“T'ai Chi camp at Whidbey Island was an extraordinary experience. As newcomers, we were welcomed with warmth and enthusiasm. There wasn't a moment of feeling awkward. Instead, everyone seemed so happy to see us, to show us around, to help us in any way they could.
We had heard that the food was excellent, but that is such an understatement. I'm an incorrigible foodie from San Francisco who loves to cook and finds most restaurants--including pricey ones--wanting. This food was fresh, bountiful, varied, beautifully prepared and impossibly delicious. Day after day, the food exceeded our expectations.
Then, there was the T'ai Chi. Training was offered at every level by the best teachers in the country. We learned the form at the level we chose, which in our case was the very beginning. Even though we were beginners, we joined together with folks at every level and with all the instructors for Time in the Art. This was my favorite part. Led by extraordinary teachers, we learned some of the core elements of T'ai Chi, including relaxation and awareness. We then had opportunities throughout the day to practice and observe. There was also time to hike, rest, walk the labyrinth, sit in the sun, visit, or take a nap.
After dinner, there was African drumming together for those who wanted to join in and then evening entertainment that ranged from jazz guitar to alternative rock.
The organizers had thought of everything, and made it all seem easy. I've been to 5-star resorts and spas, but I enjoyed this more than any of them.
T'ai Chi at Whidbey was the perfect vacation! There was enough to do, but not too much to do. It was healthy, fun, calming, invigorating, exciting, and nourishing. The best part, though, had to be the people. Every day we met someone new with whom we shared interests or laughs. We looked forward to meals and found everyone in the group open, interesting, and fun. Never have we met so many people we enjoyed in one place.
It was a time to learn, but even more, it was recreation in the truest sense of the word.”