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March 4, 2020

COVID-19: A Generative Response

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We at the Whidbey Institute are working to make a safe, proactive, and appropriately-scaled response to the spread of the novel coronavirus. Our thoughts go to the communities, both internationally and here in Washington State, where this illness has taken lives—and to all our communities and their most vulnerable members. Keeping our program participants, program leaders, neighbors, and team members safe is essential. Below, you’ll see facts about COVID-19, information about our response, guidelines on when to stay home, and a temporary revision to our cancellation policy as well as information on how to contact us or learn more about the virus.  Read More →

March 2, 2020

Caretaker Cabin—first wall is up!

The first wall is up on our Caretaker Cabin! The crew is making amazing process despite the cold, wet weather. We hope to have the Cabin fully funded AND fully constructed in time for a September move-in date. Please consider making a gift to support this project.

Caretaker Cabin Floor

Our Caretaker Cabin subfloor is nearly complete! Construction will continue weekdays through the coming months. The cabin measures about 20×20′, and will feature a front porch and siding from onsite trees milled locally by Live Edge Woodworks. Read More →

February 27, 2020

Heron Relocation

Heron moved about 100 feet in order to make space for the Cabin Village Commons. While the relocation was done more out of necessity than for beauty, we think it looks absolutely beautiful in its new spot!

Below, the site for the future Cabin Village Commons is being prepared. The concrete pad at the left of the image is the former Garbanzo outdoor kitchen site.

Caretaker Cabin next steps: concrete and framing

Site preparation for the Caretaker Cabin is complete and tomorrow, the concrete pumper trucks arrive. We expect crews to complete the concrete pour in one day, and by Monday floor framing will begin. Framing will continue weekdays through the winter and spring.

We are so grateful for the care and prudence with which which the Caretaker Cabin and Commons sites were prepared. We want to send a huge thank you to the crews from JD Wallace (site preparation), Jade Craftsman Builders (general contracting), and Live Edge Woodworks (milling) who have been incredibly light on the land and forest.

If you have questions about the project or wish to make a donation toward Caretaker Cabin completion, please reach out! We would love to hear from you.

Moving Heron

Heron moved this week, making room for Cabin Village Commons construction. Once our smallest guest cabin, Heron will serve as a temporary job shed for the crews during the coming year. In the long run, we’re not sure if Heron will be remodeled for future guest use or repurposed as an outbuilding—we do know, however, that it looks adorable in its new spot next to Madrone Meadow!