Open House at New Arts and Education Center in Old Bayview School

April 14th, 2013

New Office Location on Whidbey Island

The Whidbey GeoDome and New Stories have moved into a new arts and education center that was formerly the Bayview School.  Last Fall, the Bayview School was rented by several non-profits with the intention of creating a collaborative work space and art/education center open to the public.  Whidbey GeoDome and New Stories joined with WICEC (Whidbey Island Community Education Center) and The art Center@WICEC, NILA (National Institute for Literary Arts)  in remodeling and updating the space.

Now the work is done and we are ready for the reveal.  Saturday April 27th from 10-3 we will co-host an open house showcasing all we will have to offer the community.  The GeoDome will be open to the public for the day in one of the newly remodeled classrooms showcasing our Earth Portal production and live tours of the Universe.  NILA will host author and poet readings and WICEC will have class and workshop demos throughout the day including a 3-D printer demo and Tai Chi. During the open house, The art Center@WICEC will also provide Encaustic painting demonstration and a local art show on display.

From 6-8 pm The art Center@WICEC will host a gallery opening and reception for new and up and coming local artists.  WICEC has created The art Center@WICEC which has lead the revitalization of the art studio space which will serve as the classroom for WICEC artist workshops. The GeoDome will also be present from 6-8 for a personal tour of our new office and productions spaces.  Refreshments and snacks will be provided.  Come by and meet the crew. 



Blessing the Hands that Feed Us with Vicki Robin

December 2nd, 2012

Blessing the Hands that Feed Us
a talk and conversation about relational eating
with Vicki Robin, author, Your Money or Your Life

Friday, December 14, 2012
Reception 6:30 pm, Talk – 7:30 pm

Earth Portal Exhibit at the Seattle Center

Co-sponsored by the Whidbey GeoDome Project, YES Magazine, and the Happiness Initiative

What would it take for us to shift from anywhere eating to local eating? Resilient communities and resourceful people are transforming the way food is sourced, cooked and eaten so we can assure safe, fresh, fair, plentiful and nourishing food for all – however the political, energy and climate winds blow. This shift from industrial to relational eating, though, will rattle many structures: our preferences and habits, our disconnection from community, our social agreements about money and property and more. In her forthcoming book, Blessing the Hands that Feed Us Vicki shares her adventures in hyper local eating and explores how “local food” can scale up to make a difference in the big question of “How do we feed 9 billion people”?

Vicki Robin’s book, Your Money or Your Life, was a NY Times bestseller in the 1990s and continues – 20-years later – to be a seminal book on frugality, simplicity and sustainable living. She is a sought after keynote speaker, workshop leader and guide, and is enthusiastic about this new focus on local food. Vicki is also part of Comedy Island, an improv and sketch comedy group on Whidbey Island where she lives with her cat and a lot of very cool friends.

This event included the Whidbey GeoDome show Earth Portal: A Guided Tour of the Universe and Our Place in It

Journalism that Matters at the Earth Portal

November 1st, 2012

Journalism that Matters at the Earth Portal, Seattle Center November 8, 2012 6:30pm

Experience a New Medium: The Power of Immersive Storytelling and the Neuroscience of Empathy

We’ll experience a new storytelling medium called the Geodome, a portable immersive visualization environment that is a revolutionary educational tool with profound implications for journalism and storytelling as well as for science education.  We’ll treat you to our first creation–Earth Portal: A Guided Tour of the Universe and Our Place in It–which has just completed a six month run at the Seattle Center’s Next 50 Celebration, then invite you to imagine your own stories being told.

This event included the Whidbey GeoDome show Earth Portal: A Guided Tour of the Universe and Our Place in It

Special GeoDome Exhibit at the Bioneers Conference

October 15th, 2012

Special GeoDome Exhibit at the Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, California October 19-21, 2012

Bioneers 2012 features the Whidbey GeoDome in the Village Expo Tent!  The Whidbey GeoDome team will take participants on live interactive tours of the observable cosmos to explore what Buckminster Fuller meant by his appeal to “start with Universe” when attempting to solve global challenges. Regular showing of the signature production “The Earth Portal: A Guided Tour of the Universe and Our Place in It” will also be featured.

Half hour awe-inspiring show: The Earth Portal: A Guided Tour of the Universe and Our Place In It

Half hour live, interactive tours of our known Universe using the Digital Universe Atlas lead by President of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, David McConville


Immersive GeoDome Experience at Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS)

October 10th, 2012

Immersive GeoDome Experience at Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) in Petaluma, California October 22, 2012

Join Rick Ingrasci and the Whidbey GeoDome team for an awe-inspiring journey to the farthest reaches of the known universe and back—30 billion light years in 30 minutes!  In addition to the Earth Portal show, there will be a live interactive demonstration of the GeoDome’s unique capacity for “big data” visualizations from NASA and NOAA, designed to demonstrate the interconnectedness of ecosystems at multiple scales.

