David Goodell 
T'ai Chi Foundation


Week One (PH 4 and above) - Arrive Sunday after noon, July 20; check out 11 am Sunday, July 27.

Week Two (all beginning through advanced students) - Arrive Sunday after noon, July 27; check out 11 am Saturday morning, August 2.

The training ends on Friday afternoon, August 1.  The End of Training party will be Friday evening.  Breakfast on check our day is included in the meal plan.  Check out is 11 am.

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Whidbey Institute at Chinook
6449 Old Pietila Road
Clinton, WA 98236360-341-1884
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Accommodations will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis.  The options for lodging include:

  • Shared Rooms
  • Private Rooms
  • Camping (tents only) at Whidbey Institute campsite
  • Cabins

All beds, whether in a cabin, shared room, or private room are $500 for the week.

Camping in a tent is free (no camping vehicles please).




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. 



Whidbey Institute is known 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 option includes three meals a day plus snacks at the morning and afternoon tea breaks. Prices and additional meal plan options are listed on the Registration Form.

Please see Registration Form for details. 


Tuition is $800 per week. Meals and lodging are additional.  The cost of various meals and lodging options are shown on the Registration Form.

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations received through June 15 will receive a full refund.  Cancellations after June 15 will receive a refund less a $150 administration fee.


The area surrounding Whidbey provides a gorgeous natural setting with clean fresh air scented by tall evergreens around you. The weather is typically sunny and cool with a light breeze. The highs are likely to be in the mid 70’s during the day and low 60s at night (16 -23 C).


Whidbey Institute 
6449 Old Pietila Road
Clinton, WA 98236

Driving Directions 
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T'ai Chi Training Summer 2014

Dear Friends and Fellow T'ai Chi Enthusiasts,

We are tremendously excited to invite you to attend the Tai Chi Foundation’s 2014 US Summer Training on beautiful Whidbey Island near Seattle, Washington.

Our ongoing work is enlivening all levels of our curriculum, from beginning through the most advanced, with ever-increasing depth, clarity, and playfulness.  As our understanding and embodiment click into place, working together has never been more rewarding!

The first week, from July 20 through July 27, is for advanced students and Apprentices who are studying Push Hands 4 and above.  The second week, from July 27 through August 2, is for all students, from beginners through our most advanced.

General informationabout the food, travel, weather, and local vacation attractions are shown to the side and below on this page.

For more information or to register choose one of the following:

  • If you are taking Push Hands 4A and above, please click here for your training details and your registration form.  Please note that advanced students are welcome to attend the first week, or the second week, or both weeks.
  • If you are a newer student or newer apprentice, please click here for more detailed information about the second week of the training and your registration form.

Over the past two summers, the people, food, venue and the weather at Whideby have been extraordinary, as you can see from this video clip by Karen Kohlhaas of our time together last summer.  We hope that you will join us!

Please contact me at with any questions you may have.

With every good wish,

David Goodell

Training Coordinator



Whidbey Food

The food is superb -- expertly prepared from local, mostly organic, fresh-picked produce, meat, fish and eggs.  End of July is a great time of year for local produce, berries, and fruit.  No matter your special dietary needs, so long as you let us know in advance, Kirsten, the chef, will make sure you are fed with the love and goodness your own mom would want for you.  Maybe even better.  I cannot recommend her food highly enough. 



Whidbey Institute offers very comfortable shared and small private rooms onsite in the Farmhouse, at Granny's house, three small, rustic cabins, and a beautiful meadow surrounded by tall evergreens for tent camping.  (Please do not bring your camper van or trailer as they do not have a place for you to stay in them.)

What to Bring

The weather here in the summer is usually sunny, in the 70’s with a light breeze during the day. Nights typically cool off to the high 50s.  There are places to hike and beaches a short drive away, however, the water is cold.  Great for walking the beach or wading, but chilly for swimming.  Based on that, I suggest you bring the basic necessities listed below:

  • Indoor T’ai Chi shoes (so we don’t scratch up their floor)
  • Outdoor shoes
  • Towel 
  • Alarm clock
  • Sunscreen and bug repellant 
  • Light jacket/raincoat (summer is almost always clear and dry, but, just in case)
  • Clothing layers, so you will be comfortable in cool mornings as well as warm afternoons.
  • We highly recommend bringing a djembe or other hand drum for the drumming class.  We’ll have a few on hand, but the chances of getting a nice one to play are much better if you beg, borrow or buy one you can bring.
WI-FI:  Whidbey Institute has a wi-fi system.

Arrival/Departure Times

Week One -  Please plan to arrive sometime between noon and 5 pm on Sunday, July 20.  This will give you time to get dinner and settle into your room before our Orientation Meeting at 7:30.  Its not a big deal if you arrive a bit later – we’ll still pick you up at the shuttle stop – but you might miss dinner.  Check out is 11 am on Sunday, July 27.                                                                                     
Week Two - Please plan to arrive sometime between noon and 5 pm on Sunday, July 27.  This will give you time to get dinner and settle into your room before our Orientation Meeting at 7:30.  Its not a big deal if you arrive a bit later – we’ll still pick you up at the shuttle stop – but you might miss dinner.  Check out is 11 am on Saturday, August 2.                                                                              
Travel Information

Best way to Whidbey Island from SEATAC airport and back again is the shuttle.  If you are taking the shuttle, I recommend that you allow at least two hours for the return trip from Whidbey to SEATAC, which includes the ride on the ferry back to the mainland.  Please note you need to book your shuttle ticket to Langley, about two miles from the Whidbey Institute, and back to SEATAC airport in advance.  Cost for the round trip is $64 ($56 for seniors).                                                                                   
Langley to Whidbey Institute:  We will provide rides from Langley to the Whidbey Institute once you arrive, and back to Langley where you can catch the shuttle when its time to go home. Once the ferry docks on Whidbey Island, please give me a call at 703-869-0168.  We’ll send someone to get you where the shuttle leaves you at the gas station, also known as the Langley stop.  We can provide this more efficiently if you let us know in advance when you plan to arrive at Langley, and when you need to return.                                                                                                                                              
Cars:  You can rent a car at the airport.  However, the shuttle has priority boarding onto the ferry.  Early mornings have little wait time for boarding the ferry, which runs on the half hour, but as the day wears on there can be a wait time for private cars of up to two hours to get onto the ferry. You may also encounter Friday morning rush hour traffic on I-5 as you head back to the airport. I suggest checking the ferry schedule and expected wait times so you allow sufficient travel time if you are driving back to the airport.  The round trip ferry ride for a car is $15.50.                                              
Please contact me ( with any questions, to let me know if you will be bringing a drum, if you need a sword, if you have dietary needs I haven't listed above, or if I've missed anything.                                                                                                                                   
Nearby Attractions                                       

        whidbey nature whidbey


Before or after the training, consider allowing time to explore some of the near-by national parks, such as the Olympic National Park, Mount Ranier, and the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Canada, with their unparalleled beauty and diverse eco-systems. Bring your hiking shoes and camera!