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Visit - Whidbey Institute

Driving • Airport, Bike, Transit • Arriving

Our trail system is open to the public from dawn ’til dusk every day. If you’re hoping to bring your work to the Whidbey Institute, submit a program inquiry. If you’d like to participate in a program, search our events calendar. If you’re looking for a quiet space for solo contemplation, check out Hilltop Retreats—a new opportunity from Whidbey Institute founders Fritz and Vivienne Hull.


Newsflash! Paine Field in Everett—our closest airport, just 4 miles from the ferry dock—is now serving the public. Here’s a link to directions from Paine Field to the Mukilteo Ferry.

Welcome Packet

Participating in a program? Read our welcome packet before your arrival for FAQs, a packing list, and arrival instructions.

Campus Map

The public is welcome on our 3.5 mile trail system from dawn ’til dusk every day. Scroll for a map of our Heartland area.


Lodging options include two residential-style homes and a cabin village. Learn more.


Our facilities include a conference hall, a woodland sanctuary, and gardens. Learn more.


Meals are lovingly prepared using fresh and organic ingredients. Special requests welcome! Learn more.


From Seattle and points south

Travel to Mukilteo. Watch for signage indicating the Mukilteo-Clinton Ferry waiting area. After you disembark the ferry, it’s just a  short drive to our campus.

Photo CC BY-ND 2.0, Joe Wolf

What to expect on the ferry

Ferries run every 30 minutes, 7 days a week, except overnight. Wait times increase at rush hour and on weekends. Check out schedules,  fares, and ferry cams online.

photo CC BY-SA 2.0, compdude787

From Bellingham and points north

Travel to Mukilteo and take the ferry, or take Deception Pass Bridge onto North Whidbey Island. You’ll travel about 45 miles down the island via Highway 20, then Highway 525.

Photo CC BY 2.0, Sheila Sund

Airport, Bike, Transit

From Seatac or Paine Field Airport

Paine Field in Everett is our nearest airport. Seatac is our largest regional airport. The Airporter Shuttle serves both, and can bring you to within 3 miles of the Whidbey Institute. Reservations are required. Select the Clinton/Langley stop at Ken’s Korner.

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Taxi service from the shuttle stop

We recommend All Island Express Taxi to bring you to our campus from Kens Korner or the ferry dock, or ask in advance about a ride from your program facilitator. You may wish to call the taxi service when you board the ferry, as they don’t have vehicles standing by without prior notice. Uber and Lyft do not serve Whidbey Island.

Photo CC BY-SA 4.0, Petar Milošević

From Clinton Ferry by bicycle or transit

The recommended bike route from the ferry is about 3.5 miles. You may also travel via train to Mukilteo, and via bus on Whidbey. Buses do not visit our campus.

Photo by Adam Dubec from Pexels


Getting here and checking in

Find us at 6449 Old Pietila Road. Taxi drivers are familiar with the Whidbey Institute. Check in at our main office, at the end of the long gravel road, when you arrive.

Photo © Warren Lynn

Finding your space

Arrival details and parking instructions are available in our welcome packet (PDF, 703 KB), and a campus map is available online. Onsite parking is limited. Please follow all posted instructions.

Photo © Kenneth Frederick

What to expect during your stay

Flashlights and warm outer wear are recommended on our 100 acre wooded campus. Linens and towels are provided, but please bring your  own toiletries. View our welcome packet (PDF, 703 KB) to learn more.

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