Tuition

Ikebana Class in Melbourne 
Sogetsu School of Ikebana

Weekly lessons will refresh and invigorate you and/or your staff and provide a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and thought. 
Online Ikebana lesson is also available. http://bit.ly/17T886Q 
How to Enrol
Send an email to shososhimbo@gmail.com and you will receive all the details.

Class Location
All classes are held in Murrumbeena, Melbourne.

Class Dates
Please join our email group so that you will receive all notices for changes etc. 

2017 TERM 2
Tuesday Class (1:00 - 2:30 pm)
May 9, 16, 23, 30
June 6, 20, 27
July 18, 25 
August 1

Tuesday Class (7:00 - 8:30 pm)
May 9, 16, 23, 30
June 6, 20, 27
July 18, 25 
August 1

Saturday Class (10:00 - 11:30 am)
May 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 22, 29

August 5

Course Fees
Basic Principles
1.   If you can commit to learn for a term and pay on the first lesson, you are eligible for discounts. Long term commitment is also the key to mastering Ikebana.
2.   All fees are not negotiable nor are they refundable.
3.   The fee is valid only for the term in which you paid.   
4.   It is up to you to take up the discount options. Discount rates have some terms and conditions. If they are not suitable for you, please pay the Standard Rate.
5.   To keep our fee system simple and easy, we don't charge any registration fees, annual membership fees or other fees. 
6.  If our system is too complicated for you to understand and you don't want to seek clarification, you have only one option: pay the Standard Rate.
If you fail to follow our system and ignore advice regarding fees more than twice, you will be permanently barred from receiving any discounts. You will have to pay the Standard Rate ($35 at the moment) at the start of each lesson.     

Three Types of Fees
a. Standard Rate: $35 per session
You can pick any class you are able to attend among the dates specified in our class dates and pay session by session. We prefer that you book by email when you are planning to attend. This is very simple and flexible, and ideal for short time visitors to Melbourne, or people who are unsure how many classes they can commit in a term.

b. Discount Rate: 
Introductory course: $60 for 3 sessions
Certificate course: $80 for 4 sessions / $100 for 5 sessions / $120 for 6 sessions / $140 for 7 sessions / $160 for 8 sessions / $180 for 9 sessions / $200 for 10 sessions

Conditions for the Discount Rate option are:
1. minimum 4 sessions ($80), 
2. upfront payment.

If you know in advance that you cannot attend the full term, you can buy sessional tickets of $20 per session to suit your schedule, with minimum of 4 sessions ($80). For instance, if you can only attend 5 sessions in one term, you can pay a fee of $100 upfront.

It is possible to extend the number of sessions you attend at this discount rate with the same conditions: the minimum number of sessions is four and upfront payment. For example, if you book for 4 sessions at the discount rate, then you decide that you want to attend 3 more sessions, you will have to pay the minimum of $80 for the extra sessions upfront or pay the standard rate each time.

c. Early Bird Discount: $160 for 10 sessions
This option is available only for continuing students. The fee has to be paid during the first week of each term. Continuing students means those who have attended at least 3 sessions in the previous term.  


Course Structure    
The certificate course consists of four levels with 20 classes each. When you complete each level, you can apply for a certificate. Upon completion of your fourth certificate, you can enroll in a professional teaching diploma course which consists of 30 topics to be covered in 30 lessons. The topics include large installations, demonstration methods and displays for commercial spaces.
What to Bring (These materials are not included in course fees)
First Lesson
     A pair of secateurs
     4-5 stems of one kind of flower
From the Second Lesson
     As above plus
     Branch material
     A container and kenzan

Flower and Branch materials can be prepared for you at $15 per lesson. This is a prepaid service and nonrefundable. At least 24 hour notice is necessary to cancel or change the date. Call Shoso for details.

Ikebana Lesson Gift Vouchers (Order from Voucher page)
1. $60:  Introductory course (3 sessions - tuition only)
2. $105: Introductory course with flower materials
3. $200: 3 month course (10 sessions)
4. $240: 3 month course + a text book 
When you give our voucher, please advice following simple conditions.
a. Gift Vouchers are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase.
b. Send an email to shososhimbo@gmail.com to book lessons.
c. Course means tuition and does not include secateurs, container nor  kenzan. You can borrow these materials during the introductory course. But you have to bring them once you move to a certificate course which starts from the forth lesson.  

d. If your voucher includes fees for flower materials, please note that you have to give a 24 hour notice to cancel your booking. 

FAQ: Tuition
We offer the most competitive rate among Ikebana courses in Australia. We also offer flexible options such as early bird discounts, free make up lessons, and paying by sessions (min. 4 sessions per term). In order to maintain such low rates, flexibility and the simple system, however, we are not able to give any further concessions.     


Q: I missed one lesson this term. Can I make up the lesson next term?
A: No. You have to make up your missed lesson in the same term.

Q: I missed a few lessons this term. Can I get a discount next term?
A: No. Fees paid do not carry over from one term to another. We only give credit for the term when due to circumstances outside our control we have to cancel a class and cannot reschedule a make up lesson within a term.

Q: Can I pay each lesson? 
A: Yes. The standard rate of each lesson is $35. This option is recommended for those who are not sure of their schedule, or those who do not like the conditions and the non-refundable principle of our discount rates.    

Q: I missed some lessons this term. Can I get refund?
A: No. No refunds will be given. However, we have introduced a new option only for those who have paid for the whole term with the normal discount rate ($200). Please see below.  

Q: I payed $200 (Discount Rate) for this term. I attended twice but my situation has changed and I cannot attend any more this term. Can I get a refund?
A: Unfortunately, fees are not refundable. However, we do have some e-learning options that might suit you.We will take $70 (the 2 lessons you attended at the standard rate of $35) and give you for credit for $130 of e-learning services. You can only use this credit for our e-learning service, which are $20 per session. You cannot use this credit to attend the class or buy any products. 

Conversion to e-learning service is available only for the students who paid the full amount of $200 for the term. It is not available for the Early Bird Discount or when you have paid less than $200 for one term.

E-learning sessions may not contribute to the Sogetsu certificates. 

Q: I have been using the Discount Rate option. My ticket runs out in week 9 of the term and I would like attend one more class in week 10. Can I pay extra $20 to attend?
A: No. The minimum amount for normal discount is $80. You will have to pay the standard rate of $35 to attend the extra class.

Q: I have attended 10 sessions in a term and would like to attend more in the same term. How much to pay for the extra sessions?
A: You must have attended more than once in a week. Pay $20 per session from the 11th session in the term.

Q: I failed to pay on the first day I attended. What happens? 
A: If you fail to pay on the first day you attend the term, the Standard Rate, not the Discount Rate, will apply. 

If you intend to attend 10 sessions in a term and pay on the third lesson, your fee will be $70 (the two lessons you have already attended at the Standard Rate of $35) plus $160 (the remaining 8 lessons at the Discount Rate of $20) - a total of $230. In the same way, if you intend to attend 4 sessions and pay on the second lesson, your fee is not $80, but $95 ($35 for the first lesson and $60 for three Discount Rate lessons). New students have to pay on the first day.   

Q: I am attending a course using a voucher that includes both tuition and flower materials. I could not give 24 hours notice to cancel my lesson. Can you prepare flowers for me again next time? 
A: Because we had late or no notice, the flowers we prepared for you were wasted. So you have two options. You may bring your own flowers next time or pay an extra fee to have your flowers prepared for you again.