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Japanese Calligraphy: To See A World...

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Original Japanese calligraphy by Yukari Haverstock. It's the Japanese translation of an excerpt from William Blake's "Auguries Of Innocence".

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

ひとつぶの砂に ひとつの世界を見 
一輪の野の花に ひとつの天国を見 


Zen Saying: Kou-Un Ryuu-Sui

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行雲流水 (pronounce: "koh oon ryu sui") is a Zen saying that literally translates as "Clouds move. Water flows."

Herring Cove, NS, Canada.

Clouds do not stay in the same place.  Water flows from somewhere to somewhere.  If something blocks their way, they just move around it.  They follow their natural course despite the obstacles. They also do not cling to any permanent shape.

In our lives, things happen, for better or for worse. There is no need to dwell on certain events. There is no use to cling to certain episodes.  We must let life keep flowing and follow its natural course.  As the Beatles said, "Let it be!"  ...and life goes on.

  Original calligraphy by Yukari Haverstock.

Summer Arts Program 2015

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We have teamed up with some friends to offer the Summer Arts Program for children ages 8-10 years old at the Shambhala Centre!  It will be 5 days of fun, crafts and creativity.  Parents get to see a presentation on the final day.  Space is limited so please register as soon as you can!


Ikebana: the art of Japanese flower arranging,
based on 3 main elements: heaven, human & earth.

Gagaku: Ancient Japanese Court Dance and Music. We learn simple percussion on the drum, and its accompanying dance. The
movements are clear and open.

Calligraphy: disciplines of brushwork moving into open forms. We start with black ink and classical forms and move into color and free forms.

Origami: the art of Japanese paper folding. A great tool in developing spatial reasoning and geometric understanding, origami also teaches patience and concentration.

Etegami: means “picture letter.” It is a picture and a message. There are no rules Just draw and write what you feel in a moment of inspiration.

Bookmaking: each child creates a hand-made book


Miyako Ballesteros is a qualified instructor in the Sogetsu School of ikebana. She owns the ikebana shop (6417 Quinpool Road, Halifax, NS). Miyako is passionate about sharing Japanese culture. Apart from ikebana lessons, she also conducts workshops in origami and etegami at different venues such as her shop studio, IWK, Dalhousie University, Halifax Public Libraries, etc.

Sarah Cox holds a Certificate in the Performing Arts in Dance from Naropa University. She is a long time student of Japanese Court Dance and also studies calligraphy and Japanese Tea Ceremony. She has taught children as well as adults for many years.

Jamie Pratt, Halifax representative of the Japanese Paper Place (Toronto), has long been fascinated by bookmaking arts. Through many workshops and studies she has learned various handmade book techniques and produced her own books.

For further information and registration:
Please contact Jeff Scott at the Shambhala Centre, tel 902-420-1118 ext 131.

P.S. Healthy snacks will be provided but participants are asked to bring their own lunch.

Calligraphy On Birch

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Shodo artist Yukari Haverstock uses Nova Scotia birch bark for some interesting calligraphy.  We have a couple available at the shop!


Yama = "mountain"   Original calligraphy on birch bark.  $28.00


Yuu = "stillness"  Original calligraphy on birch bark.  $30.00 

All prices in Canadian dollars (CAD) subject to HST when applicable.

(All photos by the ikebana shop.  All rights reserved.)

Calligraphy: A-Un

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"A-un" (阿吽)is a Buddhist mantra that represents the beginning and the end of the universe.  It is the Japanese transliteration of the Sanskrit "aum".   Also, the first syllable could be likened to "Truth" and "the Inquiring Mind" whilst the latter syllable, "Wisdom" and "Nirvana".

Calligraphy artist Yukari Haverstock captures a-un in her latest work.


Now displayed at the shop.  Available for sale.

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