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September 17, 2020

Good Luck, But Not Goodbye: Thanking Meg Gluckman

Meg Gluckman, a beloved member of our staff team, resigned this summer to focus on parenting and homeschooling. 

Meg joined the Whidbey Institute team in November 2018 and was an extraordinary addition to our community, however the unexpected disruption of COVID-19 to the educational system necessitated a change. As a parent of two, and recognizing that many parents face a dilemma during the COVID disruption, Meg feels grateful that she is in a position to choose a focus on at-home schooling at this time.  Read More →

September 16, 2020

Announcing Co-Executive Directors Heather Johnson and Marnie Jackson

The Whidbey Institute Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Marnie Jackson has accepted a position as Co-Executive Director of the Whidbey Institute. Marnie joins Heather Johnson, current Executive Director, in the role. Marnie has a deep commitment to our mission and has repeatedly demonstrated her capacity for skillful and effective co-leadership as a core member of our team since 2013.  Read More →

Aerial view of three Hillside Cabins

August 28, 2020

An Invitation to Open Retreats

Photo by Tim Philips

An invitation to the land, beginning September 16.  To view all published retreat dates, learn more about this offering, and register, visit our Events page.


A Note from Thomas: Hello friends of the Whidbey Institute! We miss you!

In early March, we hosted our last program before the Big Pause of Extreme Uncertainty. We are navigating this disruption with care, consideration, and a willingness to make some difficult choices in these transformative times. And we have been listening to your requests. It’s clear that many of you need space and time away from the stress of your day to day life to rest, recover, reflect, and enjoy the calm beauty that our campus and woodland trails can provide.   Read More →

Beach walk

August 21, 2020

Leveraging a Shift: August 2020 Newsletter

“In a fractal conception, I am a cell-sized unit of the human organism, and I have to use my life to leverage a shift in the system by how I am, as much as with the things I do. This means actually being in my life, and it means bringing my values into my daily decision making. Each day should be lived on purpose.” —adrienne maree brown

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August 18, 2020

The Ecology of Immunity

By Westgarden Steward Jules LeDrew

Ecology is defined by the relationships among organisms, with one another and with their physical surroundings. If we view the immune system from an ecological perspective, we can see it as one of the primary means, along with the nervous and endocrine systems, by which we relate to the external world: physically, emotionally, spiritually, and naturally. Read More →

Knowing Our Kin | July Newsletter

Knowing Moss

Our friend Larry Daloz recounts a time when he explored the Whidbey Institute woods with ecofeminist scholar Joanna Macy. As I recall the story, Larry—who possesses an extensive knowledge of moss—said something to Joanna about his admiration of it. With her hand, she pushed his face into the plush green carpet and held it there. “Now you know moss,” she said. Read More →