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 25th Annual

Santa Cruz Aikido Summer Retreat

July 11-15, 2018

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


“Now more than ever, it is important that human society recognize where it is that we came from, that we wake up to our purpose and mission on earth, and that we live our lives as an expression of gratitude for the gift of life.”                  --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, founded by Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei.

Our theme for the 2018 Summer Retreat is Gratitude. 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. Please join us in expressing our gratitude for O-Sensei's gift of Aikido, for our teachers and training partners, and for the beauty and benevolence of Nature.

“Create each day anew by clothing yourself with heaven and earth, bathing yourself with wisdom and love, and placing yourself in the heart of Mother Nature. Your body and mind will be gladdened, depression and heartache will dissipate, and you will be filled with gratitude.”         --O-Sensei

Through continuing to deepen our training together at the Retreat, we will express our collective gratitude to Motomichi Anno Sensei, 8th dan, for the many years he has traveled here from Japan to share his wisdom, heart, and inspiration with us.  Although Anno Sensei will not be at this year's Summer Retreat, his presence will be felt through the fruits of his long years of teaching in our Aikido family. He sends his warm greetings to all!

“What you think about, what you hold as your objective, is incredibly important. As we practice Aikido technique, we need to focus consistently on the fundamentals of harmony, love, and gratitude."                 --Anno Sensei

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 2018 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