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Location: Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany

Explore Ikebana

In person. Introduction to the art and practice of arranging flowers in the Sogetsu Ikebana tradition. Open to all. The program will include

  • A brief introduction to the tradition and history of ikeba.
  • Instruction in the basic upright arrangement in a moribana (shallow container). Everyone will learn how to make this fundamental ikebana style.
  • Advice on how to select branches and flowers for upright basic arrangements.
  • Demonstration of a freestyle arrangement that includes a variety of materials commonly found in gardens and alongside the road in early fall. Participants will work in small groups to create a celebration in flowers that evokes the change of seasons.

Flowers and branches are provided. Confirmed participants will receive a list of materials to bring (bucket, clippers, specifics on container needed, etc.). Containers and clippers may be borrowed as well.. Class size is limited–please register soon. 

 Inspired to learn ikebana after falling in love with the flower arrangements at meditation centers, Ellen White Rook has been studying Sogetsu School ikebana for over 20 years and has been teaching since 2012. She currently holds the Sanyo instructor certificate. Ellen leads workshops and demonstrates ikebana at garden clubs, libraries, arts centers and meditation centers. She was the Chair of the New York State Capital District Sogetsu Study Group from 2018 to 2022

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