Spring Kado Retreat: The Way of Flowers

with Artist to the Court Marcia Shibata

April 12th—April 17th (2018)

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  • $395 Pay-It-Forward Tuition
  • $345 Full Program Tuition
  • $240 Subsidized Tuition
Room: El Solarium

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An intensive 5-day program including flower arranging demonstrations, sitting, Dharma talks, Kado practice, outside walks, cutting our own materials, evening events, and the pleasure of working together as "practicing flowers is understanding how society works."

“Kado” in Chinese means “The Way of Flowers” and began in China over 2300 years ago.  When it was introduced and assimilated into Japan, the Japanese word “Ikebana” arose, meaning “living or natural flowers”.  Kado is a contemplative practice that studies nature as it is.

Using classical Ikebana forms, Kado teaches us to clearly see the wisdom in nature, in ourselves and in others. The ultimate purpose in Kado is not to make pleasant flower arrangements, but cultivate appreciation for each moment, to work with obstacles, and to develop respect for ourselves, others and all forms of life.


Program begins Thursday, 12 April, at 6:00 pm with dinner followed by a public demonstration, all are welcome to attend the Thursday demonstration at 7:30 pm or stay for the entire program.


Pay-It-Forward program tuition not including accommodations: $395 usd We invite all who are able to do so to consider paying the Pay-It-Forward tuition rate. By doing so, you make it possible for us to offer scholarships to others, particularly our Mexico sangha, while also covering the direct cost of your stay here and contributing to our year-round operations. 

Full program tuition not including accommodations: $345 usd   We invite all who are able to do so to pay the full tuition rate.  By doing so, you cover the direct cost of your stay here and contribute to our year-round operating expenses. 

Subsidized program tuition not including accommodations: $240 usd  If the full tuition is unworkable for you, please pay the subsidized rate if you can.  By doing so you contribute towards the cost of your being here and everything it takes to keep Casa Werma operating year-round.

Materials fee: TBD


The first and last program dates for any program at Casa Werma are considered primarily travel days. We start with dinner on the first listed program day, followed by orientation and opening remarks by the teacher. On the final listed program day, there will be no program activities and a light, continental breakfast will be available to all participants.

Please visit our Accommodations page for more info about housing (not included in tuition).

We recommend flights into Morelia airport (90 minutes away by car). We can help with travel arrangements, please inquire about options. Please visit our How to Get Here page for more info.


Artist to the Kalapa Court Marcia Wang Shibata is the senior teacher of Kado within the Shambhala Buddhist community, and co- founder of the Shambhala Kado School, recognized and blessed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2003. In 2011, she was given the title of Master Instructor of Shambhala Kado, in 2013 she was given the title of Artist to the Kalapa Court.

She is a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, having started her path in Buddhist study and meditation and Kado in 1974. From 1980 to 1985 Ms Shibata studied Ikebana in Japan in the major schools both classical and modern, and she teaches from the view of Shambhala Buddhism and from the truth of nature. Her main interest in teaching the Kado discipline is not to show how to make a balanced flower arrangement but to help people see how the wisdom in nature and their innate wisdom are the same.