Contest 2017 – Frederique DUMAS – Niwaki & Co

        I inform you that I organize a Contest, between March 1st and June 30th, 2017. This last day will be the lucky draw of the winner of the superb set below : 270 mm pruning shears, handmade, accompanied by its leather cover, with a metal clip, with a value of 182 €. But all the participants, not only the lucky one, will be able to win gifts …

So, on your marks … ready …

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Terms and conditions of this contest will be provided you on simple request.

I wish you good luck !

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New video “Secret roji”

         A new video is now on the e-learning Platform of JAPANESE GARDEN INSTITUTE !

To watch it, rendez-vous at this adress :
http://www.japanese-garden-institute.com/elearning/

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Looking forward to having you among the community of the “Sublime SUKIYA” Academy (prev. NIWAKI Inspiration ZEN) … !

I take this advert to encourage you to send me topics you would like that I deal with through future videos (in the universe of Japanese gardens). Some have already done and I have noted their requests carefully. All suggestions will be considered. Obviously, it may be that I must first go to Japan sometimes, get information or educate myself further, create video, edit, translate … All this takes time, but is underway ! So, at your comments or your e-mails …

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New video – “Natsume gata” basin

         A new video is now on the e-learning Platform of JAPANESE GARDEN INSTITUTE !

To watch it, rendez-vous at this adress :
http://www.japanese-garden-institute.com/elearning/

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Looking forward to having you among the community of the “Sublime SUKIYA” Academy (prev. NIWAKI Inspiration ZEN) … !

I take this advert to encourage you to send me topics you would like that I deal with through future videos (in the universe of Japanese gardens). Some have already done and I have noted their requests carefully. All suggestions will be considered. Obviously, it may be that I must first go to Japan sometimes, get information or educate myself further, create video, edit, translate … All this takes time, but is underway ! So, at your comments or your e-mails …

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My philosophy of Japanese gardens design

        Most people consider the garden as a place to live and a great tool to forge social ties, encouraging friendliness and hospitality. This activity maintains their health, contributes to their well-being, it is a source of emotions appealing to all their senses.

The same is true for most of the Japanese garden lovers. But this consideration, while praiseworthy, generates the creation of spaces that are often the result of obsession with form rather than the very essence of this type of garden. That is, it should not begin with the choice of certain physical objects or materials, but above all with a total commitment to live in harmony with nature at all possible levels.

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Because the Japanese garden is meant to be the purest reflection of nature … a spiritual sanctuary (and not religious, although its evolution at one time was strongly influenced by Zen Buddhism), a work of art conducive to contemplation. Whatever its size, the Japanese garden gives to read and interpret the whole universe. It is a representation of nature, which since the dawn of time has had a sacred character. In all its forms, even the purest and most sober, by the use of simple materials such as vegetable, stone and water and the expression of universal harmony, it illuminates the life of those who live in it.

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These compositions of different elements are the reflection of the vital impetus, of the creative spontaneity of the person who is at the origin of it, of his spirit. The balance, harmony, feeling of stability and power inspired by this ensemble depend on the choice of stones and the location where they are set, the choice and arrangement of plants, the path traveled by water … and of course these notions depend exclusively of the talent and the predispositions of the gardener, revealed by the practice.

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But this talent will be able to be fully expressed, this space will be able to be totally harmonious and beneficial, only under certain conditions. The creator and owner of the future garden must constantly bear in mind that in the communicating universe in which we live, every improvement made in our own lives enhances the world as a whole. For every thought, belief, action, decision or emotion modifies the level and balance of the energetic fields of the universe. The ways of thinking of others and the way they irradiate their energy can have a very negative impact, as very positive on us. There was a time, now unfortunately forgotten, where the ishidate-so – title given to Zen priests who, as part of their ascetic practice, expressed themselves through the art of gardening with great importance given to the placement of rocks, the art of stone-setting – was fond of a famous Zen proverb: “When the venomous snake drinks water, it becomes a poison. When the cow drinks the same water, it becomes milk “. This suggests that the garden becomes extremely beneficial or totally the reverse according to the inner dispositions of the person who creates it.

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We often hear about Japanese garden art, but the word “way” seems to me to be much more appropriate than the word “art” because it expresses one of the fundamental criteria of the different disciplines that make up the “dō” – the accomplishment of the human being through a long training of the body and the mind, a long physical and spiritual “progress”, a form of inner purification. In the Japanese mentality, much more than the goal or the result which is almost never reached, it is the path followed to try to achieve it that remains the most important. It is always about accomplishment and not about the mere mastery of a particular technique. To be complete in its incompleteness.

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The act of creating a garden is for me a way to find simplicity, in order to reach at best the essential. This garden becomes a mirror of my mind, a space where my spirit remains. Through this form of art, this Way, this search for truth, I seek to express my spiritual self, my essence, my highest self.

