Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners

Learn how to bring the beauty of Ikebana to any living space

2 hours Class size 1 to 6 (public classes), 4 to 20

label $80 (or 4 payments of $20 Afterpay)

In this beginner's class, you will learn the Japanese art of Ikebana.

Bring nature into your living space and add beauty to your home with the art of contemporary Ikebana. Ikebana helps you meditate while working with flowers, branches and greenery. Discover the beauty of nature through exploring the qualities of plant materials.

You will learn to create a freestyle contemporary Ikebana arrangement based on the design principles of the traditional Ikebana. Guided by an experienced Ikebana teacher, the workshop begins with the introduction of Ikebana history and its zen philosophy, a floral demonstration using the tools and techniques.

Come with an open mind and creative interest, return with your artistic creation and the inspiration to create many more arrangements.

Ikebana is an art form that can be shared with and enjoyed by the whole family bringing beauty to the living space.

The classes are held in a specially built art and Ikebana studio set in the tranquil garden of the artist residence

Special workshops for learning about Ikebana, materials and techniques, can be arranged for private groups, clubs, organisations, schools and others. A minimum of four participants, adults or children, are welcome. The fee varies from the type of workshop and workshop space.

Knowledge required
Absolute beginners welcome.
What you'll get
Students are eligible for a certificate of achievement issued by the Sogetsu Ikebana School of Japan on completion of 20 lessons. The certificate can be applied for on your behalf at a small fee paid to the Sogetsu Ikebana School in Japan. Certificates can be issued up to the teaching level.

For this two-hour Ikebana class you'll get:
  • All fresh and dried floral materials are provided
  • A ceramic container with a floral foam
  • Ikebana lesson worksheet
  • You take home your creative Ikebana arrangement in the ceramic container
  • Tea and coffee
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a birthday or hens party.

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 12 years old). Adult accompaniment is not required.

This would also be a nice gift for her or gift for mum.

Lily Karmatz is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.


Holland Park West, QLD

Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.

Your teacher can also travel within 10 kms of Holland Park West for private classes

Your teacher
Lily Karmatz
Lily Karmatz

15+ years teaching Ikebana

4.9 (51)

Lily Karmatz is a visual artist and an Ikebana artist and teacher. She has taught Sogetsu Ikebana at the Brisbane Institute of Art, public venues and at her own studio for more than ten years. Ikebana is the ancient art of Japanese flower arrangement which resonates deeply today as the world becomes more environmentally aware and sensitive. Lily's extensive artistic experience, knowledge and teaching abilities are greatly in demand.

Not only is she an installation artist, Lily is also an accomplished painter, sculptor, ceramist and a mixed media artist. Her work is often ephemeral in nature and large in scale. A few of her Ikebana and installation works can be seen in the publication Ikebana Today by an international publisher, Stichting Kunstboek, Belgium.

In her art practice, she also likes working with digital art. She has designed and produced brochures, promotional materials and digital art. She was also a monthly Ikebana lessons contributor for Floral Design Magazine (2004 - 2008) published in New Zealand and distributed internationally.

Ikebana Arrangement
In both 2008 and 2012, Lily was invited to be the Artist in Residence at the Cary Art Centre in North Carolina, USA. From 2011 to 2014, she was selected as one of the Artists on Tour (AoT) by Flying Arts, an organisation that promotes and services visual art education and workshops throughout regional Queensland. In 2010, she was invited as Artist in Residence for Eco Ephemeral Art, North Stradbroke Island, Queensland. During her residencies she created installations and conducted Ikebana art workshops for adults and children. Among her many activities, she is the Ikebana workshops facilitator.

For Lily, Ikebana is not just about beautiful flower arrangements in the house. Her philosophy is simple and direct: "Ikebana as an expressive art form is a disciplined combination of natural elements, human creativity and the constant perfecting of technique." As one student so aptly said, "Ikebana brings nature to my home environment. It's an art form that can be appreciated with the whole family."

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Deborah Brawn Jun 2022

Mum and I enjoyed a fantastic class with Lily today. Learnt so much and very inspired to continue our Ikebana journey. Thank you Lily!

