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January 2018 Newsletter


Now Hiring

We're seeking a full time Operations Manager to be responsible for contracts, operations, logistics, and registration at the Whidbey Institute! The right person for this job has strong computer skills, people skills, financial acuity, and a talent for organization. 

A Cohort in Carhartts: Meet volunteer Joel Shrut


When Joel Shrut was 14, he and a group of friends created a bike ride from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Washington, DC. “We still scratch our heads over how we convinced our parents it was something we could do,” he said. He then explained that he’s done the same ride since as part of a route stretching from Seattle to D.C., and that he gets up each morning eager to use his body for work, service, and adventure. Most recently, his kinesthetic joys have included building on behalf of the Whidbey Institute as the leader of our volunteer construction team.  Read the full article here

"“With this project at the Whidbey Institute," Joel said, "we’re creating something that will have lasting legacy in a place that has a mandate for bringing healing energy and sustainable action forth into the world. I am privileged to share along with many others the loving energy generated by our collective work! Love is spirit in action.”

Bringing the Land In: Tile Making with Holly Harlan and Carol Dean

Development lead Holly Harlan, along with other staff members and volunteers, has been working hands-on with tilemaker Carol Dean to create custom foliage-pressed tiles for the Meadow Row bathrooms. The team was aided by young volunteers Robin and Dylann Jones. 

Site Evolution Update

cabin campaign
Meadow Row lodging is on track for completion and occupancy by March 2018. 

Three cabins are under construction at Live Edge Woodworks in the Maxwelton Valley, with onsite installation scheduled for the first week in February. Our priority now is closing the $20k gap to fully fund our Community Cabin. Learn more and contribute here.
The following offsite events are being offered by other individuals and organizations on Whidbey and beyond.
Save The Date

A free Earth Day celebration and brainstorming session on how we want our future to look.
Save The Date
Positive Conversations About Identity and Race ( no fee)
Three dates offered: Weds Feb 7, 2 pm, Freeland Library; Thurs Feb 8, 6:30 pm, Langley Library; Mon Feb 12, 1:30 pm, Coupeville Library.
Join James DeLong and Diana Sandoval for a discussion on how you can stay positively engaged in discussions about race and racism. 

Race & Community: Difficult Conversations Lead to Wholeness (no fee)
Tues March 6, 7 pm, Healing Circles Langley
A frank community conversation with Rose Homme, Diana Sandoval, James DeLong & Janet Staub about race & our community.

Robin DiAngelo (contributions requested)
Sun March 25 at the Clyde. Exact time to be announced.
Dr. Robin DiAngelo will guide her audience to understand the role of white people in addressing and undoing racism. Robin's work on White Fragility has influenced the national dialogue on race and been featured in Salon, NPR, PBS, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate and Colorlines. Three follow up conversations are planned for the following weeks.

Bystander Intervention Training: When Race is the Issue
Sun Apr 22, the Whidbey Institute (afternoon time & fee to be announced)
Homme, Sandoval, DeLong, and Staub will create a courageous space for learning and practicing interpersonal skills for intervention when that feeling in the pit of your stomach arises upon hearing an unintentional or intentional hurtful comment in any setting of your life.

Email for more information.

A home for transformational learning since 1972.
We're highlighting one of our Community Equity Principles here each month throughout 2018. For context and the full document, visit the website.

PRESENCE: We commit to authentic, vulnerable presence.

"The person with inner authentic presence has worked on himself and made a thorough and proper journey. He has earned authentic presence by letting go, and by giving up personal comfort and fixed mind." 
—Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, "The Sacred Path of The Warrior"

February 19 through 22

Join us for bed and desk staining in Thomas Berry Hall. We'll be finishing the furniture with Profin, then bringing it over to its final location in the Meadow Row and Live Edge cabins! Email Marta to get involved.



This Transform Your Boundaries ® Immersion will help you build your toolkit and discover ways to use your boundaries for your wellbeing, your relationships, your work in the world, and to navigate through these times.
7th Annual
Thriving Communities Gathering

March 15—18

How do we begin to listen to each other? To move to a level of trust that enables the exchange of energy and magic and that helps us shape a thriving and resilient community together?

When we cannot see the future, where do we begin? What we learn in disaster is that it's the social fabric of community that helps people bounce back. 

The true purpose of business: to enhance and improve the quality of all life on the planet.

Awareness building, personalized coaching from a multi-racial team, and identifying next steps for anti-racist action and practice.
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