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Winter Gathering 2016—an invitational event

January 28, 2016 - January 31, 2016

Announcing our 6th Annual invitational Whidbey Winter Gathering. This event is open by invitation only; to inquire, please contact the hosts.

Change the Story, Change the Future

We are entering the sixth year of what we have come to call “The Decisive Decade,” and the signs of major cultural and environmental transformation continue to unfold.

This year’s theme — Change the Story, Change the Future — is the title of David Korten’s latest book. David, who will be the leadoff plenary speaker at the Gathering, states that “When we get our story wrong, we get our future wrong… Humans live by shared cultural stories. They are the lens through which we view reality. They shape what we most value as a society and the institutions by which we structure power.”

Together we will explore many of the hopeful new stories emerging in the Decisive Decade, including Pope Francis’s Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality.

At the Winter Gatherings, our approach to social change is rooted in the idea that “If you want to create a new culture, throw a better party!” We believe that creativity and innovation are best nurtured in a trusting, supportive community where current and emerging leaders can connect with each other’s essential goodness.

The Gathering brings together people from the Pacific Northwest who are working for positive change. It is an intercultural and intergenerational leadership conference based on a heart-centered sense of community, spirit, and service. We invite you to be a part of this creative community experience.

The Winter Gathering is both an exploration of ideas, strategies, and resources and a time for mid-winter renewal. It’s a convergence of movers and shakers, social entrepreneurs, educators, healers, artists, and thinkers exploring human consciousness and social transformation.

For four days you will be immersed in the natural beauty of Whidbey Island, and nurtured by the magic that is the Whidbey Institute at Chinook (see The goal is for all of us to expand our networks of collaboration and support, and be renewed and inspired in our efforts to make a difference.

We trust that when 100 passionate, bright, committed people spend four invigorating and relaxing days together, good things happen. And in 30 years of leading these fun-filled gatherings, many good things have happened!

STRUCTURE: The Gathering operates on the principle that the deepest creativity at conferences happens over tea and in the hallways. Therefore, we have a flexible structure with plenty of time for informal conversation, creative expression, and fun. Morning plenary sessions feature dynamic, interactive presentations by social artists and entrepreneurs from a variety of disciplines. The afternoons are self-organized — participants share their work and ideas with one another in concurrent sessions. There’s also time for hiking on the Chinook Lands, walking on the beaches, participating in creative arts, and the like. In the evenings we delve into creative community building through dance, song, storytelling, theater improv, and a fabulous open mic.

***Special StoryDome Sessions*** During the Gathering you will have an opportunity to experience the StoryDome* —an immersive dome theater. You’ll be taken on a wondrous journey to the farthest reaches of the known universe and back. This awe-inspiring Universe Story will help to embed our “change the story” conversations in a very broad and deep context (see

CONTACT US WITH YOUR QUESTIONS OR IDEAS: Please feel free to email us.

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January 28, 2016
January 31, 2016