Program Details

The Art of Making Dumplings and Japanese Flower Arranging - Two Fundraiser Classes in One Day!!

with Tricia O'Brien & Rachel Anderson
September 15 / 9:00 AM - September 15 / 4:00 PM


1.  These classes are being held at the Vintage House in Sonoma (264 First Street East in Sonoma), not at the Sonoma Shambhala Center.


The Sonoma Shambhala Center is offering two fun and enriching classes on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at the Vintage House in Sonoma, as a fundraiser for our Center.

Class One: The Art of Making Dumplings

with Tricia O’Brien

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Price: $50

Limited to 15 participants; preregistration is requested, admission is on first come, first served basis.  Please RSVP to Tricia at

Class Two: The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging

with Rachel Anderson

1:00–4:00 p.m.

Price: $60

(The price includes a $30 materials fee for required Ikebana supplies that you will get to keep.)

Limited to 25 participants; preregistration is requested, admission is on first come, first served basis.  Please RSVP to Rachel at

Attend either class (descriptions, below) or, better yet...

attend both for $100, a discount of $10!!

Class One: The Art of Making Dumplings

This fun, tantalizing cooking class will shed light on the art of making dumplings.  Combine a little filling, a nice dough, and maybe a dip or drizzle of sauce—and wow!—you have a delightful, delectable nibble. Dumplings make wonderful hors d’oeuvres, but they can be a real treat for dessert, too, or even a main course.  Ravioli is a kind of dumpling, as are samosas and wontons; each are in a different culinary package and from a different culture, but all are handmade and made to be eaten by hand.  Please join in and learn something new about cooking. This demonstration class with instructor Tricia O’Brien will include some hands-on learning and tasting!

Menu for this class will be:

  • Dragon Dumplings with Chinese Pesto

  • Shrimp Spring Rolls with Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce

  • Potato Samosas with Lime Chili Chimichurri 

  • Mango and Pineapple Wonton with Caramel and Dark Chocolate


About your Instructor:

Tricia O’Brien has been making some form of dumpling for over 20 years. She started catering while attending college in San Francisco in 1981, shortly after arriving from her home state of Michigan. After working for 6 years at the Queen Anne Hotel, she became manager at Ristorante Ecco in San Francisco, and then started her own catering company in 1993 based in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland. During this time, she also helped launch the Market Cooking for Kids program in the Oakland Public Schools through the nonprofit organization CUESA (Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture), a program that introduces local seasonal produce, garden projects, and cooking in the classroom. In 2002, Tricia began teaching cooking classes for adult and children in her home in Oakland, and she continues to teach cooking classes today. Her approach to cooking is through intuitive-based learning and experimenting with fresh seasonal produce. She has written for the Vegetable of the Month for the Oak Hill Newsletter and At the Kitchen Table for the Kenwood Press. She lives in Glen Ellen with her husband.

Class Two: The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging

The contemplative art of Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement) originated in the sixth century when Buddhism migrated from China to Japan. Although Ikebana is now practiced worldwide as a household and commercial art form, it continues as an offering to the shrine at many Buddhist centers and temples, including the Sonoma Shambhala Center. Learn the basics of Ikebana in this three-hour class. We will create two arrangements from the curriculum of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana: a basic three-dimensional design and a “freestyle” arrangement.

Class will include a teacher demonstration, time for participants to create two designs, and a teacher critique. Flowers, branches, plastic Ikebana container, and needlepoint holder included in cost of admission. Bring a favorite vase for the freestyle arrangement.

About your Instructor:

Rachel Anderson is an authorized instructor of Sogetsu Ikebana. She has exhibited arrangements at Bay Area Ikebana shows, the Asian Art Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, the Sonoma Shambhala Center, and recently the “Creating Enlightened Society” event held at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, CA.

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