Professional Practice

Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart seminar in Japanese garden arts, intermediate level

Date: 9/16/2019 - 9/27/2019

Type: Other

LA CES approved?: No

Location(s): Oregon

Application is now open for this hands-on, professional-level training seminar soon entering its fourth year.

Beginner level: June 3-9, 2019
This entry-level professional course focuses on basic techniques, with an emphasis on hands-on work and the fundamentals of stone elements in the tea garden.

Intermediate level: September. 16-27, 2019
Continuing to emphasize stone as the foundation of the garden, this level brings in more theoretical instruction about other related arts, offers the opportunity for more design practice, and takes participants to the next level in technical skills.

Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart is an immersive learning experience combining traditional Eastern and modern Western ways of learning, all framed eloquently in the culture of tea:

• Japanese garden history and aesthetics
• Tool use and care
• Drawing and sketching
• Pruning
• Working with real-life design problems
• Experiential learning and discussions on tea and food culture

These seminars are taught by Portland Japanese Garden staff as well as visiting instructors from Japan. Application is open to landscape professionals in all sectors.

"My personal goals were exceeded and then some. I thought the balance between the lecture/presentation component and the hands-on work in the field was excellent. It is hard to imagine a better fusion of traditional Japanese learning methods and western style education."

--Tim Gruner, Garden Curator and Head of Horticulture, Anderson Japanese Gardens, Rockford, Ill.

The Waza to Kokoro seminar is a presentation of the International Japanese Garden Training Center, which was the recipient of the American Public Gardens Association 2018 Award for Program Excellence.

The seminar was featured last year in Landscape Architecture Magazine.


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