The Berkshires Fall Intensive with Master Dan Harden

Oct 16, 2019 - Oct 20, 2019

Five days at a mansion and retreat center located in the Berkshires in Ma.

  • Sleeping and dining on campus.
  • Training indoors and outdoors.
  • Daily classes in repeated, rotating schedules

Multiple teachers with hands on training and lectures in many disciplines.

Classes offered in:

  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Internal strength;

Development and use in classical form and modern fighting
*Yoga- find out what Yoga was meant to be
Asanas: Walking through the proper execution of poses and how and why they USED to imbue stability and strength and no longer do.
Prana Yama: The correct uses of breathing to create heat, rather then the nonsense taught in heated yoga schools. You will breathe slowly and learn to use your breath to connect your body and you will create heat!

Form, breaking down taiji and powering the forms, Dantian: step by step movement in developing and powering with dantian and figure eight movement.

Step by step technical breakdown using aiki and center driven movement
Power and aiki in balance

*Daito ryu (tentative)
Step by step technical review
Using power and aiki in balance

Maintaining independent movement and power; standing, on your knees and on your backPowering kicks and strikes in focused classes.

Classes in Taiji and yoga taught daily
Dan will be introducing his dragon form
Forms practiced everyday
Lectures and Q and A everyday
Individualized workshops by request in advanced.
Classes broken into two hour internals

Come and enjoy the mountains, wake up to meditation and morning Yoga, quiet walks in the country, exploring the local villages. This is the playground actors, musicians and poets alike.

Dan Harden (Sangen kai, Yoga Origins) Dan is a highly acclaimed and sought after teacher with students from over 24 countries. He has spent over forty years training in martial and healing arts; including the oldest Samurai traditions. Among his students are dozens of Physicians, Chiropractors, and physical therapist as well as Yoga teachers and Master class teachers of a myriad of Martial arts. Dan will be teaching his method for tendon changing, internal power, breath and energy work essential to Yoga, Aikido, Tai Chi, and many other martial arts.


To be discussed...



October 16, 2019
Arrival Day


Days In Between


October 20, 2019
Check Out Day



Our menus are based on group preferences and budget. We offer delicious, balanced vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals which typically include raw salads and hot vegetable dishes. Upon request, we will gladly prepare unseasoned blanched or steamed dishes for lunch and dinner. We easily accommodate gluten/dairy free needs, and many of our seasonings and oils are provided on the side for guests to season meals to taste. Several rooms have refrigerators, so guests are welcome to bring food that suit their needs if they have issues we cannot accommodate. Please note that we are unable to reduce meal costs due to food allergies.

Payment Policy

A $50 non-refundable deposit is taken at the time registration occurs.
The full balance is collected 7 days prior to arrival.

Cancellation Policy

Other than the deposit, no fees are incurred if cancelled up to 7 days after reservation date.
50% of the total cost is retained if cancelled less than 4 days prior to event.
The $50 deposit given at registration is non-refundable.


George Ledyard-Aikido Shihan

Fantastic work on internal power and aiki with Dan Harden. Off the charts skill level and clear, body centered instruction. This man is changing the face of Aikido.

Some recent feedback from Aikido Shihan and teachers from Australia:……

“Survived 3 days so far with the most complete martial artist I ever expect to meet in my lifetime. Dan Harden is truly incredible! Dan is obsessed with Budo and Internal Power. A Genuine master who can do all that you read about and more. This has been a complete eye opener and life changing experience.I am afraid that other Budo men pale in comparison. Stunning is an understatement!”

…….”36 yrs of aikido and it still didn’t make complete sense as to what Osensei was actually manifesting.  I attended 2 of Dan Harden’s Internal Power seminars in Hawaii. It was a cathartic experience. Suddenly it made some sense and I could experience the unstoppable power for myself. I had met a remarkable man! ”  Dan teaches how to activate an internal system inherent in us all.

From a recent seminar in Hawaii with various teachers of Aikido, and Taiji, ……Ability is where Dan Harden stands tall . He is exposing the essential component of Budo………..He clearly outlined his system and was able to answer all questions to those who asked. When working with us trying to teach us he gave great feedback and tips to achieve results. As a beginner I was actually able to feel and notice the changes in my body with great surprise. One of the interesting results was the use of dantian and how he showed us to connect it to our hands. Dan went through great lengths to demonstrate the use of dantian in his body mechanics including bouncing me off of his dantian.

Bill Gleason 7th dan Shihan Aikido and Taiji teacher.

 Everyday would tell me-“Not soft enough.” 33 Years later I encounter this man, Dan Harden. I can’t do anything to him. First thing he says to me? “Not soft enough!” It’s my opinion that what he is doing ….is…. Aikido! It is the “everything” in Aikido.

Marc Abrams Sensei, 4th Dan Aikido  Olympic alternate wrestler, Karate teacher….I was fortunate to meet Dan Harden several years ago at his first open seminar.  I was immediately struck by an inability on my part of being able to read his attacks.  He was always remarkably stable, soft, and able to deliver a tremendous amount of power in his strikes with no apparent wind-up.  Studying under him has been the critical, missing link in helping my martial arts improve.  Dan Harden has developed one of the best teaching methodologies (and still improving) in martial arts that I have ever been exposed to.  The best part of all is the friendship, camaraderie and laughter that we all share training together.

