Workshops

Ikebana Workshops and Demos



LOOKING FOR SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR A HEN’S PARTY?

A recent client hired a function room at a cafe and combined an Ikebana Workshop B (see below) with Afternoon Tea to celebrate her Hen’s Party. Everybody there thought it was so relaxing and a great idea which they thoroughly enjoyed.


So, if you are looking for something different for a Hen’s Party, contact Shoso Shimbo and he can show you some examples of his work with flowers and how to find relaxation and create a warm and vital atmosphere among the participants which will help lead to a memorable wedding.


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Demonstration: 50 minutes/$450
Shoso creates 5 arrangements from a traditional basic style, a miniature arrangement to a medium size arrangement (up to 100 cm high), one of which the clients can keep for their display. 

During the demonstration, Shoso will talk about the brief history of Ikebana and its significance in the contemporary Japanese culture and society. You will find out why Ikebana is the most popular art in Japan with over 7 million practitioners, almost 5% of the total Japanese population. 

This demonstration can be incorporated with either lunch box or party catering arranged by one of Melbourne's top Japanese restaurants.

Flower & Music Live Show: 60 minutes/From $800
Shoso creates 6 arrangements in the traditional style, from a miniature arrangement to a medium size arrangement (up to 100 cm high), one of which the clients can keep for their display. During the demonstration, Shoso will talk briefly about the characteristics of the flowers used and their therapeutic effects.

Accompanying live music can be chosen from international solo artists playing the cello, the flute or the Koto (Japanese harp).

This show can be incorporated with a special dinner to be presented as Flower, Music & Dinner Show.

Workshop A. Essence of Ikebana: 3 hours/$800, Up to 10 participants. $40 per additional participant. 
This workshop takes participants through the essence of basic Ikebana. Participants will enjoy the relaxing and contemplative process of creating their own arrangements. They may also find themselves re-energised through the magic of touching naturefs beautiful gifts.

Participants arrive with nothing and leave with three floral works of art and the inspiration to make many more. The session starts with a brief lecture on historical and socio-cultural aspects of Ikebana. Then, participants will make a basic arrangement to learn the traditional design principles, a miniature arrangement to train the senses and meditate on the natural materials, and a free style arrangement to learn how to express themselves through Ikebana.

The works can be taken home or left as an exhibition for the other members of the institution so that participants can enjoy seeing their works on display.

Workshop B. Experiencing Ikebana: 90 minutes/$600, Up to 16 participants. $30 per additional participant. 
This workshop takes participants through the essence of basic Ikebana. You will enjoy the relaxing and contemplative process as you create your own arrangements. You may also find yourself re-energised through the magic of touching beautiful gifts of nature. 

Arrive with nothing and leave with delicate floral works of art and the inspiration to make may more. At the end of the session, you will have an opportunity to have an individual consultation with Shoso and share the philosophy behind your unique arrangements with other participants. 

The works can be left as an exhibition for the other members of the institution so that participants can enjoy seeing their works on display.  

Workshop C. Team building: 90 minutes/$800, Up to 40 participants. 
After touching on the basics of Ikebana, you will form a team and create a large free style Ikebana. In the process you are encouraged to unleash your creativity. This is a fun way to enhance your team working skills. At the end of the session, each team has an opportunity to talk about how their stunning arrangement came to fruition. 

The participantsf works can be left as an exhibition for the other members of the institution or the public in general. It is recommended to combine this workshop with the demonstration. 


Comments from past participants: Thank you very much for joining us at our national conference. We enjoyed learning about Ikebana and certainly found the principles very relevant to our situation. Manager, Pharmaceutical company.