Fall Kado Retreat: The Way of Flowers

  • Sky Lake Retreat Center Sky Lake Retreat Center
  • 22 Hillcrest Lane, Rosendale, NY 12472, United States
  • Sep 19 - 23, 2019 (5 days)
  • Camping on Sky Lake grounds - $546.00 No Lodging - Commuter - $466.00 Shared Room - $634.00 Shrine room - $546.00

About This Event

Early registration is recommended as space is limited to 15 people

An intensive 5 day program including flower arranging demonstrations, sitting, Dharma talks, Kado practice, outside walks, cutting our own materials, evening events, and the pleasure of working together as “practicing flowers is understanding how society works.”

“Kado” in Chinese means “The Way of Flowers” and began in China over 2300 years ago.  When it was introduced and assimilated into Japan, the Japanese word “Ikebana” arose, meaning “living or natural flowers.”  Kado is a contemplative practice that studies nature as it is.

Using classical Ikebana forms, Kado teaches us to clearly see the wisdom in nature, in ourselves and in others. The ultimate purpose in Kado is not to make pleasant flower arrangements, but cultivate appreciation for each moment, to work with obstacles, and to develop respect for ourselves, others and all forms of life.

Program begins Thursday at 7:30pm with a public demonstration, all are welcome to attend Thursday evening only or stay for the entire program.  Program ends on Monday at 1:00 pm.  No dinner served Monday night, people are invited to go out together. Please let us know if you would like to stay Monday night and add an extra night when registering, as this is not included in price.

There is a $25.00 non-refundable fee for flower materials.


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