Kado Ikebana: The Way of Flowers

with Barbara Craig

August 25th—August 26th (2018)

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  • $185 Patron
  • $155 Sustaining
  • $125 Supporting
  • ($25.00 Material Fee included in each price.)
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Room: Main Shrine Room

Japanese flower arranging, also called Kado or Ikebana, can be practiced as a contemplative art. Under the guidance of Barbara Craig, students learn to create flower arrangements and experience Kado as a creative and meditative dance with nature, space, and perception. Like meditation, Kado teaches us to really look at and work with what is before us.

This course provides an introduction to the practice of Kado, and will benefit both the beginning and experienced practitioner.  Barbara will also walk us through the Boston Center to discuss how best to use Kado to uplift the space and awaken our sense perceptions.

Kado means “The Way of Flowers”. The Flower Way began in China over 2000 year ago. When it was introduced and assimilated into Japan, the Japanese word “Ikebana” arose, meaning living flowers.

Human beings are part of nature, we are not separate. We follow the same patterns as does all life on this planet. Kado students simultaneously study the human Condition when working with natural materials from the earth. By practicing classical Ikebana forms, Kado teaches to see the wisdom of nature clearly, which is the same in ourselves and others. The ultimate purpose in Kado is not to make pleasant flower arrangements, but to discover joyfulness, work with obstacles, and develop respect for all things animate or inanimate.

Barbara Craig is a meditation student and a member of the Philadelphia Shambhala center for over 20 Years.  She has been practicing Kado for over 8 years and is a student of Marcia Wang Shibata, Master Shambhala Kado Instructor.  She is also a student of the Ikenobo school of Ikebana and a member of Ikebana International.  Barbara lives in Philadelphia, and has worked as a graphic designer /art director for over 25 years.

Class is limited to 12 people. $25 Flower material fee included in program is non-refundable.