Whidbey Institute 2020
Digital Mindfulness Retreat at the Whidbey Insititute
June 12 - 14, 2020
Join us for the third annual retreat at the magical Whidbey Institute. June is a long ways away, but this one gets rave reviews and will sell out. Scroll down for more information and to hold your spot.
“The Whidbey Institute is an amazing place and staff were incredible. This really added to my experience.” - Past Participant
10am Friday, June 12 through 1pm Sunday, June 14, 2020
Please, please give yourself the gift of this retreat. The experience absolutely shattered me in the best of ways. I felt comfortable, cared for and respected as soon as I entered the space. It was a fun, warm environment. Christina is knowledgeable, compassionate, funny, and so welcoming! - Past Participant
Deep in the woods of Whidbey Island Washington at the Whidbey Institute. From their website: "Our 108-acre woodland campus, integrated gardens and forest ecosystem, four mile public-access trail network, and comfortable facilities invite nature connection and serve an engaged community.”
Because the prospect of 48 hours away from technology scares you, and it’s wonderful to get support when doing scary things!
“I thought maybe this would be like a tech intervention with folks crying and saying ‘I don’t have a problem’, but I loved every minute of it.” - Past Participant
What to Expect
You will be asked to turn over your digital devices on Friday morning and will get them back on Sunday before lunch. There will be an emergency number for your loved ones to use if they need to get in touch with you during this time. This retreat will be trauma informed and social justice-oriented, with a commitment to intersectionality. Much effort will be put into creating as comfortable a space as possible for people of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations and spiritual traditions. The Whidbey Institute was intentionally chosen for it's commitment to social justice.
Because I understand that for many of us, keeping up with the news is related to activism and survival, I will monitor the New York Times and other news sources for breaking stories and update participants who want to know what's going on in the world during the retreat time. It is also ok to opt out of this. If you have other needs for saying in touch with family or kids during the retreat, that can also be arranged.
“This is for everyone! Christina is super welcoming, knowledgeable, and creates such a sacred space. In just a little over 48 hours, you get the opportunity to foster deep authentic bonds with those who were just strangers days before. I highly recommend her work. It is timeless and imperative work in a society increasing in technology and noise. Thank you!”
“This is for everyone! Christina is super welcoming, knowledgeable, and creates such a sacred space. In just a little over 48 hours, you get the opportunity to foster deep authentic bonds with those who were just strangers days before. I highly recommend her work. It is timeless and imperative work in a society increasing in technology and noise. Thank you!” - Past Participant
Who? Your Facilitator
My name is Christina Malecka and I am a Grassroots Organizer turned Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I bring over 25 years of experience with group facilitation and over twelve years of experience providing direct emotional support to individuals, families and groups. I love creating nurturing experiences and holding space for people and was inspired to create this retreat after my own profound experience with digital detox and re-set.
“Christina is excellent at meeting people where they are and instills instant comfort in participants. She is a phenomenal facilitator.” - Past Participant
How Do I Sign Up? And How Much Will it Cost?
To hold your spot and receive registration materials contact Christina Malecka at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your registration fee includes charming sleeping accommodations or camping (must bring your own gear) for 2 nights, 7 locally sourced gourmet meals (Friday lunch through Sunday lunch), retreat facilitation and materials.