Sunlight through trees

Please join us for Being, Belonging, and Becoming: an online program and fundraising event, October 10.


Event Listing

  • SHARED DOUBLE CABIN, short walk to bathrooms – $495.00
  • SHARED DOUBLE, attached bath – $495.00
  • PRIVATE QUEEN, short walk to bathrooms – $595.00
  • PRIVATE SINGLE CABIN, short walk to bathrooms – $595.00
  • PRIVATE SINGLE CABIN, attached shared bathroom – $595.00
  • (All prices include $222.00 for meals.)

Address: 6440 Old Pietila Road, Clinton, WA, USA

Arrival & Departure Times: Arrive between 1-5pm; depart anytime

Meals: Wednesday Dinner - Sunday Breakfast

Email us about program

Open Retreat, 10/14

October 14 - 18, 2020

Header photo by Tim Philips


Whidbey Institute Open Retreats

Retreats run Wednesday through Sunday, with arrivals any time after 1 pm on Wednesday and departures any time after breakfast on Sunday. 

Cost is $595 plus tax for a four night stay in a single room, and includes meals from Wednesday dinner through Sunday breakfast. Cost for a shared room is $495 per person, plus tax, including meals. For health reasons, rooms can only be shared by a partner or household member. 

If you would like to reserve the Farmhouse for four or more guests from one household, it is available by request. The cost for a four-night Farmhouse reservation is $1180 plus meals and tax for the first four guests, plus $200 plus meals and tax per additional guest. To reserve the Farmhouse during an Open Retreat, email [email protected].


Open your senses to the forest

Experience the healing power of nature

Treat yourself to time on the land with an Open Retreat

You are invited to Whidbey for restorative time in nature. In this time of disruption, change, and challenge, nature is here for you—and as a staff team, we’re eager to welcome you back to the forests, wetlands, and gardens of the Whidbey Institute. 

Our team warmly invites you to experience the healing beauty of the land with an Open Retreat. You’ll enjoy privacy in a single room or cabin, or bring a partner or household member and share a space. Retreats include delicious, nourishing meals from Chef Christyn Johnson, served with careful attention to health and safety standards. Our team has spent these months preparing rigorous COVID-19 standards and protocols, and you’ll be hosted with tremendous care. We’re limiting registration to ensure plenty of space for physical distancing, so register soon! To learn more about how we’re keeping you safe, visit our website

Are you longing for naps in the shade, leisurely afternoons with your journal or a good book, walks in the woods, or evenings under the stars? Or do you hope for a weekend of focused work time, with internet access and nothing to distract you but the songs of frogs and owls? Open Retreats are for you. This experience is designed to foster intimacy between you and nature, and we invite you to arrive, sink into the land, and stay. This retreat is not a fit for those looking for lodging as a launchpad for tourism or off-campus exploration in the larger community. 

When you attend a Whidbey Institute Open Retreat, you’re not just treating yourself to a deeply relaxing and inspiring weekend away—you’re helping sustain this organization and ensure its future. Open Retreats are our primary source of earned income during the COVID-19 break.

For answers to frequently asked questions about Open Retreats, visit our website.

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