About the Center

 

Purpose

The Tai Chi and Qigong Wellness Center, serving residents of Tacoma and Pierce County, Washington, is dedicated to providing an environment that promotes health and well being through the practice of Tai Chi Chuan and complementary disciplines as well as offering cultural exchange with China through travel and special programs.

Programs

To that end the Center offers a schedule of classes in Tai Chi Chuan that spans difficulty levels from beginning to advanced. In addition, the Center offers workshops on an occasional basis to complement the focus on Tai Chi Chuan: Qigong, Chinese traditional approaches to health and wellbeing, and other health practices.

Organization

The Tai Chi and Qigong Wellness Center has been offering classes to the community since 1994. The Center is a non-profit corporation with a board of directors and an open membership. Tax deductible contributions help cover operating costs.

Membership

The Tai Chi and Qigong Wellness Center is a membership organization with an elected Board of Directors. All students enrolled in classes offered by the Center become members of the Center for the year in which they take a class (or several classes). The Center holds a membership meeting annually in conjunction with the annual Chinese New Year celebration. At this meeting members deliberate policies for the Center as well as select the Board members.

Board of Directors

Sid Olufs
Shelley Skinner
Bryan Smith
Carrie Washburn
Kat Wood

 

History

The Tai Chi and Qigong Wellness Center began offering classes in September, 1994, with Lily Qin as the instructor. The Center, then called the Tai Chi and Self Care Center, was sponsored by the PLU School of Nursing and was one of a number of programs within Pacific Lutheran University’s Family and Children’s Center. In March 1996 the Center was registered with the State of Washington as a business partnership, and the name of the program was changed to the Tai Chi, Qigong, and Self Care Center. However, the Center kept a working relationship with the School of Nursing and continued to offer classes at PLU’s East Campus. The Center has also held classes at the Tacoma Dominican Sisters downtown building and at Washington Elementary School. In November, 1996, the Center received non-profit corporation status for the business, and in May, 1997, the application to the IRS for 501(c)(3) status was approved. In 1998 the Center started moving its classes to its own home: Loft 8 in the Merlino Arts Center. As the activities of the Center continued to broaden, the name was changed again in 1998 to its current title: the Tai Chi and Qigong Wellness Center. Lily Qin continues as the master teacher for the Center.

Non-discrimination Policy Statement

The Tai Chi and Qigong Wellness Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, age, or national and ethnic origin in administering its policies and programs. It admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, age, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities of the Center.