AIKI SUMMER RETREAT 2020

JUNE 14-20, 2020
Lake Tahoe, California
(530) 273-2727

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Deepen Your Aikido Practice with Extraordinary Instructors Michael Friedl Shihan, Kimberly Richardson Sensei, and Craig Fife Sensei.

Immerse yourself in your study of aikido, reflect on and reaffirm why you train, and nurture the spirit of aikido through community.

Welcome to Aiki Summer Retreat 2020! Live, train, take meals and relax with fellow aikidoists at breathtaking Lake Tahoe, in the beautiful Sierra Mountains, from June 14 - 20, 2020.

Please join us for a wonderful week of aikido training, community and fun!

You will feel welcome no matter your style or rank. You will enjoy the warmth of our aikido community! The Retreat is a great place to train, have fun and make friends.

The quality of the teaching staff at Aiki Summer Retreat is second to none. I am not only referring to the fact that Michael Friedl Shihan, Kimberly Richardson Sensei, and Craig Fife Sensei are all extremely experienced, fantastic instructors. And, I am not only referring to the fact that they are all amazing aikidoists.

What I am saying is that these are all really great people. They are smart, happy to share, fun to be with and caring. The sheer quality of these people drives an incredible Retreat. And you get to hang out with them for a week!

In addition, the Retreat community is made up of great training partners – many of whom are also very experienced instructors. They will teach morning and other classes, too. Then there's the wider community of lovely people who make attending the Retreat truly worth it.

If you are at all serious about your aikido, then take your training (and your fun) to the next level by joining us.

Your Co-Host Frank Bloksberg Sensei

Here's Why You'll Love Aiki Summer Retreat 2020

Aiki Summer Retreat is a cooperative, friendly environment where you can practice sincerely without feeling in competition with everyone else on the mat.

  • Top notch training is the thing at Aiki Summer Retreat.

The teaching staff at Aiki Summer Retreat is simply fantastic: Michael Friedl Shihan, Kimberly Richardson Sensei, and Craig Fife Sensei. These extremely experienced, terrific instructors are really great people. They are smart, happy to share, fun to be with, and caring. The sheer quality of these people drives an incredible Retreat.

  • Our incredible teaching staff will be on the mat training with you

All of our instructors will all be on the mat training for as many classes as they can. These are really nice people who are at the Retreat to have fun and train as well as teach. So, don't be shy. Just bow in to them for the training experience of a lifetime!

  • You will feel welcome no matter your style or rank

You will enjoy the warmth of our aikido community. The Retreat is a great place to train, have fun and make friends.

  • Our mentoring program is one-of-a-kind

We will select a few "junior" instructors to participate in our mentoring program. These fortunate folks will teach a class and get mentoring with one (or more) of our headliners (!) on their teaching skills.

  • An immersive training week like Aiki Summer Retreat is the best way to improve quickly

Aiki Summer Retreat may be the only immersive retreat left in the U.S. You could attend a bridge style seminar that is a few days long where everyone is on their own for food, a place to stay and all non-training activities. When you add up all of the expenses involved in a few-days-long bridge seminar, they generally cost at least as much as our week long Retreat – at our first-class Lake Tahoe resort.

  • You will return year after year for the community as much as the training

Aiki Summer Retreat is the place to make life-long friends. Attendees regularly say that while the training is extraordinary, their favorite part of the Retreat is the people.

  • Our venue, Granlibakken Tahoe, is a first-class resort with fantastic food

Everyone agrees that Granlibakken's food is terrific. And you'll have access to all of Granlibakken's amenities -- resort-wide wireless internet, pool, hot tub, sauna, tennis courts, and more.

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Get Away From It All and Focus on Your Aikido

Improve quickly by training in 5 classes per day with amazing instructors and training partners of all levels. You'll be astounded at the new ideas you will learn and how rapidly you will put them into your practice.

Make Friends with Fellow Aikidoists

You will feel welcome and part of an amazing community, people that you'll become lifelong friends with. Aiki Summer Retreat is renowned for its welcoming community, friendly atmosphere and safe, supportive training.

Everybody is at the Retreat for the Same Reasons as You

The instructors and all of the attendees are there to have a very special training experience, to learn as much as possible, build community, and have a great time.

The Follies!

Talk about fun. On Friday night, we have our "amateur" show where people display their talents, put on comedy skits, and have an extraordinarily good time. Participate in as many skits as you'd like. You will have an unforgettable time at the Follies. Remember, what happens at the Follies stays at the Follies!

Aiki Summer Retreat Featured Instructors

Our World-Class Teaching Staff Includes
Michael Friedl Shihan, Kimberly Richardson Sensei, and Craig Fife Sensei.

