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Second Annual Gasshuku Summer Retreat

Second Annual Tacoma Aikikai

Gasshuku Summer Aikido Retreat
Intensive Aikido Training, Nature Immersion, and Community Celebration

June 17-20, 2022 (Friday evening – Monday noon)

Weapons, body arts, meditation, camping, cooking

Join us for Tacoma Aikikai’s 2nd annual Gasshuku dojo aikido retreat in the beautiful Gifford-Pinchot National Forest. Time to celebrate our community in an immersive training weekend with great food, great training, and the great outdoors. Come for all or part of the long weekend. Families are welcome.



In Japan, many dojos take a weekend summer retreat outside the city, where members can lodge, eat, relax, and train together. We are excited to start the tradition at Tacoma Aikikai with our second annual gasshuku in the nearby Gifford-Pinchot Forest. Members and families are welcome to join us at the Cispus Learning Center, about two-hour drive from Tacoma, for all or part of the weekend. First classes will be held Friday evening, last classes on Sunday afternoon, and plenty of hiking and creek wading to enjoy in between. Showers are available with meals at a communal camp kitchen. Dorm beds and tent sites are by reservation, so please confirm you attendance early. See you there!

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Sliding Scale $50-$100 per night, includes food and lodging.

Non-training family members, $26 per night.

Schedule (Tentative)

5 pm Aikido.
7pm – Chilli dinner

7 – zazen
9-11 aikido
2-4 aikido (including 1 hour weapons)

7 – zazen
9-11 aikido
2-4 aikido (including 1 hour weapons)

7 – zazen
9-11 aikido


Cispus Learning Center, Randle, WA (2-hour drive from Tacoma)


Dorms or individual campsites (let us know your preference with your RSVP)


Communal camp kitchen

Registration Instructions

Please sign into Zen Planner to register for the event and confirm your attendance (or email us at tacomaaikikai.com with the following information). In the additional information field, please indicate 1. The days you plan to attend, 2. Your sliding scale payment amount per day, and 3. Whether you prefer dorms or campsite lodging. We will create a bill in Zen Planner based on your responses, and you can pay online or with cash/check before or at the event.

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