Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners

Ikebana brings beauty to any living space

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

label $60 - $75 (or 4 payments of $15 - $18.75 Afterpay)
($60 for Ikebana Flowers without Ceramic Bowl, $75 for Ikebana Flowers with Ceramic Bowl)

In this beginner's class you will learn the 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 4 participants, adults or children, are welcome. The fee varies from the type of workshop and workshop space.

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 teaching level.
Suitable for

This class is perfect for beginners - no prior experience is needed.

This is a fun indoor activity, 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.


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 (28)

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."

Lily Karmatz is COVID-19 aware This means that this teacher won't run this class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days, and will adhere to relevant government restrictions (e.g. maximum number of guests).
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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 Sydney

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 Sydney

Anne McNeill  •  Feb 2021

7 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 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

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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  Sydney

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

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

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

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

Chelsea Jamieson-Bews  •  Oct 2020

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 Sydney

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 Sydney

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 Sydney

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 Sydney

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 Sydney
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