Christopher Li  Chief Instructor – Aikido Sangenkai…Over the years I’ve trained closely with a great many of the direct students of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba. All of these people shared varying degrees of an unusual strength in their practice, gained through direct contact with the Founder. Dan Harden impresses, not only through his clarity and intensity in manifesting this very same Aiki to a level which is rarely seen today, but in his ability to clearly articulate the theory and methodology necessary to its cultivation and development. In Hawaii we have been working with Dan regularly since 2010 in a group that includes practitioners of Aikido, Taiji, Hakko-ryu Ju-jutsu, Bagua, Hsing-I, I Liq Chuan, Judo and a number of Japanese Koryu arts. Each and every person has experienced real and significant improvement in the use and understanding of Aiki and Internal Power, the engines that drive the art of Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei – but are so often lacking in today’s Aikido training.

Allen Beebe…Aikido and Koryu teacher: .I’ve trained more than once with some of those teaching Internal Power in the west; Arkuzawa,  Mike Sigman, and Tim Cartmell. In my view, all were good teachers.  I met and began training with Dan Harden about a year and nine months ago and that is all I’ve been seriously working on since that time. I put aside 35 years of weight training and ceased 40 years of TMA practice, including resigning a licensed position under one of the foremost Koryu Jujutsu teachers in the world. I’m that serious about developing internal power and Aiki. So far no regrets. As when Shirata sensei died, if Dan were to “get called up” I don’t think I’d have any inclination to learn from anyone else, unless by some unlikely coincidence I found yet another individual teaching/training the same thing*, in the same manner, with the same teaching and demonstrable abilities, and (of great importance to me) with the same high moral character.

William Hazen-Aikdo teacher, Bjj practioner:  Some can doubt all they want… Question it ad infinitum….I did and found out when I experienced it for myself that I was an ignorant fool. I have felt it and not one Martial Artist in my 35 years of experience has/had the kind of Aiki Mr. Harden has… So much so that I personally find it pointless to practice any kind of Waza without trying to learn and implement what he has shown me. It’s not magic either. Mr. Harden with explicit detail explains, demonstrates, and then teaches exactly how to achieve aiki. So I suggest that if you are serious about understanding and practicing Aikido the way O’ Sensei taught it (and by extension Sokaku Takeda and Sugawa Shihan) with the power of “Heaven and Earth” (now that I truly know what that means ) and preserve the legacy of AIKI-do to pass on to your students…Drop the rock and show up to a seminar. Show Respect, Keep an Open Mind, and you too just may experience the real reason why you got into Aikido in the first place.

Howard Popkin Founder Ginjukai Daito ryu:

Dan is the best Martial artist I have ever met. Bar none!

Roy Goldberg Daito ryu Aikijujutsu  (Highest ranked western practitioner in History:

 I have trained with all of the current top teachers of Daito ryu. Dan has the most developed aiki of anyone I have ever met; both in and out of Japan.

From Meyer Goo Sensei (founding student under Tohei in Hawaii and who trained with  Ueshiba)

Once I felt you, I called my friends and I told them “Osensei has returned to Hawaii.”

I know what they say about you. You must not stop. it is too important. Aiki must be returned to aikido.

On being told people don’t believe it.

“Who are these people? Did they train with Ueshiba?

Menkyo in Katori shinto ryu who received shodan and Nidan from Osensei

“When Osensei would show up at hombu he would yell at us that we were not doing his aikido. He would make us stop and we would push on each other. What you are doing is the type of work Osensei would have us do. This is not in modern aikido any more.

On being told people don’t believe it.

“Who are these people? Did they train with Ueshiba?

On Modern arts:

David Mitchell UFC world champ “I consider this work important and I intend to pursue it as part of my post fight career.”

Chris McCune Bjj world champ “I never thought the idea of center was real. Dan has proven it not only is real, but it is a game changer to training for power both in traditional and modern arts.”

Scot Meredith-Taiji  lineage holder, Yoga teacher Systema teacher:

What is a martial arts master? It isn’t a matter of brutality or violence, yet it can’t be just talk either. In one word, to me it’s: control. Control of  adversary, control of self, control of situation. I do free meetups with dozens of people every year. Mostly, out of courtesy, I don’t comment on them. If I did, 99% of them would be: I met with X today. X is a nice guy. X is very stiff and tense. I easily pushed X around. And sometimes I’d have to add: Then X got frustrated and began to escalate, so I thanked him and ended the session. But once in a blue moon, I happen to hit upon a true martial arts master. That’s what it was today with Mr. DAN HARDEN. He worked with absolute honesty and humility within my game and though we had some playful back and forth, he created outcomes, shall we say, that nobody has done to me in the last 20 years. My last little shred of ego (that I’m clinging to with my toenails) forbids me specifying some of those details, but I’m honest emough to state the basic fact openly. And the reason I’m stating it is purely selfish: this statement gives you a way to calibrate any other “meetup” type posts that you may see me write from time to time (though as I say, I pretty much skip the post-meet writeup thing these days). Now you can calibrate that I honestly call them as I see them, and today I was working with a genuine martial arts master, who graciously adopted my game and demonstrated his spontaneous mastery of it. An extremely impressive experience and furthermore – one hell of a human being. In a very rare exception for me, I requested this person to go into “teacher mode” for me (normally my eyes glaze over when my meet up partners want to “go teacher” on me). But Dan’s power and sensitivity were so extraordinary that I imposed on him to show me some things that go beyond my normal little Tai Chi game, and he delivered some extraordinary insights, and of course demonstrated them with devastating effectiveness. I will be chewing on those pointers for a long time to come.

So, use this post to calibrate me. When I meet up with somebody truly great, I do not shy away from saying it. Dan Harden is one among the very small handful of genuine martial art masters I have ever met in a loooong lifetime of work and play in this field.