Niwaki creation in South Australia – May 2018

        I will be fortunate to stay in South Australia (Melbourne area) during the first two weeks of next May to teach Japanese pruning, in a property located on a unique 80 acre parcel of land in the heart of the Howqua Valley, crossed by a river… The house sits on a ridge with commanding valley views, a magnificent area to explore, watching the kangaroos and the rest of wildlife, breathing the fresh mountain air … all that I love !

This property already has a nursery of Western tree species, which Australians easily plant around their house to protect it from fire, separating it from the great eucalyptus trees that burn too easily in a very dry country. Maybe a niwaki nursery in the future …

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I will tell you everything in detail when I return !

SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR – Spring 2019

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        I inform you that the next study tour and initiatory journey SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR (open to anyone adult, from any country, fluent in English) will take place from 1 to 13 April 2019. The limit for registrations (from the minimum required of 3 people so that the programming of the trip is maintained this year) is 5 August 2018.

Registration for this study tour is preceded by a motivational interview, to determine if it will meet your expectations. To give you total satisfaction, as well as to myself, 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. I will therefore speak first with people who wish to participate and I do not know yet. If you are interested, thank you for contact me as soon as possible !

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We will enjoy the splendid and full blooming cherry trees, in gardens and through the forest baths, the famous shinrin-yoku ! Lasting only a few days in the spring, it is the symbol in Japan of the ephemeral, in the image of human life. That’s why it is liked both the Samurai interpreting it as a human being at the peak of its development, standing out in the world …

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If you want more information before contact me, rendez-vous on the website of SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR ©.

Looking forward to accompany you and make you discover all these wonders !

SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR 2017 – Day 12

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        Here is the last day … spent in the morning visiting some places of the huge complex Tofuku-ji. The occasion of a mini-conference on the theme of “tamamono and karikomi bushes”.

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After a small lunch on the go outside, it is an afternoon devoted to the last little shopping or other before the coming return.

That’s it, this study tour in Japan SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR 5th edition ends. The confirmation once again of a salutary change decided two years ago now. It was a very enriching experience, with beautiful authentic people, a group of a nice homogeneity. And then, as each time beautiful awareness, become internal certainties, the acceptance of a new challenge through this initiatory journey, this immersion in all this nature and the beauty of these gardens, and then without any doubt all this tea to which the Japanese lend stimulating virtues participating in the clarity of mind. Now, it only remains to put in place …

Tomorrow morning, go to the airport and back to France.

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SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR 2017 – Day 11

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        Already the penultimate day … Time flies ! This morning, the sun is back, even if shyly for the moment, and we head west of Kyoto to discover the gorges of the Hozu River. A bath of wild nature !

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The small “garden gnomes” in Japanese way coming in all sizes, tanuki, symbols of “good fortune”, accompany us all along the way.

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Sumptuous landscapes unfold before our eyes, an almost intact nature …

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In return, another light, other colors, but still stunning !

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We are back in Kyoto. Tomorrow is the last day…

SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR 2017 – Day 10

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        Beautiful rain and cool weather this morning, we head to the northeast of Kyoto with the coat and the umbrella for the rest of our initiatory journey, a bucolic day in the village of Ohara. I am starting to be a bit overdosed with a crowd, cars and various noises. What calm, what silence, what tranquility …

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The day begins with the visit of a small temple and its garden, which I did not know yet … And in the rain, the Japanese gardens are even more extraordinary. As we enter the room, we are seized … it is as if the garden entered the house. I just love it !

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It continues with an unmissable step in Japan, an experience not to be missed under any circumstances … we relax in the onsen to live the unique ritual of the hot traditional bath … in the rain ! It’s great !

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Then, go to the big Ohara temple, Sanzen-in. Superb ! With more, a multitude of small streams and waterfalls at every detour, in any direction where the eye is … Everything I love !

