What is the Gradient Retreat Center?

Gradient is a place for writers, makers, and code writers to take a week away from their regular lives to focus on creative work. The retreats take place in a house and studio perched on an island hillside meadow, surrounded by forest, overlooking the Salish Sea at the border of Washington state and British Columbia.

COVID-19 Update

Retreats are currently suspended due to the pandemic. We’ll slowly reopen once it’s practical and safe to do so.


To fill the time until we reopen, we’re considering running an experimental conference/podcast series. You can express your interest in giving a talk here.

Who’s behind this?

Gradient was started by Avi Bryant, a software developer and Galiano Island resident who has led engineering teams at Stripe, Twitter, and Etsy.