Linda and I recorded this webinar on Thursday, May 25, 2013. We had a really good time talking about Linda’s experiences at the Retreat, especially being newer to aikido. At the time, Linda had been training for about 4 years and was 1st kyu (the rank before black belt). Among other things, we talked about what a newer person should take to the Retreat and what to expect. She highly recommends even total beginners attend.
Linda has posted her newbie Retreat tips and packing list at her blog.