Program Details

Bud to Blossom: Spring Kado Retreat

with Marcia Shibata
April 18 / 7:30 PM - April 21 / 5:00 PM

THIS PROGRAM IS NOW FULL!  PLEASE CONTACT to be placed on the wating list, and look for the program to be given again next year.


An intensive 3 1/2 day program including demonstrations, sitting, Dharma talks, Kado prctice, outside walks, cutting our own materials, evening events, and the pleasure of working together as "practicing flowers is understanding how society works."


Marcia Wang Shibata was introduced to Buddhism and Ikebana by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche at Karme Chöling Shambhala Center in 1974. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was an Ikebana Master from the Sogetsu School, the newest school of the flower tradition of Japan. From 1980 to 1985 Misses Wang Shibata studied flowers in Japan at the Ikenobo and Saga Misho School - both of them are the oldest, classical Ikebana schools.

She began teaching in the West in 1986. Her central interest in flower practice remains to transmit it as a meditative activity, not as a decorative form. Today Misses Wang Shibata teaches in the States and in Europe, where she and her students are developing a new school of Ikebana based on the teachings of Shambhala Buddhism.

Kado” in Chinese means “The Way of Flowers” and began in China over 2300 years ago.  When it was introduced and assimilated into Japan, the Japanese word “Ikebana” arose, meaning “living or natural flowers”.  Kado is a contemplative practice that studies nature as it is.

Using classical Ikebana forms, Kado teaches us to clearly see the wisdom in nature, in ourselves and in others. The ultimate purpose in Kado is not to make pleasant flower arrangements, but cultivate appreciation for each moment, to work with obstacles, and to develop respect for ourselves, others and all forms of life.   

Early registration is recommended as space is spacious but limited to a certain number of students.


Shrineroom lodging available for $20/night added to commuter rate.


  • Deposits and payments are refundable up to two weeks prior to the program start date, minus a $25 cancellation fee.

  • After the two week deadline, Sky Lake will deduct a $35 cancellation fee and retain the rest of your deposit as credit towards another program to be used within a year of the date of the program. Any payments over the deposit will be refunded.

No refunds or credits are given for cancellations after 48 hours prior the beginning of the program.

Single rooms are rarely available for Sky Lake programs.  When available, the cost is $115/weekend night and $90/weekday night added to the commuter rate posted.

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