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Thriving Communities Conference 2017

March 16, 2017 - March 18, 2017


Our task is to make sometimes overwhelming community challenges into community opportunities, and make them accessible to those individuals who are called to make a difference.

Scroll down for details of a pre-conference event at WICA, Wednesday night! 


Catalyst Registration $235 

Registering at this rate enables one young adult or low-income participant to join us at the Scholarship rate. Thank you for your generosity and support! If you wish to direct your scholarship support to a particular individual, please provide their name and email address during the registration process.

Standard Registration $165

Scholarship Registration $75
This option is for young adults and those with financial need, and is subject to available scholarship funds. Request support.

Staff Registration $0
For design team and staff members by pre-arrangement.


Meal Package $116 plus tax

Thursday dinner through Saturday lunch

Single meal pricing 
• Dinner: $28 plus tax
• Lunch: $18 plus tax
• Breakfast: $12 plus tax

Lodging $100 plus tax

Two nights: Thursday and Friday. Most rooms are shared. Limited availability.

Camping $25

Bring your own tent and camp in Madrone Meadow with access to restrooms and showers.

Thriving Communities: Poised on the Edge

To thrive is to create the capacity to be resilient together.

First, we are part of a movement: this movement includes people from all aspects of life and is not limited to a part of the country. We happen to be in the Northwest. We seek to change overwhelming community challenges into community opportunities.We are in the 6th year of providing visual examples that inspire those with vision and passion to believe that they too can make a difference in the communities in which they live.

Information about The Gathering

We will be holding sessions:

  • Showing the stunning evolution of organizations we have filmed;
  • Featuring Excite Talks in which two organizations (from different communities but sharing a similar purpose) express the exciting commonalities and differences and illustrate how the community determines how it grows (examples: affordable housing, aging in place, communities of diversity);
  • With plenty of space for you to create a circle of discussion around your needs;
  • Featuring examples from Seattle, Portland, Bellingham, Whidbey Island. Port Townsend. Olympia and Orcas and Lopez Islands;
  • Exploring how to start up, sustain, connect to media and news.

Our focus is on learning from one another how Thriving Communities are meeting basic needs. Bring your own information! Your work is essential. Bring your manuals (tools to share) to help jumpstart an idea.

Part of the perpetual challenge of our work is to quantify and make real—intellectually and emotionally—the opportunity that exists when we expand our vision of what can be done in any community. We strive to reveal the vastness of that opportunity, as well as the ways in which change in one place can have a domino effect on communities everywhere.

Register Here

Pre-conference event at WICA 

Join us Wednesday, March 15, the night before the conference at WICA in Langley. We will gather together to view the two new films featuring Healing Circles and Mother Mentors, enjoy light refreshments, and feast on poetry.

View WICA Night Poster as PDF
















March 16, 2017
March 18, 2017
Event Category:


Thriving Communities Initiative