Lily Karmatz, floristry teacher

Lily Karmatz

15+ years teaching Ikebana

location_on Holland Park West, Brisbane

local_activity classes: IkebanaFloristry

4.9 (108)

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."





Danielle Seagrott-Simpson Apr 2024

Lily was such a great instructor and so excited to share her knowledge. It made the experience so positive and exciting for us. Loved the workshop!

Olivier Oren Apr 2024

The class was great! Lily is an artist, and sharing her passion and knowledge for a few hours was a fantastic experience. We recommend.

Jess Apr 2024

I had a lovely time with my daughter getting an introduction to the art of Ikebana. Lily is very passionate about her craft. She shared interesting history about ikebana and her life experiences and was able to guide us to create beautiful arrangements. Her studio is lovely and full of inspiration! She provided all materials - a variety of fresh and dried plants and flowers, as well as beautiful pots.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would recommend it!

Eliza Sullivan Apr 2024

Spent a wonderful morning learning the art of Ikibana. Lily was a fantastic teacher who gave very helpful direction. There were a range of materials to choose from, and we each got to take home our creation :)

Sinead Kirkby Mar 2024

Loved the location, the studio was personal and well equipped. Lily was a fantastic tutor. I especially valued the feedback at the end with hints and tips on how to take the arrangements to the next level.
Would highly recommend.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Sinead Kirkby - Brisbane

Angela Bartle Mar 2024

We thoroughly enjoyed our Ikebana class with Lily. She was very and informative and helpful with our Ikebana work.
Thank you

Sue Johnson Feb 2024

Lily was very knowledgeable in Ikebana. She taught us the basics & assisted us making a piece. The skills we were taught we can use in the future making arrangements at home.

Cam Tolmie Feb 2024

I like how she broke down the elements of Ikebana and incorporated her experiences into the class. It made it easier to digest a rather complex practice

Bronwyn Hamblyn Jan 2024

Thoroughly enjoyed the workshop for beginners. Lily kept in contact with us and gave us the information we needed to attend the class. Lily has a weath of knowledge about the subject. I loved all the flowers, leaves, gumnuts and dried plants that were supplies.

Anita Gill Jan 2024

Was a enjoyable morning and was very informative, was excellent value to money And material supplied was good

Kathryn Pattemore Jan 2024

Lovely class, beautiful teacher. Enjoyed this so much. Interesting history and beautiful form of art.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Kathryn Pattemore - Brisbane

Carla Baldwin Dec 2023

Had a really enjoyable class with Lily - thank you so much. She was very helpful and gave me the space to learn for myself. I very happy with my Ikebana, and it will sit proudly on my table!

Barbara Kouzoukas Nov 2023

I had a very pleasant morning at the Ikenana flower arranging class with Lily. She was very welcoming and clearly knowledgable in her art. It was a friendly small class with all flowers and pot provided for us to take home our finished arrangements. Under Lily’s guidance we each created very different arrangements that were reflective of our individual style within the Ikebana paradigm.

Anne Lewis Oct 2023

Hi Lily
Thank you, had a wonderful time, can’t wait to do further study on the history and and understanding and practice of Ikebana
All the very best

Katherine Bodrog Oct 2023

Easy to get to and park. Very friendly relaxed time. Loved the selection of materials. Really nice to meet others. Lily has such a deep knowledge and travelling life experience adds to the class. Opened my mind to different plants and materials.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Katherine Bodrog - Brisbane

Melody Luk Oct 2023

Lily provides a lot of knowledge about Ikebana. And she is indeed very professional in helping me improve my skill. She gave ample freedom for me to express myself and her views were not only constructive, they were very professional and insightful. The materials provided were of a wide range which indeed sheds light on what Ikebana is. A worthy teacher to learn from.

Jenni Fleming Sep 2023

Lily’s studio was amazing- full of so many creative adaptations of traditional ikebana and so many options for creating my own piece. I learnt so much in the 2 hours and Lily’s explanations and suggestions have opened my eyes to all sorts of different things from the natural world that could be used in this art form. As an environmentalist, I appreciated her ideas of reuse and minimalism. And her mini history lesson about ikebana was fascinating. I definitely would recommend this course to anyone looking for calm, or wanting to be creative with flowers and foliage from your own garden.

Graham Sep 2023

9 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

We had a really enjoyable morning at our class. Lily provided a great history of Ikebana and lots of lovely fresh and dried materials for us to choose from. It was fun and with guidance we all created something we loved. Thank you!

