Programme Description:

Kado-ikebana is a contemplative/meditative art. It can reveal the relationship and interdependency between space, nature and all sentient beings, but being able to perceive this depends on personal openness.

Human experience reflects the laws of the universe which are the laws of nature.

By practicing classical Ikebana forms, we can understand universal law or natural wisdom by witnessing it in nature, ourselves, all of life. Natural wisdom is the same everywhere even though it appears in myriad manifestations.

If we connect with natural wisdom it is then possible to guide others to discover their own. This depends on how consistently we maintain our openness. 

The questions that always remain then are, “what is Kado-Ikebana?”, ”what can be learned from the practices taught from the contemplative/meditative art view and, “how do we learn?”  

Once we have answered these questions, transmitting natural wisdom is self understood.

“It is true of every art that you cannot acquire what you have not felt.”

Practical Information

Arrival day (12 October): Orientation talk at 8 pm. You’re invited to come from 4 pm in order to register and settle in your room. Dinner is served at 6.45 pm.

End of program (18 October): Closing circle and banquet in the evening.

Departure day (19 October): You may leave anytime (no programme). You’re welcome to stay for lunch.

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

Programme price

Regular380 €
Patron488 €Help support lower income participants
Early Bird323 €Expires 12 July 2024
Under 30 years of age190 €

If you require financial assistance to attend this programme please contact [email protected].

Accommodation and food

Full board60 €/ 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.
  • Early Bird: 15% discount on the regular programme price is possible only if you register and pay the total cost of your stay upfront, 3 months prior to the start of the programme, i.e. before 12 July 2024. You cannot combine this with the reduced price option.
  • 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.