Kyudo for Beginners

First Shot - 2024

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Tuition for this program is free when you use Karmê Chöling for accommodations to stay on the land.

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Lucy Halverson

Date & Time Details:

June 2024



Program Fee:

Generosity Price - $395

Tuition - $0

Room/Meals Fee:

This will be added in during the registration process.
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Learn the Contemplative Art of Japanese Archery

Karmê Chöling and Seiko Kyudojo welcomes all who are curious or inspired by contemplative mind/body practices and their ability to deepen one's mindfulness & awareness.

Kyudo, the Way of the Bow, is one of the oldest contemplative arts of the Japanese tradition. The goal is not to hit the target, but to synchronize your body and awareness in the present moment, making it truly a contemplative practice.

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the renowned Tibetan meditation master, and close friend of Shibata Sensei, said:

Through Kyudo one can learn to live beyond hope and fear, how to be.

This program will provide training in Kyudo's Seven Coordinations, shichi-do, the basic form for aligning the body and properly releasing the arrow.

Working with the precision of the form, a natural process gradually unfolds. The target becomes a mirror which reflects the qualities of the practitioner's mind and heart at the moment of the arrow's release. This gives the practitioner an opportunity to see their state of mind more clearly. This distinguishes Kyudo from archery where simply hitting the target is the goal.

To begin the study of kyudo, students are required to take First Shot instruction.

All are welcome, regardless of age, gender, or physical strength. Children should be at least 10 years of age.
All necessary equipment will be provided.

For questions regarding the program please contact Grace DiNapoli

Arrival & Departure

Plan on arriving Friday, June 14 between 10:30am - noon to register and settle in.

Lunch is at 12:30

The program begins at 1:30 pm.

The program ends on Sunday, June 16 at 3:00 pm. 

Regular tuition for this program is free when you use Karmê Chöling for accommodations to stay on the land.

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Karmê Chöling values its commitment to making programs affordable and available to all who wish to study with us. To support this commitment we provide two program price options.

Generosity Price: $395.00
You're able to help us with this commitment by choosing the "Generosity Price". The money above the basic tuition cost goes into a scholarship fund for those who might not be able to attend a program otherwise.

Tuition: $0.00
This is the price of the program, it does not include housing options or material fees.

Please Note:
Price does not include accommodations, which will be added during the registration process.


Payment Policies:
Please read the payment policy before proceeding with registration.

Financial Aid:
Karmê Chöling offers full-time student discounts, scholarships and other financial aid.

Program Credit:
If using existing program credit to pay for a program, you must pre-register for this program at least two weeks prior to the program start date by calling the front desk (802-633-2384 x3000). Program credit may not be used to pay for housing or practice materials and may not be used on or after arrival day.


Lucy Halverson
Lucy Halverson

Lucy Halverson started her practice of kyudo in 1990 with Susan Budge Sensei and has been a student of Kanjuro Shibata XX, Sendai since 1991. In 1994, Shibata Sendai XX made her the head instructor for the San Francisco area and she has held classes continuously since that time. Lucy has taught or assisted at over 100 retreats and intensives throughout the United States.

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