The Way of Flowers: An Introduction to the Contemplative Practice of Flower Arranging

with Barbara Craig

June 9th—June 10th

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  • $200 Contributor Price
  • $175 Program Price
  • $35 Deposit
  • Amount after scholarship (from form)
Room: Main Shrine Room

Discover and cultivate the source of your creativity. Learn how to express this quality through Kado, the meditative, contemplative practice of flower arranging in the Shambhala tradition. Kado means “The Way of Flowers.” It was introduced in China over 2000 year ago, and later assimilated into Japan.  The Japanese named it “Ikebana,” meaning “living flowers.” In the Shambhala tradition, it is called “Kado,” and is a contemplative practice that is based on the principle that human beings are part of nature - not separated from it. Kado students work with natural materials from the earth to study the human condition. By practicing Kado, they gain an understanding of the wisdom of nature, self, space and perception.

The primary purpose of Kado is to discover joyfulness, work with obstacles, and develop respect for all things animate or inanimate. Beautiful flower arrangements are often the result of the Kado practice, but they are not its goal or purpose. The Kado Rigden School of Ikebana teaches from this view.

About the Instructor

The instructor will be Barbara Craig, a senior student of Marcia Wang Shibata, Master Shambhala Kado Instructor of the Shambhala Buddhist community and co-founder of the Shambhala Kado School.  Barbara has been practicing with Ms. Shibata for over 10 years and is a Shambhala Kado guide. She is also a student of the Ikenobo school of Ikebana and Ikebana International. Barbara has been a long-time student and member of the Philadelphia Shambhala Center.

Materials to Bring with You

Participants are requested to bring a small towel or rag to wipe up water, a container to hold flowers, and a water pitcher. If participants have them, bringing a pair of small garden pruners would be helpful.
The Center will provide containers for the arrangements, extra cutters and other materials needed to make the arrangements.

Meal Information

A very light breakfast will be available both days, starting at 8:30am; program will begin promptly at 9am. Participants are requested to bring their own lunches.

Program Fee

Cost is $150, plus $25 for flower materials, for a total cost of $175. Scholarships are available; see below.

The Baltimore Shambhala Center relies on program registration fees, as well as on donations, to be able to cover our operating expenses, including the monthly rent. We very much value your paying the registration fee for this program, if you are able to afford this amount.


We want anyone who wishes to study meditation and to experience the Shambhala view of basic goodness to be able to do so. Scholarships are available so that our programs are open to anyone, regardless of what tuition amount they are able to afford. (See link below if your are in need of a scholarship for this program. Scholarship requests are processed online, so that there is no delay in registration.)

A $35 deposit is required to reserve your spot.  If you can not pay the full program fee now. If requesting a scholarship, please go to the scholarship page before registering.

Please note: Enrollment is limited to 12 so that the instructor can provide hands-on instruction to each participant as s/he creates their arrangements.  If this class is full, please send us an email and ask to be contacted when we offer another weekend class later this year.