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Spontaneous Kyudo Gathering

From Friday, 7. August 2020
To Saturday, 15. August 2020
France, Dechen Chöling
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone +33 (0) 6 3112 9075


Dear Dojo-representatives,


I hope this email finds all of you well and healthy.


As most of you already know from our membership assembly, even though the "traditional" Kyudo programs have been cancelled for 2020, it turned out, that there will be at least the possibility to practice Kyudo in Dechen-Chöling this summer.


Below you can find an invitation from Herb Elsky and a note from Dechen-Chöling. Please spread this news in your dojo, but be aware that this event will not be a real program with teacher etc. but more or less an informal gathering of individual Kyudo practitioners.


Heartfelt greetings from Cologne





----------------invitation from Herb Elsky



Spontaneous Kyudo Gathering
Dechen Chöling August 7 – 15

Dear Kyudo family,

The covid crisis has been a long and tough challenge for Dechen Chöling. Programs and other activities had to be cancelled, and consequently the Dechen Chöling staff  has been reduced to a bare minimum.
But the situation at Dechen Chöling is evolving as the government regulations change and relax, and our longing to practice hasn't waned. So, in close contact with Konstanze Brockstedt, the Dechen Chöling director, we have decided that there is room for a cautious revival.
Your presence here, practicing Kyudo, circulates the energy and brings most wanted life and joy to this beautiful place at a difficult time.
So, I am very happy to let you know that later this summer we will be allowed to practice Kyudo together at Dechen Chöling.
Becoming aware of this, some Kyudo-friends spontaneously decided to visit Dechen Chöling from August 7 – 15 to practice Kyudo here and therefore we like to invite you also to come; the 7th being arrival day, and the 15th departure day.

This is not an official program
The practice will be spontaneous, informal and self organized.
Although some of the designated staff members will come,
there will be no staff as usual, and Sensei will not lead the program.
And of course we will be required to respect all health regulations
connected with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Practice will be open for experienced students who bring and can handle their own equipment.
Students who can come one or two days earlier to help set up the shajo are welcome. We will practice in the open air; and the kyudo barn. We will need to be creative but by now we all have so much experience that it should not be too complicated.

It is advised to bring your own tent, as most people do anyhow. There are just a few rooms available for lodging. Showers and toilets will be available in compliance with the health protocols. However,  Dechen Chöling will arrange to have a cook, and meals would be served in the main dining tent. And, since we will not have the usual expenses for a fully organized program with Sensei, the cost for staying at Dechen Chöling will be 50 euros per day. Of course, any donation for supporting Dechen Chöling on top of that is most welcome.

The number of people who can participate is limited to 20 participants.
Please let me know if you are planning to come, so I can begin making arrangements to host you. We will need to know how many people are coming in order to know how much food to buy and plan for meals.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or by phone +33 (0) 6 3112 9075

I will act as a liaison between the kyudo family and Dechen Chöling.

It will be wonderful if you can come!

All best greetings,
Herb Elsky.

------------------- note from Dechen Chöling ----------------------------------


Although we are preparing for a more quiet autumn and winter season, we are pleased to let you know that this summer we will be offering a few possibilities for you to join us here at Dechen Chöling. See below for our retreat opportunities. After a difficult few months we are really looking forward to hosting programmes on land and seeing some of you again in person, obviously respecting all the required health regulations connected with the Covid19-crisis. 


August 7-15 we will host a gathering of Kyudo practitioners. For registration please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


August 1-20 we are offering a “Retraite de méditation de « pleine présence »”, which will be taught in French by Catherine Eveillard and Shastri Simon La Haye. For details and registration click here.