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Kado-Ikebana: An introductory weekend

The practice of Kado, or the Way of Flowers, originated in China over 2,000 years ago. Flowers in this case represent the entire rainbow of livings plants from the smallest delicate expressions to large mighty trees. The practice was eventually adopted in Japan, where its name changed to “ikebana”, meaning “living flowers”.

The ultimate goal of Kado-Ikebana is not to make pleasant flower arrangements, but to expand our heart/mind, be in each moment, work with obstacles and develop a deep appreciation for the living world, the self, others and all life. In Kado, we learn to engage with the ancient principle of Heaven, Earth, and Humanity that we can witness in the unfolding of life. By sensing this natural hierarchy, our life and art become more liberated and joyful. 

Meditation practice is the ground of Kado, as it helps us to gain an understanding of the obstacles we encounter. Participants will be given basic instruction in meditation practice.

Click here to listen to Maria Shibata and Kado participants.


All material is provided for students. This includes the material and all necessary containers etc.
If you have your own cutters, please bring them to the programme.

Please note that a €20 flower fee is not included in the price of the retreat.


Practical Information

All students attending this programme will be met at the level of skill and understanding that they enter with, whether they are beginners or persons with some experience.

Arrival day (28 September): Between 8.30 and 9.00 am. The programme starts at 9.15 am.

You may also arrive the night before, on Friday 27 September from 5 pm, in which case please specify this by email to: [email protected]

End of programme (29 September): at 5.30 pm on Sunday

This programme is taught in English and will be translated into French. Requests for interpretation in other languages must be made in advance and confirmed (please indicate your request for interpretation on the registration page).
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