sogetsu ikebana lesson details
Lesson Days & Times
In general, lessons are held every first and third Wednesday of the month, 10:00AM - 12:00PM.
Plus, one Sunday per month (date to be announced in a timely manner), also 10:00AM - 12:00PM.
Schedule is subject to change without prior notice. Please see our Lesson Dates page for exact dates and times of upcoming lessons.
The Spirit of Ikebana
Ikebana in itself is a life-long study. The learning does not come from merely memorizing the basics but also from the process where students begin to attune to their inner selves, to the flowers and branches they are touching, to the surroundings that envelope them, and by extension to the world they exist in. The process is as important as the resulting arrangement. Allow yourself to find beauty in harmony, beauty that only an uncluttered mind can grasp, beauty at that perfect moment in a blossom's life.
The Sogetsu Curriculum
The study of Sogetsu ikebana begins with the 4 “curriculums”. Each curriculum contains 20 lessons. Curriculums 1 & 2 are basic for beginners, while Curriculums 3 & 4 are for more advanced students.
After finishing each curriculum, students can apply to receive a certificate of completion from the Sogetsu Foundation. Applications for accreditation will incur fees charged by the Sogetsu Foundation (not the ikebana shop) and are completely optional. Accreditation from the Sogetsu Foundation in Tokyo allows students to continue their studies where they left off with a different Sogetsu teacher.
For those wishing to earn a teacher's diploma, an additional 40 or more lessons are needed to obtain a 4th grade teaching diploma.
General Lesson Plan
All students start at the beginner level, unless they have previously studied Sogetsu ikebana and have the proper accreditations to continue from where they have left off with a previous teacher.
Students learn at their own pace. There is no specific one lesson taught at each session. Lessons are individualized in nature, with students getting personal instruction based on their current skill level. Students may enrol at any time, and book the dates they would like to attend.
At the start of each session, the teacher will introduce the materials to be used and explain to each student his/her particular lesson to "challenge". Students will be left alone to contemplate and create their arrangements, and are discouraged from discussing ideas with one another during this time. At appropriate times, the teacher will comment and suggest corrections, explaining concepts or adding new twists for the students to ponder. After each session, students can take their flowers home and re-create their arrangements.
Each session can accommodate only six students. Students must book their classes in advance.
Bookings can be made by email or by telephone. Please leave us your email and contact telephone number so that we may contact you in case of any unforeseen schedule changes.
Although we do try our best to accommodate same-day cancellations (as we are sure everybody has good reasons), we reserve the right to charge the full fee for same-day cancellations or no-shows. BUT in practice, we don't like to do that. Instead, we ask for $15 (plus tax) to cover the cost of the flowers & branches that have already been prepared specifically for the person who did not show up. The people who cancelled can just drop by and pick up their flowers in the next few days...and they can still practice ikebana at home (even if they missed the lesson). Of course, the missed lesson is not counted as "taken".
For cancellations more than one day ahead of lesson date, we do not charge anything. (But please understand that your flowers are ordered 2-3 days ahead so if you need to cancel, please let us know as soon as you can. It will give us the chance to adjust our flower orders and also to inform people who might want to take your place.)
What Should You Bring?
the ikebana shop will provide the flower containers, kenzan and clippers for the students' use during the lessons.
Students are encouraged to bring a notebook/sketchbook and a camera to the lessons. Also, old newspapers to wrap the flowers for taking home after the lesson. A flower bag (hana-gappa) would be convenient!
Diploma students will also need to bring the official textbooks. The teacher will record their attendance and progress in the textbook and this will be used in the application for accreditation. (Textbooks are available at the shop but are exclusively for our ikebana students and are not sold to the general public.) Curriculums 1 & 2 (40 lessons) are combined into one textbook, as are Curriculums 3 & 4.
One session costs $40, which includes the cost of flowers. A 3-session pack can be bought in advance for $100.
Children below 15 years old who take lessons with their parent(s) are charged $30 for one lesson or $70 for a 3-session pack.
Fees are subject to HST. Payments may be made by credit card, cash, or by cheque payable to the ikebana shop.