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Come to Your Senses! - Foundations for Ecological Literacy 2-Day Intensive at The Whidbey Institute
The Whidbey Institute
Clinton, WA
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Come to Your Senses! - Foundations for Ecological Literacy 2-Day Intensive at The Whidbey Institute
Arrive 9:00AM July 12 and depart between 4:00 and 5:00PM July 13.

Ecological literacy is understanding how to fully participate in the web of relationships that make life on earth possible, no matter where you are on the map, and whether your environment is urban or rural. Robert Mellinger, a wildlife tracker, permaculture designer, and educator, offers this two-day opportunity to develop tools for integrating ecological literacy into the lives of you, your family, and your community. Our approach is observation-based, making it accessible to children as well as adults, and forming a bridge for ecological literacy across generations. We will integrate six tool-based approaches for your daily life:

1. Observational, Awareness, and Perceptual Shifts:
The way we observe can bring ecological relationships into our everyday awareness.

2. The Living Earth: Thinking, feeling, sensing, and intuiting. We perceive in many ways
that the vast living systems of Earth are always adapting to keep the Earth itself suitable
for life. How do we fit into that vast web of relationships, intelligence, and awareness?

3. Naturalist Knowledge and Tracking: The way we know and become the place we call
home. The ability to read the patterns of the land is ancient and in our blood.

4. Bird Language and Extended Awareness: Wherever you are in the world, the birds
and other sensitive creatures form extended awareness, feeding back information about
our surroundings and ourselves.

5. Story: The stories we tell depend on the reliability of our observations. Our scientific culture tells a story that only captures a part of its ecological form. The story of the universe overlaps with creation stories of all times and cultures. It asks us, "What does it mean to be the universe looking back at itself?" How do we see our place in the vast cosmic story in the most simple observations, and how do we share this with others?

6. Designer's Mind: Modifying our environments and behavior is inevitable. Ecological design is an act of respect and responsibility in this process, and a direct application of
ecological literacy.

Spend two beautiful days at Chinook and an evening engaged in media and conversation to learn experiential practices for communicating and participating in the ecological story of our time. Parents and parents-to-be, teachers, elders, students, young adults, graduating high school seniors, and professionals will all benefit from this foundational program.

To learn more and to register for this program, visit



The Whidbey Institute (View)
6449 Old Pietila Rd
Clinton, WA 98236
United States

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Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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