(Français) Kagami Biraki @ Aikido Montreux
Jan 12 @ 11:00 – 16:00

We invite all the members of our Aikido classes to join us for this unique event. This “opening of the mirror” will be guided by the black belts who belong to our community, to bring and share a new energy for the community and the dojo. Come share your energy with us!
Please remember that there will be no regular adults or kids aikido class this day.

Jan 27 @ 11:00 – 12:00


















Contakids is a methodology based on the idea that using physical contact and play can help develop a deeper form of communication between parents and children: children can enhance their motor skills and self-confidence, while parents get to develop a bond of trust with their young.

ContaKids helps strengthen both parents and children, stimulates the development of healthy reflexes like balance and grip, encourages proprioception and self-confidence, helps parents take care of their own bodies when playing games with their children. Provides a relaxed environment to build a deeper physical connection between the parent and child.

30 CHF in advance.
We will send you details about payment method

10 pair of a parent and a child are available. Reservation will be completed once the payment is made.

Evolutionary Aikido Seminar with P. Cassidy @ Aikido Dojo Alpen Raum for Bewegung und Begegnung
Feb 1 @ 19:00 – Feb 3 @ 13:00
Feb 24 @ 11:00 – 12:00


















Contakids is a methodology based on the idea that using physical contact and play can help develop a deeper form of communication between parents and children: children can enhance their motor skills and self-confidence, while parents get to develop a bond of trust with their young.

ContaKids helps strengthen both parents and children, stimulates the development of healthy reflexes like balance and grip, encourages proprioception and self-confidence, helps parents take care of their own bodies when playing games with their children. Provides a relaxed environment to build a deeper physical connection between the parent and child.

30 CHF in advance.
We will send you details about payment method

10 pair of a parent and a child are available. Reservation will be completed once the payment is made.

Evolutionary Aikido Seminar with Patrick Cassidy @ Hara Kai Aikido Torino
Mar 1 @ 19:30 – Mar 3 @ 12:30
The Ki Musubi of Aikido @ Aikido Montreux
Mar 23 @ 11:00 – 17:30

‘The Inter-connective Web of Aiki’.

Come and explore together with Patrick Cassidy Sensei and Bjorn Saw Sensei the inter-connective balance of Aikido. Come and learn and practice the non-confrontational art of ‘Being with’ instead of opposing, both on a physical, energetic and spiritual level. Go from a gross to a subtle engagement, go from the surface to the depth of experience. Become more sensitive and fuller in your expression.

70.00 CHF Swiss Franc for the day.

The day will be concluded with a Dan Grading after the scheduled time and then we’ll all go out for a meal in Montreux.

Visitors are able to be accommodated in the dojo. Please contact Aikido Montreux directly.

Bavarian Castle Seminar with P. Cassidy @ Burg Trausnitz bei Pfreimd
May 3 @ 09:30 – May 5 @ 09:00

Join us for this wonderful weekend of practice in a beautiful Bavarian Castle!

Riviera Seminar 2019 Evolving together
Jun 7 @ 18:30 – Jun 9 @ 14:30







Join Miles Kessler and Patrick Cassidy in the yearly exploration of the path of Aikido.

This year’s theme is Evolving Together and will be the focus of the weekend’s contemplation and training.
The Riviera Seminar is an international event bringing many different Aikido communities together to explore the art of Aikido outside of stylistic differences.

For detailed information and registration:


Patrick Cassidy, 6th Dan from Montreux, Switzerland

Miles Kessler, 6th Dan from Tel Aviv, Israel

Seminar fee: 110 CHF for those that register and pay by April 1st.
For those that register and pay by May 1st, the seminar fee will be 120 CHF.
After that the seminar fee is 130 CHF.

For questions related to the seminar, parking, sleeping and other organizational issues please contact us directly at the Dojo Aikido Montreux!

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The weekend seminar will be followed by one day open event on Monday, June 10th. This event, “Connecting with Source”, is open to all. (more info to come) Please add 30 CHF if you are training during the weekend, 50 CHF if you are only attending the Monday.

