Have you wondered about learning ikebana? We run classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students.
The Japanese art of ikebana is more than just flower arranging, it is "making flowers come alive", a translation of the word, ikebana.
Your teacher, Megumi Bennett, is a highly qualified master of the Koryu Shoyo-Kai School. Megumi teaches her students with individual attention and explanations, helping to create the art of ikebana in an easy to understand, step by step method.
There are 10 ikebana lessons during the year, once per month on a Sunday. They are designed so you can learn a new style each lesson, so can attend one or all 10 workshops. Beginners usually need about 2 years training to move up to intermediate level. There are classes for both intermediate and advanced students at different times during the Sunday, so you can keep progressing through the levels and learning the wonderful art of ikebana.
There are many styles of ikebana. For the beginners workshop you will learn moribana, using a shallow container and kenzan (pin holder). Within moribana, there are four styles, upright, slanting, horizontal and cascade.
Once you graduate to an intermediate class, you will learn nageire style, using a tall vase and without a kenzan. This style requires more skill and experience.
We have ikebana supplies available for your lessons, including:
- kenzan - the pointed needle holders
- scissors - for trimming foliage
- containers and vases - various options
Students are to bring their own supplies to class, including flowers, so you then have a beautiful display to take home with you. The various choice of flowers by each student adds to the creative environment, as each ikebana is unique which makes for a fun class each time.
Megumi is happy to help with any questions you have, please contact us.
Origins of Ikebana Koryu School
The Koryu Ikebana School seeks to express beauty and elegance using the fundamentals of space, structure and naturalism that has been perfected by its practitioners since it was established in 1760 (Edo period), by Imai Isshiken Soufu. Following a simple, prescriptive pattern based on an asymmetrical triangle whose 3 points represent heaven, earth and man, the Seika style reaches out to us, symbolising both the natural world and our connection to it.