Fritz has been leading programs with his wife, Vivienne, since 1972 when they founded the Chinook Learning Center on Whidbey Island. A native of Seattle and Whidbey Island, he is a graduate of the University of Washington and Princeton Theological Seminary. Frtiz is an ordained Presbyterian minister, receiving his Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Fritz founded the Whidbey Institute and has served as its director. He is now a member of Board of Directors and leads several Institute programs including Integral Spirit. He is editor of Earth & Spirit – The Spiritual Dimension of the Environmental Crisis.
Vivienne Hull is a native of Northern Ireland. She is a graduate of the University of Washington, holding a masters degree in Educational Psychology, and is a Lindisfarne Fellow. She was co-director with Fritz of the Chinook Learning Center and led numerous programs over twenty years. She was instrumental in the creation of the Whidbey Institute, and today is an associate director of the Institute. Vivienne is a writer, speaker, and teacher of Celtic culture and spirituality. For more than twenty five years she has been leading several retreats each year to the Island of Iona in Scotland. She participates in leadership in numerous Institute programs. Fritz and Vivienne have now created the Story House on land they own that is part of the 100 acres called Chinook.