Welcome to Aiki Summer Retreat 2015! Live, train, take meals and relax with fellow aikidoists in the beautiful Sierra Mountains from June 21 - 27. (If you can't attend the entire Retreat, then attend the Mini-Retreat from June 23 - 27. Click here for the Mini-Retreat info.)
Deepen your aikido practice with extraordinary instructors: Michael Friedl Sensei, Kimberly Richardson Sensei, Craig Fife Sensei, and Danielle Smith Sensei. On Thursday our special guest Robert Nadeau Shihan (a direct student of O’Sensei) will teach two classes.
At Aiki Summer Retreat you will immerse yourself in your study of aikido, reflect on and reaffirm why you train, and nurture the spirit of aikido through community.
Please join us for a wonderful week of aikido training, community and fun!
Michael Friedl Sensei
Frank Bloksberg Sensei
Robert Nadeau Shihan, 7th Dan
Robert Nadeau Shihan is teaching Thursday, for 2 classes, only.
Robert Nadeau Shihan is a key figure in the growth and development of aikido in America. He is a direct student of aikido’s founder, Morihei Ueshiba. During his years in Japan, Nadeau Shihan received personal instruction from the founder in the spiritual, philosophical and energy aspects of aikido.
Nadeau Shihan began his martial arts training in the 1950's, studying Judo, Karate and defensive tactics as a police officer in Redwood City, California and in the US Marine Corps.
Nadeau Shihan is a frequent guest instructor at seminars in the U.S. and abroad.
Michael Friedl Sensei, 7th Dan
Friedl Sensei began his Aikido training in 1972 under Clyde Takeguchi Shihan in Madison, Wisconsin. Friedl Sensei became a live-in student (also known as a uchi deshi) for Takeguchi Sensei from 1975-1977 in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1978 Friedl Sensei established a dojo in Burlington, Vermont. He moved to Ashland, Oregon in 1979 and started a small aikido club.
Friedl Sensei affiliated with Frank Doran Shihan in 1979 and has been a student of his since that time. Friedl Sensei was uchi deshi for Saito Shihan in Iwama, Japan from 1981-1983. There he studied weapons intensely and the Iwama style of weapons remains a strong influence in his weapons style to this day.
Kimberly Richardson Sensei, 6th Dan
Kimberly Richardson is the founder and chief instructor of Two Cranes Aikido in Seattle, Washington where she teaches children, teens and adults. She began her training with Mary Heiny Sensei in 1978 and has studied throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan, most notably with Motomichi Anno, Saotome and Ikeda Shihans, Terry Dobson and Tom Read Senseis. Kimberly Sensei received her 6th degree black belt from Mary Heiny Sensei.
In 2008 Kimberly founded a non-profit, TCI, an Institute that provides educational and embodied leadership programs in the Seattle community and beyond. Her goal is to share O'Sensei's principles and practices that cultivate peaceful solutions to conflict and encourage nonviolent action.
Additionally, Kimberly Sensei has studied Tai Chi Chen for ten years and she is passionate about ballroom dancing. Watching children develop confidence and self-esteem on the Aikido mat is the inspiration for her first book, Gus Learns to Fly.
Craig Fife Sensei, 6th Dan
Craig Fife Sensei is the founder and chief instructor of Aikido Northwest. Fife Sensei’s Aikido training began in 1973 in Boise, Idaho. Fife Sensei currently holds the rank of Rokudan (6th degree black belt), from the Aikikai Foundation, Aikido World Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan. This rank was awarded to him by his teacher, Frank Doran Shihan.
In addition to Fife Sensei’s personal study of Aikido, he has been actively teaching Aikido since 1980. Fife Sensei has also been a student of Iaido since 1990 and currently holds the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt) from the All United States Kendo Federation. Fife Sensei is a member of the California Aikido Association Teaching Committee.
Danielle Smith Sensei, 6th Dan
Smith Sensei is chief instructor of Aikido of Monterey, where she is dedicated to continuing to build a dojo community that is committed to and inspired by studying the "Art of Peace."
