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“This place is all about bringing people together … about what magic is in our peer humanity. And the solutions that we need are in that place.”

—Regent Brown, team member


Indoor Spaces • Outdoor Spaces • Other Facilities

Indoor spaces

Thomas Berry Hall

Our gathering space accommodates about 150, and includes a fireplace, sound system, and vaulted ceiling with skylights. Nearby, find our dining room, chef’s kitchen, restrooms, and staff offices.


This non-denominational sacred space is often used for meditation, dance, small gatherings, and break-outs. It features a reading loft, live edge timber-framed construction, and wood sourced largely from on-site.


Storyhouse, in Legacy Forest, can be used for break-outs and small gatherings. It features a living room with wood stove, electric heat, and a kitchenette plus rustic outdoor restrooms.

Outdoor spaces


This educational medicinal, vegetable, and herb garden serves as a year-round learning environment for students, program participants, volunteers, and visitors.

Appletree Garden

This flower garden was planted in a celtic knot pattern over 40 years ago and is tended by volunteer Mara Grey. It provides fruit, botanical flower extracts, pollinator habitat, and space for quiet conversation.


Our 106 acre trail network is open from dawn ’til dusk. This land is protected by a comprehensive conservation easement with the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. Bicycles, dogs, horses, and motor vehicles are prohibited.


Our outdoor stone labyrinth is built and maintained by volunteers, and modeled after the famous labyrinth at Chartres, France. It is a popular site for reflection and walking meditation.

Synergo Challenge Ropes Course

Our challenge course is maintained by Synergo, whose goal is to provide a place for people of all backgrounds to become better individuals through challenging outdoor adventure experiences.

Other facilities

Art Barn

This rustic outdoor shelter sits at the center of our Chinook Heartland. In the summer months, it’s a hub of arts, crafts, and creative expression during our conferences.


The greenhouse in our Westgarden is used by staff, apprentices, and volunteers as a growing space and as a casual gathering place for luncheons, potlucks, and garden workshops.

Workshops and Staff Cabins

Our heartland is dotted with additional structures, some dating to the historic Pietila farmstead. These include the Hull Cabin, home to our resident caretaker, a staff workshop, and a staff meeting cabin.

“My greatest hope is that all of us can find that little, holy place in all that we do—that we can dare to make it a real expression of who we are in the moment, and what we see, and what we feel. It doesn’t matter if you’re a janitor, or a neurosurgeon, or a carpenter—with courage and fortitude, what you love should be able to bubble up out of you. That’s what the Sanctuary means to me.”

—Kim Hoelting, Builder