A home for transformational learning since 1972

We acknowledge this land, its history, and the people—past, present, and future—for whom this land is an ancestral home. The Whidbey Institute is located on the territory of the Lower Skagit, Swinomish, Suquamish, and Snohomish tribes—the island Tscha-kole-chy, named Whidbey Island by colonial settlers.

Our purpose is to be a Place for those called by the responsibility and transformative potential of these times. To serve this purpose, we center these principles:

Dignity: in centering dignity we recognize the inherent value and worth of each being. We recognize one another and all beings as sentient and worthy of love. 

Equity: in centering equity we recognize we live in a culture and society that actively undermines the dignity of many. We acknowledge the imperative to dismantle systems of oppression, starting with our own mindsets and ways of being.  

Regeneration: in centering regeneration we recognize the imperative to live in alignment with life and the need for the restoration of ecosystems and ecological communities. We commit to rooting ourselves once again in the community of life.

Symbiosis: in centering symbiosis we recognize that generative relationships are mutually uplifting, and that our relationships—from how we structure our organization to how we steward the land to how we partner with others—can enhance outcomes for all.