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Our annual mountain training seminar, this year with Sensei Konigsberg, Sensei Chiarolanzio, and Sensei Ericksen, is the weekend of April 8th. The event will be held at Bear’s Den Center, 18393 Blue Ridge Mountain Road, just off Rte. 7, in Bluemont VA, 20135.  


Participants can choose to drive in each day, or spend the night at the campground. Most choose to pitch a tent for overnight stays, and some have elected to drive in for Saturday training only. It’s your choice. Please carefully review the training schedule to decide when you’d like to arrive and participate.

Bears Den requires a separate $10 camping fee and a $3 parking fee per day. See the Bear's Den site for details. You will need to sign a seminar liability waiver to participate, available on site.


Join us for a great weekend of Aikido, camping, and community in the Blue Ridge. Register today!



Friday 4/8 

5:00PM - 5:30PM Camp set up
5:30PM - 7:00PM Evening misogi, & training w/ Sensei Chiarolanzio
7:30PM - Dinner by the campfire

Saturday, 4/9 

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM Sunrise meditation 
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Seminar Dedication & Training
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Training 
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM Lunch at Bear Chase Restaurant.
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Training
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Weapons training
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Testing
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Evening misogi & meditation
7:00 PM - Camp fire and Stone Soup / Potluck. 

Sunday 4/10

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM Sunrise meditation
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Weapons training
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Misogi and prayers
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pack-up / Clean-up

What to pack:

  • A tent or hammock setup for you or your group

  • Sleeping mats, cots, or inflatable mattress (to ease the rocks and roots)

  • Folding chair (per person)

  • A sleeping bag or blankets 

  • Clothes for the restaurant and before/after training

  • Toiletries

  • Bug Spray

  • Sun Block Lotion

  • Food and drink

    • Friday night meal

    • Plenty of water & other beverages as desired

    • High protein snacks for between meals

    • Saturday breakfast food & drink

    • Saturday lunch if not eating at restaurant

    • Stone soup contributions and sides for sharing for Saturday dinner

    • Sunday breakfast food



  • Training Gi

  • Spare Gi as desired

  • Clothing layers if it is cold

  • Hakama (as appropriate)

  • Aikido weapons (jo, bokken) - extras will be brought from dojo for those in need

  • Comfortable training shoes if not training barefoot. We will be training on a grass field, so select footwear that balances traction and comfort. 

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