Ikebana Basics: Instruction, Practice & Discussion

June 23rd (2018)

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  • $25.00 Patron Price
  • $20.00 Program Price
  • $50.00 Special Price
  • Or, pay what you can afford (enter amount when registering online, or pay on site)
Room: WPFC Carriage House
Program Registration is Closed.


Please join us this summer for a morning of instruction, practice and discussion of ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging.  This mini-workshop is for people that are new to ikebana, or those that would like to refocus on the basic principles of ikebana.

The agenda for the session rests on 3 anchor points: reflection, mindfulness and creativity.

Reflection: We will begin the session with a brief sitting practice to help center ourselves prior to our engagement with ikebana. Following our sit, we will briefly discuss the history and philosophy of ikebana.

Mindfulness: The instructor will demonstrate two different styles of ikebana (moribana and nageire). During this mindful practice, the relationship and interconnectedness among the different leaves, branches and flowers will become apparent. The importance of empty space will be highlighted in the demonstration as well.

Creativity: After each demonstration participants will have the opportunity to create their own ikebana arrangement. Participant dialogue with other participants is encouraged, as we all learn from one another. A tea break is built in to the schedule to allow time for deeper discussion on your creations

Arrangements that you create will reside at the Pittsburgh Shambhala Center. If you would like to take your arrangements home, please contact Nate Taylor at least two weeks prior to the workshop to make arrangements for the purchasing of vases and kenzan that you can take home with you (the special price for this option is $50, see below for more details).

Space is limited. Please register in advance as registration will close on June 15th.

*$25 patron price (materials stay at the Center, unless you bring your own)

*$20 program price (materials stay at the Center, unless you bring your own)

*$50 special price, includes a 9.5" glass cylinder vase, suiban vessel (ceramic low vase), and 1 kenzan (frog pin) to take home with you for future practice. 

Note: Generosity policy does not apply to the special price option.

Questions?  Please contact Nate at [email protected].