“Part of the Whidbey Institute’s path is to help people find their own authentic center point, the place in themselves where they are able to be at ease, to be resilient, to be flexible, and to be at peace.” —Joel Shrut

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Thriving Communities Conference 2018

March 15 - March 18

The Magic of Thriving Communities: Arts, Culture and Deep Listening

March 15–18, 2018

Register here

Communities facing dramatic cultural challenges due to housing, economy, and gentrification are looking at the arts as a way of bringing people together as a force for positive change in their neighborhoods. As we gather, we ask ourselves, “how do we begin to listen to each other? To move to a level of trust that enables the exchange of energy and magic and that helps us shape a thriving and resilient community together?”


Thriving Communities Gathering details:

  • Gathering begins Thursday at 6 pm and ends Sunday at 1:30 pm.
  • Story Bridge will be held on Friday (learn more: storybridge.space)

Thriving Communities Gathering outcomes:

  • You’ll experience the power of opening and building a beloved community in our neighborhoods and communities.
  • You’ll experience the power of Story Bridge.
  • Music, poetry, and art will flow through the time.
  • We’ll show three films, and invite recommendations of other films about arts impact in community.
  • You’ll be invited to share stories of both successes and failure, remembering that this is a time to harvest learnings.
  • You’ll take many how to’s and useful approaches back to your own community or neighborhood.
  • You’ll meet people, like you, doing uncommon work for the common good in their own communities.
  • We’ll each leave feeling hopeful about our future.

We value and commit to:

  • Youth presence
  • Diversity
  • Letting all voices be heard
  • Ensuring safety and respect reign
  • Heartily inviting singing, dancing, and joy into the space
  • Providing deep space for reflection and solitude through the magic of the land at the Whidbey Institute



March 15
March 18
Event Categories:


Thriving Communities Initiative