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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 main gathering space accommodates up to 75 people, and includes a sound system, projector and screen, and vaulted ceiling with skylights. Nearby, you will find our dining room, chef’s kitchen, restrooms, and staff offices.


The Commons is our newest gathering space and accommodates up to 22 people. It includes a full kitchen and two bathrooms with showers for campers to use.


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.


Located away from the main campus in the Legacy Forest, Storyhouse can be used for break-outs and small gatherings. It features a living room with wood stove, electric heat, and a kitchenette. There is no refrigerator. Storyhouse is serviced by a nearby, single portable restroom.

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.

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 Campus is dotted with additional structures, some dating to the historic Pietila farmstead. These include the Hull Cabin used by the Place Team, our resident Caretaker’s Cabin, a small cabin for staff use, and a Place Team workshop.

“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