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Aikido Ai presented 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.


This year, the Mt. Baldy Retreat brought 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 put you in the front of your class as master instructors shared the energy and techniques in aikido, tai chi, meditation, and qigong. 

This year the live event was on Saturday, May 28, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Pacific time). The registered participants received a link to the event, and afterwards a link to the recording to review it and practice for four weeks after.

The Mt. Baldy Retreat Started in 1982

Our instructors have 40 years of experience interweaving themes, concepts, and techniques in a manner that can bring you 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.

In 2022 the pandemic continued to impact the historic Mt. Baldy Zen Center, and we continued to send donations from this event to the monks. It's right action.

We hope you will join us next year, when and where we are training in person and on Zoom.

See you on the weekend before Memorial Day! 

Mt. Baldy Retreat: About
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