Sofu Teshigahara (1900- 1979), Sogetsu School founder:

With a heart full of love

I take a flower in my hand

Forgetting everything.

I emerge myself in the world of flowers,

Dedicating my time

To branches, to flowers , to fruits

I try to catch that fleeting moment

That ever elusive moment of perfection.

Theresa Feile:

Say sayonara to stress and look for a way to relax.

Ikebana does not involve drinking herbal tea or straining muscles in Yoga .

Ikebana- the art of flower arranging can unlock springs of inner peace. It is cultural, artistic form of relaxation.

Flowers keep you young.

Elizabeth Angel:

My association with Sogetsu Ikebana started approximately 40 years ago. I joined the Sogetsu Teachers Association in l973 and have been teaching for over 25 years. Ikebana has been an important part of my life giving me a deeper awareness of nature and the challenge of creativity, which I enjoy sharing with my very enthusiastic group of students.

Tetsuta Watanabe PhD:

I began to learn the art of Ikebana’ (ancient Japanese flower

arranging), having been invited by one of my students. I

know, you are probably wondering why a middle-aged man

would be doing this, but I am constantly discovering that I

have much to learn still, and, it turns out that this flower

arranging was a tradition carried out by many strong historical

males; samurais and Buddhist monks not just women!

Beverley Webster:

Practicing Ikebana, even the struggles to meet its precise requirements, brings me tranquillity, beauty and joy – get it right and it makes your heart sing! And surprisingly, it is simultaneously very calming mentally and creatively very stimulating.

The journey has had surprises and some have taken time to accept, like the maxim “All flowers are beautiful but not all flowers make beautiful ikebana”. From my western standpoint, the most beautiful flowers are most sought after, but in Ikebana often the simplest flowers have made my most stunning arrangements. Its immediacy and transient nature is a constant, fascinating challenge – a perfect branch or flower seen last week often is gone when you look today. This has taught me to enjoy what’s available today – to adjust, to bend, to make the most of what I have.