Aikido Winter Retreat 2014

Brisbane Aikido Republic

Winter Retreat, July 25-27th 2014


Winter retreat is here again (its our 4th). This year again we head to the scenic rim, just 1 1/2 hrs from Brisbane where we have found a delightful country hall in a rural setting of 100 acres reserve with bunk rooms and ample space for those wanting to sleep under canvas (BYO or we have some too). Fear not, all the creature comforts of hot showers, hall and  kitchen are available for our use. Snuggle in the hall or round a campfire at night!  

Special guest instructors Andrew Sunter and Jim Nicholls Sensei

This years retreat will examine the purpose behind Kata, weapons training and the meditation disciplines as well as on Sunday a led open discussion on Budo and community in the West as we introduce Great Ocean Aikido


Winter retreat is an opportunity to spend time together outside the dojo doing a little training, eating and relaxing. Family members and day trippers are welcome

Our Saturday night dinner will again be catered by the fabulous Naughty Chef!
 BYO own food for the rest of the weekend. Don't forget blankies and Ugg gets chilly!

See our previous winter retreats and photos here

I want to come, what next?
1. Let us know your coming 
( form at dojo or electronically)

2. Get your accommodation sorted on line, either book a tent site (online at the Biggriggen site)  or get a bed in a bunk room ($15pp/night) through the dojo 

3. Pay for dinner online here <--click

We have 4 bunk rooms, male and female singles and 2 others . Please see the dojo to reserve and pay for space in these. 
There are two other dorm rooms that can be booked for $60/night or bring a tent and spread out. 

To book your tent site it should be  booked directly through the Bigriggen campground website. Please list 'Aikido Republic' as an accompanying party in the booking forms.

Please note and respect their excellent policies on peace and quiet throughout the park - no noise after 9pm, all arrivals before 8pm on Friday night

Day visitors are welcome - there is a small entry fee to the park on arrival

5 Star accomodation
If 5 stars is your idea of sleeping under the stars fear not
there are some wonderful cabins tucked away in the mountains just a short drive away, 
Try  and look in the Mt. Barney Rathdowney region

The Lost world valley is also reasonably close and has some very nice options


Friday 25th

Arrival, evening supper ready from 6pm

Saturday 26th 


9:30-10:15 1st session

11:15-12:00 2nd Session


1:15-2:00 3rd session

 3:00-3:45 4th session


Sunday 27th


Discussion on Budo and comunity in the West


We expect the weekend will cost ~$50 per adult. Costs comprising of
1. Dinner ($25 per adult, pay at dojo)
2. Accommodation, tent or bunk room.  Camp for $9/$6 night pp (pay and register direct to campground Bigriggen ground)
3. Training fees are included in monthly mat fees, or add casual/ prepay blocks (weekends classes is 2 classes - pay online )
4. BYO food for the reminaing meals, we have a spacious kitchen and hall to prepare and eat in.