Woodland Sanctuary


This sanctuary on the Chinook land at the Whidbey Institute is a non-denominational refuge in the forest, created for meditation, sacred music and prayer.  Kim Hoeltinghandcrafted this unique structure with the help of a small circle of fine craftspeople.  Every piece of wood in the building was sustainably harvested or reclaimed, and each has a known story going back to its origin in the forests of the Pacific Northwest.  One poetic guest described this sacred space as a place “where the echoes of the forest meet the stillness of the heart, and the spaciousness of the spirit.”