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GiveBIG with the Seattle Foundation

May 9, 2018

EARLY GIVING BEGINS APRIL 26! Schedule your donation now and have it matched up to a total of $60,000!

All donations, up to a total of $60,000, will be matched dollar for dollar by three donors, including Seattle Foundation donors the Linda Sue Park Fund for Gaia and an anonymous donor. We thank Nancy Nordhoff for joining these two donors to increase our matching funds!

The Whidbey Institute is where leaders and learners of all ages share experiences that connect, challenge, and inspire.

Our guiding purpose is to serve as a home for ongoing inquiry, learning, and transformation in response to the unprecedented challenges of our time-environmental, technological, social, moral, spiritual-and the call for a human response commensurate with our responsibility. We envision people and communities wholeheartedly and effectively meeting the complex challenges of our time.

Our Whidbey Island campus, one hour north of Seattle, has served as a home for transformational learning since 1972. The Whidbey Institute partners with a vibrant network of program leaders and Senior Fellows working in the areas of generative leadership, ecosystem vitality, community resilience, and more. Our woodland campus, integrated gardens and forest ecosystem, four mile public-access trail network, and comfortable facilities invite nature connection and serve an engaged community. The land is home to a woodland sanctuary, a labyrinth, two residential-style homes, locally designed and built cabins, and more.

Programs at the Whidbey Institute include multi-day educational conferences, workshops, and retreats, community conversations on the important issues of our times, and nature education in our forests, meadows, and gardens. Our offerings encourage people and communities to wholeheartedly meet the complex challenges of our times. Participants range in age from Waldorf preschoolers, who use our campus as an outdoor classroom, to adolescents, teens, adults, and elders. This is a place where people young and old are invited to slow down, sink in, and rediscover their deep interconnectedness with the natural world. People experiencing the Whidbey Institute are asked to reflect on their experiences, actions, and values; reach across to others to engage in conversations that matter; and step more fully and collaboratively into our social, cultural, and environmental responsibilities on behalf of our shared future.

We exist for those who sense the urgency and responsibility of our time and feel called to respond. The world needs us creative, courageous, and connected-and the world needs us ALL.

In the past year:
• Over 80 organizations and program leaders held their work here.
• Over 1,250 people shared “home” in our cabins and houses.
• 250 camped in our meadows.
• 1,000 more joined us for single-day community events and gatherings.
• We had scheduled activities on 85% of days, pausing for holidays, land/facilities care and beginning construction of new lodging.

Now, more than ever, we see a growing demand for the transformative learning experiences we offer. We are faced with an exciting opportunity! In this, our fifth decade, we find that there are many more people and program seeking a home for their work at the Whidbey Institute than we can currently serve. In the presence of these opportunities, we have committed to significantly expand our facilities, further protect the land, and increase accessibility for people from a range of cultures, abilities, and backgrounds through our Whidbey Institute 2020 Campaign. To learn more about this multi-year campaign, visit www.whidbeyinstitute.org/wi2020.

The first phase of Whidbey Institute 2020 construction was completed in March 2018, adding eleven new bedrooms and four new bathrooms-including our first ADA-accessible lodging spaces-and creating space for up to 800 more program participants a year.

Just a few of the 80+ experiences held at the Whidbey Institute last year:
• Powers of Leadership Retreat Cycle
• Deepening our Capacity: The Work of Racial Justice Retreat
• Institute for Conversational Leadership – Invitas Retreat Cycle
• Pacific Integral – Generating Transformative Change Retreat Cycle
• Thriving Communities Gathering
• Social Justice Leadership Institute Retreat-Bellevue College
• Leadership Embodiment Retreat – Wendy Palmer
• Power of Hope Youth Camp
• Y-We Write-Young Women Empowered with Hedgebrook
• Teaching in an Age of Climate Consequences-Curriculum for the Bioregion
• Warrior Monk-Awakening Life
• Open Path-The Sufi Way
• Retreat for survivors of homicide violence-Island County Victim Support Services
• Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees and Communities of Color Retreat
• Organization Systems Renewal Cohort Annual Retreat-fostering transformational learning and impact
• Winter Gathering – The Decisive Decade, gathering of social change agents
• Facilitator Training for Making Friends with Yourself – A mindful self-compassion program from teens


May 9, 2018


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