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Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart
Monday, June 03, 2019, 10:00 AM to Sunday, June 09, 2019, 4:00 PM PST
Category: Allied Organization Events

Beginner level: June 3 - 9, 2019
Intermediate level: September 16 - 27, 2019

Applications are now open for Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart an immersive seminar in Japanese garden arts at the Portland Japanese Garden Waza to Kokoro, offered in 2019 at both the beginner and intermediate levels, combines design-build elements with theory and cultural instruction for an immersive experience in Japanese garden arts. The course is led by Portland Japanese Garden staff as well as by visiting Japanese instructors.

In 2019, Portland Japanese Garden is honored to offer Beginner and Intermediate level Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart seminars. These hands-on seminars are designed to serve professionals in garden design, construction, and maintenance.

Each seminar is taught by visiting Japanese instructors and Portland Japanese Garden staff. A traditional, hands-on learning process focusing on stonework is supplemented with preparatory theoretical and practical instruction in topics including garden history, design, traditional tool use, and the culture of tea.
The seminars immerse learners in not just the techniques but the cultural heart of the Japanese garden. Admission is open to staff of Japanese gardens, all landscape professionals, and students of landscape disciplines.

To apply or learn more: japanesegarden.org/thecenter


Waza to Kokoro is the main program of the Portland Japanese Garden’s International Japanese Garden Training Center, which teaches the skills and techniques for creating and fostering Japanese gardens. The Center is a 2018 recipient of a Program Excellence award from the American Public Gardens Association. Photo by Jonathan Ley.