Whidbey Island


Whidbey Island, Washington is a paradise of natural beauty and community living. It offers rural sophistication, with salt water beaches, lakes, family farms, salmon streams and wildlife right alongside beautiful and small city-villages with all the modern conveniences. Ferry service to the mainland provides a comfortable commute to Seattle and easy access to the Cascade and Olympic mountains.

“This Island community promotes a healthy lifestyle. There is easy access to organic foods, outdoor markets, fresh eggs, healthcare and a sense of community. I can’t think of a better place to raise children. Our family especially enjoys the access to outdoor activities the Whidbey Island offers. During one weekend you can ski or hike in the Cascade Mountains, walk the local beaches and boat through the San Juan Islands! It is such a joy to live and play through all the seasons here on Whidbey.”
— Sarah Hess, WIWS Alum Parent

Just an hour north of Seattle and ten minutes from Langley-by-the-Sea, Whidbey Island Waldorf School offers the best of educational possibilities combined with the beauty of island living. There are no chain stories or box shops on South Whidbey, no billboards, no strip malls. Langley is a safe, familiar and friendly village by the sea where you can take your children and go for an ice-cream, a walk along the beach, meet friends and say hello to shop owners who recognize your little ones.

The Arts abound on Whidbey, which is bursting with musicians, visual artists and writers, a wide swath of health practitioners including acupuncturists, chiropractors and naturopaths, therapeutic practices of all backgrounds, and organic farms and farmstands. Whidbey is home to Island Dance, a wonderful Dance company for children and, right next door, the much-loved Whidbey Children’s Theatre. South Whidbey Parks and Recreation is full tilt all year with an incredibly diverse catalog of offerings - something to please everyone. There are a wide variety of home options on Whidbey, from farmhouses on acres of land to modern homes in neighborhoods, to community living and co-housing. Whidbey Island is truly a treasure; a unique and much beloved place to bring up your family.


Moving from Mexico to the Whidbey Island Waldorf School
Illiana was looking for new school for her three children, when she saw a video online that changed their lives.


WIWS Neighbors: our Maxwelton Valley Collaborators

The Whidbey Institute

The Whidbey Institute

The Whidbey Institute is a home for ongoing inquiry, learning, and transformation. Envisioning people and communities wholeheartedly and effectively meeting the complex challenges of our time. Their 108 acre woodland campus has served as a home for transformational learning since 1972.

Organic Farm School

Organic Farm School

The Organic Farm School offers an expe­ri­en­tial training pro­gram designed for aspir­ing farm­ers to learn and prac­tice the skills they need to run a small-scale organic farm. Through lec­tures, dis­cus­sions and demon­stra­tions, as well as man­ag­ing the 10 acre student farm, par­tic­i­pants receive a thor­ough edu­ca­tion.

Aldermarsh Retreat Center


Aldermarsh is situated on the edge of wetlands in the Maxwelton Valley. The 5 acre facility is integrated within its natural setting where community, collaboration and sustainability thrive. Home to a variety of retreat groups and workshops every year.


Experience, Stay, Eat, Shop & more:

Clinton • Langley • Freeland • CoupevilleOak Harbor