Program Details

Introductory Ikebana Workshop

with Alexandra Shenpen
January 5 / 9:30 AM - January 5 / 4:30 PM

This program is at capacity--no walk-in registration will be available.

This workshop meets from 9:40am-4:20pm.

Joining Heaven and Earth in Winter; a seasonal, introductory workshop in Ikebana/Kado by Alexandra Shenpen, Sensei

The contemplative art of flowers, ikebana or kado (the way of the flower), inspires us to pause and appreciate the immediacy of the seasons and our own state of mind.   Traditional, expressive and deeply human, our instincts pull us toward presence in nature. Awakening our senses through arranging branches, flowers, water & space, with each stem we express our longing for a harmonious, fresh world. Through exploring this fathomless, disarmingly simple yet sophisticated art, we can settle down and uplift ourselves and others. Discover, deepen or rediscover your feeling for O-hana/flowers.  Everyone welcome, new or with experience.

- fresh materials provided, please bring small bucket if possible (to transport home nicely at end of workshop).
- equipment (clippers/container/kenzan) available for use during workshop (available for purchase online at Ziji).

Please pre-register to have a place, and so we know the total # of participants and amount of materials to gather.


Alexandra Shenpen, Sensei has enjoyed over 25 years of Kalapa Ikebana and Sogetsu training.  She has taught extensively at Naropa University, Kalapa Ikebana, meditation centers, public venues, and privately, also creating many installations and pieces for community events. A Shambhala/dharma art  and maitri space awareness teacher, she is also a mindfulness based psychotherapist in private practice. She recently passed the master (riji) exam through Sogetsu Ryu in Tokyo, heightening a new learning curve, personally and artistically.

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