a full day workshop led by Aaron Johnson of Holistic Resistance. Aaron is a gifted facilitator, healer, and community builder. He uses a variety of tools including deep questions, connection, and embodiment to invite us to grow beyond the lenses we carry and undo from oppressive systems.

Friday evening will close with an after dinner Song Circle led by Aaron that is also open to community members not attending the Spring Gathering.

The Gathering always fills quickly so we encourage you to make your reservation!

If you are planning to attend on Friday only, please follow this link: Friday Only!


We strive to be accessible and inclusive, and offer a limited number of scholarships to that end. We encourage applications from those whose identities intersect with, but are not limited to: Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, newcomers, youth, and elders.

If you are able to contribute to the scholarship fund, much appreciation! You will receive a letter acknowledging your tax-deductible donation. Thank you!


Do you know a dynamic leader or creative who you think should attend and who also identifies as BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, as having a disability, or is a newcomer, youth, or elder? Let us know!


It is our priority to protect the health of everyone who comes to The Whidbey Institute, including guests, program leaders, and staff. We ask that everyone do a rapid Covid test upon arriving at the Whidbey Institute. Covid tests will be provided. 

For more information:


Please feel free to email us. If you know someone who you think should be invited, let us know. [email protected]


Marta Mulholland
Marta brings a lifetime of experience in the performing arts  to her work at the Whidbey Institute.  She is a facilitator of movement-based expressive arts and holds a masters in psychology. She sees the creative process as a bridge to helping us understand life experiences and build more intimate and trusting relationships which can lead to individual and collective healing. Her work history is an eclectic mix which includes Sign Language interpreting, co-founding Calyx Community Arts School, working at the Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services, managing the Power of Hope summer camp, choreographing musicals, landscaping, and short-term stints in China,…
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Diana Sandoval
Diana Sandoval is a racial justice consultant and restorative practitioner, and a longtime facilitator of groups. She strives to bring compassion, wholeness, and embodiment to her life and work and is committed to nurturing a culture of care and truth. She previously worked in the fields of early intervention, health policy, parenting, and social-emotional development and was a founding member of Promoting First Relationships, a paradigm-shifting approach to supporting parents and children.
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Aaron Johnson
Aaron is a facilitator, public speaker, and touch specialist working to identify and interrupt barriers between people. As co-founder of both Holistic Resistance and Grief to Action, Aaron takes the time to hold the stories of black people around homophobia, transphobia, internalized racism, and those that are Chronically Under Touched. Because oppression is a part of historical and present American culture, the long-term impact of those trauma stories should be acknowledged and held as a map for our collective healing. Aaron Johnson practices and invites various methods of moving through these stories, such as the communal listening ear, sound healing,…
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