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Thriving Communities Conference

March 20, 2014 - March 22, 2014


Health: “When people are healthy, communities thrive.”
In these times of global challenge, how do we meet the needs of individuals, families, and local communities, in nurturing a sense of belonging, a capacity for resilience, and the ability to thrive?

We live in challenging times. Our personal and community health is at stake, faced with environmental, social, and economic pressures from all sides. What is the role of health and caring in modern life? How are personal wellness and community wellness intertwined? What comes into view when we look at community through the lens of health?

The people we will meet and the stunning stories we will share at our Third Annual Whidbey Institute Thriving Communities Conference will build a larger awareness of the challenges we face today as well as replicable, proven answers to those challenges.

Join a growing group of leaders and activists representing diverse communities from our bioregion and beyond. Place yourself in the dynamic center of engagement and exchange. Take an intimate look, over three days, at media storytelling and powerful dialogue which reveals the inspiring work of others. The examples shared during this conference can serve as a catalyst to improve and energize the work you do in your own community.

Learn the new and innovative ways that people, organizations, and businesses are working together to address health issues across populations, to strengthen communal ties, to create a sense of belonging, and to sustain the wellbeing of people and the places where they live.

Our time together will include the premiere of several short video documentaries—filmed by the Whidbey Institute—that demonstrate replicable examples of individuals and organizations doing exceptional work to impact community health in a manner which supports thriving. These include a local end-of-life care facility staffed by volunteers, a medical school whose mission focuses on the underserved in a very vulnerable community, a medical support fund supported by community investment, a co-op serving families in need of housing and healthcare, and more. We’ll also explore our shared connections, discussing how we might further build healthy and thriving communities. If you have video footage or other visual media that pertains to this important topic, please consider bringing it to share.

We will gather as active participants to share ideas both big and small. If you are interested in building a thriving and resilient future, mark your calendar for March 20—22, 2014 and be part of this powerful upwelling of innovators, advocates, and community leaders throughout the Cascadia bioregion. The movement is underway, the future is here, and we are in this together!

There are many ways to stay in touch—before, during, and after the conference! Visit our Thriving Communities page for information regarding the 2012 and 2013 conferences, photos and videos, and more on the history of this movement and community of collaborators. We also are on Facebook: join the conversation by asking to be added to the Thriving Communities group, or by liking our Thriving Communities Facebook page.

We welcome you to our March gathering!


  • The registration rate is $125 for the full three days.
  • A $75 ‘scholarship’ rate is available, based on self-selection.
  • In the spirit of community, we ask that those who can help support this work by paying the full rate do so.
  • Teams of 3 or more people are eligible to receive a 10% discount, when registering as a group.


  • The lodging rate is $100 + tax, per person, for two nights.
  • Lodging is in our homes or cabin.
  • Most rooms are shared.


  • Delicious, nourishing meals from locally sourced ingredients can be purchased for $110 +tax when registering.
  • Meals may also be purchased on a per-meal basis when registering.
  • Vegan, gluten free, and other diets are accommodated. Please specify when registering.
  • You are also welcome to bring your own meals.


March 20, 2014
March 22, 2014