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Graham - Brisbane

Janine Laarhoven Aug 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Lily was very welcoming, informative & talented. She guided us patiently to ensure we were happy with our final ikebana pieces. We booked to celebrate a friends 50th and walked away very proud of our ikebana arrangements Thank you Lily for a fun & creative class! Janine, Kerry & Michelle

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Janine Laarhoven - Brisbane

Kerry Devoy Aug 2023

Lily was great, She told us a bit of history on Ikebana, explained the concept. We each made our own Ikebana arrangement with Lily's guidance to take home. Plenty of material to choose from. I went with friends and had a great time. Highly recommend having a go at this.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Kerry Devoy - Brisbane

Anne Walker Aug 2023

Lily is an interesting and creative person who loves to use nature to inspire and enhance her creative works. I learnt some background history of Ikebana and gained many tips on how to get ideas, use materials and put together a beautiful Ikebana arrangement. This is just the beginning for me and I feel encouraged to keep at it and develop my skills over time. Lily's studio is a wonderful showcase of her creative expression.

Elizabeth Ling Jul 2023

Lily is clearly very passionate about the Ikebana style of flower arranging. We had such a wonderful time learning from her!

Maxine Weston Jul 2023

Lily is so friendly and helpful that you feel completely at ease. Ikebana is such a deep and interesting and delightful subject it is a joy to experience. I would recommend Lily’s class to anyone who is considering taking a class as you begin to walk through the wonderland of this style of flower arranging. Thanks so much Lily for a wonderful morning

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Maxine Weston - Brisbane

Will Hui Jun 2023

Lily was really great and coached both my partner and I on how to improve our designs. We both learned a lot both about Ikebana and also about ourselves and thought processes. The class definitely changed my perception of organic materials and that less really is more. Highly recommended and would love to do this again.

Jen Headford May 2023

Wonderful experience-highly recommend. Met some lovely people and learnt lots. Thank you Lilly! I’d love to do another class.

Tiana Moore May 2023

Lily’s class was perfect, she had so much knowledge on Ikebana and the class was interesting, fun and challenging in the best way. There were so many materials to choose from and we had ample freedom to be creative. My group and I had the best time and can’t wait to share what we learnt and Ikebana with others.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Tiana Moore - Brisbane

Denise Strawbridge May 2023

Lilly was so friendly and helpful.
She made us feel welcome in her delightful studio, which was fabulously decorated with artworks and plants.
I was so excited to be able to choose from the dry and fresh varieties available.
Lilly provided books to look through and gave us a very interesting summary of what "Ikebana" is about.
I loved the way she stood back, allowing us to decide without taking over and made helpful suggestions.
My friend and I were so pleased with our finished pieces of floral art and couldnt wait to show them off.
I would recommend this class to my friends and family

Floristry class review by Denise Strawbridge - Brisbane

Patricia Vaughan Apr 2023

Lily’s Art Studio (venue) really set the mood - it was so pleasing to walk in and be surrounded by not only Lily’s Ikebana designs but colourful paintings, pots, dried leaves, branches, flower stalks etc as well as fresh green leaves and foliage and a variety of cut flowers - it was amazing - I was a little early (at Lily’s suggestion) and was invited to browse the books on Ikebana Design while enjoying cup of tea - when the others arrived (just 6 of us) Lily maintained a friendly relaxed manner as we introduced ourselves and Lily talked about the history of Ikebana and gave us an insight on the art form and some important factors to remember in design - we were then invited to choose a pot and dried or fresh foliage to begin our own creation - Lily gave us space to work and was helpful and encouraging as we started - it was a bit daunting at first but Lily was there to advise and suggest - she gave us all time to produce our best work then we all listened as each one was critiqued and some slight changes made - the class went overtime and Lily didn’t mind and we certainly didn’t - I thoroughly enjoyed the morning and learnt a lot - there is still much to learn but I am very happy with my Ikebana Arrangement

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Patricia Vaughan - Brisbane

Sumie Sagane Apr 2023

I was absolutely stunned by the principles and art of Ikebana.
Lily was very welcoming and knowledgeable, helping us throughout the class to create a beautiful Ikebana.
Great activity to try alone, with friends or family!
Not to mention, it is super relaxing!

Celene Descy Apr 2023

We had a fun morning creating our first Ikebana piece. Lily is very knowledgeable and takes you through the required steps to create an original piece. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone wanting to learn about Ikebana.

