Start Date: Sunday, August 11, 2013
End Date: Sunday, August 11, 2013
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Ikebana (living flower) has its origins in the 7th century when the practice of Buddhism traveled from China and Korea and arrived in Japan. A flower offering was always placed on the altar in front of Buddha. In this ancient discipline, a simple seasonal floral arrangement reinforced the connection that mankind has with nature, offering the arranger a way – kado – of expressing himself and awakening his spirit in connection with the natural world. Ikebanists arrange flowers with special regard to balance, harmony, and form. The arranger and the flower arrangement, ikebana, express the harmonious balance that should exist between humans and the universe. When we arrange our ikebana we forget ourselves and allow our ki to merge with the plant materials we are using. This workshop will include instruction on two different seasonal ikebana arrangements.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The deadline for registrations will be July 31 so the teacher has enough time to order materials for the class. The materials fee is included in the class. Lunch is also included.
Antoinette Drouart returned to the U.S. after living for ten years abroad in Japan and France. She has received formal training in Japanese flower arrangements as well as certificates from the Ikebana Soguto School in Tokyo. Her artistic interests in combination with with her love of flowers and their therapeutic values have led her to study and teach the art of Japanese flower arrangement.