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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"The Spirit of Love and Protection for All"

24th Annual Santa Cruz Aikido Summer Retreat

Mary Heiny Sensei
Linda Holiday Sensei

Welcoming once again from Kumano, Japan:

Motomichi Anno Sensei, 8th Dan

July 12-16, 2017


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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, founded by Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei.

Our theme for the 2017 Summer Retreat is The Spirit of Love and Protection for All. This is a theme that is central to O-Sensei's teachings. The word "All" encompasses all people, all living things, and the natural environment of the planet -- which makes it a timely (and timeless) message for us to train under, in the big community gathering of the Summer Retreat.

It will be a joy to train together once again with Motomichi Anno Sensei from Kumano, Japan, and 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. Please join us in strengthening "the spirit of love and protection for all!"

“Aikido is a method of purification (misogi).
Through the technique of misogi you should continually forge
the great spirit of love and protection of all things.”

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, with classes for the whole Retreat community as well as special sessions for students ikkyu and below, and for those with black belts. And everyone is invited to the invigorating Misogi Purification Practice on the beach on Sunday morning!

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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Retreat Location

The 2017 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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Aikido of Santa Cruz