Ikebana: The Art of Flowers

with Shastri Ellen Rook
Sunday, March 31, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Limited to 10 participants. Please register by March 15th.
Japanese flower arranging, also called Ikebana, can be practiced as a contemplative art. Under the guidance of Shastri Ellen Rook, students will learn to create flower arrangements and experience Ikebana as a creative and meditative dance with nature, space, and perception. Like meditation, Ikebana teaches us to really look at and work with what is before us. 
The day-long workshop is an opportunity for participants to create arrangements, practice, and learn together. The program also includes meditation, talks, and a reception to celebrate the day's creations.
Level: Everyone is welcome.
Group size: Limited to 10 participants; registration by March 15th is recommended to save your space.
Registration/payment: Kindly complete payment below or contact Cynthia at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options.
Note: If you are able to pay $125, you will help someone else participate. Thank you!
Suggested donation
Generosity policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the suggested amounts are an obstacle for you, please consider what is possible in your current situation and offer as much of the program fee as you can. Kindly register ahead by email. Thank you!
What to bring: A materials list will be provided at the time of registration or at least two weeks before the program. The cost above includes $25 worth of flowers and some other supplies.
Shastri Ellen Rook encountered the Shambhala teachings in upstate New York in 1980. She has studied with both Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. For many years, Shastri Rook served as Director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Albany, and was appointed by Sakyong Mipham to the position of Shastri, or senior teacher, in 2012. Married with three adult daughters, she works in the Information Technology field as a Director of Application Development for the State of New York. She enjoys gardening, writing poetry, jogging, flower arranging and was recently authorized as a teacher in the Sogetsu ikebana tradition.
Photos below: Inspiring work at our last Ikebana workshop with Shastri Rook in the Spring of 2017.

Hosted by Rockland Shambhala. Shambhala is a registered service mark of Shambhala International (Vajradhatu).