I.I. 3-Chapters Congress 2024 call to registration

Registration has openend for the Ikebana International 3-Chapters Congress, which will take place in Interlaken on 7-9 June 2024.

Registration is open until 30 October 2023 at the latest.
The agenda in English, German, and French are at the bottom of this page.

Date: Friday afternoon 7 to Sunday evening 9 June 2024.

Venue: Hotel Artos Interlaken
in single or double room / half board

Offer: 3x workshops of different Ikebana schools, lunch included

Exhibition with the created arrangements

Excursion in the area of Interlaken, lunch included

Exchange with Ikebana friends

🌸 Friendship through flowers 🌸


For more information send email

Invitation I.I. 3-Chapter-Congress Interlaken and registration (EN)

Einladung I.I. 3-Chapter-Kongress Interlaken und Anmeldung (DE)

Invitation I.I. 3-Chapitres Congrès Interlaken et inscription (FR)


I.I. 3-Chapters Exhibition

From Friday 9 June to Sunday 11 June 2023, the Embassy of Japan in cooperation with Ikebana International held an Ikebana exhibition at the Japanese Information and Cultural Centre (JICC) of the Embassy of Japan. In the exhibition, all three Swiss chapters of Ikebana International, namely Basel, Geneva and Zurich, showed their works together. Works from the schools Kagei Adachi-ryu, Ikenobo, Kaden-ryu, Misho-ryu, Ohara-ryu and Sogetsu-ryu were represented.

The vernissage took place on Friday, 9 June. After the visitors had already been able to get a first glimpse of the exhibition, Ambassador Fujiyama introduced the opening ceremony in the garden of the JICC with a greeting in which he expressed his gratitude to all participating artists for their commitment and emphasised the long-standing and fruitful cooperation of the Japanese Embassy with Ikebana International. Ms Ursina Früh, President of the Ikebana International Basel Chapter and main organiser of the exhibition on behalf of Ikebana International, also thanked all the exhibitors and the organising committee in her speech.

After the opening ceremony, all guests had time to take a closer look at the exhibited works. The exhibition was very well received by the numerous guests. 🌸

Photos of the exhibition can be seen here

#Ikebana #IkebanaInternational #JICC #IkebanaSwitzerland #Bern


Fantasy Basel

Fantasy Basel – The Swiss Comic Con is the largest convention for pop culture in Switzerland. This fair took place from 18–20 May 2023 in the halls of Messe Basel. Creative makers and fans celebrated the fascination of creativity and imagination together in the real and imaginary world with a unique spectacle with stars, artists, cosplayers, film and TV studios, action zones, exhibitions, dealers, fan groups and thousands of visitors.

For the third time, the Ikebana International Basel Chapter was invited to be represented with its own booth. They had as neighbour the calligraphy master Takeda Rie, with whom they had already collaborated in the past.

The booth concept showed the connection between Ikebana and its depictions in anime and manga. Examples here were Magic Kyun! Renaissance and Girls und Panzer as well as Bleach. These series served as templates. The original arrangements were recreated and screenshots from the works were juxtaposed as printed posters. It showed the illustration and the real arrangement next to each other in order to illustrate the realism of the drawings.

At Takeda-sensei’s booth, the interplay between Japanese calligraphy and flower arrangements was shown. Visitors were also able to participate in workshops.

Until then and may the (flower) power be with you! 🌸

#fantasybasel2023 #fantasybasel #comiccon #messebasel #Ikebana #IkebanaInternational #IkebanaBasel #Basel


VitraHaus spring demonstration (Apr. 2023)

The custom of celebrating cherry blossoms, which has been practised in Japan for many centuries, has also been adopted and cultivated on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany, for several years as a connection to buildings by Japanese architects such as Andō Tadao and Shinohara Kazuo. This year, due to the cold and wet, the blossoms refused to open and so the cherry blossom festival could not take place in the usual way, with a stroll under the blossom trees and refreshments.
Instead, the library in the VitraHaus Level 1 opened its doors for a special event. On Saturday, 1 April 2023 and Sunday, 2 April 2023, there were Ikebana demonstrations with Monika Nussberger, Ursula Göldi, Wally Gschwind and Hedy Leung, each at 1:30 and 3:30 pm. After a short speech and introduction by Monika, the special challenge for Monika, Ursula, Wally and Hedy was that for the first time they make arrangements in vases by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec from the Vitra Shop, which was a very different and interesting experience.

