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3 Days Spiritual Aikido Retreat in Switzerland

Spiritual Exploration of Aikido in Valais, Switzerland

Welcome to Aikido Montreux's annual Aikido retreat - their annual event that will take you deep into the spiritual aspects of the Art of Aikido. Guided by sensei Patrick Cassidy who has years of exploring Aikido together with Yoda and Meditation, the retreat aims at self awakening and self transformation at students. Taking place in the tranquil area of the Swiss Alps, the retreat offers a peaceful atmosphere suitable for this goal. All levels, ranks, and styles are welcome.


  • Activities daily
  • Training with experienced instructors
  • Themed retreat to explore questions giving birth to Aikido
  • Accommodation at hillside hotels on the Alps
  • Vegetarian meals provided
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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You will stay at Hotel-Pension Beau-Site in Chemin, Switzerland. This down-to-earth hillside hotel offers cozy, wood-furnished rooms with free Wi-Fi and shared separate bathrooms. There's no air-conditioning. There's warm lounges, verandas, a library, and a music room with a piano. Depending on your choice of room, you can stay at a single or double room.

Aikido Montreux's Valais Retreat 2016 Program

Program overview

During the retreat in the Swiss Alps, you will engage with the questions that gave birth to the perspective of Aikido: Who am I? Why am I here? What is my relationship with Life? The theme for this year’s retreat is “Stillness Evolving”.

All practitioners of Aikido regardless of style or rank are welcome to participate in this weekend of “Evolutionary Aikido”. This retreat offers the individual the chance to awaken and evolve, to discover and transform.



Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art created during the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), an expert who reached the highest level of mastery in the classical Japanese Martial Arts. Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. Aikido has not competition. The goal of Aikido training is not perfection of a step or skill, but rather improving one's character according to the rules of nature.

Features of Aikido

Aikido training is intended to promote physical and mental training, according to the proficiency level of each skill and repeatedly practice so anyone can practice. Aikido training is not only good for health, but also develops self-confidence naturally for daily life. The dojo is a ideal place to deepen the understanding of the human eye, to meet people regardless of age, sex and occupation.

Aikido Worldwide

Sixty years have passed since the spread of Aikido overseas began. During this time, Aikido has become established in 130 countries. Aikido has taken root all over the world because it is recognized as a way to train the mind and body, and as such, its value extends beyond race and border. As a result of overseas promotion activities, in 1976, the International Aikido Federation (IAF) was established, the General Assembly of the Federation has been held every four years.

In 1984, the International Aikido Federation became official member of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). Voluntary activities by international organizations and leaders dispatched by Japan Government Foundation, Leaders dispatched by Senior Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and Youth of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has also become active. Aikido is expected internationally now as a new culture of humanity in the 21st century.

Aikikai Foundation

Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art created during the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba, an expert who reached the highest level of mastery in the classical Japanese Martial Arts. Officially recognized by the Japanese government in 1940, the Aikikai Foundation is the parent organization for the development and popularization of Aikido throughout the world.

Aikikai Aikido World Headquarters

  • Establishment of Aikido schools, publication of books and newspapers about Aikido (Japanese and English).
  • Establishment of branch dojos, dispatching of instructors to domestic and foreign regions and dojos management.
  • Organization of Aikido public demonstrations and workshops.
  • Other activities related to the dissemination of Aikido in general.

Other Organizations that promote and spread the development of Aikido

  • International Aikido Federation (IAF Established in 1976)
  • All-Japan Aikido Federation (Established in 1976)
  • Ministry of Defense Aikido Federation (Established in 1961)
  • National Student Aikido Federation (Established in 1961)
  • National High School Aikido Federation (Established in 2002)

Aikido Montreux

Aikido Montreux is a full time Aikido dojo located in Montreux, Switzerland. They are committed to being a support for the awakening, transformation, and evolution of the human individual, the society, and the global community.

