Ikebana: The Contemplative Art of Flowers
Alexandra Shenpen, Sensei
April 18–20, 2014
Delight in the natural beauty of our world and awaken your gentleness, courage, and artistic instinct. Through the practice of Ikebana, the placement of each stem becomes an expression of our innate wisdom and humanity. As we look longer, our perception deepens and we bring forth Hana-kokoro, or flower heart/mind, the inherent appreciation and life between humans and nature. During this enriching retreat, we will work attentively with branches, flowers, water, and greenery to celebrate our connection to the natural world and create elegant, awake space. New, returning, and longtime Ikebana students welcome.
Alexandra Shenpen, Sensei, has studied Ikebana/Kado through Kalapa Ikebana and the Sogetsu School for over 25 years. She teaches extensively at Naropa University, meditation centers, public venues, and privately. She is also a psychotherapist in private practice. She has been appointed a Master Instructor for Kalapa Ikebana, and an Artist to the Court by Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche. She is a Riji of Sogetsu Ikebana.