Danielle Sensei began her training in 1973, when the Aikido of Monterey dojo was first established. She has trained in the United States and Japan.
Danielle Sensei's teacher is Frank Doran Shihan. Since 1983, she has been a full-time Aikido instructor and Chief Instructor of the adult and youth programs at Aikido of Monterey. She is also a certified Pilates instructor and brings the "power of alignment" to her teaching of Aikido. Smith Sensei has also studied Tai Chi Chuan, is a Sandan (3rd dan) in Hakko Ryu Jujutsu, a Yondan (4th dan) in Seibukan Jujutsu and a Shodan (1st dan) in Iaido. She is one of five martial artists who developed the widely acclaimed and internationally taught women's self-defense system known as "Model Mugging." She has taught Aikido and self-defense nationally and internationally.
Danielle Smith Sensei served as president of the California Aikido Association from 2002 through 2010. She continues as a member of the Examination Committee of the California Aikido Association.
Everyone, including those who pay online, needs to fill out and mail in the Registration Form. Here is the link to the Full Retreat Registration Form. Here is the link to the Mini-Retreat Registration Form. Be sure to use the correct form! Please read and complete the registration/release form fully and return it with payment or pay online by using the links above. We will return incomplete forms and forms without payment without processing them. Please pay careful attention to your form. Don’t overlook the birth date, witness and signature sections.
Each person needs their own separate Registration Form and payment. Please call if you have questions. Everyone must register in advance. No on-site registrations.
We will accept registrations on a first-come, first-served basis by actual date of online registration or by post-mark date, if mailed. An individual registration form must be completed by each participant and include either full payment or deposit.
Each space at camp must be used by the individual registrant, and may not be shared. Registration is not transferable.
We will send you a confirmation of your registration and payment, along with more information about camp, within two weeks. Please allow for this turn-around time before contacting us to confirm your registration.
Meals will be served in the dining hall. Service will begin with dinner on June 21 and end with a continental breakfast on June 27. Three meals will be served Monday through Friday. Please be sure to indicate whether you're vegetarian on on your registration form. Write a note about any special needs that you may have. If you have any really special needs, send Frank Bloksberg an email.
All meals are included in the Full Plan package. Those with the Independent Plan will provide their own meals. Generally speaking, you can purchase meals in the dining hall, but we cannot guarantee that.
If the camp is full, we will place you on a waiting list and let you know your position on the list. If you decide to change plans, you must cancel from one plan and reregister for the other. We will process your second registration in order of its online or postmark date.
Please Note: To be fair to everyone on our waiting list, registrations are non-transferable.
This is an Adult Retreat
Retreat participants must be 15 years of age or older by May 1. We may allow exceptional youth slightly younger with special permission from Frank Bloksberg Sensei. Please do not register someone under 15 years of age without Bloksberg Sensei's express permission.
Parent or guardian must sign and witness a minor’s registration/release form. If a minor attends camp without a parent or guardian, the parent/ guardian must also provide a letter designating an adult camp participant as the person responsible for the minor during camp. Of course, you must have that participant's permission.
All cancellations are final. You may re-register with a new online/postmark date.
No cancellation fee if you cancel by April 15. If you cancel after April 15, the cancellation fee for the Full Plan is $75, and Independent Plan is $50. If you cancel after June 1st, you will be subject to a loss of the full registration fee.
Getting to the Summer Retreat
Feather River College is in Quincy, California, about 140 miles northeast of Sacramento and about 85 miles from Reno.
The drive from Sacramento is approximately 2 3/4 hours. The drive from Reno is about 1 3/4 hours. The challenge with the trip from Reno is an awful lot of it is winding roads traveling over the mountains. The last hour, or so, of the drive from Sacramento is getting up into the foothills.
Flights are often cheaper into Reno than Sacramento.
Feather River College is a drug and alcohol-free campus.
We will post the schedule when it's ready. Please keep in mind that the schedule can change!
We'll be sending everyone who signs up emails with all of the necessary information for a great Retreat.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!
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