Welcome to the 18th annual Riviera Seminar, 2024

May 17th-19th

“Unity in Diversity”

Join Miles Kessler, Patrick Cassidy and special guest instructor, Bruno Gonzalez as they collaborate on an exploration of the Art of Aikido and our human experience

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Special Monday event
Special Monday event

Special event on Monday 29th
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Schedule & Price

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Patrick Cassidy

Patrick Cassidy

Patrick Cassidy is a 7th dan Aikikai instructor. He has been practicing Aikido for over 40 years. His primary teacher was Saito Morihiro Shihan, whom he studied with in Japan for 6 ½ years. He also spent extended time studying with Robert Nadeau, Peter Ralston, Richard Moon and Yoshinobu Takeda.

Patrick is committed to exploring not only the techniques of Aikido but also its internal principles and spiritual perspectives. He is inspired to look at Aikido beyond the level of self-defense and ask, “how does Aikido help us evolve?” For Patrick, awakening, development, and evolution are important themes of the practice. Patrick Cassidy Sensei is dojo cho at Aikido Montreux and leads the Evolutionary Aikido Community, with over 20 dojos around the world.

Patrick is also a long time teacher in yoga and meditation.

Watch a video of Patrick Cassidy: https://youtu.be/bZGHX8OflLY?si=n22Hf1EgYyyFZ4cs
Bruno Gonzalez

Bruno Gonzalez

Bruno discovered aikido as a teenager in Bordeaux. He soon decided to devote himself to practising with Christian Tissier in Paris. Driven by a passion for research, he enriched his career with various martial and artistic studies. With rigor and creativity, he now shares his experience with as many people as possible, striving to build more bridges than walls. You can find him at: aikido-brunogonzalez.com
Watch a video of Bruno Gonzalez: https://youtu.be/bnT93y-ydok?si=j4iWoM0lVpSLId7E

Miles Kessler

Miles Kessler

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.
See a video of Miles Kessler: https://youtube.com/shorts/pnkrlEpuhcU?si=tqrDBaajAnBaf2GL

Welcome to the 18th annual Riviera Seminar, 2024

Riviera Seminar

Date: May 17th-19th, 2023
Venue: College de la Veveyse, Rue du Torrent 27, 1800 Vevey

Schedule (CET):

Friday May 17th

18h30 registration
19h30h-21h30 Training

Saturday, May 18th

10h registration
10h30-13h30 Training
13h30-15h30 Lunch
15h30-18h30 Training
18h30-19h30 Dan testing

Sunday, May 19th

10h30-13h30 Training/Exploration

Special Monday event:

Integrating Tradition to Evolve

Venue: Aikido Montreux, Rue Industrielle 22bis, 1820 Montreux

Monday, May 20th


Following the Riviera Seminar is our one day experiential event open to all, dedicated to discover new perspectives through contemplation, movement, and dialogue. The theme for this year’s event is “Integrating Tradition to Evolve”.


17zh-19th MAY, Riviera Seminar: Collège de la Veveyse, rue du Torrent 27, 1800 Vevey

20th May, Special Monday event: Aikido Montreux (Rue Industrielle 22 bis, 1820 Montreux)


  • 150 CHF.- Riviera Seminar Early Registration (before April 1st, 2024)
  • 170 CHF.- Riviera Seminar Registration (after April 1st, 2024
  • 180 CHF.- Riviera Seminar and Special Monday event (before April 1st, 2024
  • 210 CHF.- Riviera Seminar + Special Monday event (after April 1st, 2024)

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  • The early registration price is to be fully paid before April 1st 2024.
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