About us


VIVIENNE HULL has been leading the Iona Retreats annually for many years and Iona has become like home and family. Irish born and a scholar of Celtic spirituality and theology she brings the rich heritage of Iona to life and will introduce you to the people of the Island and special places you might not otherwise discover. With her husband, Fritz Hull, she founded the Chinook Learning Center and the Whidbey Institute on Whidbey Island, Washington and served as Chinook’s Associate Director and faculty for almost twenty years and the Institute’s for ten. She and Fritz recently founded and direct Spirit of Legacy, a project of the Institute, offering seminars, conferences and retreats on Earth, Spirit and the Human Future, including nature awareness programs for young people. She holds a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from the University of Washington and has continued her life-long learning through courses and programs in theology, ecology and human development. She has just finished writing a book on Iona and Celtic Christianity. She is a Lindisfarne Fellow.


Vivienne and Fritz live on the beach on Whidbey Island, Washington and love to boat, hike and camp in the islands and wilderness areas of the Northwest.

Contact Fritz and Vivienne

6296 South Brighton Beach Road

Clinton, Washington


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FRITZ HULL is currently the director of the Spirit of Legacy Project that was begun in 2006 and is a program unit of the Whidbey Institute at Chinook.  He is Founding Director of the Whidbey Institute, being both a co-founder of the Institute and having served as its first Director.  He is also co-founder of the Chinook Learning Center and served as its co-director for nearly twenty years.  Fritz is editor of the book Earth & Spirit-The Spiritual Dimension of the Environmental Crisis published in 1993.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington with a major in history, a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, a certificate of study from the United Theological College in Bangalore, India, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Seminary.  His dissertation was entitled: “Spiritual Consciousness and the Natural Order.”  He is an ordained Presbyterian minister and served as a campus minister at the University Presbyterian Church in Seattle from 1963 to 1972.  In 1966 Fritz and his wife Vivienne purchased land on Whidbey Island and in 1972, with a group of friends, established the Chinook Learning Center.  Born and raised in Seattle he lives with his wife Vivienne in Clinton, Whidbey Island, Washington.  They have a son Timothy musician, songwriter and environmental activist. Fritz' current interest and work is to establish programs for young people on land owned by the Hulls as part of Chinook. 

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