Introduction to Ikebana/Kado: The Contemplative Art of Flower Arranging

Alexandra Shenpen, Sensei

March 1–3, 2013

Tuition $155 + 2 nights

The practice of Ikebana awakens our delight for the natural beauty found in this world and teaches us that everyone has the instinct, gentleness, and courage of artistic talent. As we place each stem we are expressing our innate wisdom and humanity. Perception deepens as we look longer, use less, notice the space, and bring our attention back to this moment. Hana-kokoro – flower heart/mind – reawakens the inherent life and appreciation within humans and nature. Join us to learn basic patterns of harmony as we work with branches, flowers, water, space, attentiveness, intuition and elegance.

Tuition includes materials.

Ikebana: Conversations with a branch

“If you come to this program, be ready to play, to look at the lines and curves of stems, to sit in silence, and to encounter a universe of creative expression speaking through traditional forms.” Click here to read full ikebana post.


Alexandra Shenpen, Sensei

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.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.