"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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Special Visiting Professor Taichi Inoye 2/2

Special Visiting Professor Taichi Inoue will present a workshop over two days dedicated to the new Ikenobo curriculum, a coordinated back-to-basics effort to ensure all chapters are on the same path. The workshop fee for Boston Chapter members, including Associate Members, is $50. The fee is $75 for members of other Ikenobo chapters. Seating is limited to 25. Reserve your place by completing this registration form.

Morning: Futakabu-ike - two-group arrangement in a low wide basin. 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.

Afternoon:  Jiyuka (free-style) ikebana. This style 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.

Professor Taichi Inoue lives in Tokyo, Japan, and is now a member of the Ikenobo Tokyo Tachibana-kai Chapter. He began his study of Ikenobo Ikebana in 1999 and in 2013 completed the Advanced Course of the Ikenobo Central Training Institute at Ikenobo Headquarters in Kyoto. He has since completed the Special Advanced Courses in Rikka at the same institute. His current studies include the Special Advanced Course in Free Style and Technical seminar in Rikka.