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Registration for the 9th Annual Blue Mountains Winter Aikido Retreat is now open!

Published on 15 Apr, 2014

2014 Blue Mountains Aikido Retreat

We’re excited to announce that registration for our 9th annual Blue Mountains Aikido Retreat is now open! This is a very special and unique opportunity for Australian Aikidoka to experience a traditional Japanese-style gasshuku where students live, eat and train together over several days in a beautiful native bushland setting. The camp takes place in a secluded retreat centre with its own dedicated dojo space, log fireplace, and a choice of dormitory-style accommodation or converted 1920s train carriages. Indoor and outdoor training in empty-handed and weapons-based Aikido practice is complemented with rejuvenating workshops in Shiatsu Massage and Japanese Oki Yoga. It’s always a magical and uplifting weekend, and students of any level are very welcome!

Spaces are limited and the camp fills up quickly so please register early to avoid disappointment.

Dates: 13,14,15 June 2014 (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon)

Prepayment & Registration: to be completed online

Cost: $220 / $175 concession (includes 2 nights’ accommodation & all meals except banquet)

Waiver & Registration Form: to be downloaded, completed and brought with you to the event

Class Schedule:


    • 1930-2030 – Light welcome keiko (1h)
    • 2030 – Supper around the campfire


    • 0730-0830 – Breakfast (1h)
    • 0830-0900 – fire-lighting & soji
    • 0900-1100 – Keiko (2h)
    • 1100-1130 – Atogeiko (0.5h)
    • 1130-1330 – Lunch & free time (2h)
    • 1330-1530 – Keiko (2h)
    • 1530-1600 – Atogeiko & soji
    • 1600-1700 – Free time (1h)
    • 1700-1900 – Shiatsu Massage Workshop (2h)
    • 1930 – Japanese banquet at ‘Hana’ followed by DVDs beside the log fire


    • 0630-0700 – fire-lighting & soji
    • 0700-0830 – Keiko (1.5h)
    • 0830-0930 – Light breakfast & free time (1h)
    • 0930-1100 – Oki-do Yoga & Meditation (1.5h)
    • 1100-1300 – Lunch & rest or soccer (2h)
    • 1300-1430 – Final Keiko (1.5h)
    • 1430 – Close of camp, photos, packup & farewells


Seminar Poster: Click here for a copy of the seminar poster to display in your dojo

Video: Gain a sense of our practice through this short film by Jessica Cooper



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