Spring Kado Retreat: The Way of Flowers
Artist to the Court Marcia Shibata
June 2 - 6, 2017
An intensive 4 day program including flower arranging demonstrations, sitting, Dharma talks, Kado practice, outside walks, cutting our own materials, evening events, and the pleasure of working together as “practicing flowers is understanding how society works.”
“Kado” in Chinese means “The Way of Flowers” and began in China over 2300 years ago. When it was introduced and assimilated into Japan, the Japanese word “Ikebana” arose, meaning “living or natural flowers.” Kado is a contemplative practice that studies nature as it is.
Using classical Ikebana forms, Kado teaches us to clearly see the wisdom in nature, in ourselves and in others. The ultimate purpose in Kado is not to make pleasant flower arrangements, but cultivate appreciation for each moment, to work with obstacles, and to develop respect for ourselves, others and all forms of life.
Early registration is recommended as space is limited.
Program begins Friday, June 2nd at 7:30pm with a public demonstration, all are welcome to attend Friday evening only or stay for the entire program. Program ends on Tuesday, June 6th in the afternoon. No dinner served Tuesday night, people are invited to go out together. June 7th is an optional departure/travel day with no program activities. Please let us know if you would like to stay Tuesday night and add an extra night when registering, as this is not included in price.
About the Teacher
Marcia Wang Shibata was introduced to Buddhism and Ikebana by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche at Karme Chöling Shambhala Center in 1974. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was an Ikebana Master from the Sogetsu School, the newest school of the flower tradition of Japan. From 1980 to 1985 Misses Wang Shibata studied flowers in Japan at the Ikenobo and … Continue