Kado Instructor Training

7 October 2017 - 14 October 2017
Artist to the Court Marcia Shibata


Training programme for advanced Kado
practitioners by personal invitation only.

Kadö is a creative and meditative art, a dance between nature, space, and perception. The vibrant and daring beauty of flowers wakes up the environment and compels us to see what is really before us. Under the guidance of Martina and Benedicte, we will learn how the principles of heaven, earth and humanity are expressed in nature and in our daily lives.

"Kadö" is a Chinese word meaning "The Way of Flowers". This practice began in China more than 2,300 years ago. When it was introduced and assimilated to Japan, the Japanese word "Ikebana" was born, meaning "living or natural flowers".

Using classical Ikebana forms, Kadö teaches us to see clearly the wisdom in nature, in ourselves and in others. The ultimate goal of the Kadö is not to make pleasant flower arrangements, but to cultivate appreciation of every moment, work with obstacles, and develop respect for oneself, for others and for all life forms.


This program starts on Saturday October 7 at 18.30 pm and ends on Friday October 13 at 22:00. On arrival day, we encourage you to arrive from 16:00 for registration and check in. Dinner is at 18:45 and the program orentation talk starts at 20:00. On departure day (October 14), there is no program. You are welcome to stay for lunch.
This program is taught in English, French translation is available at no extra charge, upon request 2 months prior to the start of the program.


MarciaShibataMarcia Wang Shibata was introduced to Buddhism and Ikebana by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche at Karme Chöling Shambhala Center in 1974. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was an Ikebana Master from the Sogetsu School, the newest school of the flower tradition of Japan. From 1980 to 1985 Ms Wang Shibata studied flowers in Japan at the Ikenobo and Saga Misho School - both of them are the oldest, classical Ikebana schools.

She began teaching in the West in 1986. Her central interest in flower practice remains to transmit it as a meditative activity, not as a decorative form. Today Ms Wang Shibata teaches in the States and in Europe, where she and her students are developing a new school of Ikebana based on the teachings of Shambhala Buddhism.

They were given the blessings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's son and heir, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to begin the school in 2003. The school's name is Shambhala Kado Europe. Kado means "The Way of Flowers". Ms Wang Shibata remains a student herself and studies with a Sogetsu Master in Montreal, Canada, Mrs. Watanabe Sensei.




Price of your stay

Standard610 euro
Discounted458 euro
Early Bird549 euro

Standard price: global tarif including the program fee, full board comprising standard accommodation (dormitory) and organic meals. Room tax non included: (0,20 € per night and per person).

Discounted price: 25% reduction on the standard price for people with monthly net income below 1200 €. Room tax non included: (0,20 € per night and per person).

Early Bird: 10% reduction on the standard price for registration paid in full two months prior to the start of the program, i.e. before 7 August 2017. You cannot combine this with the discounted option. Room tax non included: (0,20 € per night and per person).

Other services

  • You may select a single or double room during online registration (if available, we’ll confirm by mail after registration).
  • Shuttle transport or taxi (all year round) and child care options (July/August) are available.
  • The insurance covering you during your stay (third party liability) is included in the yearly required membership fee for the Association Shambhala Europe (15 €).

We would like finances not to be a barrier to your participation. If needed, Dechen Chöling can propose several financial assistance options (monthly payment, scholarship…).
Do not hesitate to contact us: finance@dechencholing.org