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Hedgebrook’s team of staff members span two locations. Our retreat & headquarters are on Whidbey Island.

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Elise Miller, MEd – Interim Executive Director

“With so much disruption and despair in the daily news, Hedgebrook serves as a powerful force for the common good. By supporting exceptional women and trans writers, Hedgebrook is on the leading edge of those demanding a more just and healthy society for generations to come.”


Amber Flame – Program Director

“I’ve experienced the very real and tangible magic at the root of Hedgebrook‘s philosophy of radical hospitality as an alum. This magic thrums through the work conceived, attempted, and birthed here, and it is the interstitial power of our global community. What an honor to foster the visions of our writers as they go on to shape our world.“


Cathy Bruemmer – Operations Manager

“Caretaking the magical land and beautiful buildings, cultivating teams that provide our writers with clean comfortable space, delicious food and a bountiful garden and welcoming the women who grace our table has been my life’s work. Thank you Nancy for your brilliant vision and extraordinary follow through.   It is an honor to work here.”


Britt Conn – Program Manager

“The artists who come to Hedgebrook are smart, insightful, deeply thoughtful generators of stories that are altering the way people relate to the world around us. From the writers to the filmmakers, to the playwrights, to the songwriters who come here to create, get radically nurtured, and go back out into the world, at Hedgebrook, it’s a constant cycle of inspiration and awe.”


Joey Guerra – Farm Team


Jennifer Will-Thapa – Program Associate

I come to Hedgebrook after almost a decade of facilitating conflict. The critical piece of that process that elicited the most transformation was in the sharing of stories. There are so few spaces that truly allow for this to happen, so it is a pleasure to be among others here who lift up women’s voices and support them in putting their stories out into the world.


Allison Gubata – Executive Assistant

“Creating space and allowing time to nurture creativity is something I value.  Hedgebrook is a rough gem and I am honored to help support an organization that inspires people and lifts their hearts.”