Hi, I’m Miles Kessler. I am an American teacher of Aikido, meditation, and Integral Practice. I am a dual-lineage holder in both the Iwama Aikido and the Mahasi Meditation traditions.
I am the founder and director of the Integral Dojo in Tel Aviv, as well as the non-profit organization Aikido Without Borders in Israel/Palestine.
I also produced the renowned international Aikido event the “Dead Sea Seminar”, which I co-taught with my aikido brother Patrick Cassidy, and was attended by hundreds of people from around the world for 10 years.
International Appearances, Seminars & Workshops
I have been invited to teach in many international workshops and dojos, as well as corporations and think tanks, such as:
- Aikido Of Maastricht – Maastricht, Holland
- Aikido Alpen – Alpen, Germany
- Copenhagen Aikido Club – København, Denmark
- Riviera Seminar – Montreux, Switzerland
- Aikido Bodensee – Krutzlingen, Switzerland
- Kokoro Aiki – Bovas, Italy
- Aikido Sursee – Sursee, Switzerland Integral
- Aikido Dortmund – Dortmund, Germany
- Aikido San Diego – California, U.S.A
- Aikido Sarasota – Florida, U.S.A
- Institute for Advanced Studies in Sustainability – Potsdam, Germany
- See True Mindfulness – Maastricht, Holland
- Microsoft – Israel
- Sustainable Global Leadership Academy – Israel
- TEDx – Israel
My mission is to support people who are committed to a higher Path of practice in the areas of Aikido, meditation, mindfulness, personal development, embodiment and Integral Practice. I do this by guiding them through practices that help them to grow and make progress towards their greater potential, through practices engaging body, mind, heart, and spirit.
To that end, I write about the principles and practices of Aikido, spirituality, embodiment, meditation and integral practice. On occasion, I write about my personal life and stuff that doesn’t fit neatly into one of these categories.
If you consider yourself a committed practitioner – someone who is passionate about developing your potential by walking a higher path of practice – then this blog is for you.
I first started the path of Aikido in Dallas, Texas under the guidance of my first teacher Bill Sosa Sensei. After achieving my black belt I moved to Iwama, Japan, where I studied Aikido full time for eight years under the guidance of the late Morihiro Saito Sensei (9th dan Aikikai, and direct student of O Sensei).
After leaving Japan I continued on my path by exploring the depths of consciousness, by spending 3 years on intensive Vipassana meditation retreats in Burma and Nepal. I was mentored through the practice under the guidance of the late Sayadaw U Pandita in Burma, and Sayadaw Vivekananda in Nepal.
Over the years I have also studied personally with Hitohiro Saito Sensei, Christian Tissier, Robert Nadeau, Peter Ralston, Genpo Roshi, Diane Musho Hamilton and Thomas Hubel – all of whom have profoundly influenced me practice.
I began teaching Aikido in 1994 in Japan, using the art of Aikido tool to help others cultivate higher capacities in leadership, personal growth, and spiritual development. I have worked with thousands of individuals around the world.
I am living in Israel since 2006, where I founded the Integral Dojo in Tel-Aviv, a center for Aikido, Dharma, and Integral Practice. I am also the Director of the NPO “Aikido Without Borders,” which brings Israelis and Palestinians together to practice conflict resolution through the art of Aikido.
Today, the main aspects of my work focus on personal development, spiritual liberation and the creative expression of one’s authentic self in the world.
I’m a member of the global community of integral spirituality for over ten years and a leading voice of the emerging Integral Aikido and Evolutionary Aikido Sanga.
In my work, I frequently collaborate with Diane Musho Hamilton, Patrick Cassidy, Dave Goldberg, Paul Linden, Robert Frager, Richard Strozzi-Heckler, Robert Nadeau, Christian Tissier, Linda Holiday, Richard Moon, Jan Nevelius, Sayadaw U Vivekananda and Thomas Hubel.
I am committed to a life-long journey of personal growth, spiritual realization, and to the exploration of awakening as a catalyst for transformation in both consciousness and culture.
I currently live in Tel-Aviv with my wife, Maya, and our 3-year-old daughter, Yoel. We are committed to growing together, multiplying the love, and living an increasingly awake life.