"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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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.