Michael Friedl Shihan, 7th Dan

Michael Friedl Shihan is founder and chief instructor of Aikido of Ashland. He is the head of Division 2 of the California Aikido Association (taking over for Frank Doran Shihan in February, 2016). Shortly before becoming the head of the Division, Friedl Shihan completed a tenure as President of the California Aikido Association.

Friedl Shihan began his Aikido training in 1972 under Clyde Takeguchi Shihan in Madison, Wisconsin. Friedl Shihan became a live-in student (also known as a uchi deshi) for Takeguchi Shihan from 1975-1977 in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1978 Friedl Shihan established a dojo in Burlington, Vermont. He moved to Ashland, Oregon in 1979 and started a small aikido club.

Friedl Shihan affiliated with Frank Doran Shihan in 1979 and has been a student of his since that time. Friedl Shihan 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. He is President of the California Aikido Association. 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.

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Here's What Attendees Said About Aiki Summer Retreat 2019

Testimonials from happy people at this year's Retreat

To be surrounded by people who accept, love and support you all week. Deep relationships build in a short amount of time. I look forward to seeing my Aikido family every year. It feels like a Family Reunion.

This is such a wonderful week filled with not only amazing aikido but amazing conversations, food, and visiting at the tub at night. The people who attend really make it a treat.

This is a rare opportunity to train for 5-6 hours a day with lots of great people and enjoy the amenities Granlibakken has to offer. It is awesome.

Skilled instructors, splendid and varied training, spectacular setting . . . altogether a superb week of immersion in practice. Looking forward to the next time!

This retreat is the best I ever attended. The format allows for most intensive study and learning of Aikido principles, techniques, and philosophy.

The retreat is a valuable way to make new friendships and build a stronger community.

The best martial arts week of my year!

This retreat is run by some of the most generous and supportive Senseis you will find in Aikido. Their spirits lead the way and hold a great atmosphere for the entire week. Very inspiring.

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Here's What Attendees Said About Aiki Summer Retreat 2018

Testimonials from happy people at last year's Retreat

The retreat was the best week I've had in years. A solid week of great training with fantastic people at a lovely location with great food.

David Socha

The Aiki Summer Retreat experience is beyond words! Seven days of all the peace, love, and harmony a person can stand, with the most welcoming community of people imaginable, a teaching staff that is world-class, and the fanciest facilities of any martial arts camp I have ever attended!

Alan Best

Camp was wonderful this year and it's set to just get better. The deep learning, joy and comeraderie was palpable both on and off the mat. The teachers were all excellent as was the opportunity to either mentor or be mentored as a teacher. The Aiki Summer Retreat is setting the ground work for Aikido to expand its reach in the next generation.

Sara Snell

Go! You won't regret it!

Renee Jourdenais

The retreats are a wonderful way to meet other aikidoka and make new friends.

Daryl Berlie

A very wonderful week with amazing teachings and loving, open people. The setting is beautiful and the food was fresh (salads and lots of fruit) and prepared deliciously. Was totally worth it.

Jane Hill

I can't wait for next year!

Katy Porray

Wow! Great teachers, great training partners, and great food from an amazing experience.

Mark Kruger

The Aiki summer retreat is an experience that invigorates my commitment to aikido by providing excellent classes and a great sense of community. The knowledge gained, the new friendships made, and the old friendships renewed are all priceless.

Earlene Eaton

I had the time of my life. Deep training in a beautiful place with a beautiful community, great food, and complete immersion in Aikido.

Gina Lagalbo

The 2018 Aiki Summer Retreat was magical. The instructors were excellent, the space was fantastic, and people were wonderful on and off the mat.

Thomas Klein

Aikido is the practice of Harmony at the source. Harmony is Mind, Body, and Spirit all together --yours, mine, and ours. I have never experienced a more joyous gathering of Aikido-ka all practicing Harmony together day after day than at the Aiki Summer Retreat. The entire experience was absolutely fabulous! Thank you.

David Drake

If you did nothing to change the retreat, it would still be perfect. Some of the best training by some of the finest teachers there are!

Shawn Ellingson

The best aikido camp I've ever attended. I can't wait to attend next year.

Tim Schmelter

When the experience flows as well as the aikido, you've got it down.

Laszlo Nemes

Our home and dojo will be at lovely Granlibakken Tahoe resort, in Tahoe City, California.

Granlibakken is known for their fantastic food. We'll have access to all of Granlibakken's amenities -- resort-wide wireless internet, pool, hot tub, sauna, tennis courts, and more.

AIKI SUMMER RETREAT 2020

JUNE 14-20, 2020
Lake Tahoe, California
(530) 273-2727

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