Thursday 8th Nov 2018 – Friday 15th Feb 2019
at Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Ave. Portland, OR 97205
Put on by International Japanese Garden Training Center
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Applications are being accepted until February 15 for beginning-level seminars through Waza to Kokoro, the International Japanese Garden Training Center's flagship program in Japanese garden arts. Applications for intermediate-level seminars will be accepted through April 15.

Beginner level: June 3-9, 2019
This entry-level professional course focuses on basic techniques, with an emphasis on hands-on work and the fundamentals of stone elements in the tea garden. 

Intermediate level: September. 16-27, 2019 
Continuing to emphasize stone as the foundation of the garden, this level brings in more theoretical instruction about other related arts, offers the opportunity for more  design practice, and takes participants to the next level in technical skills. 

Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart is an immersive learning experience combining traditional Eastern and modern Western ways of learning, all framed eloquently in the culture of tea:
· Japanese garden history and aesthetics
· Hands-on work in stonesetting for the tea garden
· Tool use and care
· Drawing and sketching
· Working with real-life design problems
· Experiential learning and discussions on tea and food culture

Seminars are taught by Portland Japanese Garden staff as well as visiting instructors from Japan. Application is open to landscape professionals in all sectors.

The Waza to Kokoro seminar is a presentation of the International Japanese Garden Training Center, which was the recipient of the American Public Gardens Association 2018 Award for Program Excellence. The program was featured earlier this year in Landscape Architecture Magazine.