Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Way of Flowers

kado class
Kado practice arrangement

This weekend at the Shambhala Art Creativity Lab (monthly gatherings to explore creative process and meditative space) I happily participated in an exploration of Kado, called "The Way of Flowers” in Chinese.  The tradition began in China over 2300 years ago.  You might be more familiar with the Japanese assimilation.  When introduced to Japan, “Ikebana” arose, meaning “living or natural flowers”.  Ikebana is derived from the word "ikeru" meaning to "keep alive" and "hana" meaning "flower".  



More than making pleasant arrangements, Kado is a contemplative practice that studies nature as it is.

kado class


Guy Blume expertly led the workshop, introducing us to some of the basics of formal ikebana arranging...we finished with a free form arrangement.  


kado class


 My experience was first noticing tightness as I tried to do things the right wayRelaxing, it went much smoother (isn't that also so in life!).  The free form arrangement was freeing... each of us blindly chose a paper with a word/feeling written on it, which became our theme.  My word was menacing.  At first wondering how I to express it with materials at hand... inspiration took over, and I thoroughly immersed myself in the process using thorny rose stems and woody bits.  Others had a similar experience with their process.


Menacing arrangement...
Menacing arrangement...

Thank you to Guy and Shambhala, I loved the process. And have you tried something similar, dear reader?






Guy Blume will lead the August Creativity Lab by teaching Kado, The Way of the Flower. In the three hour session participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of ikebana - See more at: http://la.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=156791#sthash.34eSIeNm.dpuf
Guy Blume will lead the August Creativity Lab by teaching Kado, The Way of the Flower. In the three hour session participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of ikebana - See more at: http://la.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=156791#sthash.34eSIeNm.dpuf
Guy Blume will lead the August Creativity Lab by teaching Kado, The Way of the Flower. In the three hour session participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of ikebana - See more at: http://la.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=156791#sthash.34eSIeNm.dpuf
Guy Blume will lead the August Creativity Lab by teaching Kado, The Way of the Flower. In the three hour session participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of ikebana - See more at: http://la.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=156791#sthash.34eSIeNm.dpuf
Guy Blume will lead the August Creativity Lab by teaching Kado, The Way of the Flower. In the three hour session participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of ikebana - See more at: http://la.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=156791#sthash.34eSIeNm.dpuf

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful work, Linda. What a soothing way to spend some time.

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