You have a project between 2 and 20m ², authentic traditional Japanese garden, contemporary or even with a therapeutic aim … Contact me and talk about it.

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New video – spring tea

         A new video is now on the e-learning Platform of JAPANESE GARDEN INSTITUTE !

To watch it, rendez-vous at this adress :
http://www.japanese-garden-institute.com/elearning/

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Looking forward to having you among the community of the “Sublime SUKIYA” Academy (prev. NIWAKI Inspiration ZEN) … !

I take this advert to encourage you to send me topics you would like that I deal with through future videos (in the universe of Japanese gardens). Some have already done and I have noted their requests carefully. All suggestions will be considered. Obviously, it may be that I must first go to Japan sometimes, get information or educate myself further, create video, edit, translate … All this takes time, but is underway ! So, at your comments or your e-mails …

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Training center in North America – Niwaki and Japanese gardens

         For your information and following more and more requests, I organize a training center in North America, in Canada. It will be located more precisely at Mont St Gregoire, on the outskirts of Montreal, Quebec, in a beautiful place, at Mr Hugo BERGERON, the person who hosts us.

This first training session will offer you a course of Japanese pruning basics and an advanced course of pines pruning and creation of sinuous trunks, respectively from 3 to 5th, and 6 & 7th September, 2017.

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In order for these courses to be planed and calculated with participation in my travel expenses that is affordable for all, it is necessary that there be at least 8 participations in total (some people can follow two courses in succession if they desire).

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All details of organization are communicated to you on simple request. If you desire to have more information about the courses, you can already see on this page of my website, that describing these which take place in France, on the site of “Sublime SUKIYA” Academy. About prices, you will find them here. You can also contact me by e-mail or by phone. However, I need to know quickly if you want to participate, so the deadline registration is the next February 28 th.

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Looking forward to meeting you soon !

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New video – Kyoto imperial palace

         A new video is now on the e-learning Platform of JAPANESE GARDEN INSTITUTE !

To watch it, rendez-vous at this adress :
http://www.japanese-garden-institute.com/elearning/

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Looking forward to having you among the community of the “Sublime SUKIYA” Academy (prev. NIWAKI Inspiration ZEN) … !

I take this advert to encourage you to send me topics you would like that I deal with through future videos (in the universe of Japanese gardens). Some have already done and I have noted their requests carefully. All suggestions will be considered. Obviously, it may be that I must first go to Japan sometimes, get information or educate myself further, create video, edit, translate … All this takes time, but is underway ! So, at your comments or your e-mails …

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SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR 2017 – There are a few places left !

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        Study and initiatory journey in Japan, the SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR© 2017 will take place from next October 30th to November 11th. And this year, it is bilingual (French/English). But do not worry about it, if you are not. I can assure you about it. I have done experience many times during courses and this is always very friendly, both of them doing their best to communicate. It’s pretty fun! We are already enough to leave, but there are still a few places left. If the heart tells you, enjoy it !

Come making “one” with its activities and all their beauty …! Come meeting the amazing Japanese people, discover their arts, culture, as suspended out of time, all imprint of wisdom and spirituality … Admire marvels emerging from the private courtyards pacing the alleys, visit incomparable gardens, practice traditional Japanese arts, discover ancient Kyoto, its breathtaking machiya and tsuboniwa as well as the nature of the surrounding mountains … and taste the authentic cuisine. Come living fully your passion! This year again, the main theme will be chaniwa or roji, the tea garden.

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The registration to this study tour is preceded by an interview of motivation, to determine if the latter will meet your expectations. To bring you total satisfaction, as well as to me, it is essential that you are passionate about Japanese gardens and niwaki, and/or botany, and that you are involved in a process of personal evolution.

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If you want more information before contact me, you can read the website of SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR ©.

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The chosen period corresponds to a very luxuriant and verdant time of the year with sumptuous moss carpets and maples that, at the beginning of the stay, start to pink in Kyoto and are already flaming in the countryside, for a total blaze at the end of this latter. There are no words to describe such beauty… !

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Introductory offer – training video “setting stones”

         The entirety to know about the art of “setting stones”, or how to create the structure of an authentic Japanese garden, is now online on the e-learning platform of JAPANESE GARDEN INSTITUTE.

I propose a INTRODUCTORY OFFER for this new training video of 80 minutes : 19€ (instead of 29€ – but you can pay with another currencies), and only until January 2017, 13th.

You want to learn how to manage the banks of a pond, a stream …?

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You want to create a classical arrangement ?

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You want to create a metaphorical landscape, as a steep coast or mountain waterfall ?

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This video will prove to be ideal for you. Here is the trailer of presentation :

(And the video link if your browser does not display its insertion.)

Enjoy it !

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Best wishes for this year 2017 !

        For this new year 2017, I wish you all simply to be happy…
We enter in a new cycle… Stand up definitely to go towards our DREAMS !

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