Ikebana/ Kado Way of Flowers
with June Crow
Discover and cultivate the source of creativity and learn how to express this in flower arranging. Kado is a meditative, contemplative understanding of self, nature, space and perception.
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.
By practicing classical Ikebana forms, Kado teaches us to see the wisdom of nature clearly, which is the same in ourselves and others. The ultimate purpose in Kado is not to make pleasant flower arrangements, but to discover joyfulness, work with obstacles, and develop respect for all things animate or inanimate.
Instructor June Crow is a senior Shambhala teacher and student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who introduced the Shambhala community to Ikebana. She has been a long-time practictioner of Ikebana.