Ikebana Courses with Greet Snoodijk
Embrace the Art of Ikebana: Blossom with Creativity This Spring!
As the vibrant hues of spring awaken nature, immerse yourself in the enchanting world of ikebana, the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging. JACCU is inviting you to join our exclusive Ikebana Courses, where the beauty of blossoms meets the harmony of artistic expression.
Led by the experienced ikebana instructor, Greet Snoodijk, our 5-lesson course will not only teach you the basics of Japanese flower arrangement principles and measurements but also introduce you to different variations from the esteemed Sōgetsu School.
We encourage you to cultivate your own artistic voice within the principles of ikebana. Nurture your creativity as you blend traditional techniques with your unique perspective, creating arrangements that are truly an expression of your inner self.
Discover the Elegance of Ikebana
In this course, you will learn about the basic principles of the Sōgetsu style of ikebana. Each arrangement will not only emphasise your creativity but also showcase your individual expression. Learn to capture the essence of spring as you arrange flowers in ways that reflect not just their beauty but the very spirit of the season.
What is Ikebana?
Ikebana [生け花, 活け花] is the timeless art of flower arrangement that has been practised in Japan for centuries. Also known as kadō [華道], the way of flowers, this form of art is ever-evolving, maintaining a strong connection to nature and providing an inner experience of the seasons. Even today, some centuries-old basic rules are still applied.
Ikebana is a discipline also based on the life philosophy of Zen Buddhism. It’s not merely about the result; the process and experience are equally significant. The emotions evoked by nature, materials, colours, and the moment are all reflected in the arrangement.
A Journey Rooted in Zen Philosophy
Embark on a transformative journey that extends beyond the visual appeal of flowers. Ikebana, deeply rooted in Zen philosophy, emphasises the significance of the process over the result. Aesthetic elements from Zen and Japanese culture, including harmony, simplicity, asymmetry, a sense of nature, and impermanence, are evident in ikebana. Immerse yourself in the meditative aspects of ikebana, where each petal becomes a reflection of your inner peace.
This spring, let the art of ikebana become your personal celebration of renewal and creativity. Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiast or a newcomer eager to explore, our ikebana courses promise to be an inspiring journey into the world of flowers.
The course will have 5 lessons. In the initial two lessons, Greet will teach you the history and background of Sōgetsu Ikebana, as well as the principles and measurements you need to know. The subsequent three lessons will focus on teaching you the distinct variations of the style.
Reserve your seat and join us in letting the spirit of spring blossom in your hands.
1st Lesson – March 6
2nd Lesson – March 27
3rd Lesson – April 17
4th Lesson – May 8
5th Lesson – May 29
Time: 19:30 – 21:30
2 hours on Wednesday evenings
Language: Dutch or English
Location: Utrecht (tbd)
Course Capacity: 4-15 people
€29 per lesson
€135,50 per course (10% discount)
(Incl. 21% VAT)
- All necessary tools are provided by the teacher.
- If you like to take your flower arrangement with you, you can purchase a kenzan via the teacher.
- You can bring your own kenzan, vase and plants, if you prefer.
- Payments must be completed at least 48 hours before the workshop time. If you cancel within 48 hours prior to the workshop, there will be no reimbursement.
Sōgetsu Ikebana School
The teacher, Greet Snoodijk, is a veteran ikebanist from Utrecht. She is the ‘voorzitter’ and one of the 40 teachers of Sōgetsu Branch Nederland. Holding a Sankyū Shihan (3rd grade instructor) degree as an ikebanist, Greet brings a wealth of experience and passion to our courses.
Sōgetsu Ikebana is a form of Japanese flower arrangement that emphasises creativity and individual expression. The Sōgetsu School was founded almost a hundred years ago, with an intention of focusing on contemporary and modern approaches to flower arranging based on traditional rules.
The headquarters of the Sōgetsu Foundation situated in Tokyo, Japan. From here, new developments and information are communicated to branches worldwide. With numerous Sōgetsu branches and study groups active in 34 countries, the foundation continues to promote the beauty and philosophy of ikebana globally.
Anytime, anywhere, by anyone
You can place Sōgetsu Ikebana at your door,
in your living room or on your kitchen table.
Sōgetsu Ikebana enhances any hotel lobby or banquet room,
shop windows and huge public spaces.
It will suit any kind of space, Japanese or Western,
and enrich its atmosphere. *
“Sōgetsu was founded by Sōfū Teshigahara in 1927. Sōfū’s father was an ikebana master, who taught his son from childhood. Sōfū wanted to become a painter, but he found that the possibilities for creative expression in using green materials are endless, just as in painting.
He found that the strict rules of traditional ikebana did not allow individual expression. He broke away from traditional ikebana and formed his school in 1926.”*