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2017 Program Schedule

Waza to Kokoro Training Seminar

Event Name: Waza to Kokoro – Hands and Heart: The Use of Stone in the Japanese Tea Garden
Dates: August 25-September 5, 2017
Location: Portland Japanese Garden & Smith Rock Inc., and other venues planned
Open to: Professional gardeners working in Japanese gardens, landscape design, and construction professionals and students of landscape-related disciplines
Fee: $2,950 full tuition for both members and non-members. Scholarships of $500 and $1,000 are available based on need, and an Early Bird Discount of 20% is available until March 30
Capacity: 16
Content: This 12-day 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. Content includes:

  • Opening reception with guest speaker Marc P. Keane
  • History module
  • Design module
  • Garden clinic
  • Practice with traditional Japanese tools
  • Preparatory lectures for hands-on workshop
  • Instruction in tea ceremony
  • Food culture lectures
  • Hands-on workshop for designing, selecting materials for and constructing the nobedan and tsukubai elements of a tea garden
  • Pruning master class

More Information and How To Apply

Seminar information packet including a detailed daily schedule can be downloaded here.

Application forms can be downloaded here.

A short documentary film showing last year’s pilot seminar can be accessed here.


Featured Speaker

Marc P. Keane

Marc P. Keane is a landscape architect and renowned author of multiple books on Japanese garden design and history, including the newly-published Japanese Garden Notes: A Visual Guide to Elements and Design. As the first foreigner to obtain a work permit in Japan for landscape architecture, he lived and working in Kyoto, Japan for 18 years, designing garden for private individuals, companies, and temples. His garden design work includes private residences, company grounds, and temple gardens, as well as a park in Tokushima and a historic district in Nagano.

He continues his design work now from his studio in Ithaca, New York. His work blends Eastern and Western aesthetics and philosophies. He is also the author of several books on Japanese gardens and some works of literary fiction related to gardens, nature, and the human condition. A practicing visual artist, Keane notes that his artwork is all related in one way or another to gardens and nature, whether in the form of ceramics, bontei tray gardens, large-scale installations or other media. He is currently affiliated with the Research Center for Japanese Garden Art at the Kyoto University of Art and Design, the East Asian Program at Cornell University, and the Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies at Columbia University. Keane has lectured extensively throughout the United States, England, and Japan. Japanese Garden Notes will be available for purchase at the event.


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