In this post we are traveling to join a community of change makers on Whidbey Island for the Thriving Communities Conference, held at Whidbey Institute. Our journey was exciting for all of us. For me, it was most exciting to finally give all of my children a chance to see the west coast of the US and learn how different the landscapes and perspectives that exist outside of what had been our home state for so much of their lives. They were stunned to see Mount Olympus rise above the clouds to eye level in the airplane. They loved the weather, the business of Seattle and the journey on the ferry. Each of them had special experiences at the Thriving Communities Conference.
We were introduced to the community at Whidbey Institute through our good friends Rhea Miller and Sandy Bishop. We loved our time with them because they live a life of independence and community service. It was awesome to experience living in a sustainable household (Almost no waste) and find out how, though the Lopez Community Land Trust they teach others to do the same. They are building a beautiful community of socially aware people on this beautiful little island. I even had a chance to share my poetry for a huge crowd at the LCLT Annual Meeting. It was an honor.
Reiki's 14th birthday took place while we were on Lopez and Sandy and Rhea were so awesome to create a special day for her. Playmates came to celebrate with us, Sandy helped Aizhani and Chikae bake the cake and we got to enjoy the evening with delicious chocolate cake and ice cream.
The skills that arose on this trip are below. Reiki and Aizhani began to take and edit photos feverishly. Check out some examples of their first go at editing photos. They were beginning to see through new eyes...
After Seattle, Whidbey Island and Lopez Island, I woke up and decided that I just had to visit Port Towndsend. I had been hearing about this tiny peninsula town from my friend Roseanna, who has a home there. We hopped on a ferry and headed there next. This is where I got to meet Zhaleh, founder of the Mandala Center for Change. I knew that I would be back in July to participate in the Theater of the Oppressed facilitator training, so I wanted to have a familiarity with the town. It was a great thing we did. We got to meet the family and explore the town. The beaches, the wharf, the mountains were all fantastic sights to enjoy before we headed south to California.