Registration officially opens Jan 12.

Valais Retreat 2019 @ Hotel-Pension Beau-Site
Jul 12 @ 18:00 – Jul 14 @ 15:00


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Valais Retreat 2019


Join us for our annual spiritual voyage deep into the Art of Aikido with
Patrick Cassidy Sensei, 6th Dan!

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.
The  theme for this year is will be available soon
This retreat is unique, join us for a quiet retreat in an amazing landscape, for a deep voyage into the Art of Aikido!


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When: July 11th, 18:00 – July 14th, 15:00, 2019
Where: Hotel-Pension Beau-Site, Chemin du Mont 13, 1927 Chemin, Switzerland
Prices: from 330CHF to 370CHF depending on your room, accommodation and meals (vegetarian) are included.
We ask each participant to pay 50 CHF in advance in order to make the reservation to the hotel.
Registration: Please contact us!

To sign up, please contact us here at Aikido Montreux.

Come and join our exploration deep into the art of Aikido and “Compassion, Power and Freedom”!

Find the event schedule below:


18-19h Registration/ Inscription

19-19.30h Welcome (dojo) / Accueil dans le dojo

19.30-20.30 Dinner/ Souper

21-22.30h Training



8-9h Meditation/Yoga

9-10h Breakfast/ Petit-déjeuner

10.30-12h Training

12.30-13.30h Lunch/ Diner

15-17.30h Training (with Tea/Coffee break)

17.30-18.30h Dan test/ Examens

19-20h Dinner/ Souper

20-21h Aiki Jam

21-22h Samurai Game



8-9h Meditation/Yoga

9-10h Breakfast(in silence) / Petit-déjeuner (en silence)

10.30-12h Training

12.30-13.30 Lunch/ Diner

14-15h Final gathering (dojo)/ Fin de la retraite ensemble (dojo)

Evolving through Movement: Dance meets Aikido
Jul 23 @ 10:00 – Jul 28 @ 12:00

Come and join us for an amazing event this summer with Patrick Cassidy and Kristie Simson!
Kirstie’s words about the collaboration with Patrick

Studying Aikido early on in my career was one of the most influential and beneficial learningprocesses for my development as a dance improvisation artist.
I continue to utilize and build on the principles that I absorbed from studying with ImaizumiSensei in NYC in the 1980’s.

These principles seeped into my consciousness and continue to deeply affect the way I moveand think about my art form. They form the basis for my approach to teaching, and have given me the ground from which to build my performance work and relationship with my audiences. I am therefore very excited and honored to be able to collaborate with Patrick Cassidy inteaching this workshop.

I met Patrick briefly many years ago through our mutual search for a state of harmonious unity, something I first glimpsed as a living possibility when I encountered Steve Paxton and his revolutionary work with Contact Improvisation, and which I later pursued with serious intentthrough the Enlightenment teachings of Andrew Cohen.

This opportunity to practice and teach alongside Patrick now feels like a precious gift, given that we have persued a number of similar interests in our life paths, and because from afar I have always been interested in and curious about his practices and teaching.

Through these 5 days of working together we will be discovering each others work, and sha- ring our approaches with participants in the workshop.


Photographer: Harry Jordon


And Patrick’s words…


It was early on my path of Aikido when I actually tra- velled to Japan. Once in Japan I decided to stay for 6 1⁄2years focused on learning and absorbing the art. I hadstudied in one of the most traditional schools in a small town called Iwama with a highly skilled technician whohad been the longest and arguably one of the closest students to the founder of the art, Morihiei Ueshiba.

