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2019 Whidbey Winter Gathering

January 24 - January 27


 Chaos, Community, and Compassion

2019 Whidbey Winter Gathering

Thursday, January 24 – Sunday, January 27, 2019

2019 is the ninth year in the Decisive Decade, and the hoped for signs of an emerging ecological civilization are barely visible.  What we are seeing is 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. 


“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

“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

“There is a kindness that dwells deep down in things; it presides everywhere, often in places we least expect. The world can be harsh and negative, but if we remain generous and patient, kindness inevitably reveals itself.” —John O’Donohue

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 announce the 2019 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 the power of heart-centered community to help us lead happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives
  • 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 Winter 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.

HELP US EXPAND OUR COMMUNITY: The more diverse our community, the more we get to learn from each other. Please help us in achieving this important goal by letting us know about dynamic and diverse leaders from the Salish Sea bioregion you think should attend.

COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP FUND: There are many wonderful leaders with unique gifts and wisdom who require scholarship support in order to attend the Gathering.  Need-based scholarships help us to support people of color, young people, creators, artists, change-makers and visionaries with limited financial resources. You can help a person in need of financial support attend by adding any size donation to your $275 tuition. Please give generously. You will receive a letter acknowledging your tax deductible donation. Thank you!

CONTACT US WITH YOUR QUESTIONS OR IDEAS: Please feel free to email us. If you know someone who should be invited, let us know, and we will extend an invitation.

Be well,

Rick Ingrasci, Victoria Santos, Peggy Taylor

Rick – [email protected]       Victoria – [email protected]        Peggy – [email protected]


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