David Goodell 
T'ai Chi Foundation


Week Two (all beginning through advanced students) - Arrive after lunch on Sunday, July 26; check out 11am Saturday morning, August 1.

The training ends on Friday afternoon, July 31.  The End of Training Party will be Friday evening.  Breakfast on check out day is included in the meal plan.  Check out is 11am.

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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-served basis.  The options for lodging include:

  • Shared Rooms
  • Private Rooms
  • Camping (tents only) at Whidbey Institute
  • 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 may be slept in on site or in parking lots, please).




Whidbey Institute is about 90 minutes northwest of Seattle, WA, by car and ferry.  Add 20 minutes if you are taking the shuttle (highly recommended) 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. Meals and lodging are additional. The cost of various meals and lodging options are shown on the Registration Form.

Go to Register Now for complete details.

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 70s during the day and low 60s at night (16 - 23 C).


Whidbey Institute 
6449 Old Pietila Road
Clinton, WA 98236

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US T'ai Chi Training Summer 2015

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Week Two – Classes from Beginning On

Building on the work of our recent Summer and Winter Trainings, the curriculum we now offer for all class levels has been refined to provide a more clear and effective path to learning and mastering the art of Tai Chi Chuan.

Classes and apprenticeships will be taught with the help of our most experienced and accomplished teachers, fresh from a week of their own practice and enrichment together. 

Whether you are a new beginner, an advanced Push Hands student, or an apprentice teacher wanting to learn to teach the next level, you can be sure that plenty of time will be devoted to your level of study.

The tentative schedule, arrival/departure times, cost, meal options, accommodations and travel information are shown below.

Hope to see you there!


David Goodell

Training Coordinator

Tentative 2015 Week Two Schedule

  6:30 – 7:45 PH 4 -7 

  7:30    Morning Rounds

  7:45 – 8:45 Breakfast 

   9:00 – 10:00 Public form classes (beginning through advanced)/Apprenticeships*

10:15 – 11:15 Time In The Art for everyone

11:15 – 11:30 Tea Break

11:30 – 12:30 Public form classes/Apprenticeships

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

  1:45 – 2:45 Push Hands for everyone

  3:00 – 4:00 Sword/Fencing

  4:00 – 4:15 Tea Break

  4:15 - 4:45  Meditation

  4:45 – 5:45 Hall of Happiness

  5:45 – 7:00 Dinner

  7:15 – 8:30 African drumming

  8:45    Live Music, Movie Night, etc.

* Please note that we may add classes based on the needs of those who register.


Arrival/Departure Times

Please plan to arrive in time for dinner at 5:45 on Sunday afternoon, July 26, and leave Saturday morning, August 1, by 11am.



Event Fee for one week $800

All Meals $475

Breakfast only  $120 

Lunch Only  $140

Dinner Only  $200 

Room*  $500 

Tent Camping onsite (no camper vehicles onsite or in parking lots please)   Free

Please note that the number of available beds onsite is limited.  You may register to reserve your place and qualify for the early registration discount by placing a deposit of $150.  The balance will be due on June 15. 

Cancellation Policy – cancellations by June 15 will receive a full refund.  After June 15, cancellations will receive a refund less a $150 Administration Fee.

Most rooms are shared.  The few private rooms are very small, so we have priced them the same. Cabins are rustic and share showers and water facilities with campers.  If you want a private room or cabin, please let us know when you register.  They will be assigned on a first come – first served basis. 


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 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 70s 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 basics 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

Please plan to arrive Sunday afternoon, July 26, before 5pm.  This will give you time to get dinner and settle into your room before our Orientation Meeting at 7:30.  Its okay if you arrive later – we’ll still pick you up at the shuttle stop – but you might miss dinner.  Check out is 11am on Saturday, August 1.      
Travel Information

whidbey ferry
Best way to Whidbey Island from SEATAC airport and back again is the Whidbey/SEATAC 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 currently $74 ($68 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 Bill a call at 336-601-8625.  He’ll bring you to the Institute from 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 currently $16.60.
Please contact me ( with any questions.          
Nearby Attractions                                       

        whidbey nature  



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