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  • Drala Cabin: Double Occupancy – CAD $300.00
  • Large White Tent: Single Occupancy – CAD $360.00
  • Large White Tent: Double Occupancy – CAD $280.00
  • Wood Cabin: Double Occupancy – CAD $290.00
  • Wood Cabin Dorm: Up to 3 People – CAD $270.00
  • White Hut Double – CAD $290.00
  • Bring Your Own Tent – CAD $230.00
  • Shrine Room Floor (Garuda Room) – CAD $230.00
  • Live or Staying Locally – CAD $200.00
  • (All prices include CAD $200.00 base amount)

Date & Time Details: Arrival Friday late afternoon. Departure Sunday late afternoon.

Location: Dorje Denma Ling

Address: 2280 Balmoral Rd, The Falls, NS B0K 1V0, Canada

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Kyudo: The Way of the Bow 2023

With Sam West, 'Somo' of Kozan Kyudojo

September 8 - 10, 2023

“One is not polishing one’s shooting style or technique, but the mind. The dignity of shooting is the important point. This is how Kyudo differs from the common approach to archery…. The point is that through long and genuine practice your natural dignity as a human being comes out. This natural dignity is already in you, but it is covered up by a lot of obstacles. When they are cleared away, your natural dignity is allowed to shine forth.”

                 — Kanjuro Shibata XX, Sendai.

Kyudo integrates technical skill with the development of a completely focused and disciplined mind. Influenced by Shintoism and Zen, it is a path of self-development and meditation that requires the archer to cultivate precision, a clear mind, and freedom from fear. Originally a samurai discipline, the purpose of Kyudo now is to purify one’s heart and mind, awaken natural human dignity, and to go beyond the obstacles of ambition, aggression or confusion.

Our Kyudo Tradition

We practice and teach kyudo in the Heki Ryu Bishu Chiko-Rin Ha tradition of Japan, following the lineage holders of the Shibata family.

Trungpa Rinpoche had invited Kanjuro Shibata XX in the late 1970s to teach his students kyudo in the West. Following Shibata XX’s passing, the current lineage holder is his son, Kanjuro Shibata XXI, who has taken over as the Imperial Bow Maker and Archer to the Emperor of Japan.

Initially, students learn the Seven Coordinations (Shichido), which are a prescribed series of movements which lead to completing a shot. These are repeated over and over, as the students practice deepens.

Who Should Attend

The weekend presents the opportunity for both beginning and continuing students to learn and practise an ancient form of kyudo using traditional Japanese bows (yumi) and arrows (ya).

There will be equipment available for newcomers to use. Students 12 years and above are welcome.


Tuition: $160
Meal Service: $40
Accommodations: Extra. (To view options, please visit the registration page.)

Covid Considerations

Unfortunately Covid-19 is still around and still considered pandemic status.

At this time, to minimize the risk of a Covid outbreak during your retreat, we are asking participants EITHER to provide proof of full vaccination at registration, OR, proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. All participants will also be required to take a rapid test upon arrival, and to wear a mask until such time as the group feels comfortable that no one is carrying Covid.

Please read the full details of our Covid policy here.

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Sam West, ‘Somo’ of Kozan Kyudojo
Sam began kyudo in Boulder in 1980 with Sendai, Shibata Kanjuro Sensei XX, who had been invited  by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche to teach kyudo in Colorado. In 1984 Sam became responsible (Somo) for Toko Kyudojo in Manhattan.  He traveled to kyudo programs with Sendai during the 80’s and, in 1987, became responsible for Kozan Kyudojo in Nova Scotia.  Sendai sent Sam to help foster kyudo and develop dojos in Europe and the US. In 1999 Sendai requested Sam to organize and develop all the kyudojos  within Zenko International from Boulder. There, Sam lived with Sendai, cared for him, studied kyudo,…
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