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May 4, 2022

Land Support Position Open

The Whidbey Institute is seeking an individual to join the Place Team in a part-time position. The Place Team is responsible for the upkeep and care of the land and facilities on our 106-acre conservation forest campus and trail system.

This is a non-exempt position, working 12 to 15 hours per week over two to four days (Monday through Thursday) with scheduling flexibility. This is a physically demanding position. Read More →

May 3, 2022

The Call of the Future: 2021 Gratitude Report

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March 18, 2022

Rooted | March 2022 Newsletter

Featuring a living roof installation story, introductions of three new team members, volunteer and program opportunities, and more! Click here to read the issue.

A Rooted Roof: Volunteers install living roof on Commons porch

A Rooted Roof: Volunteers install living roof on Commons porch

By Marnie Jackson
Photos courtesy Floyd|Snider

As I approached the Commons building on a recent morning, one thing stood out . . . the vibrancy of the living porch roof, still thick and green even under a coating of fresh snow. The sedum mix has been growing in place on the roof since it was installed during an Autumn 2021 workshop, and seems to be thriving despite this cold snap. Fulfilling its promise to add beauty, mitigate runoff, and support pollinator habitat, the living roof is a great addition to our new gathering space. Read More →

To Those Who Love This Place

To Those Who Love This Place,

We have an update to share. The short version of the story is that, after nearly 12 years of service, I am stepping down as a staff member in the organization. The process began March 16, 2021 and will be complete in March 2022. Filled with optimism for our organization and gratitude for the relationships and communities I’ve encountered here, I take this step in service to the emerging future.

With our solid leadership team, robust system of distributed authority, and clear map for the work ahead, we are well prepared for this transition—and the team and I are parting with a ton of mutual care and regard. We have accomplished big work together as part of the fabric of a fifty-year journey, and I am enthusiastic for what will be made possible in the years to come.

If you’re curious to learn more, a long version of the story follows.

—Heather Johnson Read More →

November 24, 2021

The Center for Knowing Home

Center for Knowing Home

Fall Equinox 2021

Essay and program by Whidbey Institute founders Fritz and Vivienne Hull

 

Humanity is part of a vast evolving universe. Earth, our home, is alive with a unique community of life. The protection of Earths vitality, diversity, and beauty is a sacred trust. The spirit of human solidarity and kinship with all life is strengthened when we live with reverence for the mystery of being, gratitude for the gift of life, and humility regarding the human place in nature.

—Earth Charter

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