About

Valais Retreat is a yearly event of inquiry and exploration of the Art of Aikido guided by sensei Patrick Cassidy.


Cassidy Sensei has studied art of Aikido for over 30 years. He spent more than six and a half years living and training fulltime in Iwama, Japan with the late Morihiro Saito, 9th dan. He has also continued his study with other wonderful instructors such as Takeda Yoshinobu, 7th dan, Robert Nadeau, 7th dan, Richard Moon, 5th dan, Peter Ralston, (the founder of Cheng Hsin), and Vernon Kitabu Turner Roshi. Cassidy Sensei also has committed himself to the practice of Yoga. During his stay in Japan he studied with Junko Tomonaga (Founder of the Tomonaga Yoga Institute). He also spent periods at the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh India. His study has taken him throughout Asia spending over three years travelling through India, Nepal and Tibet.

Patrick also offers a unique approach to the practice of meditation.  Inspired by his own discovery of the inherent ground of being, and the traditions of Advaita Vedanta, Vajrayana Tibetan Buddhism and Zen, Patrick facilitates individuals to engage the questions of Being and Evolving in a way that lead to authentic experience and change.
The aspect of self awakening and evolution are important themes of the work done at Aikido Montreux. The teachings of Andrew Cohen, Vimala Thakar, Ajja, Eckhart Tolle and the Dalai Lama have inspired the dojo’s approach to the question of what does it mean to be alive and awake. Along with his own experiences and insight Cassidy Sensei offers a framework that gives students the chance to pursue the path of their own awakening and self transformation.

This year the Retreat will also be guided by Durward Burrell.

Durward Burrell, 5th Dan Aikikai and instructor of Conscious Yoga, is the principal instructor at Aikido Vevey with over 25 years of experience in martial arts and yoga. Burrell Sensei began his Aikido and yoga career in 1999 in the United States as an uchideshi (apprentice) with Patrick Cassidy Sensei (6th Dan, Aikido Montreux). He has also been inspired and has followed many teachings of Robert Nadeau Shihan, 7th dan, Takeda Daiyu Sensei, 6th dan, and Richard Moon Sensei, 5th dan. His main traditions of teaching are Aikido, Yoga and meditation, although he has practiced and includes other aspects of forms such as Contact Improvisation, Mindfulness Meditation, NLP and various Embodiment arts. His classes focus on helping to awaken people to larger perspectives.

When: July 10 – 12, 2020
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 are requesting a 50 CHF reservation fee that goes to the total cost to keep your space. We have a total of 30 spots so sign in early!
Registration: Please contact us!