Aikidoka of all affiliations are encouraged to attend. This retreat is appropriate for all ranks/levels. You should have enough experience to safely fall and roll. Teens (13-17) staying with parents are welcome to participate in training.
If you are driving to the retreat, then yes, please bring them and any extras if you have them. We will have some available for people who will be flying in.
Training will be in the Sanctuary hall at the retreat center.
We will be staying on the Retreat Center grounds, in the apartments and the Ridge Cottages.
The spacious apartments have a separate main living space, kitchen and bath. Sleeping arrangements vary, from a single to 6, depending on floor plan. All apartments have at least one queen bed and a single twin in the large bedroom space. Main living space can sleep 1-4 additional occupants. Each apartment has its own private bath, and patio with views of gardens or desertscape.
Each Ridge Cottage is a charming, private room with two twin beds and private bath. Built by Frank Lloyd Wright and son, Lloyd Wright, its unique shape and avant-garde design is a treat to your senses. Each has a small patio to sit and enjoy the serene desert view.
We're happy to take requests for roommates, and we'll do our best to accommodate everyone.
The Apartments and Ridge Cottages are fully heated and air-conditioned. Bed linens, pillow, blanket, soap, and towels are provided. You may wish to bring extra blankets.
Share a cozy cottage with friends
Our group will be sharing meals together in the Water Terrace. We have an experienced retreat chef who will be responsible for our food during our event. In 2015 the meals were of an extremely high quality, and we expect the same in 2016. Check back soon for the proposed menu (subject to change).
There will be vegetarian options available at each meal. If you have other dietary restrictions consider bringing a few items to supplement the provided food.
Yes. According to the center staff there is good coverage for major cell carriers, and we've mad arrangements to have WiFi available to all participants at no extra cost to you.
There are no laundry facilities for guests on the retreat center grounds. Plan to bring enough gi for 4 days of training, hand wash and hang dry, or visit a laundry in town.
The weather in Joshua Tree in February is typically crisp, sunny, and dry. Temperatures average 65-70F during the day, and lows at night in the 40sF. Bring a jacket for evenings, and a swimsuit for enjoying the Jacuzzi.
Yes. Some of the rooms are wheelchair accessible, and have a stair-free path to the Sanctuary (training hall). When you register please also contact the Retreat organizers by email at email@example.com to be assigned to one of these rooms.
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