Conferences & Retreats

& Retreats

Custom educational programs, lodging and meals at our sustainable facility in the heart of North Cascades National Park

North Cascades Institute invites you to reserve space at the Learning Center for gatherings of all kinds. Located on the wooded shores of Diablo Lake in the heart of North Cascades National Park, this unique, green-built venue inspires reflection, understanding and connection to the natural world as well as to each other. Welcoming conferences, events, retreats, workshops, trainings, reunions and other gatherings, our venue offers: 

In 2016, we hosted 35 conferences and retreats, including four yoga retreats, three Remote Medical International courses, four conferences, four professional workshops and two weddings at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center! 

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The Learning Center is a hub of discovery for all ages in one of the wildest, most biologically diverse landscapes in North America. From this green-built base camp, you can explore cascading streams and pristine peaks, wildflower meadows and old-growth forests.

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We offer three superb meals a day, served buffet-style in the historic lakeside Salmonberry Dining Hall. Our kitchen staff prepare meals that showcase the fresh and flavorful foods of the Skagit River Valley.

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We’re always excited to help people explore, learn, and appreciate the ecosystems of the North Cascades. During your stay, our experienced staff naturalists serve as teaching guides, providing informal natural history education that adds depth and meaning to your retreat experience.

Get in touch. 
Schedule a campus tour, discuss rates and check availability with Calvin, our Conferences & Retreats Coordinator, at (206) 526-2565 or .

For Personal Retreats, see Base Camp
Looking for a personal retreat for yourself, as a couple or small group? Check out our Base Camp program. Learn more »

For Families, see Family Getaways
Want to enjoy a weekend in the mountains with your children or grandchildren? Check out our Family Getaways program. Learn more »

What people are saying


I just kept noticing impressive things, beginning with the surrounding scenery..."


Such a great facility, even in the middle of winter..."


A wonderful, beautiful, mindful space!"


Great people working there. Great place in the North Cascades..."


Was here for a conference and everything was amazing..."


Wonderful Hosts! Enthusiastic Staff! Great Accommodations!"


Amazing place and amazing people!"


I love this special retreat space..."