Call for Applications extended until Februrary 28th – Portland Japanese Gardens


The Portland Japanese Garden’s new International Institute for Japanese Garden Arts and Culture is a new educational initiative at the garden, launching in 2017. The Institute teaches the traditional skills and techniques for creating and stewarding Japanese gardens for future generations while also acquainting students with the heart and soul of aesthetics at the root of Japanese garden design, construction and maintenance.

The three-tier Waza to Kokoro training program is the Institute’s main program, but the Institute also hosts short master-level workshops, public lectures by prominent writers and lecturers, and other programs that integrate gardening skills with cultural knowledge. Our goal is to provide a place in North America to learn the skills and techniques (waza)  for creating and stewarding Japanese gardens while acquainting students with the cultural heart and soul (kokoro) of Japanese garden arts.

The Institute is currently accepting applications for “Waza to Kokoro – Hands and Heart: The Use of Stone in the Japanese Tea Garden,” August 25 – September 5, 2017, the first official seminar to be hosted in the new Kengo Kuma-designed Cultural Village at the PJG.  The focus will be on stonework taught in the traditional hands-on method offered in the context of the culture of the way of tea—an immersive learning experience of not just the techniques but the cultural heart of the Japanese garden.

The 2017 seminar will be offered to 16 experienced students led by Portland Japanese Garden staff and visiting garden artisans from Japan. Marc P. Keane, renowned author and designer, will give the opening lecture, and three visiting Japanese garden artisans will lead the instruction along with Portland Japanese Garden Curator Sadafumi Uchiyama. Early bird registration is available to help keep costs to a minimum. The course is open to professional gardeners from Japanese gardens, landscape design and construction professionals, and students of landscape-related disciplines. The event is 80 hours of instruction with PDH potential for ASLA members.

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Or by contacting Institute director Kristin Faurest at