Introduction to Ikebana Class

Gain an introduction to the beautiful art of Ikebana flower arranging

1 hour Class size 1 to 15     label $50

This is a one-hour all-inclusive ikebana flower arranging class for beginners! Perfect if you're looking for relaxing things to do in Melbourne or are interested in this Japanese art of flower arrangement.

The class will provide a brief introduction to ikebana, as well as guidance on how to start your own ikebana journey.

Your experienced teacher Shoso will also guide you through how to create a small ikebana arrangement, which is yours to take home at the end of the class.

Along with your new arrangement, you'll also leave with plenty of knowledge and basic skills around ikebana flower arranging and the passion to make many more delicate creations!

Knowledge required
Perfect for beginners.
What you'll get
  • A completed ikebana work using a small container (around 10cm x 10cm x 10cm).
  • Guidance on how to start your ikebana journey.
What to bring
Just yourself!

Shoso Shimbo adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines. They won't run this class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days.


Murrumbeena, VIC

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

Your teacher
Shoso Shimbo
Shoso Shimbo

4.9 (13)

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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Jenny Chan Jun 2021

6 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Nice location, japanese tea, friendly teacher and a completed ikebana display to take home. Hour well spent.

Andrea Ryan Jun 2021

Shiso was fantastic. He exained a good amount of theory combined with a very clear demonstration. We also has a chance to ask questions and then to enjoy making our own traditional ikebana piece. I was thrilled to achieve so much in an hour. Will attend more courses with this instructor. Venue perfect. Cheers

Ella Haines May 2021

Shoso is insightful and charming and his class is well prepared. I came with nothing and left with an exciting start to the basic introductory skills of Ikebana. The one hour class is rich with the essentials but not too long that you are overwhelmed. I left with key insights that I understand enough to practice and improve. I recommend this class to anyone interested to try something on their own or with a friend - lovely learning environment.

Floristry workshop review by Ella Haines

Lesley Bretherton May 2021

Shoso is very good teacher. He explained things cleary and provided a demonstration before we embarked on our own ikebana. The venue was well set up with plenty of space I would highly recommend this class to any one wanting an insight into ikebana. We all took home very different but beautiful ikebana design pieces.

Introduction to Ikebana Class review by Lesley Bretherton

Catalina Danculovic Apr 2021

A delightful afternoon enjoyed at this ikebana class. The teacher was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Kiki the cat made a cute appearance too which was lovely. Highly recommended class and looking forward to attend others.

Abinaya Ravikumar Apr 2021

Had a good time & learnt the basics in the class. Shoso and his student were so patient and humble and assisted whenever I had some queries.

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Melissa Quah Apr 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

This was a really good class. Shoso Shimbo took the time to explain the history of ikebana which made the class more fulfilling as you put appreciate the art in your own ikebana floral arrangement after. Highly recommend!

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