"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.

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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.