Aikido Ai presents the 2022 Mt. Baldy Retreat
A Circle of Zen:
Aikido, Qigong, Tai Chi and Meditation
A 39-year tradition of Integrative Arts with
Frank McGouirk, Cyndy Hayashi, Danielle Smith, Michael Smith, and Teja Bell.
Saturday, May 28, 2022
10:00 AM -- 3:00 PM (PDT)
In-person training at Aikido West and Aikido Ai, plus
Zoom participation for individuals and groups.
Zoom hosted by Aikido West.
Aikido West space is limited. No walk-ins; pre-registration is required.
Aikido Ai space is limited. Pre-register; open to the first 10 participants.
This year, the Mt. Baldy Retreat brings the trainings of the mountain retreat to both your home via Zoom and to dojos and groups that connect with the retreat virtually.
A Circle of Zen will put you in the front of your class as master instructors share with you the energy and techniques in aikido, tai chi, meditation, and qigong.
This year the live event is on Saturday, May 28, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Pacific time). As a registered participant you will receive a link to the event, and afterwards you'll receive a link to the recording. You can review it and practice as much as you want for about four weeks after.
Solo or Group:
You may attend in person at Aikido Ai or Aikido West (preregister as space is limited). You may also join or create a group so you'll have training partners and participate by Zoom. Or you can join by yourself via Zoom from your home computer, laptop, or tablet. See Registration for individual sliding scale and the dojo / group rate.
The Mt. Baldy Retreat Started in 1982
Our instructors have 40 years of experience interweaving themes, concepts, and techniques in a manner that may bring you some fresh perspective on your martial art, your mind and body, or your world.
The gallery on this page shares a few photos from the last 20 years at the Mt. Baldy Zen Center.
In 1982, Frank McGouirk Sensei and Joshu Sasaki Roshi agreed on the first Aikido Ai retreat at Mt. Baldy Zen Center. This began the long friendship between Aikido Ai and the monastic camp. Our retreat is the forerunner in aikido and tai chi communities that draws participants internationally.
The pandemic continues to impact the historic Mt. Baldy Zen Center, and we continue to send donations from this event to the monks. It's what friends do for friends. It's right action.
We hope you will join us, whether from your own tablet or computer, or with training partners at your local dojo, school, or training facility. If you want to arrange a group of your own, that's good too.
See you on Saturday, May 28!