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News from Portland OR: Fall Training and Haiku in the Classroom

“Haiku is not a shriek, a howl, a sigh, or a yawn; rather, it is the deep breath of life.”

― Santōka Taneda, Mountain Tasting: Haiku and Journals of Santoka Taneda

KEY DATES

September 12
Deadline for applications for October design intensive

September 16 – 27
Waza to Kokoro Intermediate Level Seminar

October 22 – 24
With an eye towards nature: A Japanese garden design intensive

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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.
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Bring Haiku Alive to Your Classroom or Home!

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.

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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.
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Training opportunity in Portland Oregon

Application Deadline On August 20
Application is open until this Tuesday, Aug. 20 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, this new short intensive course takes place October 22-24, 2019 at Portland Japanese Garden and offsite in the Columbia Gorge including an overnight at the stunning Menucha Retreat Center.

The course is eligible for 16 continuing education credits for members of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and is eligible for CEUs or professional development credits for other organizations as well. Installment plans are available for tuition fee.

Questions? Contact us at thecenter@japanesegarden.org

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Deadline extended for Portland training

Apply by May 1

“My personal goals were exceeded as the seminar immersed us in Japanese culture and explained the reasons behind techniques and ideas used in Japanese gardens.”

– Ayse Pogue, Senior Horticulturalist, Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden, Chicago Botanical Garden, 2016 seminar participant

The deadline has been extended for application to the Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart hands-on seminar in Japanese garden arts. An immersive, professional-level course unparalleled in the world, Waza to Kokoro is acclaimed by  gardeners, landscape architects and designers, aesthetic pruners, horticulturalists, and stonemasons alike.

Learn stone setting, bamboo fence construction, design, history, aesthetics, and other topics, all integrated into a holistic learning experience framed in the culture of tea.  The course takes place at Portland Japanese Garden and offsite venues, with faculty from Garden staff as well as visiting instructors from Japan.

Explore images and stories from previous seminars in this Landscape Architecture Magazine article.

The intermediate level seminar takes place September 16 – 27, 2019.  The application deadline is May 1.

Scholarships and payment plans are available to make the seminar more affordable. 

Questions? Contact us at thecenter@japanesegarden.org

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Entry deadline nears for Waza To Kokoro in Portland

Application Deadline: April 15

“The course was brilliant. I met some amazing people and learnt a lot, and it will leave a lasting impact on what I do in the future. I will be recommending it.”

–Jake Davies-Robertson, gardener, Kew Gardens

April 15 is the application deadline for the intermediate-level Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart seminar in Japanese garden arts. This unparalleled experience in hands-on landscape education has proven a transformative professional experience for gardeners, landscape architects, horticulturalists, stone masons and designers from five countries.   

The seminar, now in its fourth year, presents training in stone setting, bamboo fence construction, design, history, aesthetics, and other topics — all integrated into a holistic learning experience framed in the culture of tea.  The course takes place at Portland Japanese Garden and offsite venues, with faculty from Garden staff as well as visiting instructors from Japan. 

Explore images and stories from previous seminars in this Landscape Architecture Magazine article.

The intermediate level seminar takes place September 16 – 27, 2019.  The application deadline is April 15.

Questions? Contact us at thecenter@japanesegarden.org

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Training opportunities in Portland, OR and Hilo, HI

Are you looking for an opportunity to enhance your Japanese landscape skills?

Portland Japanese Garden offers an amazing opportunity to learn stone setting, bamboo fence construction, and other skills including tools, aesthetics, and history.

Deadline for the beginner’s course is today (February 15) with the course set for June 3-9. Intermediate level deadline is in April with the course set for September 16-27. More details and registration at the link below:

https://mailchi.mp/341f7b900706/the-center-334425?e=d24afc77b0

Meanwhile, in Hilo a pruning class will be taught by Dennis Makishima in Lili`uokalani Gardens Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20. Advance registration is required. The course is geared toward public park maintenance personnel, Master Gardeners, and active landscape industry workers.

Registration for this workshop is closed with 50 registrants and a small waiting list. No more registrants can be accommodated.
More workshops will be held in the future. Register early.

UPDATE: As of Monday, February 25, class registration is full with 50 participants. There is a small waiting list.

Dennis demonstrates how to handle black pine in a tropical climate.
photo by Bill F. Eger 2011

Dennis is the founder of the Merritt College (Oakland, California) aesthetic tree pruning program. He is a past president of the Golden State Bonsai Federation. Dennis used to come to Hawaii annually to help with the bonsai show at the Okinawa Festival in Honolulu.

Now he says he’s retired, but Dennis is coming to Hawaii in March to work on clients’ trees over two weekends on Oahu. In between, Dennis will return to Hilo to teach pruning workshops to County park maintenance personnel, local landscapers, and Master Gardeners. Registration in advance is required for the two-day workshop Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20.

“Several Sister City trees have been planted since the last time Dennis visited,” K.T. Cannon-Eger of Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens noted. “They are in need of pruning so it’s a good time to share these skills with others.”

His pruning career started in 1980 when he was working for a produce store in Berkeley. He and a plumber friend traded labor and Dennis pruned his first black pine tree. Over the years, Dennis studied urban horticulture and developed multi-year plans to work on clients trees.

While taking a horticulture class at Merritt College, a team project tackled the pruning of a maple tree on campus. Student interest led to the formation of an aesthetic pruning series as well as a continuing organization that offers a certification program.

“His teaching and leadership made it possible for pruners to make a living at aesthetically pruning trees,” said Randall Lee, president of the Aesthetic Pruners Association. Lee said he learned under Makishima starting around 1988 and said he would not have been an aesthetic pruner without him. Lee said many pruners now advertise themselves as aesthetic pruners, and his organization, founded 10 years ago, was started to certify and support them. The association’s website lists 77 affiliated pruners throughout the United States.

“I was fortunate to meet Dennis at a North American Japanese Garden Association conference. He expressed an interest in Lili`uokalani Gardens and two years later he managed a side trip to Hilo during which 20 County maintenance personnel and Master Gardeners took hands-on workshops with Dennis.”

The two-day workshop will be held in Lili`uokalani Gardens Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20, from 7:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. each day rain or shine. Lunch, refreshments, and workshop materials are included in the $15 registration cost. Meet at the old sumo ring, a shelter near the tea house and parking lot off Banyan Drive.

To reserve a space, contact K.T. Cannon-Eger at kteger@hawaii.rr.com or phone (808) 895-8130.

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