Sogetsu Upcoming Events


View photos from Sogetsu Activities

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.


Dear Sogetsu Ikebanists,

Sogetsu Teachers Association Wellington are pleased to be hosting Melbourne based Sogetsu teacher Emily Karanikolopoulos (Grade 1 Teacher Riji) for three workshops on Saturday 26 May and Sunday 27 May. Emily was a recipient of the Norman & Mary Sparnon scholarship and studied at Head Quarters in 2014.


These 3 workshops will be held at the Lyon Room Home of Compassion, Rhine St, Island Bay at 10am and 1pm on Saturday 26 and then at 10am on Sunday 27. Please come early; the hall will be open from 9am both days. Morning tea will be served from 9:30 am and we will not be breaking during sessions until lunch time.

COST for STA MEMBERS [any branch]

The charge for the workshops is $40 per session. This is discounted for members to $100 for enrolment in 3 sessions or $75 for two sessions. A paper-bag lunch can be ordered for $10.


The charge for the workshops is $50 per session. This is discounted for non-members to $120 for enrolment in 3 sessions or $80 for two sessions. A paper-bag lunch can be ordered for $10.

You can choose to become a member of Sogetsu Wellington on the day or at the time of submitting your enrolment. Your subscription will be $25 per annum (April 1-March 31). As this may affect your workshops fees if unsure please ask our Treasurer Kathy Kerry 973-9065 for assistance or email her ahead of time.

Workshop Themes are as follows:
Book 5, lesson 12. Jika-dome (Direct Fixing).
Saturday Morning Workshop
10am -12 midday
Create a nageire arrangement without drop stick or crossbars, i.e. “Direct Fixing”. If you work quickly you may like to re-use your material and create a second arrangement in a different container.
If you have dietary issues and wish to order lunch, please advise the Treasurer at the time of registration
Book 5, lesson 20. Complementing an Artwork.
Saturday Afternoon Workshop
1 – 3pm
Use a black and white artwork and create an ikebana arrangement to complement it. The artwork can be any type, e.g. picture, sculpture or fabric and should be incorporated into your ikebana. Materials may be black and white if this best complements the artwork.
Book 5, lesson 7. Using Unconventional Materials.
Sunday Morning Workshop
10am -12 midday
Ikebana using non- plant materials of your choice. Try this Book 5 lesson with only the Unconventional Materials and then try it adding some fresh material (Book 4, Lesson 11)
CLEANUP (12-1pm)
You may wish to join other members at a local café for lunch
Social Activities

Helen Wareham has kindly offered to host a buffet dinner at her home (200 Oriental Parade) on Friday evening 25th May at 7pm. This will give us an opportunity to welcome Emily and her sister Lucy to Wellington. Parking should be available on the Parade at this time of the evening. You are welcome to bring your spouse or partner. There will be a charge of $20 per head to cover the cost of the catered meal. BYO wine.

Registration & Payment: Please EMAIL your registration form to Kathy Kerry [] or POST to our Treasurer, Kathy Kerry, 31A Woburn Road, Northland, Wellington, 6012.

CHEQUES should be payable to “Sogetsu Wellington”

DIRECT PAYMENTS to Sogetsu Teachers Association Wellington Branch 02-0500-0630826-000 [PLEASE enter your name and workshop in internet banking and ALSO remember to email your registration to Kathy Kerry [].

ARE YOU A MEMBER of STA? YES/NO If a member, do you have an STA MEMBERSHIP No? STA No.
Name Mobile  
Phone No [home] Email
Please cross out whichever is not applicable and enter $0 in cost column if you are not attending Non-STA MEMBERS STA MEMBERS Please Enter Your COSTS
Friday 25th May @ 7pm – Number attending dinner Yes /No

Number =

$20 per head $20 per head
(1) 26th May Morning workshop – Yes/ No $50 $40
Lunch –please list any dietary preferences Yes/ No $10 $10
(2)26th May afternoon workshop Yes/ No $50 $40
(3) 27th May Morning workshop – Yes/ No $50 $40
Discount for 3 workshops

Discount for 2 workshops





If you are not already a member or have not paid current 2018 subscription do you wish to pay now? +$25 +$25

Helen Wareham, Director, Sogetsu Wellington Ph 970 9573, Mob 021 201 8601 Note: Helen is not available March 20th until April 22. Enquiries to Kathy or Sandi (021 498 361).

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

Theme to be decided.

August 12 Sunday 2-4 Khandallah Town Hall

Theme to be decided.

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

A theme from the master’s workshop in Auckland. Elizabeth will lead.

October 14 Sunday 2-4 Khandallah Town Hall

Theme to be decided.


November 11 Sunday 2-4 Khandallah Town Hall

Theme to be decided.

December 9 Sunday 2-4 Khandallah Town Hall



Contact us at: