This gathering is a retreat into the wonder of ancient Puget Sound and Salish Sea beauty. Through lecture, discussion, poetry, silence, nourishing meals and guided experiences set in the beauty of the Whidbey Institute, we listen to the language of Creation and allow it to guide us into life-giving connection to Spirit, Earth and the Human Collective.
Nature, by its very nature, remains in Spirit and knows a profound sense of belonging. As humans, we live much of our lives dislocated from this belonging. What have we forgotten? How does our ego keep us in the illusion of safety? How does the ebb and flow of landscape mirror the original cadence of belonging? How do we return to our created rhythm? In pause and deep listening, we live these questions together.
By locating ourselves in the Larger Story of the Sacred and our essential relationship with Creation and Community, we live into the reality of interdependence and explore the sacred rhythm that is often forgotten or refused. The beauty of nature, through landscape, will be the initiator and frame of the conversation.
With respect for the deep interconnectedness of life and the emergence of a stronger sense of call and responsibility, participants return to the landscape of their daily lives with deep renewal, practices of listening and a transformative experience of the power of landscape.
Let us remember within us
The ancient clay,
Holding the memory of seasons,
The passion of the wind,
The fluency of water,
The warmth of fire,
The quiver-touch of the sun
And shadowed sureness of the moon.
That we may awaken,
To live to the full
The dream of the Earth
Who chose us to emerge
And incarnate its hidden night
In mind, spirit, and light.
In our time together we seek to:
“What is good for the world will be good for us. That requires that we make the effort to know the world and to learn what is good for it. We must learn to cooperate in its processes, and to yield to its limits. But even more important, we must learn to acknowledge that the creation is full of mystery; we will never entirely understand it. We must abandon arrogance and stand in awe. We must recover the sense of the majesty of creation, and the ability to be worshipful in its presence. For I do not doubt that it is only on the condition of humility and reverence before the world that our species will be able to remain in it.”—Wendell Berry