2017 Class Schedule

Quiet night awaits
lessons from nature’s bounty
meditation’s spell.
- Jim -

Another magical year approaches as the yurt awaits new visitors to teaching in the round.  It’s amazing just how sitting with each other makes opening yourself less complicated.  Besides teaching at home, there are many travels this year:  Japan with daughter, Nell; New Zealand, Italy, Germany with gal, Libby; and many symposia in the US to teach.  It is always an honor to share 44 years of bonsai foolishness.  Our new offering of Heart Rhythm Meditation with South African, Dr. Charles Palmer, combined with bonsai application helps us to better understand why we do bonsai and our attraction to plants and art.  Many of you have expressed excitement in this quiet-learned approach.  Charles has a special awareness to understand meditation.  Come join us for this and other classes of bonsai fun and knowledge. 


Life hardly ever lives up to our anxieties... so do more bonsai and let’s go with our flow.

—Jim Doyle

Introduction to Bonsai

Become aware of all the elements of bonsai through this beginner’s course. History, styles, design, year-round maintenance, pruning, wiring, potting, and refinement are all covered; along with a hands-on workshop where you will create your own future masterpiece.  A great “refresher course.”  Plant, pot, soil, wire, fertilizer, and booklet are included.


Saturday, October 28 (JD)  •  9:30AM-5:00PM **SOLD OUT**

Fee: $90  //  Observers: $25

Bonsai Oktoberfest w/ Walter Pall & Jim Doyle

Let’s just say that these classes are enlightened by that special way of teaching Walter and Jim have brought — appealing to both the beginning and continuing student. These 3 days will both inspire and entertain you. The camaraderie of all who come builds the best memories. BYOTree and/or work with our trees. Includes lunch.


Friday, October 13  •  9:30AM-5:00PM

Saturday, October 14  •  9:30AM-5:00PM

Sunday, October 15  •  10:00AM-5:00PM

Fee: $90/day or $240/3 days  //  Observers: $40/day

Dwarf Boxwood Workshop w/ Rodney Clemons*

Boxwood could be Rodney’s middle name.  Special selected older morris midget and compacta varieties will be the focus with this great teacher.  These mature trees have been waiting just for this class!  Bring your own lunch. 


Friday, October 20  •  9:00AM-1:00PM

Fee:  $200  //  Observers:  $35

Tropicals On The Rocks w/ Yamil Collazo

Who better to teach this class than our Puerto Rican, artist, friend, Yamil.  Learn design, care, and techniques for root over rock composition.  Plants, rocks, and instruction all included.


Friday, October 20  •  1:30PM-5:00PM**SOLD OUT**

Fee:  $100  //  Observers:  $35


Special– Take both of Rodney & Yamil’s classes for $275! Plus FREE program at 7pm.

Amur Maple workshop w/ Jim Doyle*

This hardy, strong, powerful maple with small leaves and fantastic fall color are the focus of this workshop.  Trees range from 1.5”-3” trunks!  Care and development will be covered.  Lunch included.


Saturday, November 4  •  9:30AM-4:00PM **2 Spots Left!**

Fee:  $225  //  Observers:  $35

Special 2 day work session w/ Mauro Stemberger*

An opportunity to work on a tree with Mauro’s guidance plus BYOT’s to get advice, wiring techniques, and design.  Class size limited.  Lunches included.


Saturday, November 18  •  9:30AM-5:00PM

Sunday, November 19  •  9:30AM-5:00PM

Fee: $190 for both days  //  Observers: $35/day

Winter Study w/ Walter Pall & Jim Doyle

Never a dull moment… Walter and Jim have been cavorting collectively since 1995. They continue because it is both a fun and informative process for them. We offer the opportunity to work on killer material and advanced techniques with a pair of premier teachers. You may bring your own trees for continued study and season-appropriate development. Lunch included.


Friday, December 1  •  9:30AM-5:00PM

Saturday, December 2  •  9:30AM-5:00PM

Sunday, December 3  •  10:00AM-4:00PM

Fee: $85/day or $230/3 days  //  Observers: $40/day

Open Studio Session For Continuing Students

Our studio opens its doors to help the continuing student develop ongoing projects.  Our work benches, specialty tools, research, and advice are available.  We hope you can join us!  Please call ahead when able to let us know you're coming.


Wednesday, October 25 •  12pm-8pm

Wednesday, November 8 •  12pm-8pm

Fee: $20 first hour THEN $10/hour after -- Plus materials.

Young Persons Workshop (Ages 9-16)

It’s a joy to share with the young, an opportunity to learn a culture, history, horticulture, art, cuisine, and science all in one course!  A discussion & demo followed by the fun part: hands-on creation of a bonsai to take home and care for.

• Although not currently scheduled, we are willing to facilitate this class if you are able to gather 5-10 students. We will then schedule a class at your convenience.

Fee: $45//  Sorry No Observers