April 3, 2019


Aiki Consciousness Institute

Freedom Thru Mastery

Welcome to ACI!

After being the owner and Chief Instructor of a traditional Aikido dojo for the past 25 years, the evolution of my practice has brought me to the realization that the world needs the teachings of Aikido now more than ever. Coupled with this reality is the truth that fewer and fewer people have the time or the inclination to devote themselves to the commitment and years that are required to truly advance and master this comprehensive Art.

The Aiki Consciousness Institute is being birthed in order to bring the teachings of peace that are inherent to the practice of Aikido, to a greater number of people. While many people do not have the time or even the physical health to engage in rigorous training, they do have the desire to feel more present, centered, balanced and connected in their daily lives. These internal states of consciousness are far easier to master than the physical movements of Aikido.

It comes down to engaging and answering the questions of who am I and how do I want to live my life? If you want to live a peaceful life, you have to practice being peaceful. If you want to live a meaningful life, you have to embody what matters to you. If you want to live an embodied life, you have to practice living in your body. If you want to live a spiritual or compassionate life, you have to embody what matters to you despite the strong energies that are swirling around you and perhaps calling you to react rather than respond.

To live the life of your choosing, requires practice. When practices become integrated, mastery ensues. When mastery is at hand, freedom is available. We do not become free through a lack of structure or commitment. We become free when we commit ourselves to doing what it takes to cultivate the qualities of being that matter the most to us.

We are living in unprecedented times. Our commitment here at ACI is to do our part to help make the world a more peaceful, thriving and healthy place. We will be doing this through course offerings, coaching, writings, service and compassionate leadership. Through these offerings, we aim to share the founder of Aikido’s vision of a peaceful and beautiful world with all who seek to embody these qualities.

We are just get started. In time, this website will come alive with more offerings, more teachings and more possibilities. Please be patient as we evolve and grow. Please let us know how we can best serve you to embody the person you want to be. Please check in often to see what is new and developing here at ACI. We look forward to creating a peaceful world with you.

Denise Barry M.A. 6th Dan Aikikai

Aiki Consciousness Institute Founder and Spiritual Director

Upcoming ACI events:

  • Mary Heiny 30th Annual Celebration Seminar February 7-9 2020
    • Friday, Feb. 7:  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Saturday, Feb 8:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Sunday, Feb 9:  10:00 am – 12:30 pm
      • The Seminar is full, please email Sensei to be added to the waiting list
  • Aiki Module: Getting off the Line
    • February 19 thru March 11
    • 4 Wednesdays 6-7:30 pm
    • Pre-registration required, for payment options email Sensei, for more info visit Aiki Modules

Upcoming schedule changes:


Please contact Sensei if you would like to join us to practice embodying Aiki Principles in daily life.