Registration is open for our 2021 Summer Retreat at the Whidbey Institute on Whidbey Island near Seattle, Washington. All students, from beginners through our most advanced, are welcome.

This retreat will be held with Covid-19 safety protocols in place.  Dining will take place outside, masks will be worn indoors, and social distancing will be maintained.  The retreat is limited to those who have had a Covid vaccine and who can drive to the event (no airplane travel).



Having a few days to immerse ourselves in the study and practice of tai chi reminds us of our perfectly aware, peaceful self.  


Retreat days begin outside with a half hour of silent tai chi practice, led by an instructor. Between breakfast and lunch all students are engaged in classes. The late afternoon offers time for rest, walking in the woods, or venturing out to a local lake for a swim. Evenings include group activities, as well as time to play outside or socialize.


Classes will focus on relaxed, contemplative movement that replenishes the body, calms the mind, and refreshes the spirit - with a supportive, friendly community. Each class is tailored to the needs and stage of tai chi learning of the students. The schedule is fine-tuned after we have received all the registrations and know what classes are needed.

You’ll enjoy privacy in a single room, cabin, or your own tent. Or bring a household member and share a space. Retreats include delicious, nourishing meals from Chef Christyn Johnson, served with careful attention to health and safety standards.  The kitchen staff is expert at accommodating special food needs, just let us know in advance.

Registration deadline is July 1, so we have time to plan the event! 

Arrival and Departure

Monday, July 19 for check-in between 2:00 and 5:00pm. Check out is 11am (after breakfast ) on Friday, July 23. 


Rooms will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis.  All rooms will be singles unless shared with a member of your household.  Tent camping available.  (No camping vehicles please.)  Commuters are also welcome. 


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.  Included are three meals a day plus snacks and we will dine outside.


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. 


Cost includes tuition plus optional meal plan and housing/camping.  Full details are on the Registration Form.

Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel 14 or more days prior to your retreat start, a full refund will be given. Cancellations within the two week window are eligible for a 50% refund.


Email us with questions about this retreat.