How much does the seminar cost?

Each participant will pay $250 for this five day Tai Chi workshop.

Travel, food and lodging expenses are the responsibility of the student.

Casa Hamaca is strongly recommended for safe comfortable dining and lodging, along with a very cordial and helpful staff led by the English-speaking owner, Denis Larsen.

Each participant will be responsible for booking their stay at Casa Hamaca. I can assist with advice if needed. Their kitchen can produce vegan and gluten free food upon advance request.

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants with a 50% deposit required with sign-up.

I accept personal checks or PayPal in US funds.

For more information you are invited to contact me directly at

About your instructor

Mark Tomlinson is a certified instructor of Tai Chi, with 25 years of experience in practice and teaching along the St. Croix River Valley in Western Wisconsin.

Tai chi is recommended by the Mayo Clinic and the American Academy of Rheumatoid arthritis. Physical Therapists, such as River Valley Sports and Physical Therapy, also recommend Tai Chi. The American Medical Association states, “Exercise is Medicine”.

Winter 2020
Join us in Mexico!

Tai Chi St Croix, ( is offering a week long workshop in the colonial city of Valladolid, Mexico during 2020's winter.

Mark Tomlinson


Each day, we will practice Qi Gong at the beginning of the 90-minute morning and 60-minute afternoon sessions. This is a guided, standing meditation.

The process of conscious breath and body motion can produce great levels of relaxation, and opens the body and the mind to move and live with a great sense of joy. Following the Qi Gong, we will learn and practice the postures of Tai Chi, which is a guided, moving meditation. We will emphasize well-being rather than strenuous and challenging activity.

What level of experience do I need?
The workshop is appropriate for health care practitioners and/or beginners looking to have a first experience, along with people who wish to deepen their established practices.

Those who wish to practice “hard forms” will have my guidance available prior to or after class. 

More about Valladolid Mexico

Valladolid Mexico, located in the center of the "thumb" of the Yucatan Peninsula, was founded in 1550 by Spain. Most of the original architecture from 1550-1650 is still extant. The February climate usually has highs in the 70s-80s and lows in the 60s-70s. Most of the classes will be held outdoors on a large terrace of our home base at Casa Hamaca Guesthouse, a restored 17th-century mansion which can house up to 21 guests in eight shared suites.

Being inland from the hot spots of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, it is wonderfully free of the “scene” in the beach resort cities. The very informative Casa Hamaca website is strongly recommended for more information.

Valladolid is a traditional Mexican city with many beautiful 16th and 17th century buildings, museums, and pleasing restaurants. It is very walkable and cabs are plentiful at remarkably low prices throughout the city.

I recommend considering a few days on either side of the workshop to enjoy some of the regional treasures such as Chichen-itza, a 30-minute cab ride away, Ek Balam, a cenote, or a 90-minute trip farther west to Merida, a city of over 1 million and the capital of the state of Yucatan with stunning 16th century architecture, a grand plaza central, and many fine museums. Both cities’ central districts look like Spain of that era.

Transportation details

Participants will fly to Cancun, Mexico. Valladolid is approximately 90 minutes west by rental car or bus. If we have a core group willing to commit in time to make those arrangements, a 12-person van can be hired.  I can help with that.

Traveler's note: We recommend avoiding travel in/out of Cancun airport on Saturdays as it becomes overcrowded, with travelers commonly experiencing 45-minute waits to check/claim baggage.

Extend your stay to enjoy local beauty and culture

I urge participants to add a few days on both ends of the workshop to enjoy the culture and climate of Valladolid. My wife, Erin, will be present, to help with local shopping and sight-seeing.