The numerous guests also enjoyed the insight into the various schools, through the well-explained demonstrations, including a second demonstration in more conventional Ikebana vessels.
All the arrangements were displayed on tables. With cherry blossom branches, anemones, forsythia, iris, freesia, carnations, phlox, gypsophilla, corkscrew hazel, tulips, asparagus, salix, viburnum, strelitzia etc. brought spring into the home.

Looking out of the window at the upcoming cherry blossom dream and the memory of this beautiful occasion with many satisfied guests makes spring arise in us.

The Ikebana Basel Chapter would like to thank the entire Vitra team for this wonderful opportunity.
A big thank you goes to Jan and Monika Nussberger for the organisation. Thanks to everyone, including Peter, for carrying water over 2 floors countless times and also to the ladies from the reception who were very supportive.

The videos of the demonstrations can be seen on 🌸


Giardina 2023

Giardina, held in Zurich, is one of Europe’s leading indoor events for all things garden-related. At the start of spring, the biggest names in the industry present products, creative solutions, and future trends in garden design on around 30,000 m2 of exhibition space. Ikebana International Switzerland Chapters were invited again to exhibit exquisite works from traditional arrangements to modern installations, from various schools.


Sogetsu Branch Switzerland Exhibtion

The Sogetsu Branch Switzerland held an Ikebana exhibition with the title “Vents glacés” from 20-22 January 2023 close to Geneva. For photos see here

Location: Sarasin Farm
chemin Edouard-Sarain 47
1218 Grand-Saconnex, Geneva

Times: Friday, Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday from 10am to 5pm

Free entrance

Bus: 5 – F- 50 and 59 stop “Grand-Saconnex Place”


Isamu Noguchi Exhibition

The Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern dedicated a retrospective to the designer Isamu Noguchi from 23 September 2022 to 8 January 2023. Isamu Noguchi is one of the most experimental artists of the 20th century. For Teshigahara Sofu (Sogetsu School), Noguchi designed an indoor rock garden at the headquarters in Tokyo in 1977/1978. In 1980, an exhibition was conceived there together with Teshigahara Hiroshi. Because of this relationship of Isamu Noguchi to Ikebana, the three Ikebana International Switzerland Chapters Basel, Geneva and Zurich presented an exhibition in the Zentrum Paul Klee in cooperation with the Japanese Information and Cultural Centre (JICC).


Saturday, 19 November 2022, 10.00 – 17.00 h
Sunday, 20 November 2022, 10.00 – 17.00 h

Demonstrations by the Sogetsu School

Saturday, 19 November 2022, 11.00 – 12.00 h
Sunday, 20 November 2022, 11.00 – 12.00 hrs

Workshops (limited to 12 participants, price CHF 10)

Saturday, 19 November 2022, 13.00 – 15.00 h
Misho School and Ohara School

Sunday, 20 November 2022, 13.00 – 15.00 h
Ikenobo School and Kagei Adachi School

Admission to the Ikebana exhibition and demonstrations are free. For the Noguchi exhibition, museum prices apply.🌸

#Ikebana #IkebanaBasel #IkebanaInternational #IsamuNoguchi #PaulKlee #Bern


Mishō-ryū workshops

On select Saturdays throughout the year, the Mishō-ryū Chapter offers special workshops in Sissach. Each workshop will be held on a seasonal theme. The workshops are open to participants with and without previous experience. Individual workshops or all workshops can be attended.

For a full overview visit this link.

Location: Misho Schule, Gewerbestrasse 10, Sissach 4450
Time: 10:00-12:30
Cost: CHF 65.00 including plant material
Bring along if possible ikebana bowl with kenzan, ikebana scissors, plastic mat


Ikenobo Swiss Central Chapter courses

The Ikenobo Swiss Central Chapter offers courses to beginners, advanced and diploma candidates.

On offer are:
– Saturday Seminars at the Bruder Klaus Parish Center in Bern
– Introductory courses at the garden center Wyss
– Courses at the Budoschule Lucerne

And a weekend seminar at the Ceramics Studio in Locarno in November.

In addition private lessons for beginners and advanced students are available.

