Ikebana Schools

Sogetsu School of Ikebana

Sogetsu Ikebana was founded in 1927 by Sofu Teshigahara who concluded that ikebana is a creative art that can take many forms and expressions. His basic premise is that “anyone can enjoy Sogetsu Ikebana anytime, anywhere, using any material”. Sogetsu Ikebana is appropriate in any room of one’s home, in public spaces such as hotel lobbies, banquet rooms, department stores or out of door locations. Suitable for both Japanese and Western environments, it is one of the most contemporary ikebana schools of design.
Akane Teshigahara is the current and Fourth Iemoto (or headmaster), grand-daughter of Sofu Teshigahara, niece of Kasumi Teshigahara (2nd Iemoto) and daughter of Hiroshi Teshigahara (3rd Iemoto).

There are forty-seven local branches in Japan (one for each prefecture and three in Tokyo) as well as some hundred branches overseas. These local branches hold exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations. You can continue your studies anywhere in the world since local branches will introduce you to teachers in your area.

The Sogetsu San Diego Branch had it’s actual beginning when Mrs. Sumiko Lahey started her class in 1969 and held her first flower arrangement exhibition in 1978. In 1985 she was authorized by headquarters to form a Study Group and celebrated the occasion with an exhibition. In 1990, the Sogetsu San Diego Branch was established and in the autumn of that year, Mrs. Lahey was appointed as it’s First Founding Director. In 1996, Mrs. Barbara E. Church succeeded Mrs. Lahey as Director and in the year 2000, Mr. Ronald Searfoss succeeded Mrs. Church. The current Director, Mrs. Hiroko Szechinski, was elected in 2001 and celebrated with an exhibition at that time.


*** "Due to the Covid-19 pandemic precautions, all classes are temporarily suspended until further notice." ***

Calendar of Events for 2019-2020

October 23, 2019: Demonstration by Hiroko Szechinski, Sogetsu., Room 101, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park, Ikebana International San Diego

January 22, 2020: Demonstration by Rumi Rice, Sogetsu (Keiri Study Group), Room 101, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park, Ikebana International San Diego

Sogetsu San Diego Branch

For current workshop dates, please call Hiroko Szechinski at (858) 571-6137 (hirokoszechinski@yahoo.com)

Sogetsu San Diego Branch: Hiroko Szechinski, Director
(858) 571-6137
E-mail: hirokoszechinski@yahoo.com

Sogetsu Shoka kai: Shoka Narimatsu, Kika Shibata and Hiroko Szechinski
(858) 571-6137
E-mail: hirokoszechinski@yahoo.com

Keiri Study Group of Sogetsu School of Ikebana: Rumi Rice, Chairperson (760) 625-6228
E-mail: rrice506@gmail.com

Teaching Schedule

Rumi Rice, Riji Degree
(760) 625-6228
Lessons: Fridays, Saturdays 10:30 am - 12:30 pm in Carlsbad home.
Floral material is included with class fee.  Call for information.

Yumi Rakers, Jonin Somu Degree
(858) 679-0223 (home) or (858) 774-1749 (cell)
Lessons: Every Tuesday 9:30 am to 11:30 am at S.D. Japanese Friendship Garden; call JFG for information: (619) 232-2721; http://www.niwa.org/calendar ; Once a month on Saturday in the Clairemont Mesa area; once a month at San Diego Music and Art Corp (Miramar area); group and private lessons available. Please call for information or send email.

Hiroko Szechinski, Riji Degree
(858) 571-6137
Sogetsu Lessons: Thursday and Friday 10 am-12 Noon.
Call for more information.

Donna West, Jonin Somu Degree
(858) 412-3771 or email dwest317@gmail.com
Alternate Saturdays, 10am - 12:30pm, at SD Shambhala Meditation Center, 6727 Flanders Dr., Sorrento Mesa. Flowers and branches provided. Please call or email for class information.

Marina Khudobina, Sankyu Shihan
(858) 735-1659
Please call for information.

Sogetsu Shoka kai:
Classes from 10 am -3 pm, Room 104, Casa Del Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA. For more information call Hiroko Szechinski (858) 571-6137 (hirokoszechinski@yahoo.com)

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