International Japanese Garden Training Center

Save the dates for the 2020 Waza to Kokoro seminars and Design Intensive!

With an Eye Towards Nature: A Japanese Garden Design Intensive: April 25-27, 2020. Application opens Feb. 1. Learn more here.

Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart Seminar Level 1 (formerly beginner): June 8-14, and Aug. 24-30, 2020. Applications are now open for the June seminar and open in March for the August seminar. Learn more here. 

To explore the Japanese garden is to dive headlong into the deep waters of a culture’s soul. It’s an endless learning experience not just about compositions of stone, plants and water, but also spirituality, poetry, aesthetics, architecture, and applied arts.

Portland Japanese Garden’s International Japanese Garden Training Center offers learners of all levels the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the Japanese garden and the other art forms connected to it. We teach the traditional skills and techniques for creating and fostering Japanese gardens, while acquainting our learners with the garden’s cultural heart. Our learners range from elementary school students using haiku to express their thoughts and dreams to accomplished garden professionals learning how to construct the stone compositions in a tea garden. Our workshops, themed tours, school programs, lectures, professional seminars and design intensives take place at the Garden and offsite venues.

Visiting and permanent faculty include Portland Japanese Garden staff and practitioners, designers, and academics from the U.S., Japan, and other countries. The Center – a school with its own distinctive teaching philosophy and the only such program in the world outside of Japan — is a proud recipient of a 2018 Program of Excellence Award from the American Public Gardens Association.

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“We are the landscape of all we know.” –Isamu Noguchi