"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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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.