Professional Practice

Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart, an intensive professional seminar in Japanese garden arts

Date: 6/8/2020 - 6/14/2020

Type: Events

LA CES approved?: Yes

Location(s): Oregon

Description: Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart, Level 1

This intensive, hands-on educational seminar is an immersive learning experience in Japanese garden arts, framed in the Culture of Tea and the art form of the tea garden. Come to Portland to learn stonesetting, plant care, design, history and other related subjects directly from Japanese garden masters. The course is designed for landscape practitioners from all disciplines.

Traditional Japanese methods emphasizing observation and hands-on practice combine with lectures, design workshops, and other activities for an immersive learning experience in Japanese garden arts.

The seminar focuses on the traditional, hands-on learning process of stonework in the tea garden, supplementing it with theoretical instruction and hands-on practice in topics including garden design, pruning, bamboo fence construction, aesthetics, history, and traditional tool use – all framed eloquently in the culture of tea. Technical skills gain context through connected cultural practices to nurture a sense of aesthetics, balance, and composition.

Location: Portland Japanese Garden and offsites


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