Kado: The Way of Flowers

4 October 2017 - 7 October 2017
Martina Marx-Hunsdieck
Bénédicte Provost


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 will be taught in both English and French.

Arrival day (Wednesday, October 4): You're invited to come from 4 pm in order to register and settle in your room. Dinner is served at 6.45 pm. Orientation talk at 8 pm.
End of program
: Program ends Saturday, October 7 at 5 pm.


Benedicte Provost and

Martina Marx-Hunsdieck (photo)

Practicing Meditation in Shambhala since 1984. Longtime student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Met Marcia Wang Shibata, Master of Shambhala Kado Rigdenschool of Ikebana in 1988 in Marburg and started to study Ikebana with her. Council member and Co-founding member of  Shambhala Kado, a new Ikebana school that is based on the Shambhala Teachings and the truth of nature.
Senior Kado Instructor since 2005 and continously teaching Kado at Shambhala Marburg/Germany, in adult education programs and various international Shambhala Centers, both to beginners and to experienced Kado students.M. Marx is a mother of two adult daughters and is lives in Marburg/Germany, where she manages a shoe store.

Price of your stay

Standard297 euro
Discounted223 euro
Early Bird267 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 4 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