The contact information below is for instructors who can do demos and are currently teaching in the local area.  Please contact them directly for further information.


Schools of Ikebana

There are many schools of Ikebana, and each one is unique in its approach.  The list below gives information regarding the schools being represented in the Sarasota area.


Ichiyo School

This school encourages personal interpretation.  Imagination is considered as essential to creative designs as are materials and containers.


Gail Newman  

Jeanne Houlton


Ikenobo School

The foundation from which all ikebana is descended from.  The ikenobo school stresses a natural floral arranging style.

Joan Bastable, 941-346-2576



Sogetsu School

This school emphasizes personal expression for a modern ikebana style.  This is a newer and more progressive school that stresses using local materials for designs.

Patricia Bonarek, Jonin Somu,

Clair Laverty

Betty Strandberg

Gail Dutt

Adrienne Wagner

George Schofield


Ohara School

Susan Thorpe