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The White Water Institute helps people learn and work together to address personal and professional challenges, improving the world in which we live.

We use a river experience to apply lessons from a complex natural system to improve human systems. Using the fundamental principles of natural systems gives us a tangible way of guiding and navigating change.

How is this program unique?

The White Water Institute learning experience is like no other personal or professional development opportunity. It will:

  • Engage you intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually;
  • Challenge you to take new risks with the support of others;
  • Reconnect you with life as experienced on a wild, natural river; and
  • Use the fundamental principles of natural systems as a way to navigate change.

Our signature events are designed for community, business, social service, and non-profit sectors and for educational leaders. Each institute is two- to four-days long and is held in Maupin, Oregon – on, in and by the Deschutes River. Read more on our Registration page or click here to watch our video and hear what past participants have to say!

The White Water Institute is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and is supported thanks to the kind donations of many community members. If you would like to contribute to our programs and scholarship fund, please click below to donate. Every little bit goes a long way!