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The Whidbey Institute, Clinton, WA
The Whidbey Institute has a mission to nurture people who are actively making the world a better place, and they are delighted to bring our group of children’s book creators into their midst. The rooms are rustic, the woods ancient, the architecture breathtaking, and the food is glorious. This gorgeous, rustic, eco-mindful center has loads of nooks and comfortable chairs where we can dive into our silent retreat and accomplish miracles. The food alone is worth the trip to get there. The chef is a visionary and creates bountiful, beautiful meals that feel decadent but are stealthily healthy. While some of the housing options are vintage and some are brand new, all the mattresses are updated, and the staff bends over backwards to make our stay comfortable. Set in old pine forests, the trees tower over the cottages, the farm-garden, the labyrinth and the sanctuary. We can walk for miles on the trails without leaving the campus.