here are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.
Aldo Leopold

Aiki-En and Aikido

"In settling in Iwama the Founder had in mind three plans to realize his ideal of a true budo.  First was to establish an Aiki Shrine that would symbolize the Way of ai-ki and the spirit of aikido.  Second was to construct an outdoor dojo permeated with the ki of nature where the ideal budo of take-musu could be taught.  Third was to realize his cherished dream of unifying agriculture with martial art... to relate the budo training (take) that harmonizes with the protective life force (musu) to the work of farming through which the earth produces life-sustaining food" (K. Ueshiba, 1984, The Spirit of Aikido, p. 102).

Canoga Creek Aiki-En is a satellite dojo of Finger Lakes Aikido (FLA) in Ithaca (NY) and, through this connection, affiliated with the United States Aikido Federation (USAF). The dojo is located at Canoga Creek Farms & Cellars, overlooking the north end of Cayuga Lake in the beautiful Finger Lakes wine country of upstate New York.  Our rustic and spacious 19th century barn houses an indoor aikido practice space of over 20 tatami, as well as an additional wood floored area for weapons practice and exercise.  We also have outdoor practice spaces including a creek-side area and a lake-side area.  Aikido for children, and family oriented Aikido, is our priority. Very basic aikido practice is the norm.

Canoga Creek Aiki-En Dojo
The goal of the founders of Canoga Aiki-En is to explore O-Sensei's explicit connection of farming and nature with aikido.  We hope to do this through daily practice and devotion to living in harmony with the land. Aikido instruction is carefully overseen by Larry E. Bieri Sensei, 7th Dan of Finger Lakes Aikido with help from FLA Assistant Instructors and the Instructors from the Cornell Aikido Club.  

Visiting USAF members are welcome to join us in our training or to utilize the dojo for open practice.  Though there is no fee, assistance with farm or conservation chores is appreciated.

"What is necessary now is to commune with nature to our utmost."
-Words of the Founder, as reported by Kisshomaru Ueshiba