Kyudo is a living tradition of meditative archery, a powerful and highly refined contemplative practice. Led by Kanjuro Shibata XXI, Sensei, this programme is an intensive practice for advanced students of Bishu Chikurin branch of the Heki-ryu school of Kyudo.

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.

Register for the combined programme if you wish to stay for the open programme, and are willing to assist beginners with first shot and makiwara practice (and be trained for that).

The link to Oko’s website: www.kyudo.org

Practical Info

When planning your trip, please note that this programme coincides with the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Arrival day (July 24, Wednesday): Intro talk at 8 pm. You’re invited to come from 4 pm in order to register and settle in your room. Dinner is served at 6.45 pm.

End of program (August 3, Saturday): Closing circle and Banquet in the evening.

Departure day (August 4, Sunday): You may leave anytime (no programme). You’re welcome to stay for lunch.

This programme is taught in English and will be translated into French. Requests for interpretation in other languages need to be made in advance and confirmed (please indicate your request for interpretation on the registration page).

Special Rate

For Zenko and Oko members, there is a reduction of 100 € on the regular programme price displayed below (reduction proportionally decreased for discounted options).


Programme price

Regular800 €
Patron908 €Help support lower income participants
Early Bird680 €Expires 24 April 2024
Under 30 years of age400 €

If you require financial assistance to attend this programme please contact [email protected].

Accommodation and food

Full board60 €/ night *

* includes standard accommodation and all meals.

Price information

  • Regular: this is the regular price for participating in the programme. Occasionaly (if specified in the programme description), there may be an additional fee for materials, to be paid upon arrival.
  • Patron: for those who can offer more than the regular price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full programme price and provides support to Dechen Chöling.
  • Early Bird: 15% discount on the regular programme price is possible only if you register and pay the total cost of your stay upfront, 3 months prior to the start of the programme, i.e. before 24 April 2024.
  • Under 30 years of age: 50% reduction on the regular programme price for persons under 30 years at the start of the programme.

Accommodation: the standard accommodation we provide is in a dormitory for the winter and a furnished two-person tent in the summer. Extra fees for room upgrades can be paid upon arrival. Additionally, room tax will be charged at 0.20 € per person, per night.

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Note: participation in any programme offered by the association of Dechen Chöling requires you to be up-to-date with the association’s annual fee (15 €), which can be settled upon arrival.