Quiet night awaits
lessons from nature’s bounty
- 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.
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, September 30 (GP) • 9:30AM-5:00PM **Date Change!**
Saturday, October 28 (JD) • 9:30AM-5:00PM
Fee: $90 // Observers: $25
Freeing the Heart: Meditating on the Music of Plants
A Heart Rhythm Meditation Retreat Exploring the Hidden Magic and Music of the Plant-Human Exchange with Dr. Charles Palmer, Dr. Libby Tisdell, and Bonsai Artist Jim Doyle
This day long retreat, will focus on freeing the heart through Heart Rhythm Meditation, music, and the magic of the plant human exchange. Heart Rhythm Meditation (HRM) is an ancient form of meditation that integrates attention to body, mind, heart, and spirit. In the practice of HRM (updated and refreshed by Puran and Susannah Bair, founders of the Institute of Applied Meditation), one syncs the full breath to the beat of the heart. HRM focuses on both the physical heart and the metaphorical heart.
The retreat will be both informational and experiential. IT will explore some of the science of HRM, along with some of its deeper meditation practices and connection to the natural world, while planting peace in every step, and breathing peace in every breath.
Saturday, June 24 • 9:30AM-4:30PM
$60 (includes a simple vegetarian lunch)
Shohin (Miniature Bonsai) w/ Jim Doyle
Small can be big. Work with 2 selected shohin (1 Jabilly / 1 Temperate), and 1 accent plant; and also learn theories on how to display them. This informative, diverse session will be reflective for understanding this subject. 3 Plants, Pots, Soil, Wire & Lunch included. You may also bring one of your personal trees for advice and work.
Saturday, September 9 • 9:30AM-4:00PM
Fee: $100 // 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
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
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, July 19 • 12pm-8pm
Wednesday, August 23 • 12pm-8pm
Wednesday, September 13 • 12pm-8pm
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