Retreat into nature and a spirit of community as we explore, through aikido, the evolving nature of ourselves, the world, and the art itself.
Evolutionary Aikido is a perspective on the art that's rooted in the knowing that we all share in one system. Our practice is process oriented, and involves not only the improvement of technical skills, but also an embodied transformation of ourselves. We look into where we are, what is next, and how we make space for a new level of awareness, understanding, and ability to take shape.
Join Patrick and Dave at the secluded 240-acre Stallion Oaks Ranch, only one hour from San Diego. There will be training sessions throughout the day, including empty-handed work, stick work, aiki improv, meditation and inquiry, and impromptu breakout sessions. Enjoy them all, or take some extra time on the beautiful property once in a while. We'll end each evening with a campfire celebration.
Patrick Cassidy is the Chief Instructor of Aikido Montreux, and the supervising founder of the Evolutionary Aikido Community. He spent seven years in Iwama, Japan practicing under the late Morihiro Saito Sensei, and was the founder and Chief Instructor of Aikido of Fresno. Cassidy Sensei is also a committed, long-time practitioner of both yoga and tea ceremony. His work is inspired by O-Sensei's expressed statement that "We are One." His innovative processes explore the relationships between being, insight, and action.
Dave Goldberg is the founder and chief instructor of Aikido of San Diego. In the early 90’s he lived in Japan for 3½ years to train under some of Morihei Ueshiba's most prolific disciples. He has a BA in philosophy and an MA in teaching. He also studied somatic psychology, and is a BodyMind College graduate. He's a co-founding member of the Evolutionary Aikido Community, and is inspired to teach Aikido as the martial, Life art.
The following choices are available. There are no cost differences.
• Yurts with bunk beds. BYO bedding.**
• Yurts with floor only. BYO bedding.**
• Tent/Van/Pop-up camping in designated sites (no big RVs). BYO gear.
** Bedding will be available for those flying to the event.
Bathrooms with toilets, sinks, and showers are centrally located.
The 9 meals we'll be sharing together will be thoughtfully planned, and then prepared communally, in teams. Team leaders will be locals who will help (1) create a menu, and (2) help manage procurement and prep. Everyone else will be assigned to a meal team for assistance on site when it's needed. There is a complete commercial-level kitchen available for all food storage and preparation needs. Each meal will be planned to accommodate a spectrum of dietary preferences. Coffee and tea will be available throughout the day.
Early-bird registration (through February): $500
Registration after March 1: $600
Non-training, significant others $300/any-age human
This camp is intended to be a communal, beginning-to-end experience. Partial pricing is not available.
Get the discounted rate until February 29. Only this much time left...
The Aikido of San Diego Community will do its best to arrange for airport pickups, and rides to the event on Friday. We'll also collect bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows) for staying in the yurts. Even if you prefer the yurts with no bunks, there should be enough bunk mattresses to use elsewhere. If you're looking for a hotel in SD before the event, start with a search of Hotel Circle.
A schedule will be offered closer to the event. Here's what you can count on, though. Check-in will begin at 1:00 Friday and the first session will be at 5:00. Monday we finish with lunch and say our goodbyes. The event will not be scheduled like an "intensive" but more like a retreat into aikido and nature.