Religious Naturalism: The Sacred Side of Science

September 7th, 2012

Religious Naturalism: The Sacred Side of Science
A Special Evening with Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow
Sunday, September 16. 2012
Reception – 6:00 pm Presentation – 7:00 pm

Earth Portal Exhibit at the Seattle Center

In the unique setting of the Earth Portal Exhibit, Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow, “America’s evolutionary evangelists,” will discuss the leading edge of meaningful and inspiring interpretations of science — specifically our current collective intelligence about “big history, death, and human nature.”  Since April 2002, Michael and Connie have travelled North America and spoken to more than 1,600 secular and religious audiences — from evangelicals to atheists. They will also discuss the challenges and opportunities they have encountered in America for promoting “religious naturalism” — that is, a fully evidential worldview that ignites a passion for life, an honoring of death, and practical tools for joyfully navigating modern challenges.

For more information on Michael and Connie’s work, go to:


September 1st, 2012


Humanity’s Great Shift to the Age of Conscious Evolution
An Evening with Barbara Marx Hubbard

Sunday, September 9. 2012
Reception – 6:00 pm Presentation – 7:00 pm
Earth Portal Exhibit at the Seattle Center

Join cosmic visionary Barbara Marx Hubbard, author of the bestselling book BIRTH 2012, for an awe-inspiring evening at the Earth Portal. Barbara will address one of the crucial questions of our day: Will humanity act in time to create a sustainable planetary civilization?

Barbara believes that “Joining together, we can ‘gentle the birth’ of a Universal Humanity and guide our Earth community into its next evolutionary stage.”

There was a book signing following Barbara’s talk and Earth Portal show. For more information, see


Earth Portal: Guided Tour of the Universe

June 8th, 2012

The Earth Portal opened on April 21st as a featured exhibit at the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.  It was open to the public until October 14, 2012. It was our first production for use in the GeoDome.Live GeoDome show at WICA

The Earth Portal show uses cutting edge technology with real-time applications to display awe-inspiring images from NASA, NOAA and beyond in an immersive, powerful thirty-minute educational show for all ages. It was a must-see exhibit at Next Fifty and saw thousands of visitors.
The Earth Portal experience helps visitors gain a deep appreciation for the latest scientific understanding of the Universe and the preciousness of life on Earth. This immersive experience is coupled with interactive exhibits and educational materials that demonstrate ways in which whole systems thinking, design science, and collaborative processes can be used to address many of the complex challenges facing humanity.

View Whidbey GeoDome Earth Portal Exhibit in a larger map

Earth Portal Production Team

Toshi Anders Hoo: Production Director

Joe Menth: Creative Director, Visualization Team Lead

Ariel Berendt: Visualization Team: Digital Cartography and Animation

James Whitcomb: Visualization Team: Visual Design and Animation

Paul Stamets and Louie Schwarzberg: How Mushrooms and Nature’s Beauty Can Help Save the World

May 20th, 2012

View the entire presentation by Paul Stamets and Louie Schwartzberg here

Sunday, May 20, 8:00 pm
Intiman Playhouse Studio at the Seattle Center

Join visionary mycologist Paul Stamets and cinematographer extraordinaire Louie Schwartzberg for a wide-ranging exploration of the world changing potential of mushrooms and media. Paul will discuss his fungus-based ecological and medicinal technologies for radically restoring ecosystems and human health. Drawing from his stunningly beautiful MOVING ART images, Louie will show how nature’s beauty can provide a way to connect with ourselves, each other and the natural world. Louie is currently working on a 3D film about the work of Paul Stamets entitled “Fantastic Fungi… The Forbidden Fruit.”

Paul Stamets is a world-renowned mycologist and author of six books including Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World and Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World. He is founder and president of Fungi Perfecti, a company which provides medicinal mushroom products and information (

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer whose career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials. His short film “Gratitude” featuring Brother David Stendl-Rast is the most popular Tedx presentation of all time (

Special Benefit Reception at the Whidbey GeoDome Earth Portal Exhibit

Join us for an intimate reception with Paul Stamets and Louie Schwartzberg at the Whidbey GeoDome Earth Portal exhibit at the Seattle Center. This benefit for the Whidbey GeoDome Project will include a half hour Earth Portal experience.
Sunday, May 20, 6:00 pm, at the Earth Portal exhibit at the Seattle Center

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