The Naples Chapter of Ikenobo was chartered as a chapter in 2001; before 2001 it was an organized study group for several years. Currently, the chapter has about 40 members. Dues for the chapter are $35 for students and $105 for Special Members. We offer approximately two lessons per month from November through April. The chapter also hosts two social events each year; a fall coffee and an annual luncheon to award certificates to students as they progress in their Ikenobo learning.
We are returning to in person learning effective Oct. 27, 2021. Sensei Stephanie hopes to be able to continue virtual teaching to those outside the chapter from Nov 2021-April 2022. In April 2022, we will return to all virtual lessons for Naples and outside chapter members through the summer of 2022.
We have two highly qualified senseis (teachers) within our chapter teaching Ikenobo to our members, Stephanie English and Marcia Norberg as well as visiting professors from Ikenobo headquarters in Japan. Our lessons cost between $45 and $60 and we generally make two arrangements. We meet on Wednesdays at the Collier County Park District facility in the Vineyards community. We arrive at 9:30AM to set up and begin our lessons at 9:45AM. We enjoy a brown bag lunch together and begin to depart around 2PM.