NW Instructor Seminar-Camp
Chewelah Peak August 8-11, 2013.
Yes this is some of what we can expect at NW Instructor Seminar-Camp hosted by Roshinkan Dojo in Spokane, WA.
Why camp? Just like the Spring and Fall Camp in Atlanta we come together to practice our art with people from all over the country. We have a chance to train with people other than our own dojo mates. We challenge ourselves by training with senior members of the AWA. We leave behind the normal daily routine and for four days submerse ourselves in Aikido training. We share meals and stories that helps us to see ourselves as a vital and growing community.
What makes summer camp in Spokane different? We will be on top of a mountain, training outside, surrounded by trees, birds, fresh air, where we can touch the universal ki. We will revitalize ourselves by breathing in deeply the clean fresh mountain air. We will replenish the earth by our joyous training. Our kiai’s will echo across the mountain ranges. Our vision will extend well beyond the dojo walls from mountain tops to valleys. We will not have the distractions of travel and the world outside, internet, email, text, and tv. We will enjoy our meals together as a community. We will tell our stories sitting around a camp fire where we will connect to our past while forging our future development in Aikido.
Stories abound in the traditions of Aikido training when O’Sensei would take a few of his senior students into the woods for days at a time and engage in exuberant training surrounded by the natural wonders of our world. It was during some of these times those training would come to their deepest understandings of Aikido.
The purpose of Aikido is to become one with nature, make one’s own heart the heart of nature.