The Biennial GTC Graduate Reunion and Conference is happening again this summer! Join us August 23-26th at the beautiful Whidbey Institute to reconnect with your cohort, GTC faculty, and graduates from other cohorts. Together we will enjoy another deep dive into the collective field, a celebration of community and connection, a time of reflection, practice and play. If you attended the 2016 Reunion, you know this was a potent and rejuvenating space.
If you were not at the last Reunion, imagine sitting in the deep expansive collective causal field with faculty and graduates from around the world… some of your dearest friends and many new ones. We will learn with and from faculty, graduates and the emerging, evolving collective. There will be structured faculty-offered sessions, grads sharing their work in the world, emergent learning circles and open time for connecting, walking the trails, dancing, and play! Our schedule in 2018 will include more time to get to know each other and more time together outside.
Bring your evolutionary edges and join GTC grads from around the world at our second biennial reunion and conference. Together we will support the evolution of our individual and collective work in the world. This can also be a space to incubate new projects, programs or collaborations within your cohort or in cross cohort communities of practice.
For our second reunion we will return to the Whidbey Institute on Whidbey Island, an hour’s drive from the Seattle airport. If you attended the grad reunion in 2016, you know what a beautiful and nourishing place the Whidbey Institute is, located on over 100 acres of protected forest land with a rich history of transformative learning and social change. Your stay at the Whidbey Institute provides you with everything you need, including a variety of accommodations from private and shared rooms to camping, delicious local organic meals and snacks, and use of the retreat facility grounds including sanctuary, labyrinth, hiking trails and gardens.
Arrive early Wednesday afternoon (optional): To have more time to deepen into community and the beautiful Whidbey Institute land, arrive as early as 4:00 pm for a walk on the land, have dinner together, and an evening event to cultivate the container for the event. For those interested, Holly will be available to coordinate a day hike on the Island or other activities earlier in the day.
Main program: We will start our first session on Thursday morning at 9:30 am and end with lunch on Sunday. The program will formally end with closing before lunch.
Post retreat activities: For those who want to linger at the Whidbey Institute Sunday after lunch, take a long hike, and hangout together, you are welcome to remain onsite until 2:00 pm. For out of town people and others who want to stay on after the retreat to enjoy the region and more grad time, Holly will be be available to support all who are interested in a group camping or site seeing options.
$300 - $650 sliding scale – lodging and meal costs are separate and listed below. We have created a sliding scale because we want as many grads to join us as possible and we don’t want cost to be a barrier. This offering stems from our love of the graduate community and our desire to connect with all of you. We did not set the tuition at an amount that would create a profit, but we would like to cover as many of our costs as possible. Please help us sustain the event and cover our costs by contributing as much as you can.
Please support your fellow grads by donating to the scholarship fund. The scholarship fund helps cover tuition for the event for those in need. Everyone is responsible for their own room and board package.
To request scholarship support: Enter a total of $1 for your sliding scale tuition amount when you are registering, then contact Holly at email@example.com to coordinate the specific amount that you are able to contribute – an adjustment to your total will be entered by the Whidbey Institute registrar based on your conversation with Holly.
Lodging options at the Whidbey Institute have changed since our 2016 reunion and now include single, semi-private and shared rooms in two secluded and comfortable homes, the Farmhouse and Granny's, and in lodges in a new cabin village; bathrooms are shared. Camping is also available. Lodging and meal packages range from $355 - $655. You will have the opportunity to indicate lodging preferences or needs when registering. Room assignments will be emailed out a few days prior to the retreat start date.
Meals will be a wonderful connecting time at the Grad Reunion. The food at the Whidbey Institute is healthy, local, and delicious! Executive Chef Christyn Johnson and her dedicated staff have helped give the Whidbey Institute their reputation for warm hospitality and incredibly sumptuous, wholesome meals. “Food is an integral part of life,” says Christyn. A master at attuning her meals to a vast array of dietary preferences and restrictions, Christyn not only welcomes but embraces raw, plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free diners.
For those flying into the area, a shuttle service is available through SeaTac Shuttle. The cost round-trip is $84, and makes travel to Whidbey Island remarkably simple. Information for this service is included in the travel information on the registration page. More information can be found on the Whidbey Institute visit us web page. Holly is happy to support you in making your travel plans (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Contact information for carpooling will be available two ways: Two weeks before the program begins you will receive an email that will include access to a list of those who are registered and are open to being contacted for carpooling.Your registration confirmation message will include a link to a "live list" that will grow as people register, enabling you to set up carpooling connections before you receive the two-week message.
Contact us if you have any questions, comments or suggestions for the retreat!