Floristry workshop review by Deborah Brawn

Corrie Nantes Jun 2022

I can not recommend lily class highly enough, her inspiring studio, incredibly informative teaching around ikebana flower art style, supportive teaching and individual guidance. This class has changed the way I perceive creating with nature and brining life back to flowers. Thank you lily

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Corrie Nantes Sydney

Suzanne Gross May 2022

This was a workshop in creative and historic Ikebana. Learning about the legacy and evolution of Ikebana was icing on the cake. Lily is a wonderful teacher and human
I will forever look at flowers differently.
Highly recommend

Aminna Karovic Apr 2022

4 ClassBento workshops attended

Lily was fantastic to be taught by, she has so much knowledge and talent and has remarkable history herself, a fascinating woman. It was a privilege to work in her space that had stunning her Ikebana on display for us to look at. The class size was small and intimate so that Lily could come around and help everyone, giving people the individual learning we needed. The end results were gorgeous and the materials provided were lovely! A plethora of knowledge was gained and I’m excited to heighten my knowledge with Lily in the future.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Aminna Karovic

Barbara Bakker Mar 2022

If you are wanting a group activity with your friends, this is perfect. Our teacher, Lily has a passion for Ikebana that is contagious. Lily's patient and honest feedback to all our arrangements was well received and we had so many laughs with Lily that by the end of the night we all felt we had a new friend in our midst. The time went so fast that we will be doing another class with Lily, just so that we can show her what we learned.

Floristry workshop review by Barbara Bakker

Nancy Gillam Mar 2022

6 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews

Wow what a wonderful time I had learning this new skill.
Teacher was terrific encouraged hands on learning Lily created an atmosphere that felt safe welcoming and encouraging.

Floristry workshop review by Nancy Gillam

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Julia Slykerman Feb 2022

Lily arranged a fantastic private class for us in her studio. She spent lots of time going through the history of Ikebana, the different styles and their focus and answered all our questions. She provided a vessel and lots of fresh and dried materials for our arrangements. Whilst helping us meet the specific Ikebana dimensions, she allowed us plenty of space to use our own creativity in our arrangements. It was a very relaxing and inspiring session. I would highly recommend the experience!

Floristry workshop review by Julia Slykerman Sydney

Allegra Frunz Jan 2022

Lilly was a super engaging, knowledgeable teacher. She adapted to the class well. The afternoon was very well organised and well prepared. Lilly ensured everyone was very proud of their achievements with constructive criticism but allowing individual creativity. Highly recommend.

Olivia Lee Jan 2022

Lily is very friendly and helpful. We were able to see her other awesome artworks in her workshop where we learned ikebana. I fell in love with the buddhist philosophy rooted in practicing Ikebana. I loved Lily’s interesting and experimental approach with her arts. Very inspiring. Loved the class. Thanks Lily.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Olivia Lee

Samantha Madden Nov 2021

Lily was warm and friendly. It was great to learn a little of the history of ikebana and do the hands on work. Lily’s studio space was really inspiring and it was a lovely place to spend a couple of hours.

Tay Haggarty Nov 2021

My mum and I had such a wonderful time with lily. She was a world of knowledge and had so many beautiful plant based materials to choose from. Would recommend!

Suzanne Main Oct 2021

I enjoyed this class and appreciated the history of Ikebana to guide my efforts. Lots of flowers, leaves and materials to choose from so it was a great experience. Lily was a very good teacher.

Floristry workshop review by Suzanne Main Sydney

Barbara Warner Oct 2021

Lily was wonderful in explaining the concept of this beautiful form of art with flowers. Everything was provided with a huge choice of different forms of foliage. Very relaxing and a great way to meditate.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Barbara Warner

Nadisha Rambojun Oct 2021

Both Mariana and I had such a wonderful time mindfully learning about the rich art and philosophy of Ikebana. And then to create our pieces with the kind guidance of Lily was wonderful. Lily has a wealth of knowledge and guided to be more creative as well with our approach.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Nadisha Rambojun

Bobby Etheridge Aug 2021

My daughter and I took a private class. It was so informative and enjoyable that we are hooked and looking forward to learning more about this beautiful art form. Lily was charming and provided an abundance of materials to work with.

Joy Evans Jul 2021

Really enjoyable class, Lily was so full of of knowledge, very patient,Would Highly Recommend This Class. Great value for money.

Floristry workshop review by Joy Evans

Laetitia Ferreira Jul 2021

Really enjoyed the class. Liliy was very friendly and she is so knowledgeable. I will definitely go back and do another class.

Thank you Lily

Debra Beattie Jun 2021

The class was extremely enjoyable. The size of the group worked well, and the other participants were very nice to share with. Lily is very knowledgeable and made the information interesting and fun. There were plenty of materials to choose from, so I feel that everyone had the opportunity to try things out and change them if they weren't working. Lily also offered helpful advice as we were creating our individual pieces. The time went so fast! I think all the participants seemed happy with what they took home.

