Welcome to Riviera Seminar 2022

Connecting With the Polarization in Our World

3-5 June, 2022

Welcome to Riviera Seminar 2023

Join Miles Kessler and Patrick Cassidy as they reopen the exploration into the Art of Aikido and our human experience.

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Special Monday event
Special Monday event

Special event on Monday 6th
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Schedule & Price

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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.

We are happy to invite you to the 17th annual Riviera Seminar

Date: 26-28 May, 2023

This year's schedule coming soon. Here is last year's schedule (for reference):

Schedule (CET):

Riviera Seminar

Friday 3rd

18h30 registration
19-21h Training/Exploration

Saturday 4th

10h registration
10h30-13h Training/Exploration
13h-15h30 Lunch
16h-18h30 Training/Exploration
19h30 Communal Dinner

Sunday 5th

10h30-13h30 Training/Exploration

Special Monday event: Stepping up to a new level

Monday 6th

11h-14h Training/Exploration

Following the Riviera Seminar is our one-day experiential event open to all and dedicated to using contemplation, movement and dialogue to discover new perspectives. This year we will open the process to looking at what might be next for us as conscious beings. How do we access a new level capable of meeting the ever-changing landscape of life? By opening ourselves up to a sincere inquiry into this question and others, the event can be an opportunity for deep discovery and a catalyst for a new direction.


3rd-5th June, Riviera Seminar: College D’Etraz, Montreux, Switzerland (Avenue des Alpes 28, 1820 Montreux)

6th June, Special Monday event: Aikido Montreux (Rue Industrielle 22 bis, 1820 Montreux)


• 160 CHF.- Riviera Seminar late registration

• 140 CHF.- Riviera Seminar early registration (before April 10th, 2022)

• 80 CHF.- Special Monday event late registration

• 60 CHF.- Special Monday event early registration (before April 10th, 2022)

• 200 CHF.- Riviera Seminar + Special Monday event late registration

• 180 CHF.- Riviera Seminar + Special Monday event early registration

Payment information:

• The early registration price is to be fully paid before April 10th 2022.

• Possible to pay by bank transfer or PayPal.

• Please send a request for registration by email or the contact form to receive the IBAN or PayPal email address for the payment.

• Payment in cash the day of the event is also possible only for full payment.

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