Welcome to Riviera Seminar 2022
This year after the pandemic, finding our world, our culture and often ourselves, experiencing such deep polarizations, it was decided to dedicate this Riviera Seminar to exploring our experience of polarization. By using the art of Aikido as model of our way to meet the world, we will invite a communal exploration of the polarization that we are currently facing both as individuals and as a collective.
You are invited to join us in this hands on, heart open, and mind engaged process through the art of Aikido.
Patrick Cassidy, 6th Dan
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.
Miles Kessler, 6th Dan
Miles began aikido in 1985 and moved to Japan in 1989 to train Aikido full time. He lived in Japan for 8 years training full time at the famous “Iwama Dojo” of aikido’s founder, Morihei Ueshiba (O Sensei). In Iwama Miles trained under the guidance of the late Morihiro Saito Sensei, and Hitohiro Saito Sensei, including one year as "uchi-deshi" (live-in apprentice). Miles began teaching while in Japan under Saito sensei’s guidance and he has also taught internationally in Asia, New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East and the United States.
Since 1998 Miles has been a practitioner of Vipassana meditation in the Mahasi tradition of Burma and spent 3 years on intensive meditation retreat in Burma and Nepal.
In 2005 Miles moved to Israel and began teaching aikido and meditation. In 2010 he founded the “Integral Dojo”, a full time Aikido school, meditation center, and Integral practice community. He is also the founding director of "Aikido Without Borders", a Non-profit organization dedicated to bringing Israelis and Palestinians together in the practice of Aikido.