Winter retreat 2011


Last years winter retreat was quite a success and we are planning a new one for 2012

  1. See some 2011 Winter retreat photos

  2. Photos from the venue Bellthorpe-Tea-Farm-Arakai-Estate

Brisbane Aikido Republic

Winter Retreat, June 17-19, 2011

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Welcome
Welcome to our mid-winter retreat, traditionally a time for celebrating the start of the solstice new year, with the return of the sun and the coming growth of spring. Its a terrific opportunity to come time together for renewal as a dojo and our own renewal.
Please join us for a fully catered weekend of rustic french style food with ingredients source from the Bellthorp’s own garden, cosy fires and bracing mountain air, and plenty of tie for a little aiki on the side. 

Places are limited and preference is given to active members
Partners and families are welcome.

Location 
Just 1.5hrs north of Brisbane is Bellthorpe and our permaforest retreat. Bring a tent or sleep in the main room, it’s up to you
Want something more Salubrious try the 

Topics
Grounding - All martial arts generate power from the ground but in aikido we are a little afraid of it and it is little understood,  yet it is built into the most fundamental principles of our school. 

Entry - Ducking, dodging, weaving and running are aspects that disrupt our power. Building on the fundamentals of grounding we explore irimi with relaxed power and weapons.

Bell Misogi
Traditional practice to welcome in the new year,  this meditation practice is best enjoyed in bracing air at dawn in natural surrounds.

Cost
$70 - monthly members 
       - non-training accompanying persons
$90 - casual members and visitors
$10 deposit by May 1st

Day visitors welcome, visiting fees apply and include meals, deposit appreciated so we know who's coming for catering purposes



"Now and again, it is necessary to seclude yourself among deep mountains and hidden valleys to restore your link to the source of life. Breathe in and let yourself soar to the ends of the universe; breathe out and bring the cosmos back inside. Next, breathe up all fecundity and vibrancy of the earth. Finally, blend the breath of heaven and the breath of earth with your own, becoming the Breath of Life itself", 
O'Sensei, Founder of Aikido

Programme
Friday 17th
Arrival, evening supper ready from 6pm
(Soups, crusty breads and apple tart)

Saturday 18th
Breakfast
(Bircher muesli and fruits)
10:30-12 Grounding

Lunch
(Quiches, salads, fruit and cheese)
1:30pm-3pm Entry

Dinner
(Chicken casserole, salads, mousse)

Sunday 19th
Dawn Misogi
Hot Breakfast
(Pancakes, bacon, fruits etc.)



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