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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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