Introduction to Ikebana/Kado: The Contemplative Art of Flower Arranging

Alexandra Shenpen, Sensei

March 1–3, 2013

Tuition $155 + 2 nights

The practice of Ikebana awakens our delight for the natural beauty found in this world and teaches us that everyone has the instinct, gentleness, and courage of artistic talent. As we place each stem we are expressing our innate wisdom and humanity. Perception deepens as we look longer, use less, notice the space, and bring our attention back to this moment. Hana-kokoro – flower heart/mind – reawakens the inherent life and appreciation within humans and nature. Join us to learn basic patterns of harmony as we work with branches, flowers, water, space, attentiveness, intuition and elegance.

Tuition includes materials.

Ikebana: Conversations with a branch

“If you come to this program, be ready to play, to look at the lines and curves of stems, to sit in silence, and to encounter a universe of creative expression speaking through traditional forms.” Click here to read full ikebana post.


Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.

Financial aid is available for this program.