By offering the path of Aikido, the practice of Yoga, and the approach of Meditation, Aikido Montreux aims to give the student the clear perspective, skills, and techniques for self discovery and transformation. The program places the emphasis on bringing this development into all levels of life and community, integrating these new experiences into who we are and how we live.


The retreat will take place at Hotel-Pension Beau-Site in the Swiss Alps region of Valais.


The Valais is a region in southern Switzerland that borders on Italy and consists mostly of the valley around the upper Rhône River. The valley was called Vallis Poenina by the Romans, and the Germans refer to it as Wallis. The main attractions here include the Matterhorn, the Great St. Bernard Pass, and Zermatt. The area offers excellent skiing and other winter sports.

The Valais is surrounded by the Alps, with more than 50 major mountain peaks, but the Matterhorn, at 4,410m (14,465 ft.), is by far the most majestic. The Valais contains the largest glacier in Switzerland as well as several others that send tributaries to feed the Rhône, which flows northwest to Lake Geneva, then on through France to the Mediterranean. The Valais also contains about 8 sq. km (3 sq. miles) of lakes.

Often called the hiking capital of Switzerland, the Valais is laced with well-maintained and well-marked mountain paths. Some of these former alpine mule paths are called Roman roads, because in ancient times the Simplon and Great St. Bernard passes were the gateways to the Valais from Italy. Walks along irrigation channels - called bisses - are among the most intriguing for nature lovers.

For centuries the Rhône Valley has been a major route through the Alps. The Celts used the Great St. Bernard Pass and Simplon Pass, and then the Gauls held the territory for 500 years. Hannibal and Napoleon both passed through on their way to conquest. Today, wide highways and tunnels provide a direct route to Italy.

Protected by mountains, the Valais enjoys a sunny, stable climate, with weather comparable to that of northwestern Spain and France's Provence. The vineyards are second only to those of the Vaud, and the local wine is known for its fruity bouquet and delicate flavor. Dairy farming is widespread. Just outside most of the regional towns, you'll see mazots or raccards (small, elevated grain-storage barns).

Most residents in the western part of the Valais, from Lake Geneva to Sierre, speak French, while those living to the east speak a German dialect. Many people speak both languages as well as some English. Most residents of the Valais are Roman Catholic, evident in the number of churches, abbeys, and monasteries.

The Valais is an increasingly popular year-round travel destination, but not to worry: The growth of resorts and recreation facilities has not disturbed the natural splendor and tranquillity of the alpine countryside.

Chances are if you're visiting the Valais by train you'll land at the major rail terminus of Martigny, which attracts visitors heading across the Great St. Bernard Pass. Visitors going to the ski resort of Verbier also pass through here. Frequent trains arrive in Martigny from Lausanne every hour, taking 30 minutes; from Montreux, every half-hour, taking 30 minutes; and from Sion, every 15 minutes, and taking 30 minutes.

If you'd like to take one of the most scenic bike trips in the Valais, rent a bike at the kiosk at the Martigny train station, for about 28F per day. From there you can cycle through a beautiful region of the lower Valais, heading across the Rhône River to the villages of Fully, Chataigner, Mazembroz, and Saillon. The Rhône Valley route cuts through some of the most magnificent mountain scenery in all of Switzerland. You pass the promenades of Lake Geneva, which, surprisingly, are lined with palm trees and go along miles of Lavaux vineyards. The Alpine pastures in the Urserental are filled with meadows that burst into spring bloom. Always in the distance you can view snow-capped alpine peaks.



  • Hiking nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Mountain walking/trekking nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Skiing nearby
  • Snowboarding nearby
  • Yoga


  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lake nearby
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga studio


  • Free parking
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parking lot
  • Room cleaning
  • Toiletries
  • Wireless internet


Vegetarian meals will be provided during the retreat.

Things to do (optional)

Fondation Pierre Gianadda art center


Lac de Champex lake

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Training daily

What's not included

  • Airfare travel
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Sion Airport (SIR) and take a taxi to the hotel.

For other option, please contact the organizer for instructions.

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