This five-day course is open to all and includes the weekend of 30-1 October.
This five-day workshop is open to all.
A unique opportunity to learn and practice Kado – Ikebana.

Kado-Ikebana is a contemplative art practice that reveals the relationship between nature, space and our own life force. The ultimate goal of Kado-Ikebana is not to make beautiful flower arrangements, but to expand our heart/mind, to be present in each moment, to work with our obstacles and to develop respect and appreciation for ourselves, others and all life.
This practice is based on the practice of meditation which is also taught and practiced during this program.

Click here to listen to Maria Shibata and other Kado participants.


All materials will be provided to students. This includes necessary all materials and containers, etc.
If you have your own secateurs, you are strongly encouraged to bring them to the program.
Please note that a €40 flower fee is not included in the price of the retreat.

Practical Information

All students participating in this program will be welcomed regardless of their level of skill and understanding, whether they are beginners or have some practice in Kado. At the time of registration you will be asked to answer a few questions about your experience.

Arrival day (September 29): You are invited to come between 5pm and 7pm to register on Friday 29 September and settle into your room, or at 8.30am on Saturday 30 September if you live near Dechen Chöling.
Please specify by email the day and time of arrival to: [email protected]
Dinner is served at 7pm.

End of program (October 4): Closing circle and banquet in the evening.

Departure day (October 5): You can leave in the morning (no program).
You’re welcome to stay for breakfast.

This programme is taught in English. The program will be translated into French. Requests for interpretation in other languages need to be made in advance and confirmed (please indicate your are requesting interpretation on the registration page).

Programme price

Regular320 €
Patron428 €
Under 30 years of age160 €

Accommodation and food

Full board50 €/ night *

* includes standard accommodation and all meals.

Price information

  • Regular: this is the regular price for participating in the programme. Occasionaly (if specified in the programme description), there may be an additional fee for materials, to be paid upon arrival.
  • Patron: for those who can offer more than the regular price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full programme price and provides support to Dechen Chöling.
  • Under 30 years of age: 50% reduction on the regular programme price for persons under 30 years at the start of the programme.

Accommodation: the standard accommodation we provide is in a dormitory for the winter and a furnished two-person tent in the summer. Extra fees for room upgrades can be paid upon arrival. Additionally, room tax will be charged at 0.20 € per person, per night.

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Note: participation in any programme offered by the association of Dechen Chöling requires you to be up-to-date with the association’s annual fee (15 €), which can be settled upon arrival.