Friday July 27, 2012 at 4:00 PM PDT
Friday August 3, 2012 at 9:00 AM PDT
Weekend Only Dates:
Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29
Plan to arrive on Friday afternoon, July 27, to register, settle in and attend an enjoyable evening, catch up with old and new friends, and rounds before bed.
Classes will start Saturday morning after breakfast, and will finish up on Thursday afternoon, August 2. We'll have an evening party on Thursday, checkout will be Friday morning, August 3.
Accommodations will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. Once you have registered for the training, please contact David Goodell to reserve your room, cabin or camping space. There are three options for lodging:
Camping at Whidbey Island campsite (free)
Shared rooms at either Whidbey or nearby Aldermarsh are $490 for seven (7) nights, or private rooms are $700 for seven (7) nights.
To see more click http://www.whidbeyinstitute.org/s/place/accommodations/
Please make lodging reservations through David Goodell
Whidbey Institute is about 90 minutes northwest of Seattle, WA, by car and ferry. Add 20 minutes if you are taking the shuttle from SEATAC International Airport to Whidbey Island. Transport by seaplane from Lake Union in Seattle to Whidbey Island, then taxi to the Institute is available for thos who want to see the pristine San Juan Islands by air. Parachute from seaplane directly down to the Institute is optional.
Whidbey Institute is know for its excellent food, much of it organically grown in their own garden, all of it is prepared in-house by their expert staff. The full meal plan includes three meals a day plus snacks at the morning and afternoon tea breaks.
Full Meal Plan is $435 includes breakfast (8); lunch (8); dinner (7). If you have special dietary needs please contact David Goodell.
If you want to pay in installments via Paypal, email Penny at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll prepare invoices for you.
"I have seen a pervasive tendency in our push hands students to listen with sensitivity up to the moment we want to "push", at which point we abandon principle and simply shove our partner. On a good day, it's a soft shove.
This is a reflection of our incomplete understanding. We can experience a deeper unity even while engaged in the partner study of "push hands" ...relaxation, balance, timing and adherence can move us from a dialectical relationship of "winning or losing" into the realm of harmony with our partner and the underlying experience of oneness.
The focus of this training will be on deepening the feeling of unity and not just through our Tai Chi partner work. During the training at Whidbey, precise massage, meditation and live music along with the natural amplifying effect of our group energy will expand our field of awareness. Then our attempts at"push hands" give way to the effortless beauty of "sensing hands"...transforming not only our Tai Chi but our relationship to the world. How rich!"
Margaret Matsumoto, Senior Faculty
The Whidbey Institute is located in a beautiful, natural setting among 70 secluded historic acres on Whidbey Island, about an hour northwest of Seattle, WA
Click here to see photos of where we will be doing most of our t'ai chi work:
Who Should Attend:
This training in the beautiful Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest is open to all students and apprentices who have completed Fundamentals.
This will be a new format focusing on the quality and depth of our embodiment of push hands.
Want to Bring the Whole Family?
Note: For a PDF copy of this article, click on Fun for the Whole Family.
While you are enjoying a week of intensive, yet gentle, t’ai chi practice, your family can stay at one of the popular resorts near the Whidbey Institute and see the sights. Some of the popular nearby attractions are:
Orcas Island Gem of the San Juan Islands
People visit or live here for various reasons, but all of those reasons are invariably linked to the natural beauty the island possesses. The wildlife enjoys it as well. Here, eagles soar, whales breach, various species of birds gather, deer graze contentedly and otters and fish swim in the surrounding waters.
Orcas is best described as rural. Opportunities for outdoor activities abound. Mount Constitution, the highest point in the San Juan archipelago, promises splendid vistas from its 2409-foot summit. Moran State park features several lakes which host various activities.
Miles of shoreline ribbon the island with numerous beaches, both public and private. Surrounding land masses offer the San Juans protection from harsh weather, so the islands enjoy a year round climate that is more moderate than other locations in the Pacific Northwest.
The islanders gather in several quaint villages dotted around the island, with Eastsound being the major hub of island activity. Each community is unique and celebrates its individuality in different ways throughout the year.
This beautiful island has something for everyone … kayak in the Puget Sound; climb a mountain trail to enjoy the beautiful vistas; see Orca whales and marine wildlife; stroll through Eastsound village, exploring the small town shops; enjoy a wide array of superb dining choices; or simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the natural beauty of Orcas Island. The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce hopes a visit to our island is in your plans. Please let us know how we can help.
Cottages are available for rent.
Mount Rainier National Park - A Source of Inspiration
Learn about glaciers. Discover life in a rainforest. Hike the Wonderland Trail. Explore subalpine ecology. Watch clouds shroud the mountain and disappear. Visit the rustic historic buildings, and perhaps stay half way up towards the summit at Paradise Inn. Dream about climbing to the summit. Study geology. Experience a mountain meadow. Listen to a glacier crack. BE INSPIRED! Visit http://www.visitrainier.com
Olympic National Park and Forest
One Lasting Experience
Along the Pacific Ocean shore, the beaches and temperate rainforest of Olympic National Park offer stunning beauty in a natural setting unlike anything you will see anywhere else in the world. Visit http://www.olympicnationalparks.com
Other Northwest Attractions
Seattle features art museums, live music, and superb dining in its many fine restaurants.
If you like hiking, consider some of the many trails in the Cascade Mountains and the Methow Valley an hour east of Seattle.
Take the Clipper to Victoria, British Columbia, (http://www.clippervacations.com/) for a visit to one of Canada’s most beautiful and culturally rich cities, near the famous Butchart Gardens. Visit http://www.butchartgardens.com
For more travel ideas to the Whidbey Island area, go to:
We suggest that you have your family meet you at the end of your week of training so you can all enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. If you are traveling with family, we can help you find lodging near the Whidbey Institute where you will be staying.
If you have more questions about traveling to the Northwest, please contact David Goodell at email@example.com