Past Sogetsu Activities


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2018 February – December

Our monthly meetings are held at the Khandallah Community Town Hall on the second Sunday in most months (2-4 pm).  Please be aware that you may have to drop your materials off at the Hall then move your car a short distance away.  Guests are most welcome. Enquires please to Helen Wareham at Phone: 970 9573 or
Sandra Hurnard at Phone: 970 6809


An annual fee of $25 is charged for associate members (i.e. members who do not pay annual fees to Head Quarters, Tokyo). A $10 fee is charged for each workshop attended to cover the rental costs of the hall and storage cupboard and to subsidise visiting tutor visits. STA members receive notices about STA events and may borrow Sogetsu books and magazines from the library at Khandallah Town Hall. In order to encourage formal qualification, our chapter also contributes to the cost of acquiring Grade certificates.

Check List of What to bring to Monthly Workshops

  1. $10 attendance fee
  2. Branch material
  3. Flowers
  4. Container
  5. Hasami
  6. Kenzan
  7. Water container – for cutting material
  8. Small watering can or Jug – for filling container
  9. Newspaper – for transporting arrangements home
  10. A small towel or cloth for wiping surfaces
  11. Plastic bag or container for cuttings
  12. Wire / pins if needed.
    We will take turns to provide a snack for afternoon tea (a packet of biscuits is perfectly suitable).
February 11 Sunday 2-4pm Khandallah Town Hall

Sogetsu members will be able to view the DVD from Sogetsu HQ in Tokyo on the new Book 5. It shows Sogetsu teachers demonstrating the new lessons in Book 5 and our Headmaster, Akane Teshigahara also talks about the new lessons. Container sale.

March 11 Saturday at 2-4 pm after AGM at 1:30pm

Demonstration of Japanese Tea Ceremony and Chabana (tea ceremony flowers) by Satomi, who is a teacher of both tea ceremony and ikebana. Please bring  small container and simple garden or roadside flowers.

April 8 Sunday 2-4 pm Khandallah Town Hall

Sandi will demonstrate from Book 5 Lesson 1. – Seasonal Plant Materials. Important! Read pages 12 and 13 on “How to secure a thick/heavy branch on the kenzan”. This shows you how to fix both upright and slanting branches. We want to ensure we can handle both techniques before choosing one of the fixtures to create your Seasonal Arrangement. Please bring: Heavy branches for your arrangement, a suitable moribana container, 2 kenzan to practice your fixings, and autumn-toned materials. You may need heavy secateurs as you will be required to fix heavy branches on kenzan.

May 13

No meeting today as it is Mother’s day.

May 26-27 Saturday and Sunday Lyon Room Home of Compassion, Rhine St, Island Bay

A special workshop with Emily Karanikolopoulas. Emily is a Riji ranked Sogetsu teacher visiting us from Melbourne especially to lead some workshops for us.

June 10 Sunday 2-4 pm Khandallah Town Hall

Matariki or mid-winter Christmas. Your interpretation of these events. Kathy will lead.

July 8 Sunday 2-4 Khandallah Town Hall

New Zealand flax in a one material arrangement, or combined with other fresh material of your choice. Helen will lead.

August 12 Sunday 2-4 Khandallah Town Hall

Members will use paper with fresh material to create an ikebana arrangement. Adrianna will lead this workshop including origami/paper folding.

August 25 Saturday to Tuesday 28th

Sogetsu Auckland’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations. Master instructor Ken Katayama is coming to Auckland and will demonstrate ikebana and conduct workshops. There will be an exhibition of members’ work.

Sunday 9 September 2-4 Khandallah Town Hall

Members will be lead by Elizabeth in a workshop, ‘Using glass containers’, Book 5 Lesson 13 which was demonstrated by Master instructor Ken Katayama. Members should bring a see-through container that shows the material in the vase. No kenzan are used.

Thursday 27 September – 10am to 3pm, in the Treehouse at the Botanical Gardens. $25 fee and lunch provided.

Elin Dahlin, a senior Sogetsu teacher from Sweden is visiting Wellington for WOW and has offered to run a workshop. Themes are Using glass containers from Book 5, Lesson 13 and ‘Composition expressing a movement’, Book 5, Lesson 18. Students who have not studied Book 5 may try the Book 5 arrangements or do a Morimono floating version (Book 2-16)Arrangements to include Spring flowers and native plant material.

September 28 – 30 Friday-Sunday – 10am – 3pm, in the Treehouse at the Botanical Gardens

Some of the ikebana arrangements created at Thursday’s workshop will be exhibited to the public for these 3 days. Our local teachers will do short demonstrations at the exhibition venue over the weekend. We will need members to assist in the Teachers’ demonstrations and to host the Exhibition. Please contact Helen (021 201 8601) if you can help.

October 14 Sunday 2-4 Khandallah Town Hall

Theme to be decided.

November 11 Saturday 12 noon – 5:30pm Khandallah Town Hall

Sogetsu Teachers Association Wellington are pleased to be hosting Auckland Sogetsu teacher Takako Martin for an afternoon of workshops on Saturday 10 November. The workshops will focus on using iris and containers and will be good preparation for our Exhibition at the Japan Festival on Saturday 24 November. The charge for the workshop is $30 for one workshop or $50 for two. Please come early; the room will be open from 12 midday. We will have a tea break mid-afternoon but you may like to bring along some lunch for yourself.

November 24 Saturday 2018 Japan Festival at the TSB Arena.

This is a fun festival showcasing all things Japanese and attracts thousands of people; a good place to showcase our ikebana skills. We will be exhibiting.

December 9 Sunday 2-4 Wadestown Presbyterian Church Hall

Located at 116 Wadestown Road – the hall entrance is around the corner on Hanover Street. Please not this is not our usual meeting place.

Jackie Gyenge will lead this workshop on the theme of using unconventional material combined with fresh. Jackie will supply a surprise material for everyone to use. The material is white  and would combine well with the Christmas colours of green and red, either a coloured vase or some material of your choice.

Think of a celebratory arrangement for the holiday season. When we have completed the arrangements we will display these along a table on a Renga style, which some of you have done at workshops before.

We will have strawberries for afternoon tea and exchange a few of the library book and magazines. Please bring any you have to this meeting so someone else can borrow them over the holidays.

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