Where: Aldermarsh of Whidbey Island

This learning experience will be held at the unique and beautiful Aldermarsh of Whidbey Island, Washington, USA. 

Located 30 miles north of Seattle, Whidbey Island provides a delightful retreat setting for this practicum. We will be housed in the lush green stillness of the Maxwelton valley in a facility of gardens, nooks and crannies, great food and the support of tall trees. Full travel information is available upon registration.

The Aldermarsh grounds include three houses, two cabins, and The Marsh House (the meditation hall, which we will use as our main learning space). There is also a cordwood sweat lodge/Kiva, outdoor Japanese soaking tub, beautifully maintained gardens, and acres of wetlands.

Aldermarsh is a relaxed, creative, and comfortable environment with mostly shared occupancy and bath. There is plenty of space for solitude as well as interaction.


From the warm welcome and pickup at the ferry terminal to the closing on the last day, the Practicum was a masterfully designed and artfully facilitated learning experience. The attention to every detail, the responsive and supportive learning facilitation and the creation of a safe, caring and sacred space for learning and discovery far exceeded my expectations. I departed Whidbey Island with enhanced skills and confidence in calling circle and with a greater appreciation for the “magic” and power of The Circle Way. Thanks Amanda and Tenneson.
— Marlin Murdock, practicum participant