Sogetsu Colorado invites you to join us October 1-3, 2016 as we celebrate our 30th year of practice and study of the art of Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging). This celebration is in honor of our beloved founder, Mrs. Kyoko Kita as well as those who continue to nurture our organization and its array of activities.
Kyoka Kita, Riji founded the Sogetsu Colorado Branch in 1986. Under her skilled, enthusiastic, and loving leadership, the organization prospered and grew. Sogetsu Colorado now has over 100 members, five of whom have achieved the Sogetsu organization’s highest rank of Riji.
Since Kita Sensei’s death in 2010, our members continue to foster the growth and vitality of the organization under the leader ship of our chair, Ruby Maruyama, Riji. By teaching, organizing exhibitions, performing demonstrations and many other out-reach activities, we strive to promote the appreciation of ikebana and encourage people to learn this enjoyable art form. For more information about our branch and the celebration visit our website at https://sogetsucolorado.com.
Ms. Shibata’s forte is the innovative use of materials and unique line designs to create arrangements that enhance both living and work environments.
Kika Shibata, Riji
||Born in Kumamoto, Japan
Began studying Ikebana under the tutelage of her mother, Mrs. Shoka Narimatsu at age four.
||Moved to United States
Returned regularly to Japan to study under Ms. Kasumi Teshigahara
||Promoted to Sogetsu’s highest teacher rank of Riji
||Appointed Deputy Director of the Sogetsu San Jose-South Bay Branch
||Appointed Sogetsu Regional Director of North America
||Appointed as Sogetsu West Coast Coordinator of North America
||Received the prestigious Sogetsu Kaigaisho award given to teachers outside of Japan for outstanding and dedicated work
||Served as translator to Akane Teshigahara, Headmaster of Sogetsu School of Flower Arranging during the 9th North American Seminar in Los Angeles, California
||Reaches about 100 students weekly in her Bay Area and Sacramento classes
||Holds regularly scheduled classes in San Diego, Sacramento, and Arizona
||Has authored and published three books of Ikebana floral design
You may learn more about Kika Shibata by visiting the San Jose-South Bay Branch web site: http://sogetsusjsbb.org.
The Westin Westminster
10600 Westminster Blvd.
Westminster, CO 80020 Phone 1-800-291-9434
All package events will be held at the Westin Westminster, a Four-Diamond hotel near Denver and Boulder with stunning Rocky Mountain views. For more information on the hotel visit their website at The Westin Westminster.
The website contains information about airport to hotel transportation, driving instructions, local attractions and shopping, and other relevant local information.
The Westin is offering a special group room rate of $139+taxes. The group discount rate is subject to availability and no longer available after August 30th, 2016.
For on-line hotel registration click on the link, The Westin Westminster. Guests may access this link to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation from April 11, 2016 to October 7, 2016. Exhibition
There will an ikebana exhibition in the Fountain Greens Foyer and adjacent hall space. Attendees from other branches are encouraged to participate. Please indicate on the registration form if you wish to exhibit and you will be sent detailed information concerning space, wholesale florists, etc. We will arrange for access to local wholesale florist.
Saturday, October 1st
8:00 am-12:00 noon: Exhibition set-up
12 noon-1:45 pm: Registration-Fountain Greens Foyer
2:00-2:45 pm-Ribbon Cutting and Exhibition Viewing-Fountain Greens Foyer
3:00-4:30 pm: Demonstration-Cotton Creek Meeting Room
4:30-5:30 pm: Cash Bar-Fountain Greens Foyer
5:30-7:30 pm: Celebration Dinner-Mountainbrook Meeting Room
Sunday, October 2nd
8:15-8:45 am: Registration-Fountain Greens Foyer
9:00-11:30 am: Workshop 1-Cotton Creek Meeting Room Topic: Exploring color, line and space
11:30 am-12:30 pm: Buffet Lunch-Meadowbrook Meeting Room
12:30-12:45 pm: Registration
1:00-4:00 pm: Workshop 2- Cotton Creek Meeting Room Topic: Midollino (A new approach)
4:00-5:00 pm-Exhibition Takedown
6:30 pm: Offsite Closing Dinner (not included in package) Location: The Club at Rolling Hills 15707 West 26th Street Golden, Colorado, 80401 Round trip transportation from hotel to site will be available: Price TBA
Monday, October 3rd
8:30-8:45 am- Registration-Fountain Greens Foyer
9:00 am-12 noon- Teacher’s Workshop (not included in packages)– Must be teacher eligible to participate
Cotton Creek Meeting Room
Topic: Teaching Techniques
Please click here for the registration form Registration Form