I deeply appreciated the immersion into the matrix of technique with plenty of inherent principle work within the training itself. Yet I never felt that the traditional approach was going to offer the freedom of authentic spontaneous expression that is necessary to realize a state of harmonious unity that is central to the theme of Aikido. I was looking for something congruent to the

founder’s realization and declaration of his perspective, “I and the Universe are One”. Fol- lowing a contemplative path parallel to my path of Aikido led me to spending 5 years in In-dia, Nepal and Tibet. Here I met, studied and followed the teachings of a number of brilliant teachers. It is here that I first came across Kirstie and we shared an inspiration for inquiry into the nature of being. The source of all action. Although I met many authentic teachers and benefitting deeply from their facilitation, I never bridged the realization of Unity, into authen- tic movement with any deep degree of satisfaction. I saw the mystery of movement with itsspontaneous nature and the intelligence of Aikido married with that spontaneous nature beau-tifully, but it was not complete. It wasn’t until I felt the spirit of Dance, the expression of Life in rhythm, come into the picture, that I felt the experience of unity express itself through the Aikido congruently. Somehow by incorporating the natural inclination to “dance life”, did the approach come together in a seamless union. Where the outer congruently reflected the inner. In my experience when this happens, not only does personal development occur, but somehowour evolution as individuals and even the collective is stimulated…

With that being said, I have never fully collaborated with a Dancer sharing these two ap-proaches together. I have been inspired by Kirstie’s work from afar for a number of years as we share some community. It has always been my intention to make a closer contact and I am grateful for the chance to do this collaboration together, especially since we both share the ins-piration of looking into the nature of being and movement. Inspired to see what this alchemy between us and Aikido and Dance can bring…


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I am inspired by the questions of being in relationship to conflict and movement.
How do we remain centered and awake under pressure? How do we meet a situation of conflict as an opportunity to evolve rather than a threat? How do we connect with another in the midst of conflict and move in way that honors the relationship that is shared?

The teaching will introduce, simple doorways to awaken authentic, spontaneous and intelligent response to pressure, attack and imbalance.

The classes will emphasize accessing the inherent intelligence of body, heart and mind to fa- cilitate an exploration into the new territory of an alchemical transformation of the individualand the relationship in the midst of conflict.

Bringing ourselves to embrace conflict as a doorway to discover, awaken and evolve.

Patrick Cassidy has been practicing Aikido, Meditation and Yoga for over 30 years. He holds a 6th degree black belt in the art of Aikido and directs a fulltime school of Aikido, Yoga and Meditation in Montreux Switzerland. He also leads a worldwide network of Aikido dojos under the banner, Evolutionary Aikido Community. He has facilitatedconflict resolution programs in psychiatric hospitals for caregivers and their patients and has led leadership and teambuilding training for numerous corporate organizations. He is also a long term practitioner of Japanese Tea Cere- mony in the Ura Senke school.



What Moves Us and Why?

An Exploration of Freedom through Dance Improvisation

An opportunity to engage with Kirstie
and her passionate interest in the libera-
ting experience of dance improvisation
and the exploration of freedom. Imagine what our relationship would be to dancing if we had no prior notion about what the moving body should look or feel like. Participants will work beyond culturally conditioned expectations and other limitations, to celebrate moving together using practices that Kirstie has developed over thirty-five years of teaching dance improvisa- tion.

Kirstie draws her teaching from her knowledge of contact improvisation, dance techniques, the Alexander technique, Aikido, meditation and her extensive experience of improvisation in performance. Her work explores the huge potential of the body’s response to the primal urge to move, inspired by the energy released through human interaction, physical challenge and a daring to go beyond inherent ideas of limitation.
What moves us and why?
There is deep inspiration and rigor in a practice of improvisation that posits vulnerability at its heart. Developing the skills to be able to care for, engage, respect and respond to that state of vulnerability in oneself and others gives life to improvisation that is powerful and transforma- tive.
This is the work that Kirstie engenders through facilitated exercises, open time for play and exploration, movement scores, observations and discussion. Much of the work is experienced through partnering and connection with others, balanced with solo time for processing and reflection.
Kirstie’s art form is her life practice, and she shares insights gleaned from thirty-five years ofexperience.

