"Not only beautiful flowers but also buds and withered flowers have life, and each has its own beauty. By arranging flowers with reverence, one refines oneself" - Ikenobo Senno, 1542


We run monthly workshops focused on a specific style from September to June. Each class is taught by a certified teacher from our membership. We have two special workshops per year, one taught by a high-ranking US-based teacher and one by a visiting professor from Ikenobo headquarters in Kyoto. Due to demand, these special events are only open to our regular members. 

Unless otherwise noted, all workshops are held at Whitcomb Hall, First Parish Church, 50 Church St., Waltham MA 02452

Please remember to bring your containers, the usual tools, scissors, cloth for under the scissors, a flower bucket, and a brown paper bag for trash. Please bring your own lunch.

to May 19

Visiting US professor Dan Agnese workshop

Dan Agnese is a Senior Professor in the Ikenobo School and President of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Denver. Dan has studied Ikenobo flower arranging for over twenty years and has traveled extensively to teach and to further his training, including many trips to Ikenobo Headquarters in Kyoto, Japan. 

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Slanting and Upright Free Style with Gail Bartlett

Jiyuka (free-style) ikebana emerged out of the post-World War II tumult, as part of the broader avant-garde artistic movement of that period. More abstract than either shoka or rikka, it is comprised of forms and shapes that together evoke the arranger's sensibility.

The three basic shapes of jiyuka are horizontal, vertical, and slanted, and the workshop will focus on the latter two forms.

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Arranging aspidistra with Masumi Naylor

Morning program: Shoka isshuike

Afternoon program: freestyle

Shoka isshuike presents the essential character and natural growing form of a single plant variety, as perceived by the arranger. Aspidistra isshuike is one of the quintessential exercises for students at all levels, prompting both aesthetic flair and technical skill in distinguishing handedness and sun faces of the material.  

This is an excellent introductory class for those new to ikebana.

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Hatsuike: free style with Masumi Naylor and chabana with Glenn Sorei Pereira

Our New Year hatsuike celebration will include a celebratory Free Style workshop led by Masumi Naylor, followed by a potluck luncheon. The afternoon session will feature a chabana (Japanese tea ceremony) by  Glenn Sorei Pereira, an instructor and professor of chanoyu.

Jiyuka (free-style) ikebana emerged out of the post-World War II tumult, as part of the broader avant-garde artistic movement of that period. More abstract than either shoka or rikka, it is comprised of forms and shapes that together evoke the arranger's sensibility.

Chado, the way of tea, is one of the three classical Japanese arts of refinement, and considered an integral part of ceremonial hospitality. A refined and often elaborate ceremony, it demonstrates respect through grace and good etiquette.  

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Shoka Shofutai and Shoka Shimputai with Mimi Santini-Ritt

This workshop will concentrate on two shoka arrangements: a traditional shofutai and a more modern shimputai. Taught by Mimi Santini-Ritt, this is an excellent introductory class for those new to ikebana.

Shoka focuses on the unique character of each plant, the inner beauty discovered in the various growing forms of a plant as it makes every effort to live.

In a traditional shoka shofutai, the life of plants is elegantly and gracefully expressed arranged in a single vase.

Shoka shimputai was introduced by present Headmaster Sen¹ei Ikenobo in 1977 as a modern style of shoka suited to contemporary life styles. Based on Ikenobo¹s traditional sense of beauty, the beauty found in shoka shimputai comes from observing plants from various perspectives such as color, shape, texture, extension of leaves, and movement of stems.

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Demonstration by Visiting Professor Kumi Hiramatsu

As part of her tour in Boston, Visiting Professor Hiramatsu will conduct a demonstration of ikebana. Entry is free to current members of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of Boston and the Ikebana International Boston Chapter, and $20 to members of the public. It will be held at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Elm Bank, Wellesley, MA.

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Shoka futakabu-ike workshop with Visiting Professor Kumi Hiramatsu

We are honored to welcome Visiting Professor Hiramatsu to Boston in October. Due to demand, this workshop is open only to current members of a chapter of the Ikenobo Society of Floral Art. It will be held at Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Elm Bank, Wellesley, MA.

Futakabu-ike are divided shoka arrangements in wide basins. There are two basic styles: gyodo-ike have two groups of water plants side by side, and suiriku futakabuike have a group of land plants behind and to the side of a group of water plants, to emphasize their differences.

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Rikka Shimputai workshop with Teresa Silverman

Our first workshop of the season, taught by Teresa Silverman, focusing on a modern (shimputai) form of the traditional rikka style, which idealizes landscapes through floral representation. 

The workshop will be preceded by a presentation "What We Learned in Kyoto, 2017" by Linda Clarke, Mimi Santini-Ritt, Teresa Silverman.

Rikka Shimputai was developed in the late 1990’s to address the need for Ikenobo to modernize.  In the aftermath of World War II, traditional rikka, which dates from the 15th century, and the shoka arrangements, which date from the 18th century, were increasingly seen as out-dated and so rules-bound as to discourage new students.  The challenge was to not throw out the baby for the bathwater.  Meaning that the principles and practices of rikka and shoka could not be discarded.  They form the foundation of Ikenobo and have stood the test of centuries.  To modernize rikka, there needed to be a version that had fewer rules but still contained the essence of a traditional rikka.  With fewer rules, it can be difficult to know how to get started.  This workshop will present a creative and original method of translating the traditions of rikka shofutai to making a rikka shimputai arrangement.  This method has been formulated by Senior Ikenobo Professor Manabu Noda and was taught to advanced students in April 2017 at the Ikenobo headquarters in Kyoto.  

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