International Japanese Garden Training Center

Register for the Waza to Kokoro Seminar

This seminar focuses on stonework taught in the traditional hands-on method offered in the context of the culture of the way of tea – an immersive learning experience of not just the techniques but the cultural heart of the Japanese garden.

Apply for the Intermediate Level

The garden designer Gertrude Jekyll noted that a garden is a grand teacher, because it teaches us patience, careful watchfulness, and trust. And like a gifted educator, a garden inspires us to seek new skills and knowledge. The Training Center offers learners of all levels the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the Japanese garden.

Through a variety of educational programs, the Center teaches traditional skills and techniques for creating and fostering Japanese gardens — while acquainting learners with the garden’s cultural heart and soul. Workshops, seminars, and lectures 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, the only such program in the world outside of Japan, is a recipient of a 2018 Program of Excellence Award from the American Public Gardens Association.

For information about any Center programs, please contact [email protected].

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We learned about the interconnectedness and how every aspect of Japanese art and culture is in the garden.

– Rebecca Smith, landscape designer, 2017 participant