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Chaos, Community, and Compassion: 2018 Whidbey Winter Gathering

January 25, 2018 - January 28, 2018



There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. It emerges through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.
—Mother Teresa

Our sense of community and compassionate intelligence must be extended to all life forms, plants, animals, rocks, rivers, and human beings. This is the story of our past and it will be the story of our future.
—Terry Tempest Williams

We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding–“tribes.” This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.
—Sebastian Junger

The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.
—Eckhart Tolle

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
—Maya Angelou

There are those who are trying to set fire to the world. We are in danger. There is time only to work slowly. There is no time not to love.
—Deena Metzger

When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other.
—Margaret Wheatley

No problem can be solved at the same level of consciousness that created it. — Albert Einstein
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
—Marcel Proust

An invitational leadership conference imbued with a heartfelt sense of community, spirit, and service.
2018 is the eighth year in the Decisive Decade. And what a year it’s likely to be. We are seeing a global awakening to the stark realities of climate change; increasingly polarized politics, exponential technological change, compounded by unstable socioeconomic systems. As we ride the waves of change, the need to choose love and compassion over fear and hate has never been clearer.
In this disruptive moment of chaos and uncertainty, there is abundant scientific evidence that evolution favors the “survival of the kindest” rather than the “survival of the fittest.” The better angels of our nature can birth a compassionate culture that fosters personal and social creativity, and thriving communities.
This is why we are excited to invite you to join us for the 2018 Whidbey Winter Gathering, an invitational leadership conference imbued with a heartfelt sense of community, spirit, and service.
The Whidbey Winter Gathering will convene a diverse multigenerational group of creative leaders to:
  • Experience heart-centered community together
  • Explore how cooperation, collaboration, and embracing diversity are showing up in our own lives and around the world
  • Discover together how we might deepen our experience of love, beauty, and the interconnectedness of all life
  • Harness the power of kindness and compassion to create a peaceful, brighter world

We want you to be a part of this community conversation. And we guarantee that this will be a Better Party! For four days we will be immersed in the spectacular natural beauty of Whidbey Island, and nurtured by the magical place that is the Whidbey Institute. Please join us for some “serious fun!” 

About the Whidbey Winter Gathering
The Gathering is part exploration of ideas and strategies and part winter holiday.  It brings together a vibrant, diverse group of movers and shakers, social entrepreneurs, educators, healers, artists, and thinkers to explore social transformation and human consciousness.
STRUCTURE: Operating on the principle that creativity at conferences often happens over tea or in the hallways, as well as in workshops, the Gathering has a flexible structure with plenty of time for informal conversation, creative expression, and fun.
  • Morning plenary sessions feature dynamic, interactive presentations by social entrepreneurs, innovators, and artists from a variety of disciplines.
  • The afternoons are self-organized open space — participants share their work and ideas with each other in simultaneous sessions. Afternoons also afford time for walking the Chinook lands, creative arts, and the like.
  • In the evenings we do our very best to experience collective joy through group singing, storytelling, theater improv, dancing and a fantastic open mic.

The Whidbey Winter Gathering begins at dinner on Thursday, January 25 and ends at lunchtime on Sunday, January 28, If you’d like to learn more and find out whether registering for the Whidbey Winter Gathering is right for you, contact us:

Rick Ingrasci – bigmind@me.com
Victoria Santos – vsantos.luz@gmail.com
Peggy Taylor – peggy@whidbey.com
Kamilla Kafiyeva – Kamillak231@gmail.com


January 25, 2018
January 28, 2018
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