Program Details

The Art of Ikebana

with Stéphane Bédard
October 17 / 5:00 PM - October 19 / 5:00 PM

Above Prices Include ALL Meals!

Ikebana is the Japanese art and contemplative practice of flower arrangement. Dating back to the 6th century, Ikebana has been used to help us connect to the present moment as a ‘meditation in action’. Ikebana arrangements are both beautiful and thought-provoking, and practitioners of this ancient discipline experience it as profound, enriching, and deeply satisfying.

The Art of Ikebana retreat will consist of demonstrations and hands-on practice in a small group, under the close guidance of Ikebana master Stéphane Bédard.

Perfect for those who wish to try Ikebana for the first time and seasoned Ikebana students.

For more information on Ikebana or the details of the retreat, please feel free to contact Pamela Rubin by phone at (902) 489-0944 or email at

Please note: Participants should bring clippers. Equipment is available. If possible, please bring containers and kenzans (2 inch diameter min.).

Register early! This retreat is limited to 15 participants. 

Stéphane Bédard, a student of world-renowned Ikebana master Watanabe Sensei, has been teaching Ikebana since 1987. Within the international Shambhala Buddhist Community, he teaches Shambhala Art Workshops, various other meditation retreats, and holds the title of Kalapa Ikebana Master Instructor. He lives in Montreal, and regularly travels to teach, including to Nova Scotia, where he has a number of dedicated long-time students.



Full program tuition not including accommodations: $275  We invite all who are able to do so to pay the full tuition rate.  By doing so, you make it possible for us to offer scholarships to others, while also covering the direct cost of your stay here and contributing to our year round operations.   Interest free payment plans for 6 months are an option for those who choose this tuition level. 

Discounted program tuition  not including accommodations: $225  If the full tuition is unworkable for you, please pay the discounted rate if you can.  By doing so you contribute towards the cost of your being here and everything it takes to keep DDL operating year-round.

Discounted tuition plus payment plan: $38 per month over six months   If having 6 months to pay makes the discounted tuition possible for you, please choose this interest free option.   The payments would be $88 per month for tuition; if you add lodging to the payment plan it would be $54/month.


Please Note: Above price includes meals but not accommodations. 

Staying off-land: $5 per person per day, $10 for the program

Drala Cabin (new insulated wood cabin with use of shower house or Gyatso bathrooms): double occupancy $40 per night, $80 for the program

Gyatso Lodge(double and triple rooms with a shared washroom in the hallway): $50 per night, $100 for the program

 All program costs at Dorje Denma Ling are workable. With either of the tuition choices above, we can provide a payment plan of up to 6 months, and we also match all scholarships that local Shambhala Centers grant to help their members attend programs. If you have any questions about the financial aid or payment plans, please contact us at 902-657-9085 or via email at at least two weeks before the program begins. Please note that we cannot arrange tuition discounts at registration.



Deposits will be refunded up to 30 days prior to the program, less a 10% administration fee. Deposits will be 50% refunded up to 10 days prior to the program.  There is no refund of deposits for cancellations less than 10 days before the start of a program.


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