Introduction to Ikebana Class

Gain an introduction to the beautiful art of Ikebana flower arranging

1 hour Class size 1 to 18

label $50 (or 4 payments of $12.50 Afterpay)

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!

Please note:

  • The studio is located upstairs, so if you have difficulty with stairs, please talk to us before you book so we can make arrangements for you.
  • If you have an allergy to cats, please let us know.

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.


Murrumbeena, VIC

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

Your teacher
Shoso Shimbo
Shoso Shimbo

4.9 (28)

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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Deshna Karan May 2022

Shoso was incredibly helpful and guided us through the steps for ikebana very carefully. He was also always there to support us also 1-on-1 and was full of knowledge and interesting facts on the history of ikebana! My friends and I had an amazing time, and will engage in this practice again! :)

Floristry workshop review by Deshna Karan

Jeanne Siripaisankul Apr 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Teacher was really positive and good at what he doing. Highly recommend. I will check out his upcoming courses.

Introduction to Ikebana Class review by Jeanne Siripaisankul Sydney

Bolin Luo Apr 2022

Very good value of money. We enjoyed the whole session, especially the story about ikebana

Amelia Willis Mar 2022

A great class! Shoso was a great teacher and very informative on both the techniques and history.

Coleen Paller Feb 2022

Such a wonderful and informative class by Mr. Shimbo!
He truly breaks the Ikebena basics down so if you’re completely new you can grasp the main concept behind its visual art.
Can’t wait to start learning more!

Floristry workshop review by Coleen Paller

Linh Nguyen Feb 2022

Good start to get a sense of the art. It's an inspirational and also very relaxing activity to do.

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Esther Wan Feb 2022

I really enjoyed the class with Shoso - he provided a really interesting history to ikebana and made it easy to understand the principles of the arrangement. I came away with a beautiful piece that I’ve been enjoying since.

Introduction to Ikebana Class review by Esther Wan

Marnie Kok Dec 2021

Mr. Shoso Shimbo provided all the equipment required and greeted us with a cup of lovely Japanese tea. He told us about the history of ikebana - something I found most interesting. He then proceeded to assist us with our own ikebana design. It was a very pleasant and most enjoyable workshop. Unfortunately, I feel I have to caution that this location would be difficult for anyone who has trouble with stairs.

Ynez Howlett-Jansen Dec 2021

Shoso was a great teacher, it was a fun class, and we got lovely ikebana to take home

Floristry workshop review by Ynez Howlett-Jansen

Karen Boucher Dec 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended

Excellent value, very informative. Teacher is great at explaining & provided everything we needed. Highly recommend.

Introduction to Ikebana Class review by Karen Boucher

Cristina Napoleone Nov 2021

The teacher was very informative and in tune with the students needs
Great class,would recommend it

Floristry workshop review by Cristina Napoleone

Henry Rojas Nov 2021

Class was good maybe made with more time it’s very short time for big topic .

Floristry workshop review by Henry Rojas

Pauline Amon Nov 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Very clear class on the basic principles of Ikebana and wonderful to go home with a vase of flowers

Floristry workshop review by Pauline Amon

Kathryn Strasser Nov 2021

I very much enjoyed the class. The light filled venue was good and the teaching was excellent. We learnt some of the history of Ikebana and the basic arrangement. Notes were provided. I am interested in learning more.

Introduction to Ikebana Class review by Kathryn Strasser Sydney

Arsha Raghavan Nov 2021

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Great for a beginner class, the space is really nice too. Susho is good teacher,takes the time to go through everything in great detail, provided a handout at the end of the class. And I walked away with a pretty arrangement.

Floristry workshop review by Arsha Raghavan

Jenny Jun 2021

15 ClassBento workshops attended • 14 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 Sydney

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.

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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