Ikebana is a relaxing, contemplative, mindful practice in which one lives in the moment communing with nature to express the beauty inherent in the ﬂorals. These simple, elegant arrangements use live ﬂowers and natural materials. Ikebana is a disciplined 900 year old art form with rules for length, angle and position of the stems. It is diﬀerent from western ﬂower arranging because ikebana is always asymmetrical with emphasis on negative space. The art encourages focus and attention to detail which is why it was taught to the samurai warriors. Today, business leaders are ﬁnding that the principles and practice of ikebana can serve a purpose in the workplace.
Marjorie DaVanzo has been practicing ikebana for over 20 years. As a member of Ikebana International she is on the board of the Rochester chapter and an associate member of the New York City and Miami chapters. DaVanzo also belongs to NAOTA the North American Ohara Teachers Association. She has exhibited and demonstrated her ikebana at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and hosted workshops for the Asian Culture Festival in Miami, Florida. In addition she has led ikebana focused goal setting sessions for L’Oréal and Sparks and Honey in Manhattan.
$180 (includes the flowers) for 4 week course
One time trial class for $25 with 48 hours notice.
Borrow supplies but go home with flowers .
Pay in advance with Venmo, Zelle or PayPal
Materials needed for class:
one 2” x 3” kenzan/pin frog ceramic suiban*
*round ﬂat bottom container 11”-12”
diameter and 2” deep
Materials may be purchased online or at a discounted price from instructor
Starter kit: $40 includes kenzan and suiban.
kenzan – $20
suiban – $25
Japanese ﬂoral shears extra $30
The Ancient Japanese Art of Flower Arranging