Linda Steele Jun 2021

Lily is a fabulous teacher. She is very knowledgeable about her subject and clearly explained the concepts of Ikebana. She allowed me to select materials from her vast array and once selected, gently encouraged me with my ideas. This was the best afternoon I’ve had in ages. I can’t wait to continue making work. A million thanks to you Lily.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Linda Steele

Jacob Zande-Lettice May 2021

The teacher was great, she was well informed about creation and history of ikebana and allowed us pursue our creations however we saw fit. She was able to provide us with great materials and techniques to shape the plants into many wonderful forms. 10/10 would recommend

Julie Cronin May 2021

What a great afternoon spent with Lily. I learnt some of the history of Ikebana before we started to become creative. It opened my mind to what I could use from nature to create these beautiful arrangements.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Julie Cronin

Gwendoline Apr 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended

My first learning was that Ikebana is not as easy as it appears. I’ve long admired this exquisite art form and it was a privilege to be under the tutelage of a widely acclaimed teacher from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana.

My second learning was about the three distinct levels of an Ikebana arrangement - Shin (Heaven), Soe and Hikae and its emphasis on form, balance and space.

Lily was very generous with her knowledge and use of materials. She was an engaging tutor whose expertise helped me create my first Ikebana arrangement of which I’m very proud. Thank you Lily!

I hope to return with another friend sometime in the future and perhaps try other workshops offered by ClassBento.

Kind regards

Janeen McIntyre Apr 2021

What a fun way to spend a couple of hours. Lily is an accomplished ikebana artist whose love of this art form is infectious. She expertly guides you every step of the way yet allowing you the freedom to create your individual piece. Excellent value for money, highly recommended.

Floristry workshop review by Janeen McIntyre

Emilie Croisier Apr 2021

A relaxing and fun time! Awesome opportunity to release some pent up creativity whilst learning about the cultural tradition of finding beauty in nature

Donna Dowton Apr 2021

Excellent class and is great value for money. Looking forward to continuing my ikebana journey.

Floristry workshop review by Donna Dowton

Trish Donnelly Mar 2021

Great class, Lily was very experienced and knowledgeable.
Her studio was a lovely venue.
All the materials were provided, and there was such a great range, very generous Excellent value for money.
I left feeling I’d really learnt the beginnings of a new skill.

Floristry workshop review by Trish Donnelly

Ronel Lyall-Wilson Mar 2021

I had my first ikebana class in 1974 and have loved following it’s floral philosophy ever since . Today’s class was so stimulating showing “new tricks” that this “old dog” was so happy to learn. Truly enjoyable and worthwhile

Ann McLean Mar 2021

Fabulous evening meeting Lily and learning so much. Great synergies. Easy way to learn. Happy to return

Floristry workshop review by Ann McLean

Anne McNeill Feb 2021

12 ClassBento workshops attended • 8 reviews

Lily was an excellent teacher and I received a lot of personal attention. She was able to convey the complex principles behind Ikebana and I found a great deal of enjoyment in creating my own arrangement. There were so many materials to choose from and Lily’s guidance was so helpful. I would thoroughly recommend Lily’s classes and congratulate on her own work which was ondisplay in her studio. Five stars!

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Anne McNeill

Etsuko Hosomi Feb 2021

Lily is knowledgeable and has passion about Ikebana. Lovely beautiful studio with great view. She is very friendly. I enjoyed the lesson very much.
I am now think Ikebana is quite interesting and beautiful art which you can express yourself.

Taylor Feb 2021

Ikebana flower arranging was an interesting experience, the class briefly touching on schools of ikebana in Australia, and standard arrangement details.

The materials provided was a nice range, showing that things in the garden can just as easily be used as flowers.
The classroom provided ample space to move about, while the natural lighting made the space comfortable.

Would recommend as a helpful learning experience that was enjoyable

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Taylor

Annaliese Maslen Feb 2021

My friend and I were looking for a new experience and booked the class together. Lily was fantastic, really welcoming and helped give us an understanding of Ikebana from a historic, artistic and practical perspective. We paid extra to buy the bowls we used for our flower arrangements and now both of us have beautiful decorations for our homes. I highly recommend this class for something different and for the amazing results you get to take home and share with your friends and family.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Annaliese Maslen

Peter Mansfield Jan 2021

My husband organised the class for my birthday, it turned out I was the only student on the day, which made my experience so much more unique. Lily is a very interesting artist, with much knowledge and creativity to share. She covered a bit of the history of Ikebana, some of the technical and artistic aspects, and was delightfully easy to talk to and generous with gorgeous materials. I enjoyed myself and had ideas for other projects by the time I left there. Her studio space was filled with her art and such a lovely inspirational space to spend time in. Thanks Lily!

