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Tanabata, on the 7th of July, is a festival of stars and a celebration of the romantic story of two lovers, Vega (the Weaver Star) and Altair (the Cow-herder Star).


We delve into the use of bamboo in Tanabata, a material chosen for its upward growth towards the heavens—symbolic of our wishes to reach the stars. Whether you have access to actual bamboo or substitute materials, this workshop is designed to ensure everyone can participate and create. 


Why Bamboo?

Bamboo has been integral to Tanabata since the Edo period, symbolizing strength, resilience, and flexibility. In this workshop, we will explore bamboo's versatile nature in ikebana and demonstrate various creative techniques for incorporating thin and medium-thick bamboo into arrangements.


Workshop Highlights:

  • Personalized Feedback: As part of this hands-on workshop, Ilse will give tailored advice on your arrangement. 
  • Creative Techniques: Learn to manipulate bamboo to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your arrangements.
  • Sustaining Freshness: Gain insights to treat bamboo, ensuring the leaves remain vibrant and fresh.
  • Universal Accessibility: Whether you have access to actual bamboo or substitute materials, this session is designed to ensure everyone can participate and create.


Join Our Workshop:

Participate in a session that promises to teach and inspire as we blend tradition with contemporary ikebana practice. Celebrate Tanabata by creating something beautiful and meaningful. Sign up today to secure your spot!


How does it work?

Interactive Workshop Schedule:

Zoom Session 1 (90 minutes): Participate in a demonstration that covers techniques, materials, and sources of inspiration. You'll receive an assignment and access to an online platform where session recordings and additional workshop content are available. If you cannot attend the live session, the recording will be accessible for later viewing.


Assignment Week: Dedicate a week to create your arrangement. Interact with Ilse and fellow participants via the online platform.


Zoom Session 2 (90 minutes): A week following the first session, Ilse will provide life feedback on your arrangement. To accommodate various schedules, three commenting sessions are available at:

  • 10:00 AM CEST
  • 15:00 PM CEST
  • 17:00 PM CEST

You will receive the Zoom link to all three, and you can choose the session that fits your schedule. During the commenting session you participate in, Ilse will give personalized commentary on your workAll sessions will be recorded, and you will have access to these recordings for one-month post-workshop, ensuring you can revisit the insights and feedback at your convenience.


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