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Issue 26: Laren Dojo (Holland) 30-year Celebration
Issue 24: Report from Laren Dojo
Non-salt Half Fasting
Issue 22: Conscious Action and Relaxation in Asana Practice III
Issue 20: Celebration of Okido Yoga UK 30 years
Issue18: Report from Laren Dojo Survival Training 2013
Issue16: The Dutchman and the Sea

Issue14: Okido Yoga Teacher Training                          
Issue12: Belgian Okido Week                                        

Issue 10: Conscious Action and Relaxation in Asana Practice
Issue 8: Report - Autumn Retreat 2012 Suffolk
Issue 6: Recipe - Raspberry Couscous Flan
Issue 4: Report - Autumn Retreat 2011 Suffolk
Issue 2: Greeting from Alaska
         


Issue 25: Report from Laren Dojo Winter Retreat 2015
Issue 23: asana and Pranayama
Issue 21: Thoughts on Okido Yoga Teacher Training
Issue19: Report - Autumn Retreat 2014 Suffolk

Issue17: Conscious Action and Relaxation in Asana Practice II

Issue15: Report - Autumn Retreat 2013 Suffolk
Issue13: Reports from Laren Dojo Summer 2013
Issue11: Okido, Aikido, Shiatsu and Zen
Issue 9: Winter-warming recipe: Sweet Potato Delights

Issue 7: Teaching Trip to Holland and Belgium
Issue 5: Food in Autumn Retreat; Recipe - Pear, Carob & Chestnut Tart
Issue 3: 25th Anniversary of Okido Yoga Dojo Laren in the Netherlands
Issue 1: Teachers; Participant's Voice



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Issue 26, 30 December 2016

     Laren Dojo (Holland) 30-Year Celebration  – Tomoko Mori      Link to -  Photo PagesAbout Meditation Hut ‐  30年の歩み(日本語)
      Event Report                                                

26 April - 15 May 2016, in the most beautiful time of the year in Laren, 20-day special event was held in order to celebrate Laren Dojo’s 30th Anniversary.  
The programme was as follows:

26 – 29 April, kyōkahō (Ronald) & natural human posture (Mizue)
29 April – 6 May, non-salt half-fasting (Kunikiyo)
6 – 8 May, autonomous nervous system, yoga, hara, busshō (Maatje)
8 -9 May, survival night walk (Ronald)
9 – 11 May, conscious action & relaxation in Asana practice (Tomoko)
11 – 12 May, surprise theme 
13 – 14 May, dharana & finger yoga (Tatsumura)
15 May, celebration


    fasting


I arrived in the evening of 5 May and was warmly received by all those I had both known and not known. Next day, I attended the final evaluation gathering of the non-salt half-fasting group. Deep self-observation was expressed by everybody. Such voices from hard-working personal experience are so meaningful. 

A slot of several hours between the end of one seminar and another is a time for cleaning and re-organising which the staff and staying-in students are expected to do. There are always household chores in the dojo as there are at one’s own home. Working together makes us want to work and really lifts up the spirit of sharing time and space. Okido Yoga’s background is a communal life, which idea Oki-sensei took from his stay in Mahatma Gandhi’s ashram.

   weeding

From this day till 11 May continuously ran three intensive seminars by Maartje van Hooft, Ronald Boin and Tomoko Mori. But the slots before breakfast and after supper as well as the three meal times set the basic frame of the dojo life whatever the theme of a seminar is.  One of the basic and most characteristic part of the dojo life is the Heart Sutra chanting, the first gathering of the day. After reading the chanting, Mizue gives a short speech based on the Okido philosophy. The sutra talks about the essence of life: Void. Normally the word ‘void’ is explained as nothingness or emptiness. But these abstract words make us wonder. When we are alive, we cannot be nothing or empty. So Oki-sensei interpreted ‘void’ as not 'nothing' but as everything in the most balanced state, therefore it feels as if there is nothing. This is ‘void’ .... The last part of the sutra goes '... gya-tei, gya-tei, hara-gya-tei ...'. This means 'go, go, go to the other shore'. Again, this abstract phrase was interpreted by Oki-sensei as 'practise, practise, practise till you gain the truth'. Thus comes the Okido philosophy 'Unite your action and knowledge.' Mizue's experience as the translator of Oki-sensei's lectures is so valuable to us.

