Program Details

Ikebana Workshop

with Hazel Bercholz
October 5 / 9:00 AM - October 5 / 4:00 PM

Registration for this program is closed. Please email Caitlin Smith at if you want your name added to the waitlist.

The workshop will be led by Hazel Bercholz, a longtime member of the Shambhala community who studied directly with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, it's founder. Hazel trained in the Sogetsu school of ikebana with Shibata Sensei's first wife, and then with Marcia Shibata and Watanabe Sensei. She is the art director of Shambhala Publications.

Ikebana, the Japanese Way of Arranging Flowers, has its origins in Shintoism and Buddhism. These arrangements were created as shrine offerings in Buddhist temples and the tea houses used for Japanese tea ceremony (chanoyu). At the Shambhala Center, we offer flower arrangements to uplift the space and create a mirror for awake mind.

Kalapa Ikebana, founded by Chögyam Trungpa in 1982, joins the practices of mindfulness and ikebana. In this workshop we will work with our state of mind as we engage in arranging flowers using the elements of heaven, earth and man. Training in this way helps us to connect fully to our world with non-aggression and to express our heart and mind through flowers. Students at any level are welcome to participate.

What to bring: Please bring an ikebana container and a kenzan if you have them. Please also bring clippers or cutting shears as the Shambhala Center has a limited supply.

Who should attend: Beginners or seasoned ikebana practitioners are welcome to attend. 

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