Ikebana Floristry Class for Beginners

Enjoy an Ikebana worksop for your special occasion

1.5 hours Class size 10 to 90     label $100

Learn the essence of basic Ikebana flower arranging in this hands-on class for beginners!

You will enjoy the relaxing and contemplative process of Ikebana flower arranging as you create your own arrangements. You may also find yourself re-energised through the magic of touching the beautiful gifts of nature.

The session starts with a brief discussion on the historical and sociocultural aspects of Ikebana. Then, you will make a basic arrangement to learn the traditional design principles, and a freestyle arrangement to learn how to express yourself through Ikebana.

At the end of the class, you will have an opportunity to have an individual consultation with Shoso and share the philosophy behind your unique arrangements with other participants.

You will arrive with nothing and leave with a flower work of art and the inspiration to make many more!

This workshop is ideal for special events such as hen's parties, team building activities or a cultural event.

Please note: This is a tailored training program. If you have a group of people interested in Ikebana, we can arrange a workshop for you. You can choose a date or venue. Please select the 'Request' option.

Knowledge required
What you'll get
Your very own Ikebana arrangement.
What to bring
No requirements, just bring yourself.
Suitable for

This class is great for a birthday or hens party.


Your teacher can travel within 50 kms of Melbourne

Ikebana Floristry Class for Beginners location
Your teacher
Shoso Shimbo
Shoso Shimbo

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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.

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Narelle Keleher Sep 2023

We did our session with Shoan and she was a great teacher - very knowledgeable and engaging. We learnt all about the history of Ikebana and she did some beautiful displays for demonstration. We loved having a go ourselves and was great to take away a lovely display for our own homes.

Fleur Gascoyne Jan 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Great class and lovely teacher, our group of 10 really enjoyed the workshop and learning about Ikebana. The introduction to Ikebana with the history of this japanese art form was informative and it was great to learn the theory behind Ikebana - definitately not as easy as it looks but Shoso was very helpful! The workshop was also good value for money. I highly recommend this workshop and Shoso as a teacher. Thanks again Shoso!

Floristry class review by Fleur Gascoyne - Melbourne

Xiaowen Chin Mar 2020

Shoso was very friendly and explained the ikebana art of floristry very well. The materials provided were great and all of us thoroughly enjoyed class. Would recommend!

Hayley Ng 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 - Melbourne

Eugene Healey 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.

Johanna Wyatt 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 class review by Johanna Wyatt - Melbourne

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