We often went for a silent sunset walk after supper. The sun shines all day. Birds tweet all day and wash away busy thoughts from my brain. The evening pink light softens my eyes. Also we sometimes made a bonfire. How nice to sit around it with whoever comes near, with no need to talk, as knowing we appreciate each other to be a part of our life. In the evening of 11 May, Tatsumura-san and Japanese students arrived.

12 May had been planned to be a surprising day. This day, another beautiful one, started with the awakening pledge. The idea of making pledges is for each person to do his own pledge in order to connect his mind and action, but here we recite together pledges OKi sensei presented as examples, which helps deeper understanding of the  Okido philosophy. The awakening pledge is like this, "By the grace of Nature I have now awakened, which means that I have received the blessing of sufficient physical energy to live. This day I pledge that I will live fully, using all the energy I have in all that I do." 

    olympics

After breakfast Hatsuko Kanazawa gave a lesson. Meanwhile, I was organising a sports day with Peter Huijzer. At Oki-sensei’s Mishima Dojo, we used to this activity maybe once a month in place of Kyōkahō. Mizue asked me to pass this tradition to young Peter. Peter named our sports day as 'Okido Olympics'. All participants mixed except two working in the kitchen. It was a great fun. No wall of languages or characters, but pure laughter is essential. Later in the afternoon Anna led an art lesson to make a free self-expression by drawing/painting.

On 13 May two parallel lessons ran for 8 hours. While Tatsumura-san taught Dharana to the non-Japanese group, Tomoko gave lessons to the Japanese students. In the evening there was a Q & A session in the largest group of 32 people so far. Then we celebrated accomplishment for people who had stayed for the whole three week programme, with a glass of beer or juice (or, two or three glasses, I don't know).

    party

On 14 May, Tatsumura-san’s 5-hour finger yoga seminar ran for both day visitors and the staying-in students. Then we all did a silent walk to ‘De Dikke Boom’, which is said as the biggest elk tree in Holland with 25m in height and 7.6m in circumference, and 450-500 years old. We made a chatty walk back to the dojo. The evening, the topic became preparation for the big event on the following day. First, 21:00-23:30, held was a grand staff meeting led by a most reliable and elegantly firm leadership of Marleen Reith. Then even at midnight, as the long staying-in students turned to be dedicated volunteers, some people were still working.

    morning outside

7:25, 15 May, the big day started. The rain stopped and the sun was coming out. 22 hard-working people first recited Oki-sensei’s Working Pledge and continued their tasks as set out. The atmosphere was heating up to ‘joy to work - joy to give’. My impression was, “This is the same as in Oki-sensei’s Dojo. Breakfast at 9:00. Then day visitors started arriving.

From 10:45 two parallel lessons ran in the big barn dojo and the upstairs dojo, meanwhile visitors kept coming, old acquaintances finding each other, lively talks going on in a festive mood.

The main part of the celebration day was watching Oki-sense’s video and opening the meditation hut, which photos and the background story are accessible in another web-page by clicking here. There was also a certificate presentation to two people who had completed the teacher training most recently. These were Trish Dent and Anna Mackenzie from the UK, who had followed the combined scheme of Okido Yoga NL and Okido Yoga UK.

This was followed by lunch, afternoon lessons and more lively talks between old friends.

17:15 Finale! Remembering Oki-sensei's time in Mishima Dojo, we sang a song in a large circle: "Itsu-made-mo, taeru-koto-naku, …”, which means “Forever without ceasing, let’s keep our friendship. I say 'Good-bye' for today till I meet you again.”

No small differences between each other: nationalities, tendencies, habits, etc. Eating from the same pan, working together, acknowledging and covering up each other’s weak spots, as a family, works to create peace and happiness around us. Okido Yoga is a life-style yoga. 

Thus we celebrated 30 very-intensive years of toughness, happiness, tears and laughter, learning and making a huge family. Everybody deserved cheering each other!

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International Seminar 2017 in Laren Dojo.

This 12-day special event is of two parts.

1. Wed May 24 (20:30) – Wed May 31 (12:00) Yoga and non-salt half-fasting

2. Wed May 31 (20:30) – Mon June 5 (10:00) OKido Yoga Special (On this occasion, four senior students, who studied directly under Mater Oki himself, work together. You can also choose to participate May 31-June 2 or June 2- June 5.   

Details:  www.okidoyoga.nl

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