For more information see or email Shunzuen Suzue Rother-Nakaya at


Saga Go-ryū Workshop with Els Schnabel

The workshop with Els Schnabel from the Saga Go-ryū School from Kyoto took place on September 23, 2022 in Dürnten near Zurich. Shōgonka was arranged in the morning and Moribana in the afternoon.

Date and time: Friday, September 23, 2022

Workshop Part 1: 09:00 – 12:00.
Lunch break, see below for details
Workshop part 2: 13:30 – 16:00 hrs.

Location: Room “Rosmarin” 1st floor, Garten-Center Meier, Kreuzstrasse 2, Dürnten 8635

By car: Oberlandautobahn A53, directly at the exit Dürnten
By train: S5 or S15 to Bubikon ZH, a few minutes walk to the garden center.
(Upon request, guests will be picked up at Bubikon train station).

Theme: Morning: Shōgonka
Afternoon: Moribana river landscape

Bring: Vessels:
For workshop part 1 morning: “cup” or “bucket-shaped” vessel, filled with gravel and kenzan, for the Shōgonka.
For workshop part 2 afternoon: a large shallow bowl, at least 30 cm in diameter. Stones for the riverbank. Personal ikebana supplies.

Materials: will be prepared and provided. It would be nice if participants could bring their own materials after reading the explanation of the planned arrangement.

Participants: min. 8 max. 12 Number. Participants Implementation according to current BAG protection concept. Insurance is the responsibility of the participant

Costs: 1 day, 2 arrangements Fr. 90.- for I.I. members
1 day, 2 arrangements Fr. 100.- for guests
½ day, 1 arrangement Fr. 50.- for I.I. members
½ day, 1 arrangement Fr. 60.- for guests

Registration: by 05 September 2022 at the latest by email

If only morning or afternoon possible, indicate when registering. In case of cancellation at short notice (5 days before workshop) or no-show, the course costs will be charged.

Lunch break: time to cultivate friendship through flowers and enjoy culinary delights together with ikebana friends in the self-service restaurant. The in-house pastry shop leaves nothing to be desired for dessert. Lunch is to be paid separately. A table has been reserved for us. We are looking forward to an atmospheric workshop with you.

Friendship through flowers
Ikebana International Chapter Zurich 214 and Basel 227

Workshop leader Els Schnabel (I.I. Germany South) accompanied by Beate Zieroth (I.I. Berlin) and Esther Feucht (I.I. Zurich) as coordinator.

Shōgonka was initially intended as a flower offering on the altar. The solemn, reverent style has evolved over time to fit other spaces.

Shōgonka is the embodiment of this concept, in which the six main lines represent these six elements.

Sky (Chokushin) infinite possibilities.
Wind (Hikae) supports life
Fire (Gyokushin) nurtures and purifies
Water (Nagashi) sustains life
Earth (Uke) supports and nourishes all things
Shiki Futokuro holds everything together
(wisdom) Maezukuri knowledge, judgment, energy

Earth, water, fire and wind serve to elevate from the foot of heaven, standing gracefully in the middle. Wisdom brings all the elements together in harmony and fills the whole with life.
The possibilities to represent the different elements are many, one is, especially for “school strangers” and relative beginners, to pick up the peculiarities:
The sky is straight and long
The wind is blowing, e.g. long grasses
The fire is blazing, e.g. a branch with red leaves
The water shows waves, e.g. with corkscrew hazel, shows at 90 degree angle
The earth is stable, e.g. a thick leaf or branch/twig, also at a 90 degree angle
Shiki, wisdom or beauty is made of beautiful material; flowers and leaves.

Everything is put very close standing, without being able to see through. 10 cm above the vessel remains free and is only partially covered by the shiki.

Moribana, river landscape
For the afternoon, when the morning’s Shōgonka is finished, I plan to arrange a river landscape. Landscapes are a specialty of the Saga Go-ryū school.
For this, a large ceramic bowl must be brought and 3-5 kenzan or more, depending on the size of the bowl.
Both riverbanks are designed (front and back) with large deciduous and coniferous “trees”, shrubs and small flowers on the edge and “rocks”; stones on the edge in the water. Dry wood, a “dead tree” is also used. The river meanders through the forest.

As written above, it would be convenient if participants also bring their own materials. The arrangements are elaborate and require a lot of material and if the participants get the info in advance already and think about the material, maybe some could already collect material in their own garden or in nature.

I am really looking forward to our workshop!!!

– Els Schnabel

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