"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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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.