Abigail Attwell-Heap Apr 2023

Relaxing and enjoyable Sunday morning. Small class meant Lily was able to help guide creation.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Abigail Attwell-Heap - Brisbane

Keveena Apr 2023

Lily was lovely, obviously passionate about Ikebana. Thoroughly enjoyed the class and her generosity of time.

Natalie Apr 2023

Teacher had a lovely engaging approach and actively encouraged interest in asking questions and for advice.

Kim Whitehead Apr 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

The class was very enjoyable & Lily explained everything really well. Lily was able to help everyone individually with their arrangement & gave very helpful advice on what we could add or take away to best examplify the Ikebana principles in flower arranging.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Kim Whitehead - Brisbane

Fiona Southwell Apr 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews

Excellent introduction to the art of Ikebana in a relax atmosphere surrounded by flowers, greenery and art. Lily is a master of the art and keen to share her knowledge and experience. Each of us made our own arrangement which were then shared with the class. Each of us benefited from Lily's advice and we all learn even more during this session. A fun way to learn a new art form in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We went over time by about an hour so best not to book something straight after the finish as it tends to be flexible but certainly worth staying for. One word of warning - you need to walk up a very, very steep driveway - anyone with mobility issues or elderly probably should reconsider this class held at Lily's studio.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Fiona Southwell - Brisbane

Maxine Sculthorpe-Pike Apr 2023

Great teacher offering quality attention and tangible results. The small group bonded over individual projects and Lily impressed us with her insights and wealth of experience With her personal guidance we each created our own unique piece, and she was able to coax the artist out of all of us.

Floristry class review by Maxine Sculthorpe-Pike - Brisbane

Krasi Vladeva Apr 2023

Lily was great.She explained everything we have to know to start doing Ikebana.Lots of fresh and dry flowers and branches. I learned the basics and now will start practicing.
Thanks Lily

Catherine Looke Apr 2023

A fascinating two hours with a very engaged, knowledgeable and helpful teacher. Covered some history and background of the art as well as the practical component.
Excellent plant materials and vessels to choose from.
Strongly recommend

Christina Kastrissios Apr 2023

Had a very enjoyable & productive time with Lily at the Ikebana class. Lily was very knowledgeable & helpful and all of us created wonderful arrangements. Highly recommend this class.

Tan Ting Feb 2023

We had a great time, Lily took time to explain the basic of ikebana and then proceed with letting us have a go at creating our own set ups. Through out the session Lily goes around providing good tips and guidance and also gave many suggestions on how to improve. It was a great session and Lily was so welcoming. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to have a go at ikebana

Chree Gledhill Jan 2023

Brilliant & professional.
I will book another Class .
Excellent Studio & generous with materials. Good good good.

Emma Tighe Jan 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

The class was good it was nice to learn something new- I do love what I have created

Susan Stuart Jan 2023

The teacher is very knowledgable and able to share both the theoretical and experiential understandings. Lily was approachable and was involved in helping all people achieve an arrangement which they could enjoy and be inspired.

There was a wide range of materials provided all of good quality

Hasini Eliyapura Dec 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Really dedicated teacher with plenty of experience! Loved the venue and all the items we were provided with to experiment with! I had a great time and ended up making a beautiful piece of ikebana!

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Hasini Eliyapura - Brisbane

Denise Cullen Nov 2022

Lily was warm and welcoming and facilitated introductions so all students felt comfortable. As a result, it was a group that gelled well together. She provided information about the history and principles of ikebana which gave us context for the practical component. Lily wasn't prescriptive about how we approached our own creations - she let us experiment while providing feedback where needed. Loved it, and would definitely recommend.

Alexandra Lindsay Nov 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Lily has a lovely studio with plenty of materials to choose from for your arrangement. Great for first time beginners like me to start from scratch and build my own freestyle arrangement.

Lily is a very encouraging and passionate teacher! Thanks for having me!

