Aikido of Santa Cruz

True Victory is Victory Over Oneself

Aikido of Santa Cruz
306 Mission Street,
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 423-8326
fax: (831) 423-6156
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Join us for the 26th Annual

Santa Cruz Aikido Summer Retreat

July 10-14, 2019

Mary Heiny Sensei, 7th Dan
Linda Holiday Sensei, 6th Dan
with Special Guest Instructors!

Inryoku - Cultivating the Power of Attraction

“The principles of the true harmony of Aikido can be found by training
in the principles of gravity [inryoku].”                  --O-Sensei


The Santa Cruz Aikido Summer Retreat generates a training atmosphere of sincerity and mutual respect. We are committed to equal opportunity for Aikidoists of any gender, race, nationality, sexual orientation or rank.  We aim to integrate body, mind and spirit in the practice of Aikido, inspired by the teachings of the founder, Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei. Our theme for the 2019 Summer Retreat is one of O-Sensei's fundamental teachings: Inrokyu -- The Power of Attraction.

It will be a joy to train together once again with senior Retreat teachers who have dedicated their lives to the Aikido path: Mary Heiny Sensei, Linda Holiday Sensei, and special guest instructors. Together with all the Aikidoists who gather at the Santa Cruz Retreat from multiple dojos, it will once again be a joyous synergy and training intensive.

Daily immersion in Aikido catalyzes deep learning and strengthens a sense of community with others sharing the experience. Training begins at 7:00 am (7:00 pm on Wednesday) and continues throughout each day. There is also comfortable seating for observing classes. Features of this year’s Retreat include:

  • Special classes for newer students and for black belts.
  • An Instructors Class, taught by Linda Holiday Sensei.
  • A special class for 4th dan and above, taught by Mary Heiny Sensei.
  • Aikido Weapons Classes.
  • The invigorating Misogi Purification Practice at the beach on Sunday morning.
  • A party with music & dance at Aikido of Santa Cruz Saturday night!

The intention of the Santa Cruz Retreat is to be a full five-day Aikido intensive, which enables the transformative “magic” of the Retreat to build from start to finish. As such, there are just two options for participation: all five days (=Wednesday night through Sunday noon), or, for those who need it, a three-day option (=Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). Please note: there are no single-class or single-day attendance options! (See details in the "Options, Registration & Payment" page.) We invite you to invest this uninterrupted time in your Aikido practice.

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“True budo is the cultivation of the power of attraction with which to draw the whole opponent to you. All I have to do is keep standing this way.” --O-Sensei

Retreat Location

The 2019 Summer Retreat will be held once again at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz.  Built in 1939 and host to many of the city’s most beloved events, “the Civic” has a spacious training area, ample seating areas, and a great atmosphere. It is within easy walking distance of our dojo, numerous restaurants, parking lots, and city bus lines.  Train in the heart of Santa Cruz!

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Group photo from the 2018 Santa Cruz Aikido Summer Retreat


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Aikido of Santa Cruz