Waza to Kokoro Seminar
Applications for the 2018 Seminar Now Open
Waza to Kokoro (Hands and Heart) is the International Japanese Garden Training Center’s flagship program. It is a certificate program consisting of three intensive training seminars, combining hands-on technical learning with cultural instruction and theoretical knowledge. Waza to Kokoro is designed to help Japanese gardens serving communities across North America to find authentic, locally-appropriate solutions in design, construction, maintenance, and preservation. Admission is also open to landscape design and construction professionals and students of landscape-related disciplines.
This seminar, offered in 2018 at the beginner and intermediate levels, 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.
Intermediate Level: July 19-30, 2018
Beginner Level: September 20-27, 2018*
*Please note: the Beginner Level Seminar takes place shortly before the 2018 International Japanese Garden Conference hosted by the Portland Japanese Garden.
The seminar’s core focus is on stonework in the Japanese tea garden, taught by visiting Japanese instructors and Portland Japanese Garden staff. Admission: The seminar is designed for professionals working in Japanese gardens, but admission is also open to landscape design and construction professionals as well as students of landscape-related disciplines.
A traditionally-grounded, hands-on learning process is supplemented with preparatory theoretical instruction, with content including:
- History and aesthetics
- Garden clinic
- Demonstration and practice with traditional Japanese tools and bamboo fence construction
- Preparatory lectures for hands-on workshop
- Hands-on workshop for designing, selecting materials for and building the stone elements of a tea garden
- Pruning master class
- Instruction in tea ceremony
- Food culture discussions’
More Information and How To Apply
The application is now open for the 2018 seminars. Applications and inquiries should be sent to [email protected]
- An Illustrated Report of the 2017 Seminar
- Beginner Level Seminar Information Packet
- Beginner Level Seminar Application Forms
- Intermediate Level Seminar Information Packet
- Intermediate Level Seminar Application Forms
My personal goals were exceeded as the seminar immersed us in the Japanese culture and explained the reasons behind many techniques and ideas used in Japanese gardens.
– Ayse Pogue, Senior Horticulturalist, Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden, Chicago Botanical Garden, 2016 participant
The Center’s faculty are drawn from a mixed pool of hands-on practitioners, designers and academics. These include leading Japanese garden artisans descended from families who have gardened for centuries, as well as academics from top U.S. universities and practitioners of garden-related arts.