Kado: Rigden School of Ikebana

with Artist to the Court Marcia Shibata

April 3rd—April 5th

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  • $225 Program Price
  • ($25.00 Material Fee included in each price.)
Room: West Loop Shambhala Center, 37 N. Carpenter St.

with Anjie Cho assisting Ms. Shibata

Discover and cultivate the source of creativity, and learn how to express that in flower arranging. Kado is a meditative, contemplative understanding of self, nature, space and perception.

Kado, “The Way of Flowers”, began in China over 2000 years ago, and was later introduced into Japan, where the word Ikebana, “living flowers” arose. Kado is a contemplative practice that studies nature as it is. Human beings are part of nature and 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 us 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.

No prior knowledge nor training in flower arranging is needed to take this class. The class is limited to 18 people.

*Please note that there is a $25 material fee for the flowers that will be used by each student. This fee is not refundable, even if you cancel your registration for the workshop.

*The Friday evening program (7-9 pm) is open to all and can be attended without participating in the full program. Donations are welcome.

Marcia Wang Shibata is a Master Shambhala Kado/Ikebana Instructor within the Shambhala Buddhist community and founder of the Shambhala Kado Ridgen School of Ikebana. She is a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Having studied and practiced in both a major classical and modern Ikebana school, she teaches from the view of nature’s innate wisdom and Buddhist/Shambhalian compassionate warriorship.

Anjie Cho is a student of Marcia Shibata, and is a Kado Guide in the School of Rigden Ikebana. She is also an architect, feng shui educator, and author. Visit Anjie’s website www.anjiecho.com