Floristry class review by Alexandra Lindsay - Brisbane

Becky Nov 2022

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews

This is my second Ikebana class with Lily and my first time having other students there! It's a wonderful class and Lily is a talented artist

Becky Nov 2022

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews

I did this class back in January but have only just seen a bunch of review requests on the website.
It was a wonderful class and Lily is very helpful and a wonderful teacher. I am returning to do the class again next week :)

Zoe Hildebrand Oct 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Lily was a fantastic teacher who is passionate about ikebana. The class was a great mix of learning about the history and culture as well as hands-on creating. I really enjoyed the process of creating my arrangement and was pleasantly surprised at how good the final product was! Lily provided a fantastic range of materials to work with and helpful feedback and advice. Would highly recommend this class.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Zoe Hildebrand - Brisbane

Annabel Nichols Oct 2022

Lily was a fountain of knowledge about Ikebana. Her insights into the art added value to the class. Having the workshop in Lily's studio meant we got to see her incredible past work as inspiration. All of the great and varied materials provided allowed us to create something special. With Lily's guidance we created beautiful pieces we were able to take home and are very proud to display. Would absolutely recommend this experience for anyone who has an interest in Ikebana or flower arranging.

Sue Kohler Oct 2022

There were 6 beginners in this Ikebana class- lily made us so comfortable we were happy to embrace our first attempt with enthusiasm and no fear of making “ mistakes” lily is a master of the art, with decades of experience snd awards, but was totally down to earth and made the class a pleasure.the photo is my first attempt and I’m going to try and do an arrangement each week.

Floristry class review by Sue Kohler - Brisbane

Lara Canfield Oct 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Lily is so generous with sharing her extensive knowledge and skills in this beautiful art form. A thoroughly enjoyable workshop.

Floristry class review by Lara Canfield - Brisbane

Nina Johanson Oct 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Excellent introduction into the art form - has given me many anchors to enable me to start creating my own arrangements.

Charlene Ferguson Sep 2022

Lily's passion for Ikebana shines straight through - you simply cannot leave this class without feeling inspired. I left this class enlightened, with a whole new perspective of my natural surroundings. Lily gave our family so many smiles and memories to take home with us (along with our Ikebana's) - we were talking about it for the rest of the day.

Could not recommend this more. Great value!

Floristry class review by Charlene Ferguson - Brisbane

Jacqueline Besson Aug 2022

I loved this class. Lily spent about an hour talking about the principles of ikebana and her experiences. She showed us some examples of her work. She had a variety of bowls and materials for us to work with. She was supportive and helpful with our arrangements. The other class members were lovely and fun. Lily sent us all follow up photos and documentation. Would definitely recommend.

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class for Beginners review by Jacqueline Besson - Brisbane

Julia Duncan Aug 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Lily was a great teacher, working in her studio was so inspiring. Such a positive environment and I will be looking at flowers differently now because of this class!

Floristry class review by Julia Duncan - Brisbane

Queenie Ambatali Jul 2022

Lily is very knowledgeable and her studio is full of great inspiration.
All materials were provided and we got to take home our ikebana creations.
We learned about the history and techniques and had plenty feedback from Lily.
The small class size was really great as we had all our questions answered.

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 class review by Deborah Brawn - Brisbane

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 - Brisbane

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 - Brisbane

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 class review by Barbara Bakker - Brisbane

Nancy Gillam Mar 2022

9 ClassBento workshops attended • 8 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 class review by Nancy Gillam - Brisbane

Julia Slykerman Feb 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

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 class review by Julia Slykerman - Brisbane

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 - Brisbane

Samantha Madden Nov 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended

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 class review by Suzanne Main - Brisbane

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 - Brisbane

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 - Brisbane

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 class review by Joy Evans - Brisbane

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 - Brisbane

Jacob Zande-Lettice May 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

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

2 ClassBento workshops attended

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 - Brisbane

Gwendoline Apr 2021

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 class review by Janeen McIntyre - Brisbane

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

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

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

Floristry class review by Donna Dowton - Brisbane

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 class review by Trish Donnelly - Brisbane

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 class review by Ann McLean - Brisbane

Anne McNeill Feb 2021

15 ClassBento workshops attended • 9 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 - Brisbane

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  - Brisbane

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 - Brisbane

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 class review by Peter Mansfield - Brisbane

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 - Brisbane

Themi Georgiou Jan 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

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

Floristry class review by Themi Georgiou - Brisbane

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 class review by Melanie Schultz - Brisbane

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 class review by C Campbell - Brisbane

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 class review by Maryanne Collins - Brisbane

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 class review by Kathleen Foster - Brisbane

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 class review by Lauren Cole - Brisbane

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 class review by Julie Sager - Brisbane

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 class review by Andrea Schafer - Brisbane

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 class review by Kea Connor - Brisbane

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 class review by Sabina Menzi - Brisbane

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 - Brisbane

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