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Wellington Branch of Sogetsu Teachers’ Association 

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Programme 2019 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


Membership of Sogetsu Teachers’ Association (STA) is $25 per year or $5 per year for teachers paying STA membership to Tokyo HQ.
Members pay $10 to attend each monthly workshop. The $10 fee is used to pay the rent of the hall and rent of the library storage.
Guests may attend up to 2 workshops for $10 each, but then pay $20 per workshop for casual attendance or become a member by paying the $25 annual fee.
Charges for special workshops with visiting teachers may vary depending on the total costs of the visit. STA members receive notices about STA events and may borrow Sogetsu books and magazines from the library at Khandallah Town Hall.

Checklist 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
February 10 Sunday 2-4pm Khandallah Town Hall

Kathy Kerry will give a demonstration of freestyle arrangements using wild flowers, roadside material like agapanthus, monbretia, valerian, fennel or arum lilies.

March 10 Saturday at 2-4 pm after AGM at 1:30pm

The committee elected in 2018 is in place till 2020, so our AGM will be brief this year.

Sandra Hurnard will give a workshop using vines from Book 4, Lesson 6. Members will try to use fresh vines as they will be easier to bend. Hydangeas are a good flower for this.

March 27-31 in Melbourne, Australia. Ikebana International’s 60th Anniversary celebration.

An exhibition at the Melbourne Flower Show and an Ichiyo School exhibition at the Amora Hotel, Richmond. Visiting Ichiyo Master, Naohira Kasuya is demonstrating at an I.I. lunch on March 28 and a workshop on March 30.
Please email the Melbourne Ikebana International treasurer, Sally Wilkinson, if you would like to attend. It’s ok to pay her in Melbourne.

April 14 Sunday 2-4 pm Khandallah Town Hall

Gloriosa lilies are a favourite of our Headmaster Akane and these will be the focus of this workshop. Elizabeth McMillan will lead this freestyle workshop. The club will provide the lilies – $10 for 3 stems, so just bring a suitable container and other material of your choice. Reminder: Membership fees are now due and for non teachers these are $25.

May 11 Saturday 10 and 1pm Khandallah Presbyterian Church Hall, Ganges Rd.

The attached document is about our Saturday 11th May workshops with Sandy Marker who is coming over from Sydney especially for this event. Please check your diary and register with our Treasurer as soon as you can.

(Open the link onto your computer – it is safe.)

2019 May STA Workshops Sandy Marker Registration

June 9 Sunday 2-4 pm Khandallah Town Hall

Helen Wareham will demonstrate a revision of basic styles from Book1. Choose a basic or variation style to suit your material, then arrange this and ask the other ikebanists to identify the lesson you have done. Moribana or nageire.

July 14 Sunday 2-4 pm Khandallah Town Hall

Theme to be decided.

August 11 Sunday 2-4 pm Khandallah Town Hall

Theme to be decided.

September 8 Sunday 2-4 pm Khandallah Town Hall

Preparing for an ikebana demonstration and/or workshop, emphasizing working from behind your arrangement. This will be good practice for the Spring Festival.

September 28 Saturday and 29 Sunday at Wellington Botanical Gardens Spring Festival

Format and dates yet to be confirmed.

October 13 Sunday 2-4 Khandallah Town Hall

Theme to be decided.

November 10 Sunday 2-4 pm Khandallah Town Hal

Theme to be decided.

December 8 Sunday

No workshop at Khandallah Town Hall. Social event to celebrate the end of the year.

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