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Rikka Shofutai Workshop

Saturday, January 14, 2017
Click on the link to RSVP if you are not a member. Members will be sent a link via email.

  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: Via Linda Community Center
  • Sensei: David Payne
  • Lesson: Rikka Shofutai
  • Cost: $40.00-members, $45.00-non-members, $10.00 observers

Scottsdale Senior Center:10440 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, Az. (see map below)

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Remember to bring a vase suitible for the arrangement,  hasami (scissors), kenzan, bucket and trash bag.


Class Reservations can be made via the link above, or by RSVP to the evite.

Please respond to all RSVPs before the registration deadline, to ensure the appropriate number of materials are purchased.

Make checks out to Ikenobo of Arizona. Checks should be sent to David Payne, 349 West Dobbins Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85041. This will hold your place in class. Your canceled check will be your receipt. There will be no cancellations or refunds. If you have questions, please contact David Payne at or (602) 276-5948.

General Information
WORKSHOP REMINDERS: Will be sent via email in advance of each workshop.
LOCATIONS: The Scottsdale Senior Center is at 10440 E. Via Linda in Scottsdale.
The El dorado Park and Community Center is at 2311 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale (corner of Miller and Oak)
The Horizon Community Center is at 15444 N. 100th Street, Scottsdale

Students should bring the following items to classes:
Container(s) appropriate for the workshop being taught
Hasami (scissors)
Bucket for water to hold your plant material while doing arrangement
Wires, wire cutters, tape
Vase (appropriate for arrangement)
Paper or plastic bag for debris
Personal Class Attendance sheet

The Ikenobo Yearbook is available to members. If you have not received your copy, contact Connie School, Scholl at (480) 991-0133 or email: . An electronic copy (without the members list) is included here or via the Newsletter archive.

Click here for a printable Workshop Checklist and Workshop Etiquette document

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Workshop Schedule
The workshop schedule is available in the yearbook.



The Ikenobo School is the oldest school of Ikebana or Japanese flower arranging dating from the 15th century.  Based in Kyoto, the traditional cultural capital of Japan, Ikenobo stresses the inherent nature of  flowers and plants, and it allows one to express personal feelings through this art form. 

The Arizona Chapter of Ikenobo Ikebana was founded in 1964 and chartered in 1974.   We hold workshops  throughout the year led by certified teachers.  New members are always welcome.

December Workshop at the MCC Rose Garden

Ikenobo of Arizona is tremendously fortunate to have as a member and sensei the curator of the Mesa Community College Rose Garden. Each year Marylou Coffman presents one of the Chapter’s most popular workshops, as evidenced by the enthusiasm of the 24 Ikenobo students who attended.

Marylou is not only the Rose Garden curator, she is a member of Desert Designers and a national rose judge. She also just received her Junkako Certificate, First Grade, putting her in the top level of Ikenobo instructors. As she led her students on a tour around some of the 20,000+ rose bushes, attendees were delighted to find out they could choose their favorite roses and clip them to make their own freestyle arrangements. Marylou then critiqued each of them to be sure that all participants went home with a beautiful and fragrant arrangement for an honored place in their homes.

You can view the completed arrangements in the slideshow below or on our Photo gallery page or on our Facebook page.

You may select the Workshop Photos link to see all the arrangements from this and previous workshops.