Every day at IslandWood people of all ages engage in thoughtfully-designed experiences to discover new things about themselves and their relationship to the world. We believe nature enhances meetings and retreats by fostering the time and space for deeper thought, reflection, and ultimately, human connection. Groups that host their events at IslandWood find that nature is not just a backdrop, but an integral part of their experience.
– Joy, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
To nourish the mind, we believe you need to nourish the body. We create menus that showcase local, organic, and sustainably sourced ingredients, including some items fresh from our garden. Our kitchen specializes in meeting a wide range of dietary needs and preferences with inspiration and creativity.
– Conference Guest
Surrounded by views of the meadows and forest outside, our meeting spaces are flexible, light-filled and feature all the essential amenities for a successful off-site meeting or conference. And, should your group require an overnight stay, IslandWood has four sleeping lodges that combine the comfort of modern accommodations with the natural rustic beauty of the Northwest. The lodges have a total of 53 guestrooms, each with a private bathroom, and can sleep up to 200 guests. Every lodge has a spacious great room with a fireplace and seating for gathering, game-playing, reading, and relaxing. All beds on our property are made up with organic cotton bedding for a dreamy nights sleep!
– Children’s Miracle Network team retreat participant
Hiking, trail running, garden tours, team building activities, canopy tower climbing, scavenger hunts, art activities, and yoga are all available right on our property. And kayaking, sailing, fishing, paddle boarding, beach wandering, mountain biking, and miles and miles of more hiking are available within minutes of IslandWood. Below are just a few examples of activities you can schedule in advance as part of your group’s meeting or retreat. For a full menu of activities, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We offer several team building experiences that accommodate different sizes of groups and amounts of time. You’ll work with one of our seasoned facilitators to challenge your team in new ways through fun, energizing activities and games. These sessions are rooted in reflection, relationship building and exploration of communication styles. Team building is a great way to begin your time at IslandWood, or to shake things up in the middle of the day.
Get to know where your food comes from. Work together to harvest seasonal ingredients from our garden and then prepare them with our chefs to create a delicious appetizer. This session is about an hour long.
Inclusion and equity are pillars of our organization and we are committed to providing a safe and welcoming space where everyone is honored, valued, and respected. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, marital, family, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or veteran status.
By choosing to have your meeting or retreat at IslandWood, you’re not only selecting an amazing venue, you’re changing the world for good! The events we host help generate the critical resources necessary to ensure that all students and schools, regardless of their capacity to pay, can participate in our environmental education programs.
We are honored to host meetings, conferences and retreats for a wide variety of organizations. Here is a partial client list to share a sense of the array of clients who enjoy our space and offerings.
8 Limbs Yoga
American Institute of Architecture
Bainbridge Schools Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
National Military Family Association
Seattle Education Association
The Nature Conservancy
United Presbyterian Church of Seattle
University of Southern California
University of Washington
Washington Education Association
Washington Trails Association
IslandWood has closed our education programs, community events, and private events until further notice. However, we are running a select number of virtual events! We will be continuing to run our graduate program via remote classes.