Kyudo: The Way of the Bow - advanced

15 July 2017 - 22 July 2017
Kanjuro Shibata Sensei XXI


Intensive practice for advanced students of Bishu Chikurin branch of the Heki-ryu school of Kyudo 

Kyudo is a living tradition of meditative archery, a powerful and highly refined contemplative practice. The program will be lead by Kanjuro Shibata XXI, Sensei.

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Advanced students are expected to bring their own equipment (yumi, ya’s and kake) and to have ample experience with sishido as well as hitote shooting. We will be practicing Shamen.

If they stay for the open program, they are willing to assist beginners with first shot and makiwara practice (and be trained for that).



Arrival day is Saturday July 15. You're invited to come from 4 pm in order to register and settle in your tent. Diner is served at 6.45 pm. Orientation talk at 8 pm.
The program ends on Friday July 21 in the evening (11 pm). On departure day (July 22), you may leave anytime (no program). You're welcome to stay for lunch.

If you wish to stay only for a couple of days, please contact the office after registration:


This retreat is taught in English. Translation into other languages is available at no extra costs. Please give us notice of your request as early as possible - about 2 months in advance - so that we can provide translation service. In case you register short-term please get in touch with us in case you need translation into your language.

Special Tarifs

For Zenko and Oko members, there is a discount of 50 € on the program price below.

If you want to combine the advanced and the open programs, please register through the specific Kyudo combined page.



After the retirement of Shibata Sendai XX in October 2011, his adopted son, Shibata Kanjuro XXI, aka Nobuhiro Shibata, was recognized as the 21st in the Shibata Lineage and assumed the duties of Imperial Bowmaker to the Emperor of Japan. Now the official head of Zenko International, the multi-national organization of Shibata-style Kyudo. Sensei lives in Kyoto, Japan where he has operated a yumi or bowmaking workshop for more than two decades.



Price of your stay

Standard610 euro
Discounted458 euro

Standard price: global tarif including the program fee, full board comprising standard accommodation (Dechen Chöling tent) and organic meals. Room tax non included: (0,20 € per night and per person).

Discounted price: 25% reduction on the standard price for people with monthly net income below 1200 €. Room tax non included: (0,20 € per night and per person).

Other services

  • You may select a single or double room during online registration (if available, we’ll confirm by mail after registration).
  • Shuttle transport or taxi (all year round) and child care options (July/August) are available.
  • The insurance covering you during your stay (third party liability) is included in the yearly required membership fee for the Association Shambhala Europe (15 €).

We would like finances not to be a barrier to your participation. If needed, Dechen Chöling can propose several financial assistance options (monthly payment, scholarship…).
Do not hesitate to contact us: