Ikebana Floristry Class for Beginners

1.5 hours 10 to 90 label $35 - $45 ($75 per person when you book for 1-9 students, $45 pp for 10-19 students, $35 for 20+ students)

This workshop takes participants through the essence of basic Ikebana. You will enjoy the relaxing and contemplative process as you create your own arrangements. You may also find yourself re-energised through the magic of touching beautiful gifts of nature.

Participants arrive with nothing and leave with a flower work of art and the inspiration to make many more.

The session starts with a brief lecture on historical and socio-cultural aspects of Ikebana. Then, participants will make a basic arrangement to learn the traditional design principles, and a free style arrangement to learn how to express themselves through Ikebana. At the end of the session, you will have an opportunity to have an individual consultation with Shoso and share the philosophy behind your unique arrangements with other participants.

This class is available on Request for groups of 10+.

Don't have a group of 10+ students? If you're happy to pay a higher price per person (total of $450 for the class), you can just Request to book this class for 10 students (and attend with fewer guests).

What you'll get

Your very own Ikebana arrangement

Suitable for

This class is popular for a hens party, baby shower, birthday, special occasion, team building activity, corporate event, bucks party or Christmas party.


The teacher can travel within 50km of Melbourne

Your teacher
Shoso Shimbo
Shoso Shimbo

5.0 (3)

Shoso Shimbo PhD is a certified teacher of Ikebana and has over 30 years experience in Ikebana. He studied under the late Sogetsu Head Master, Hiroshi Teshigahara.

Shoso was selected by Belle magazine as one of six “Australia’s top floral designers” and has won multiple awards including the Gold Award at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. His work was selected for the prestigious publication, International Floral Art 2014/2015 & 2016/2017, Stichting Kunstboek (Belgium).

His sculptural works have been featured in some of the major contemporary art exhibitions including the Toyota Sculpture Exhibition, Lorne Sculpture, Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award Finalists Exhibition, Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and the New Wave Art Festival at the NGV.

He won the Arnold Bloch Leiber Prize at the Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition 2017. His recent commissions include a public work of art for the Archibald Award Exhibition 2015 at the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Wye River Project as part of the Lorne Sculpture 2016.

A common theme through many of his works is harmony with nature's organic order and the relationship between man and nature, where man is a part of the natural order rather than the owner of it.

Shoso has an MA in Japanese Studies, a Master of Fine Art and PhD in Education. He is also qualified as a garden designer (Japan Horticultural Society) specialising in Japanese gardens. He is a directer of International Society of Ikebana Studies and he teaches Japanese Aesthetics at RMIT Short Courses.


ClassBento has verified Shoso Shimbo's identity via their passport / driver's license, Australian bank account, and their business details (ABN 94947109671)

Verified reviews

• Aug 2019

Due to unpredictable weather, we decided to do something indoor at the very last minute for a hens party. This is when I found out about classbento online. While it was a very last minute thing to take up a class, John, the co-founder of the website has been very attentive to our needs and easy to reach out, making the process of organising the class so easy! Moving on to the Ikebana class, there’s only positive things to say! Shoso was amazing! He is very knowledgeable and patience to answer all questions! His class was not just fun but also educative. If you are interested with Japanese culture like we do, a class with Shoso should definitely be on your to do list!
Check out our Ikebana photo! As a group of people who knows nothing about flower nor Ikebana, we are very proud with our own work!

Ikebana Floristry Class for Beginners review by Hayley Ng

• Jul 2019

This class was a brilliant first introduction to Ikebana. Shoso started off with an interesting lesson on its history, then moved on to a workshop where we prepared our own arrangement. He provided a good variety of flowers that meant each one of our arrangements (there were 8 of us) were each unique. It was a great activity for our office and I'd recommend it for any group below around 15 people.

• Jun 2019

This workshop was wonderful! We had a small group of 4 and Shoso was a wonderful facilitator and teacher. Shoso was engaging, knowledgeable and highly skilled. We all thoroughly enjoyed our workshop! The Ikebana floristry class for beginners was great fun and very relaxing.

Floristry workshop review by Johanna Wyatt Sydney
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