Kado: The Way of Flowers

Friday 13 July 2018 (19:30 -21:00)
Saturday 14 July 2018 (09:30 -18:00)
Sunday 15 July 2018 (09:30 -18:00)
Teacher : Martina Marx
Coordinator : Jim Norton
Regular Price : €120
Students and unwaged: €60
Members: €80
Japanese art of contemplative flower arrangement



Kado Course Outline

In this 2-day course you learn the technique of Ikebana, also known as Kado, the Japanese contemplative art of flower arrangement.

Friday night is an open evening for everybody interested.  There will be an historical and cultural introduction on Ikebana/Kado, and demonstration of Ikebana arrangements.

The sessions will also touch on the philosophical and spiritual background of Kado Ikebana practice.

On Saturday morning the program will start with a meditation instruction for beginners.Each class is framed by short sitting meditation practice periods. .

On Sunday morning, we will have an excursion to nature, where we will have a look at the growing of plants to learn about cutting the main branches of the structure of an Ikebana Arrangement.

One touching moment in this dialogue with nature is the experience of strength and sensitivity in each piece of nature, its uniqueness. In not trying to judge, we can discover the subtleness of beauty, whether it is obvious or not, in a piece of wood, grass, in a rose or an oxeye daisy.

When we open up to this and offer our care and appreciation, nature´s truth and wisdom will unfold itself and communicate with our own wisdom and unfabricated human nature.

We are looking very much forward sharing this unique experience with you.


Martina Marx has been practicing meditation in Shambhala since 1984. She was a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of Shambhala, and now of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, its current leader.

She started to study and practice Ikebana (The Way of Flowers) in 1988 when she met Marcia Wang Shibata, Master of Shambhala Kado (Rigden School of Ikebana). Martina is a Council member and Co-founding member of Shambhala Kado, a new Ikebana school based on the Shambhala teachings and the truth of nature.

A senior Kado Instructor since 2005, she has been teaching Kado at the Shambhala Center Marburg/Germany, in adult education programs and various international Shambhala Centers, both to beginners and experienced Kado students.

Martina is the mother of two adult daughters and lives in Trier/Germany, where she manages a shoe store.