- April 8, 2018
- 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
This hands-on workshop provides a therapeutic experience and spiritual satisfaction through the practice of Ikebana, a Japanese floral arrangement method.
Ikebana began as one of the traditional arts of Japan over 600 years ago, when it developed from the Buddhist ritual of offering flowers to the spirits of the dead. Since then, it has become an art form independent of its religious origins, though it continues to retain strong symbolic and philosophical overtones. Because of its meditative approach, Ikebana sparks creativity and curiosity in harmony with the rhythms of the natural world.
Makiko Goto-Widerman demonstrates designs based on a simple Shoka style influenced by Wabi Sabi, the Japanese art of imperfection. Join this enlightening workshop to create your own arrangement while learning how to observe and appreciate nature with the eye of a botanist and an Ikebana artist.
Floral materials provided. Bring your own vase to take your arrangement home or purchase a traditional hand-crafted Ikebana vase at the workshop ($60).
Makiko Goto-Widerman studied at Ikenobo Flower School and has been practicing Ikebana for over 20 years. Her work features an original, renewal style of Ikebana to reconfirm the importance of authentic spiritual and healing power found in gardens. She is also passionate about children's education through Ikebana.