Ikebana offers relaxing, fun and creative workshops while teaching you about the beautiful art of Japanese flower arrangement
Practising Ikebana under her official Japanese teaching name, Shoto, Aileen is a qualified Sogetsu Ikebana teacher with a background in teaching.
At the 2019 Wa Melbourne International Ikebana Festival, she was awarded Silver for exhibitors with up to 5 years teaching experience. In 2018, she won the international online Ikebana Gallery Award in both Overall and People's Choice categories. In 2016, her essay 'Ikebana: Respecting the Past, Expressing the Future' was published in the International Journal of Ikebana Studies., Aileen teaches Ikebana in her studio at Mount Martha on the Mornington Peninsula. She also presents online classes as far away as London, Launceston and the Blue Mountains, and runs in-person workshops in schools, workplaces and at private venues.
"Sharing my love of ikebana is a joyful experience. Working with people who love flowers, love Japan or are simply curious about learning is a happy and satisfying experience.
The creative, meditative and mindful aspects of Japanese flower arrangement provide a fantastic counter-balance to our busy lives, and bring beauty into our hearts, minds and homes.