Our Purpose

The Thinkery cultivates the skills and traits of effective thinkers, cognitive health and performance, and thoughtful living. Life is better when we switch off the brain’s autopilot and are more thoughtful about ourselves, each other, and the world around us.

Our Culture

Inquisitive minds, kind people, and all points of view are welcome. We practice classical tolerance — elitism toward ideas and egalitarianism toward persons. We expect disagreement. We insist on respect. We are dedicated to providing a safe environment for exchanging views. You will be challenged and stretched. You will be respected and valued. You will be heard. We care about what you think, but most of all we care about you. If this is a culture that fits you, we hope you’ll join us.

Our Founder

The Thinkery’s founder is Elizabeth Whitworth — writer, teacher, and Certified Cognitive Behavioral Life Coach. Operating in the role of ‘thinking facilitator’, Elizabeth asks questions, challenges ideas, expects evidence, and holds people accountable to the truth. She invites the same in return.

Currently based in the Pacific Northwest, Elizabeth is educated in nature therapy and wilderness first aid. She has a passion for the intersection of the outdoors and holistic wellbeing, particularly seeking to leverage the power of nature to improve cognitive health and performance.

“I believe it’s rare to come across a person such as Elizabeth. She has the gift to teach and inspire. Her methods help information take root and flourish — growing minds, growing talents, growing intelligent people.”
— Skye Allen —

“Elizabeth is a very effective teacher! She clearly states lesson objectives and presents facts and concepts in a way that makes difficult topics easy to understand. She thoroughly researches topics and presents them with passion and interest. She uses wit and humor effectively to stimulate interaction and discussion with the class.”
— Sarah Whitley • Aquatic Scientist • TCEQ —