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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. Outdoor meeting.

Health & Safety

Your safety, as well as the safety of our staff, is of the utmost importance to us. We are continually monitoring federal and state guidelines to provide a healthy and safe experience for you and your team. Learn more about campus-wide policies here, and procedures specific to meetings, retreats, and special occasions here.

“Amazing value for a beautiful space and excellent staff! ”

– 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 team specializes in meeting a wide range of dietary needs and preferences with inspiration and creativity.

“Out of this world. Vegan and gluten-free options available for those that needed it. The meals were varied and amazing and plentiful.”

– Conference Guest

a Lodge at IslandWood, an Outdoor Meeting venue

Meeting Spaces & Accommodations

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!

“What a lovely place! The environment is like a balm after the hustle and bustle of Seattle. The food was fresh, abundant and delicious. The lodges are beautiful and comfortable. Oh, and the campfire with s’mores was a real treat.”

– Retreat Guest

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Our Event Spaces

From the rustic elegance of our indoor areas to the stunning natural beauty of our outdoor spaces, you’re sure to find the perfect place, or combination of places, for your event.

“It was so much better than doing our meetings in a hotel in the city. The environment fostered deep, meaningful conversations with our team. I wish we had more time to spend there. It was quiet and peaceful…Truly a special place!”

– 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. Check out a full menu of activities here.

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.

Named by Seattle Times as one of the Best Corporate Off-Site Retreats Near Seattle

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Inclusion and Equity

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.

Social Good

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.

coffee and tea setup at IslandWood, an Outdoor Meeting venue

Client List

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


DLR Group


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center




Philanthropy NorthWest

National Military Family Association

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Education Association

Seattle University



The Nature Conservancy

University of Southern California

University of Washington

Washington Education Association

Washington Trails Association

Let's Talk!

Complete our Request Information Form to tell us more about what you’re looking for or email us at events@islandwood.org anytime. We can set up a day at your convenience to tour our property, but in the meantime, here’s a virtual tour to get you started!

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