Program Details

Joining Heaven and Earth in Spring: A Seasonal Workshop in Ikebana/Kado

with Alexandra Shenpen
March 29 / 7:00 PM - March 30 / 6:00 PM

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 and fresh world. Through exploring this 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 register early -- this program is limited to 12 participants. A wait list will be available if there is interest.

Materials fee of $25 includes plant materials and supplies.

There is a 25% discount for anyone who has offered flower arrangement at SMCD in the last six months. Please contact us at to discuss this discount.

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 or discuss a partial scholarship for the program fee, please contact us in advance of this Program at: Thank you!

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