Whidbey Island Summer Training 2018

Photo by Karen Kohlhaas

Registration is open for the Tai Chi Foundation‘s 2018 US Summer Training at the Whidbey Institute on Whidbey Island near Seattle, Washington. All students, from beginners through our most advanced, are welcome.

Every year over the past six summers the people, the Tai Chi, the food, venue and weather at this training have been extraordinary. Since we were last there, the Whidbey Institute has upgraded its accommodations by adding several new cabins near the old Heritage cabins, which are also still available.

The training is designed to meet the needs of students at many different stages of Tai Chi experience.  Because of this, we are offering two tracks.  Track 1 is for people who are new to Tai Chi up through students who have taken IFC/Push Hands 3.  Track 2 is for students in Push Hands 4 and above.  If you are not sure which track is appropriate for you, please ask!

Arrival and Departure

Arrive Sunday, July 22 for check-in between 2:00 and 5:00pm. Check out is 11am (after breakfast ) on Sunday, July 29.  (Classes end in the late afternoon on Saturday, July 28. The End of Training Party will be Saturday evening, complete with food and entertainment. Breakfast on check out day is included in the meal plan.)


Rooms and beds  will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis.  All beds are $400 for the week.  Camping in a tent is free, no camping vehicles please. (As of 2/18 all single rooms are taken.)

The Farmhouse – The historic Farmhouse is located in the center of the campus, nearest to Thomas Berry Hall, with seven bedrooms, ten beds (nine standard length twin beds, one queen bed) and two full bathrooms all on the second floor. The kitchen, living room, and half bath are on the ground floor.

3 Heritage Cabins – The older, original cabins located near the Madrone Meadow. Each is unique. Bathrooms and showers are located a short walk away, in the Sanctuary Meadow.

Meadow Row Cabins – New in 2018, located along the Madrone Meadow, Meadow Row is a one-minute walk to the Sanctuary and a two-minute walk from Thomas Berry Hall. Meadow Row consists of four cabins, each containing two separate bedrooms and one attached bathroom. Meadow Row has a total of ten extra-long twin beds.  Six of the rooms are singles, 2 are doubles.

Live Edge Cabins –  The three newest cabins are located along the Sanctuary Meadow, a 30 second walk to the Sanctuary and a one-minute walk to Thomas Berry Hall. Each contains two extra long twin beds, for a total of six beds. Bathrooms and showers are a short walk away, in the Sanctuary Meadow.

Tent camping – in the Madrone Meadow.  A sweet little circle! Bring your own tent and sleeping supplies.    


The kitchen at the Whidbey Institute is known for its delicious, locally sourced food. Much of it organically grown in their own garden, all of it is prepared in-house by their expert staff. The kitchen can easily accommodate most food needs and preferences.

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.


In non-rush hour traffic the Whidbey Institute is about 90 minutes northwest of Seattle, WA, by car and ferry. However, there can be a wait time of two hours or more to board the ferry in the summer. If you are flying into and out of SeaTac International Airport, we recommend that you take the Whidbey Island SeaTac Shuttle. It has priority boarding onto the ferry, so travel times are generally shorter and much more reliable. Reservations are needed for the shuttle.  We can arrange to pick you up from and deliver you to the Langley/Clinton shuttle drop site on the island.


Tuition for Track 1 is $500 if paid by June 15.  After that it is $600. Tuition for Track 2 is $650 if paid by June 15.  After that it is $800.  Meals and lodging are additional. The costs of different meal plan 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 $300 administration fee.

For more details see the schedule page.

Have a look at photos

from past

tai chi trainings at

the Whidbey Institute →