Kado: The Way of Flowers

Friday 26 April 2019 (19:30 -21:00)
Saturday 27 April 2019 (09:30 -18:00)
Sunday 28 April 2019 (09:30 -18:00)
Dublin Shambhala Center
Teacher : Martina Marx
Coordinator : Catriona McCarthy
Contact person : Catriona McCarthy
Regular Price : 160
Japanese art of contemplative flower arrangement



Discover and cultivate the source of creativity. Learn how to express this in flower arranging.

Kado means “The Way of Flowers”. The Flower Way began in China over 2000 year ago. When it was introduced and assimilated into Japan, the Japanese word “Ikebana” arose, meaning “living flowers”.

Kado is a contemplative practice that studies nature as it is. Human beings are part of nature, we are not separate. We follow the same patterns, as does all life on this planet. Kado students simultaneously study the human condition when working with natural materials from the earth. In this dialogue with nature we can experience strength, sensitivity and 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.


Martina Marx (pictured above) has been practicing meditation in Shambhala since 1984. 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 teaches Kado at the Shambhala Centre in Marburg, Germany.

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


This course costs €160, patron price, for those who can donate to the centre, is €180.

(Please contact the course co-ordinator for price if in a financially challenging situation).