Retreat 2018

Your first view of the Claymont mansion

The Tai Chi Chuan Study Center
of the
Washington, DC Metro Area

presents its twenty-forth annual

“Return to the Mountain”

Tai Chi Retreat

One Qi, Spirit Leads, Breathing Circles, Martial Foundation

Retreat 2018
will be held June 7 – 10, 2018

(Thursday late afternoon to Sunday early afternoon)

Registration for this June’s
Retreat opens on April 1, 2018


Thursday evening,
all day Friday and Saturday
and Sunday through early afternoon.

Tuition ($639, $699 late) is all inclusive and covers
eight meals, three overnights and approx. 12 hours of class.

Late fee applies for all registrations after May 23, 2017.

No refunds after Wednesday, May 23, 2018.
Refunds must be requested via email
by May 23, 2018 and will incur a 20% admin. fee.

Open to all levels.

Held near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
at the beautiful, historic Claymont Mansion.

The mansion’s grand porch, southern view

The Claymont Mansion

Residing on 340 beautiful acres of Shenandoah Valley forest and farmland, Claymont Mansion was constructed following a design of George Washington by his grand-nephew Bushrod in 1820. (Bushrod’s older brother inherited Mt. Vernon.) Claymont is the only home of the original Washington family in which guests can stay overnight. We will have exclusive use of this stately, colonial style mansion which is currently undergoing careful restoration. Featuring large lawns, quiet woods and tempting, tranquil paths, it offers a serene setting for our Tai Chi practice as well as for leisurely contemplation and lots of laidback relaxation.

Meals featuring fresh vegetables and delicious salads will be prepared in the mansion’s kitchen by the Claymont staff and served in the elegant wood-paneled dining room. Food will be primarily, but not exclusively, vegetarian (i.e., there will be a salmon course for Sat. lunch.)

Accommodations in the mansion are genuinely historic, somewhat rustic and comfortable. There will be shared rooms and baths, separated by gender. There are a very few double rooms for couples. Rooms will be assigned. Beds within a room are first come, first served.

Bed linens and towels will be provided. Bring your own toiletries.

While not modern, Claymont is charming and historic.

Mansion Space Is Limited.

We had a full house in 2017. Please Register Promptly.

Claymont’s front foyer  

Terms and General Information

Eight meals, three overnights and approx. twelve hours of formal classes.

All inclusive tuition, due in advance, is $639 ($699, if late.)

 This retreat offers a great deal of Tai Chi instruction
including form, qi gong, t’ui shou, ta lu, history and theory, etc.

Plus, we have fun in a beautiful setting!

Head instructor Warren Conner has taught Tai Chi since 1975.                                 703-759-9141

Tai Chi classes are held in the mansion’s ballroom, on the huge porch and on the lawn under the trees.

There will also be a large amount of free time to encourage everyone to unwind and enjoy the beautiful setting. There are no recreation facilities other than the lawns, gardens, paths, and acres and acres of countryside. Be prepared to enjoy a great deal of quiet nature.

Claymont Court is not a hotel. Therefore, students should bring their own toiletries. Also, you might bring: walking shoes; Frisbees; a book to read, etc.

Please note that no cameras or recordings of any kind are allowed during classes and practices.

Students are responsible for their own transportation. Carpools are encouraged. Claymont is an easy drive from the Washington area, approximately one hour from Dulles Airport, for example, and easy to find.

(Scroll down for directions and map)

One Qi, Spirit Leads, Breathing Circles, Martial Foundation

Retreat Schedule 2017 Below

2018 schedule will be similar and will be updated April 1, 2018

Arrive Thursday evening, June 8, 2017

5 – 6 p.m………….Arrive at Claymont; settle in (beds are first come; rooms are assigned.)
7:30 – 8:30 p.m…….Tai Chi class

(Note that this does not include Thursday dinner.)

Friday, June 9, 2017

7 – 8 a.m……………..Tai Chi class and Qi Gong
8 a.m……………..Breakfast
8:30 – 11 a.m………..Free Time
11 a.m. – 12 noon….Tai Chi class
12 noon………….Lunch
12:30 – 5 p.m………..Free Time
4 – 5 p.m. ………..Optional, Individual Session with a senior instructor
5 – 6 p.m…………….T’ui Shou, Ta Lu, Pa-Kua
6 p.m……………..Dinner
7:30 – 8:30 p.m…….Tai Chi Theory and History

Saturday, June 10, 2017

7 – 8 a.m……………..Tai Chi class and Qi Gong
8 a.m……………….Breakfast
8:30 – 11 a.m………..Free Time
11 a.m. – 12 noon….Tai Chi class
12 noon……………Lunch
12:30 – 5 p.m……….Free Time
4 – 5 p.m. ………..Optional, Individual Session with a senior instructor
5 – 6 p.m……………T’ui Shou, Ta Lu, Pa-Kua
6 p.m……………..Dinner
7:30 – 8:30 p.m……Tai Chi Musical

Sunday, June 11, 2017

7 – 8 a.m……………..Tai Chi class and Qi Gong
8 a.m………………Breakfast
8:30 – 11 a.m………..Free Time
11 a.m. – 12 noon….Tai Chi class
12 noon…………..Lunch
2 p.m approx…………Departure and Farewell

Directions (from Northern Virginia)

(And/or enter
“Claymont Society, Charles Town, WV”
on Google Maps.)

From the DC beltway, take the Dulles Access Rd. towards Dulles Airport.

Just before Dulles Airport, take the Greenway Toll Road towards Leesburg.

At the end of the Toll Road, take Exit 1A to Rt. 7 West to the Berryville, Va. area.

Near Berryville, take Rt. 340 North (towards Charles Town) and go about 10 miles.

Turn left onto Augustine Ave. (at the traffic light)

and immediately turn left again onto Huyett Rd.

Go approx. one and one half miles and turn right into Claymont’s driveway (aka Claymont Ct.)

(The driveway is about one tenth of a mile after you go under the railroad bridge.)

Look for the small Claymont sign on your right.

Follow the very long driveway to the “front” door of the mansion, see picture above.

Pull up to the door to unload your bags in the foyer and then park in the designated area.

Then check in with Warren to receive your room assignment.

Driving time varies depending upon rush hour.

(And/or enter
“Claymont Society, Charles Town, WV” on Google Maps…)

Waiver: By attending this retreat, you hereby agree to release and hold harmless The T’ai Chi Ch’uan Study Center, Ltd., the instructors and the retreat location from any liability for any injury or harm that might result from your attendance and/or participation.                                                 703 – 759 – 9141



All photos copyright Warren D. Conner, all rights reserved