Floristry workshop review by Peter Mansfield

Jacinta Fromm Jan 2021

Lily was very welcoming, and provided a wide variety of foliage and flowers. She gave a brief history and highlighted examples in magazines as well as explaining her own work. She gave valuable feedback and ideas as we worked on our arrangements. 2 hours was a good time frame. Reasonable cost - only 2 students attended so lots of tutor support. I was very happy with my first attempt.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Jacinta Fromm Sydney

Themi Georgiou Jan 2021

very good.
on time .
good teacher.
i came away with a lovely art piece.

Floristry workshop review by Themi Georgiou

Susanne Minchington Jan 2021

6 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews

Highly recommend this class. Learnt so much. Looking forward to going to another class. One of the best classes I’ve attended.

Kylie Fennell Nov 2020

Lily was so generous with her knowledge and explained everything really well. A thoroughly enjoyable workshop.

Melanie Schultz Oct 2020

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews

Lily is very talented in Ikebana and has had her ikebana art published
She explained the principles and history and was very helpful, great materials to work with, and a lovely lady who loves nature and art

Floristry workshop review by Melanie Schultz

Sergio Preston Oct 2020

Lily was great! Her studio, personal art, and advice were incredible. The guidance she gave and the arrangements we left with were fantastic. It was a lot of fun!

C Campbell Oct 2020

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Lily is such a great teacher, generous with her knowledge and materials. A great way to begin your journey in this art form

Floristry workshop review by C Campbell Sydney

Chelsea Jamieson-Bews Oct 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Lilly was awesome, she helped myself and my Granny to create some wonderful pieces of art. With a divine explanation of the origins of Ikebana we were set fourth into the art making process, we were provided with a plethora of materials for use and were sent home with a wide array of flowers, leaves and ideas for future projects. The day was wonderful with my Grandmothers remarking statement being "I just had one of the best days of my life". Thank-you Lilly.

Maryanne Collins Sep 2020

The teacher was lovely spoke well understood her easily, studio was good, was offered tea n coffee on arrival much appreciated, area was easy enough to find with GPS but steep driveway, just would have liked a little more time spent on practical a little less on history of ikebana, supplies on offer were wonderful. Teacher very helpful.

Floristry workshop review by Maryanne Collins

Kathleen Foster Sep 2020

Lily was very friendly and welcoming and gave me a lot of information about Ikebana and the techniques used. Her studio is delightful and full of wonderful creations she has made. I'm very proud of the arrangement I made and several friends have already admired it. I really enjoyed the class.

Floristry workshop review by Kathleen Foster

Lauren Cole Aug 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Lily is a great teacher and her studio is peaceful and inspiring! Ikebana is something I would love to pursue further, very relaxing. Would definitely recommend this course

Floristry workshop review by Lauren Cole

Julie Sager Aug 2020

Lily was a wonderful teacher with so much knowledge I wanted to sit with her for hours. Course was value for money and I will be back

Floristry workshop review by Julie Sager

Anthony Whitaker Jul 2020

Lily is a kind, warm and humerous person. She took us through a brief history and the principles of Ikebana before some practical demonstrations that set us up perfectly to create our own freestyle Ikebana arrangement. The materials provided were generous and gave us tremendous creative choices for our arrangements . The creations were all ours and Lily provided only suggestions and alternatives to help us on our creative journeys. There was a great sense of achievement to make something so beautiful to take home in such a relatively short time.

Andrea Schafer Jul 2020

Fun interesting class, subject made interesting, and wonderful bountiful floristry product to choose from. Result was a beautiful arrangement to take home. Time went so fast (when we were having fun!). Thanks to Lily for a great day.

Floristry workshop review by Andrea Schafer

Kea Connor Jul 2020

Had a terrific time today being creative with what nature has provided. With some practice I'm certain my creativity with the craft will blossom. All materials were available I.e. books, floral supplies etc and of course expert knowledge. Would recommend class to my friends.

Floristry workshop review by Kea Connor

Sabina Menzi Jul 2020

Thoroughly enjoyed our Ikebana course with our passionate and talented teacher Lily. We felt very inspired and accomplished, and brought home beautiful work! I gifted the experience to my 17year old niece, and believe we got a lot of bang for our buck!

Floristry workshop review by Sabina Menzi

Michele Smith Jul 2020

The Ikebana class was a hands-on and enjoyable session. Lily is a knowledgeable, friendly and creative teacher. It was great to have the time to make two arrangements and to take one home. With a small class size, it was easy to have my questions answered and have Lily's direct help.

Saijai Carre May 2019

2 ClassBento workshops attended

The teacher was very knowledgeable and expert in ikebana. She explained techniques and concepts well. The studio was well equipped and ideal for being artistic.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Saijai Carre
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