Bellingham bay with buildings in the foreground and Lummi island in the background


Shared learning and

partnership building

Our Retreats are gatherings that bring together an even wider array of people for shared learning and partnership-building. To date, they have ranged in length from a half-day to three days.


Retreat themes have included building relationships among community engagement staff in higher education, cultivating trans-boundary connections, and advancing the Community Engagement Fellows Coalition.


During retreats, we mix in opportunities to learn about the local area, and to relax and have fun together. They are an enlivening way of refining, sharing, and improving our practices in different contexts, and being a resource for people who cannot access other CE Fellows programming.

Please email Travis Tennessen if you're interested in co-hosting a future retreat.

Learning Together in the Cascade Foothills is open to those working to enrich the lives and learning opportunities of people who live, work, and play in the foothills region. We encourage participation from those who organize, teach, facilitate, serve, research and enjoy the region in many different types of roles–parent, neighbor, volunteer, professional, etc. Most important is that participants have ongoing or emerging work in the region that they want to improve, and are open to new ideas and potential partnerships.


Please expect an active social learning space that generates relationship-building, orienting knowledge, practical advice, and reveals opportunities for collaboration. Be ready to engage your uncertainties, share your experiences and wisdom, and learn. 


The event is being collaboratively hosted by WWU’s Center for Community Learning and Whatcom County Libraries. 


Event Details:


Learning Together in the Cascade Foothills

Saturday, October 22, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Deming Library

5044 Mt Baker Hwy

Deming, WA 98244

Light refreshments and lunch provided. 


If you would like to attend, please RSVP by Wednesday, October 19 using this simple form:


RSVP: Learning Together in the Cascade Foothills


If you have questions, please contact Travis Tennessen at


Feel free to share this invitation. All those working to build thriving people and communities in the Cascade Foothills are welcome, and participation is free.


Learning Together in the Cascade Foothills 

Saturday, October 22 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Deming Public Library in Deming, Washington 

RSVP: Learning Together in the Cascade Foothills

Previous Retreats

July 19-22, 2022: Cultivating Communities of Practice (Bellingham, WA)

Facilitated by Beverly & Etienne Wenger-Trayer

July 26-29, 2022: System Convening Across Boundaries (Tacoma, WA)

Facilitated by Beverly & Etienne Wenger-Trayer


February 19-21, 2020: State of the Art (Bellingham (Xwotqwem), WA)

Co-hosted with Eastern Washington University, University of Puget Sound, and Whiteswan Environmental

September 20, 2019: Learning Through Place from the Start (Bellingham, WA)

Co-hosted with Geneva Elementary School

August 22, 2019: Learning Together in the Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA)

Co-hosted with the University of Puget Sound

June 13-14, 2019: Community Engagement Fellows Coalition Gathering (Bellingham, WA)

May 4-5, 2019: Learning Together in the Salish Sea, (Galiano Island, BC)

Convening Team: Community Engagement Fellows, Galiano Conservancy, Whiteswan Environmental, WWU Center for Canadian-American Studies, and WWU Salish Sea Institute

April 12, 2019: Learning Together in the South Sound (Chambers Bay, WA)

Co-hosted with Northwest Indian College and the University of Puget Sound


March 9-10, 2019: Learning Together in the Salish Sea (Friday Harbor, WA)

Co-hosted with Children of the Setting Suns Productions, Friends of the San Juans, Whiteswan Environmental, and WWU Salish Sea Institute

August 1-3, 2018: Community Engagement Fellows Retreat (Bellingham, WA)

June 14, 2018: Salish Sea Engagement Retreat (Bellingham, WA)