Program Details

Joining Heaven and Earth in Summer

with Alexandra Shenpen
July 6 / 9:15 AM - July 6 / 5:15 PM

The contemplative art of flowers (O'hana), "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.

Transformative, expressive, and deeply human, our instincts pull us toward presence in nature. Awakening our senses through spacious arranging of branches, flowers and water— 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 is welcome, whether you're completely new to ikebana or you would like to continue or reconnect with your training in this ephemeral art.

Fresh materials provided. Please bring small bucket to transport flowers home nicely at end of workshop. Equipment (clippers/container/kenzan) available for use during workshop (available for purchase online at Ziji).

Please pre-register here to have a place, and so we know the total number of participants and amount of materials to gather. Class size limited to 15 participants.

About the Instructor:

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. In 2012 she received the master (riji) diploma through Sogetsu Ryu in Tokyo, heightening a new learning curve, personally and artistically.

Go to Boulder's website