Kirstie Simson (UK) has been a continuous explosion in the contemporary dance scene, bringing audiences into contact with the vitality of pure creation in moment after moment of virtuoso improvisation. Called «a force of nature» by the New York Times, she is an award-winning dancer and teacher who has «immeasurably enriched and expanded the boundaries of New Dance» according to Time Out Magazine, London. Kirstie is renowned today as an excellentteacher, a captivating performer and a leading light in the field of Dance Improvisation. She is a professor of dance at the University of Illinois, and continues to teach and perform all over the world.

Photographer: Harry Jordon



Tuesday – Thursday

10-12:30 first session, 12:30-14:30 lunch, 14:30-17 second session

Friday / Sat

Both teachers will continue to teach 2 1/2 hr sessions per day, but we may adjust the schedule as we see fit. For instance we could decide to take one morning off, and to teach afternoon andevening sessions on that day.

Sunday morning:

Last meditation and talk, departure.

Meditation proposal

We would like to propose a 1/2 hr optional meditation each day. Scheduling the meditation is something we will decide once the group is together.

It would be nice to take a walk in nature together… perhaps one afternoon or on the morning off.


The WS is open to 13 Aikidokas and 13 dancers.
Please consider that you will need to be able move in and out of the floor with ease, so prohibitive injuries might be challenging to work with in this context.
Please give us some insights into your movement experience on the «registration form», to help us evaluate if this workshop is applicable for you.

Walk in nature



Dates: Workshop will take place from 23th to 28th of July, 5 days of practice. Arrivals on the 22nd late afternoon, departures the morning of the 28th.

The studio: Re.sources is a renovated barn in a mountainous context, 160 m2 of wooden floor. The place is a little above the village on the road to pass of the Supeyres, at 15’ from the town of Ambert, 75 km from Clermont Ferrand, Saint-Etienne and Puy en Velay, 130 km from Lyon.

Housing: At 10 minute walk from the studio, the cottage La Cheveyre offers shared rooms for 3 to 5 people with shower. Also there’s the auberge for the same price, with a few shared roomsfor two to three people. These two options are the cheapest and closest housing to the studio.You can contact us for further info, and for other possibilities of lodging in the village that you would undertake to register by yourself.

Workshop price: 280 euros including 10 euros for membership of Mû association.
Meals & cooking: We usually cook together in the big kitchen of the cottage. From past expe-

rience the budget for food for a week is around 55 euros per person.

Transportation: There is an airport in Clermont Ferrand, as well in Lyon, from where you can travel by train and bus to our location. From the train station in Clermont or Vichy you can take a bus to Ambert. We’ll pick people up in Ambert bus station. We will send the list of parti-cipant’s contact information before the WS to facilitate car sharing.

Clothing: We suggest you take warm clothes and good shoes to wear for walking around in the mountainous landscape.

Registration: Please fill in and send back the registration form below. Your place will be re-gistered as soon as we receive your deposit. Mû will not refund deposits after the 15th fo June. Prior to this date any cancelation will be refunded minus 30% of the deposit. Once the WS isfull we will create a waiting list.

Contact: Tel France: +33 (0)9 52 29 57 66 mobile +33 (0)6 09 36 46 88 Email:

Organisation – Location:
MÛ association – Re.sources / Lieu dit La Moronie – 63600 Valcivières (FR)




Please, send back the registration form, by post or email (copy / paste)

Name………………………………………………………… Adress……………………………………………………. Tel…………………………………………………………… Email……………………………………………………….

Please, give us few words about your experience in dance or /and Aïkido …………………….. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

I confirm my participation in the workshop «Evolving Through Movement» in July 2019:

O- I pay 280 euros to the bank account of Mû (info below)or

O- I pay a deposit of 150 euros to reserve my place on the workshop, and will pay the ba-lance before the 15th of June 2019

Association Mû
Credicoop Chamalières
IBAN: FR76 4255 9000 9541 0200 2969 317 Code BIC: CCOPFRPPXXX


O I want MU association to reserve a place for lodging

– Price per night: 15 euros (for the 6 nights = 90 euros)
You’ll pay directly the day of your arrival to the owner of the group cottage or the auberge. Please, remember to have the cash with you (no credit card)

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