2019 lectures complete; 2020 lectures to be announced this fall.
Image by Parkrose student in Haiku Alive program
Welcoming Waza to Kokoro Participants
This month we welcome landscape practitioners from across the country and Australia for the intermediate-level Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart training seminar in Japanese garden arts. Watch this space next month for 2020’s seminar dates!Fall Design Intensive: Application Deadline Extended
Application has been extended through Sept. 12 for “With an Eye Towards Nature: A Japanese Garden Design Intensive.” Created for design
professionals and taught by Garden staff including Garden Curator Sadafumi Uchiyama, the short course takes place at Portland Japanese Garden and includes an overnight in the Columbia Gorge at the stunning Menucha Retreat Center. It’s eligible for continuing education units for the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and other professional organizations as well.
Haiku Alive — our school outreach program teaching the Japanese cultural value of living in harmony with nature through focusing on poetic tradition — has reached more than a thousand under-served elementary school students since its inception in 2011. We’re pleased to announce that the program will begin its ninth season with a new face — educator, poet and visual artist Anne Paris will succeeds the retiring Joan Kvitka, who created the program nearly a decade ago.
“Nature teaches us how to live. My study of haiku, as well as my own practice as a writer and a teacher, has taught me how valuable this compressed form, along with the observation of the natural world, can be in gaining understanding about our own inner state. I can see that students who participate in the Haiku Alive program have also discovered the power of this poetic form, as well as the power of observation in nature.”
Haiku Alive is a partnership with Parkrose School District and Park Academy. But starting this month, anyone can bring the Haiku Alive learning experience into their classroom or home! Haiku Alive’s curriculum outline, presentations, and worksheets are now available to download for free.
Take a deep breath and see the Garden anew through the curious eyes of Haiku Alive students with this article published in the Garden’s magazine last year.
ABOUT THE TRAINING CENTER
The International Japanese Garden Training Center teaches traditional skills and techniques for creating and fostering Japanese gardens — while acquainting learners with the garden’s cultural heart and soul. Workshops, seminars, and lectures take place at the Garden and offsite venues. Visiting and permanent faculty include Portland Japanese Garden staff and practitioners, designers, and academics from the U.S., Japan, and other countries. The Center, the only such program in the world outside of Japan, is a recipient of a 2018 Program of Excellence Award from the American Public Gardens Association.