Course Outline

Discover the unique world of the fine Japanese art, Ikebana. Ikebana goes far beyond just techniques of arranging flowers. It is a philosophy, a unique way of communicating with nature and the art of self-expression. It helps to unleash inner creativity and express oneself in a new way.

The course is designed as a hands-on training of basic Ikebana techniques and arrangement patterns developed by one of the oldest and yet the most innovative schools of Ikebana – Ohara School. Each arrangement will start with demonstration and cultural introduction, which will be followed by hands on practice.

Ideal for...

Anyone – no prior knowledge of flower arrangement or Ikebana philosophy is required.

Topics include

  • Identifying specifics of Ikebana
  • Record basic techniques of working with ‘living materials’
  • Learn how to use kenzan (pin-holder)
  • Learn how to use flat vases
  • Practice doing arrangements with minimum number of flower materials
  • Incorporating ‘active space’ into your composition
  • Experiment with balance, dimensions and space


  • Create 2 patterns of Ikebana arrangements of Ohara School style
  • Gain an understanding of the philosophy underpinning Ikebana

• Create dimensional compositions
• Create stunning arrangements from minimum number flowers and brunches

What to bring

  • pen and notepad
  • secateurs
  • Towel

Flowers and kenzan (metal pin-holder) are included in the course price. You will be able to take your class flowers back and re-arrange them at home. Vases will be supplied by the tutor for the duration of the course.

About your tutor

Born in Russia, Anna Shipilova has spent 15 years living, studying and working in Japan. She had an interest to different aspects of Japanese life and culture, but Ikebana became her real passion. Learning Ikebana Anna started from a very traditional style – Ikenobo style. She attended classes with other students at her teacher’s private house where she had an opportunity to learn the way Ikebana was taught traditionally in Japan – teacher was showing the model at the beginning of the class and students replicate the model.

After moving to Tokyo Anna decided to gain a deeper and systematic understanding of the Japanese art of arranging flowers. She chose Ohara School for it because she was fascinated with its innovative spirit and open minded attitude to the art of arranging flowers in an ever changing society.

Anna is a qualified teacher and she is eager to share her findings and skills of arranging flowers according to Ohara School Ikebana cannons.

Other information

All courses need a minimum number of students to run. If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled prior to the commencement and you will be informed. For your convenience information about class cancellations or changes are made initially via email and SMS, please ensure these details are correct.

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