Whidbey Island Bioneers 2012

Clinton, Washington
Friday, October 19, 2012
*10/17/12 Note: there is still room in the event, though lodging is filled.  Please register as soon as possible so that we can prepare appropriately.  100+ people are involved, and we need your help to coordinate effectively.  

Whidbey Island Bioneers
at The Whidbey Institute

October 19-21, 2012

"Keep pointing at anomalies and failures in the old paradigm. Keep speaking loudly and with assurance from the new one. Insert people with the new paradigm in places of public visibility and power. Don't waste time with reactionaries; work with active change agents, and the vast middle group of open people."
- Donella Meadows

Download a PDF of the full program for the weekend
Local Workshop Schedule Announced!

Bioneers returns to the Chinook land this fall for a vibrant gathering to explore issues and solutions which shape the future of our planet. Now in its third year as a Beaming Bioneers site, the Whidbey Institute is excited to convene thinkers and doers on behalf of a thriving, just, and sustainable world, for a powerful weekend of networking, learning, growing, collaboration, and ideas exchange.

Plenary talks by luminaries from all fields are broadcast and "beamed" live from the main conference site in San Rafael, California, with an evening keynote speaker and inspiring workshops which are held on-site. During the season of harvest, Chef Christyn Johnson's famously flavorful local and organic autumn feasts round out an unforgettable experience.

The Bioneers plenaries in San Rafael, California, includes Ai-Jen PooPaul HawkenMarina Silva, and 350.org luminary Bill McKibben!

The theme of Whidbey Bioneers 2012 is community resilience. In perfect keeping with this year's explorations of the topic, we are delighted to announce that the local keynote speaker for this year's Whidbey Bioneers is Meg Wheatley, author, leading systems thinker, and co-founder of the Berkana Institute. Her new book, scheduled to be released in October and entitled So Far from Home: Lost and Found in Our Brave New World, addresses the challenges facing individuals and organizations in applying living systems principles to building a culture of resilience. To learn more about Meg, visit http://margaretwheatley.com/ 

In addition, the weekend includes a splendid lineup of workshops, presented by local leaders! Below is just a sampling of the offerings: 

Community Solar led by Walt Blackford, Puget Sound Energy 
Exploring Biomimicry with Mary Hansel, Biomimicry Oregon
Creating Healthy Environments Across Generations: When Prevention is the Cure with Elise Miller, Collaborative on Health and the Environment 
Cultivating Resilience in the Wilderness - at Age 77! with Margaret Moore
Pocket Neighborhoods: Building Blocks for Resilient Communities with Ross Chapin, Chapin Architects 
Community Sourced Capital with Rachel Maxwell and Casey Dilloway, of Community Sourced Capital 
JustBe: a Millennial-led Voyage into Heart Space! with Ben Dorfman, Kiera Wesley and Dan Mahle 
Finding the Warrior Within with Sommer Albertsen  
Move in Resilient, Earth-Based Community with Peter Yanz 
Nature Journaling with Claire Bronson 
Shift Change - the Movie with Tony Harrah, Shift Change 


Thursday, October 18
 6:00 - 9:00 pm  Optional Arrival for those camping and lodging at the Institute

Friday, October 19
8:00 - 8:45 am  Breakfast
9:00 - 1:15 pm Bioneers Central Plenaries, shown live!
1:30 - 2:30 pm Lunch
2:30 - 6:00 pm Local Workshops, View Program!
6:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner
7:30 - 9:00 pm Welcome and Keynote

Saturday, October 20
8:00 - 8:45 am  Breakfast
9:00 - 1:00 pm   Bioneers Central Plenaries , shown live!
1:00 - 2:30 pm Lunch
2:30 - 6:00 pm Local Workshops - View Program!
6:00 - 7:30 pm Harvest Dinner
7:30 - 9:00 pm Music and evening activities (Square Dance, Sauna, Bonfire)

Sunday, October 21

8:00 - 8:45 am Breakfast
9:00 - 1:00 pm Bioneers Central Plenaries, shown live!
1:00 - 2:30 pm Lunch
2:30 - 3:30 pm Closing and departure


 Standard Registration  $110  
 Supporting Registration  $160 
 Student Registration    $60 
 One-Day Only Registration    $55

All registration types cover your participation in the session, beginning with the opening on Friday morning through to the completion on Sunday afternoon.

Choose Supporting Registration if you are able to contribute to the registration of a participant at the Student Rate.

Student Registration is available for active students requiring a reduced tuition to enable participation.

A Volunteer Trade Application is available when registering if you would like to participate in the Bioneers gathering but are otherwise limited by a financial situation.  The Whidbey Institute offers a trade of tuition and camping accommodations in exchange for four or more volunteer hours of the participant’s time, depending on the amount of scholarship support needed.  You will be asked a few additional questions about your engagement here and the level of support required.  Once this application is complete, a Whidbey Institute staff member will contact you to finalize your registration.

(As of October 16, Lodging is now full.  Follow this link to a resource of nearby accomodations)

$100 + tax per person for the three nights. Most rooms are shared; bathrooms are shared.
$25 + tax per person for camping.

Lodging at the Whidbey Institute can house a portion of attending participants; if you would like to stay in one of our rooms please reserve your space now when you register for the conference. We will contact three days prior to the conference with your room assignment.


 Breakfast  $12 + tax
 Lunch & Snacks throughout day  $18 + tax
 Dinner  $26 + tax

Christyn Johnson, our extraordinary chef, is committed to providing delicious, nourishing meals from locally sourced ingredients. The shared meals are wonderful part of the Whidbey Bioneers experience. Comments from other Whidbey Institute events: 

"The food is beyond fabulous"  
"Christyn's food was so good I'm still thinking about it." 
"I've never tasted love before - every meal was infused with it."

Meals can be purchased on a per-meal basis when registering. You are also welcome to bring your own meals. 

Cancellation & Refund Policy 

Balance payments are due no later than two weeks before the program begins.

If, after paying the full course fee you find it necessary to cancel, a full refund minus $50 will be given if notice is received at least one month prior to the event. If notice of cancellation is received between one week and one month prior, a 50% refund will be given. For cancellations received less than a week prior to the event, no refund can be given. Contact bioneers@whidbeyinstitute.org

Registration and meal passes are fully transferable; please communicate changes as soon as is possible to bioneers@whidbeyinstitute.org

8:00 am     Breakfast
9:00 am   Morning Content
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm    Afternoon Content
6:00 pm Community Dinner
7:30 pm  Evening Activities


Contact Information

  • Heather Johnson
    Whidbey Institute 
    Program Director

Payment Instructions

  • You may complete your registration with a $50 deposit. 

    Balances are due two weeks before the start of the program; you can complete your balance payment through any of the following methods:
    • Log back into your registration and process the balance payment.
    • Email registration@whidbeyinstitute.org with a request to charge the balance of your tuition.
    • Mail check payment with the balance to the address below.
    The Whidbey Institute
    Attn: Registration
    PO Box 57
    Clinton, WA  98236

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