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April 7, May 5, June 2
Stillness Tuesday

April 17—18
Cascadia Climate
Invitational Conference


April 18
Getting Real About Our
Climate Future:
Public Talk


April 19, 10 am—3 pm
Community
Engagement &
Place-Making Day


April 22, 1 pm—3 pm
Free Earth Day Potluck

May 1—3
Women's Wisdom
Journey


May 15—17
Disaster as a
Springboard for
Resilient Communities


May 22—25
Resilience Advantage:
the Key to a Balanced
Life Retreat


May 29—31
Hedgebrook: Vortext

June 27
Summer Garden Wisdom

June 29—July 3
Catch the Fire Training

 
IN OUR COMMUNITY
Earth and Ocean Month
Our organization is just one of many on Whidbey who are coming together to celebrate the Earth and her oceans this month! Read about dozens of events throughout the month of April, and join us for our second annual free vegan potluck on Earth Day!
 
Common Acre is hosting this informative lecture on mushrooms at Town Hall Seattle on Monday, May 4th. With musical act orbé orbé. 

ABOUT THE WHIDBEY INSTITUTE
The Whidbey Institute, a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit, is a community of leaders supporting and advancing positive social and environmental change. The 100 acres of Chinook stand with and for us and hold us together in this commitment.
 

IMAGE CREDITS

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gardener, kate daniel/the record
hawk, tia gschwind


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Our 2014 Gratitude Report is Now Online!

View the full report, or use the buttons below to navigate to your favorite subject matter. We have so many stories to share—and so much we're grateful for. Thank you, each and every one, for making 2014 a year to remember!

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HIGHLIGHTED EVENTS
DISASTER AS A
SPRINGBOARD FOR BUILDING RESILIENT
COMMUNITIES

WilliamVeerbeek
MAY 15—17, 2015

In this workshop we will explore what we do to put our lives together after the unimaginable has happened. Do we have to wait to step into the lives we want? We'll draw on Bob Stilger’s work in Japan’s triple disaster and Michael Jones' work with beauty and re-imagining the soul of place. Expolore what can happen in the open spaces disaster creates. 
RESILIENCE
ADVANTAGE:
THE HIDDEN KEY
TO A BALANCED LIFE

Bellmist
MAY 22—25, 2015

In this era of constant change, strengthening resilience has become an important strategy for improving personal and professional effectiveness, productivity, and most importantly, well-being.

Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell is a dynamic instructor who demonstrates that the best gift we can give ourselves and others is the practice of resiliency.
HEDGEBROOK:
VORTEXT
WOMEN'S
WRITING SALON

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MAY 29—31, 2015

An extraordinary weekend salon led by renowned women writers. Connect in diverse and powerful small-group workshops. Enjoy dynamic keynotes and discussions about opportunities & challenges for women who write. Teachers Ruth Ozeki and Carole DeSanti will be joined by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Dani Shapiro, Victoria Redel, and Hannah Tinti.

PEOPLE & PARTNERSHIPS
 
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By Dianna MacLeod,
Whidbey Life Magazine contributor

“What is home to you?” That was the question asked of the 85 people gathered at the Whidbey Institute for a three-day conference on Shelter that began on Thurs., Mar. 19.

If there’s a more soulful place to ask this most fundamental of questions than the Thomas Berry Hall at the Institute, it’s hard to imagine it. The hall, with its soaring roof, skylight to the heavens, stone hearth and artfully designed windows that draw the eye into the forest beyond, seems designed to both engender feelings of home and prompt ideas about connection and community. Read the full article here at Whidbey Life Magazine.

LEARNING FROM THE LAND 
April-Halos
Starting at Home:
Whidbey ECONet Spotlight
by Marnie Jones, communications manager

This much is clear to me. If I can’t change my own life in response to the greatest challenge now facing our human family, who can? And if I won’t make the effort to try, why should anyone else? So I’ve decided to start at home, and begin with myself. The question is no longer whether I must respond. The question is whether I can turn my response into an adventure.” —Kurt Hoelting, The Circumference of Home

When our neighbor Kurt Hoelting pulled out a map and drew a circle around this place, he found that a radius of 100 kilometers just took in the peaks of the wild Olympics and the snowy Cascades, brushed the southern end of the Puget Sound, and encompassed the San Juan Islands and the outlet of the Salish Sea to the north. Chinook, adjacent to Hoelting’s acreage, sits in the center of this 100-kilometer circle—the heart of Cascadia and the center of the Salish Sea. Read the full article on our blog.
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Whidbey Earth and Ocean Month Combines Ecology, Community
by Kate Daniel,
South Whidbey Record staff writer
Though Earth Day lasts only 24 hours, a number of South End residents are working year-round to conserve the island’s numerous natural treasures.

Many of these individuals are volunteers who assist in community gardens such as those at the school district and Good Cheer, or join in work parties removing Scotch broom and yellow archangel from public areas like South Whidbey State Park or the Saratoga Woods.

Others work with organizations such as the Whidbey Institute, fostering discussion of environmentally conscious practices within the context of building a cooperative and healthful community. Read the full article here on the South Whidbey Record website

CHINOOK ENCOUNTERS
 
My Encounter with a HawkApril-Halos3
by Tia Gschwind, youth participant

 
When I was at the Winter Gathering on Whidbey Island, I went out into the forest with Joanna (an adult) and two other kids, Mateo and Tobias, and we encountered a hawk. Here’s what happened:

We were walking down a path in the forest when I heard a rustling coming from behind a log. I looked over and a bird flew out from behind it and hit my face!
Read the full article, and see additional photos of Tia and the hawk, on our blog.
Call for Submissions
Submit your
Chinook Encounter and help give voice to the beloved place that is Chinook!
 




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