March 8, 2024
Bank Nook Farm
I have been very fortunate to have visited Japan for my job, and one of many things that stood out to me was the considerable influence that plants have on the lives of the people living there. Plants are everywhere – in homes, shops, and buildings. Hanging, sitting, or climbing, they gently weave their way into everyday life in an extraordinarily thoughtful and considered way.
I have always been intrigued by the practice of Kokedama where the act of cultivating plants is considered an art form and a source of meditative tranquility. The Japanese believe Kokedama can eliminate negative energy from your space, bringing peace and calm to help balance your mind, body & spirit.
In this beautiful hands-on workshop, you will create your own mesmerising Kokedama while learning more about this traditional Japanese art form.
To make this a truly immersive experience, we will drink a choice of tea infusions created with organic and foraged herbs by Retreat Remedies. While creating, we will listen to instrumental kigaku (器楽), one of two types of Gagaku (雅楽) court music, the oldest traditional music in Japan. The studio will be infused with the smell of traditional Japanese incense.
We will discuss selecting the right plants, preparing the roots, creating the right mix of soils to form your root ball, and finally, binding and forming moss over the root ball, creating the beautiful spherical Kokedama.
You will create three designs: the first using plants, the second using bulbs, and finally, a simple bowl design. At the end of the workshop, you will leave with three beautiful creations, complete with plates to display them on.
There will be a carefully selected choice of plants and bulbs for you to work with, plus all the tools and materials will be supplied.
As the materials & foliage will have been pre-selected, collected, and gathered for the number of attendees, the workshop places are non-refundable and non-transferable if you are unable to attend.
Here’s our address: Bank Nook Farm, 44 Denholme Road, Oxenhope, BD22 9SJ