Creativity Lab (East): Special Kado Ikebana workshop with Guy Blume

All are welcome. Please note the location and special time.

The Way of Flowers: After the Drought with Guy Blume

$30. Price includes plant material which you can take home. All are welcome, but you must pre-register here early as space is limited to 15 participants. No prerequisites.

Meditation can be done in various ways. Join us in learning about Kado, the “Path of Flowers”, and doing a flower arrangement as a form of “meditation in action”.  It is not necessary to have knowledge or training in flower arranging to take this Creativity Lab. The primary purpose is to explore and feel the process of arranging, without an emphasis to create a product. 

There will be a demonstration of a traditional form of Japanese flower arranging, known as Ikebana. Then, you will be provided flowers, other materials and general guidance to do your own arrangement. 

After experiencing the process of arranging, we will have a group discussion about this experience. Light refreshment will be served during the discussion.

Guy Blume has been a Shambhala Buddhist practitioner for 25 years. He is a meditation instructor, kado practitioner and a member of the Machen Corp (Machens are the personal chefs to the Sakyong and his family). He is also the regional head of Shambhala  Culture and Decorum for Southern California. He has his own company Guy Blume Design and specializes in interior and garden design. For the past fifteen years Guy Blume has fostered the development of his business through the filter of his Buddhist studies and practice that infuses his many creative endeavors; interior design, gardens, ikebana and furniture design. 

“True beauty is tender hearted and poetical and beauty is a powerful force that can nourish the soul and heal the world.” – Guy Blume

Contemplative Creativity Lab alternates between Westside Shambhala and Eagle Rock Shambhala Centers. (September’s offering was at Westside Shambhala, October in Eagle Rock, etc.) There will also be occasional Labs at the Orange County Shambhala Center. Please see our webpage: http://la.shambhala.org/ongoing-offerings/creativity-lab/

What is Contemplative Creativity Lab? We are a group of meditation and art practitioners and teachers who lead explorations of the Dharma Art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Every month is different and have included ink and brush, movement, photography and poetry. What links these is the ground of meditation which allows for fresh perception to be in the forefront, rather than trying to make “art”. So, we give meditation instruction and sit for a short time before we move into a meditation-in-activity. Creating from that place of open mind/heart we call “Square One”. Please check it out!

You can see the teacher biographies here Suggested Reading: True Perception by Chögyam Trungpa.

We occasionally offer special All-Day Creativity Labs.

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