Ikebana, the Japanese Art of Flower Arranging Workshop
with Alexandra Shenpen
January 25 / 7:00 PM - January 26 / 6:00 PM
**UPDATE: As of Jan 11th at 4:00pm, the class maximum has been reached. If you wish to be placed on a waitlist, please contact Denver.Shambhala.Treasurer@gmail.com**
The contemplative practice of Ikebana or Kado, the Japanese art of flower arranging brings together many elements so that we may pause and appreciate our world. Ikebana can be practiced by anyone. There will be both beginners and more experienced students in the workshop. We encourage anyone who is interested to attend and offer a discount to individuals who will help with flower arrangements over the next year.
As a contemplative practice, Kado brings a deeper understanding of ourselves and our relationship to the natural world. Our state of mind and sense perception come together energetically with the flowers, water, containers and space in the creative process. The workshop will cover the basics of Ikebana from how to cut a stem to how to place plant materials in a container. Alexandra also will lead exercises on perception, energy and relating with nature to help us find joy, harmony and authentic expression in creating arrangements.
Please register early -- this program is limited to 15 participants.
About Alexandra Shenpen:
Alexandra MacKay Shenpen, Ph.D., is a Shambhala/dharma art teacher, immersed in the contemplative arts of brush and flowers. She has been an ikebana/kado instructor for 15 years. A Buddhist practitioner since 1978, Alexandra has taught at Naropa University since 1987 and has led many month-long maitri space awareness retreats for Naropa, and shorter intensives in North America and Austria. Alexandre is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist in private practice since 1985. You can see videos of Alexandra teaching ikebana on youtube.
If you need to make special payment arrangements, please contact us in advance of this Program at: Denver.Shambhala.Treasurer@gmail.com. Thank you!