Beginners Ikebana Class

with Toby Bernal & Leslie Ernst

April 28th (2018)

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  • $50 Standard price
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Room: Main Meditation Hall

This class is now full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please send an email to Chris at [email protected].

Ikebana is the contemplative practice of expressing gentleness and elegance through the art of simple flower arrangement. The word ‘Ikebana’ literally means “give life to flowers.” This art form began in 11th century Japan when flowers were presented in shrines and temples, and has become a contemporary expression of the profound sacredness in the world. Much more than just arranging flowers, this practice mirrors the sacredness in the mind of the arranger, both in the arrangement and in the experience of the observer. Through this art form, the artist learns to train his or her perceptions to open to the harmony and natural order of the world.

In this small class setting, students will be provided with hands-on ikebana instruction and flowers will be provided for arranging. Tools and ikebana vases will be provided for use during the class if students are unable to secure their own. Students are encouraged to bring their own flower cutting scissors, a flat- bottomed dish that holds at least one inch of water, and a kenzan or metal "frog" pin cushion that fits the dish size. The class size will be limited to 10 students; a waiting list will be created if needed.

Price: $50, which must be paid online when registering to complete the registration process.

Toby Bernal is an Austin Native and a man of many talents. Currently he is the Master Gardener for the American Botanical Council. As a member of The Austin Shambhala Center he is the Garden Volunteer Coordinator and a Teacher in the practice of Kyudo, a form of Japanese archery, since 2007. During this time he has been a student of the late Shibata and now his son, Shibata Sensei XXI. In 2010 Toby started Ikebana with Shastri Iris Ramos, leading many Nydia day arrangements, co-teaching many classes, and advising the Ikebana society on large scale style. In the last year because of his work both in Kyudo and Ikebana he has been given the award of Elegance by the Kalapa Court.

Leslie Ernst is a visual artist and graphic designer who serves as an art director at The University of Texas at Austin. A member of the Austin Shambhala Meditation Center, she has been studying and practicing Ikebana with Shastri Iris Ramos for eight years. She has a deep love of gardens and all things blooming.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris at [email protected].

This class is now full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please send an email to Chris at [email protected].