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Finally, a little pearl, as I prefer them … where we will be seduced once again by matcha tea. Served according to ceremonial, the drink relaxes and resources. We then remember the sensations experienced in this incredible Japanese nature.

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Return to the city and see you tomorrow !

SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR 2017 – Day 9

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        A day always so mild and sunny today … we left for the West of the city, towards a district filled with nurseries. The opportunity to address a mini-conference on “niwaki cultivation”.

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Then, we go for lunch in a small jewel nestled in the forest on the banks of the Hozu River, at the very tasty kaiseki cuisine. I love the assortment of autumn food and colors in harmony with the season … As for the view from the terrace …

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We continue the day with a large temple garden and its pond, Tenryu-ji…

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…to finish with the sumptuous and “small path that climbs and meanders in the mountain” Okochi Sanso. The walking, preceded by a tea matcha, sharpens the senses. Climbing the hill, I feel like I’m “at home”.

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At the top, we discover the meanders of the Hozu River, with its mountains and deep valleys that intersect over its course. Wonderful !

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See you tomorrow !

SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR 2017 – Day 8

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         We were expecting some rain tonight, but it did not come. No matter, we leave for East Kyoto and its moss gardens. As always, totally enchanting spaces …!

We start with a little pearl … All that I love!

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We take a break in a small typical restaurant, then continue our walk in the beautiful, what do I say, sublime moss garden of Kokedera temple. The momiji reveal their fuchsia, orange, garnet pink ornaments … All the colors of Autumn coming. The ferns and mosses contrast with the barks of century-old cedars, with a strong odor of humus in the background with exhilarating properties. Everywhere, thick mosses encase trunks and rocks and make up soft plant sculptures … The perfect place for a mini-conference on the “moss cultivation”.

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We end the day with a walk on the banks of the Hozu River, surrounded by the beautiful hills of Hirashiyama … I do not get tired!

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See you tomorrow !

SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR 2017 – Day 7

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         Here we are again this morning in search of sublime tea gardens, theme of our 2017 study trip, an initiatory journey. We start with Toji-in …

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We then have lunch in a very old traditional restaurant nestled among the temples and offering vegetarian zen cooking of Buddhist monks. A radiant weather allows us to settle outside. What happiness ! And the perfect time to address one of my lectures on the theme of “the Japanese Garden soul”.

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We then go to the big Myoshin-ji complex to visit two more beautiful tea gardens and succumb again to the ritual of tasting a matcha tea in the setting sun.

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See you tomorrow !

SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR 2017 – Day 6

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         After these few days of visits followed by this little break, an evidence suddenly hits my mind! The Japanese gardens are definitely for me a journey to the serenity of the soul, the eternal fusion with reflections of nature, where we are able to feel our own fragility …

Therefore, with more joy still, by this beautiful and sweet sunny day of Indian summer announced, we take the road of North-East of Kyoto, to start precisely by a pearl as I adore them .. Unknown to Westerners, but acclaimed by the Japanese !

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We continue this journey by another pearl, Renge-ji …

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After a succulent and invigorating teppanyaki (Japanese grilled meat), then the flavor of a good matcha tea, we admire a collection of more adorable tea houses the ones that the others, snuggled in the middle of a garden a little wild with the surranned charm, discovered last year. Sublime!

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And we end the day with another garden, with a small pines and maples forest to die for…

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SPIRITUAL JAPAN NIWAKI TOUR 2017 – Day 5

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Today, same pleasant day of Indian summer, with free time and shopping for those who wish it …

In the meantime, someone else is still working and is resting a little bit ! Before nap, head to Obai-in for a photo and video shoot !

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We find ourselves at the end of the afternoon, for a night ride under the pines and maples, between buildings in pure style sukiya … What a wonder ….

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Another atmosphere compared to a day visit. Inescapable ! ….

And we end the evening with a dinner in a very old and beautiful traditional restaurant composed only of private rooms. It’s as if we still hear the rustle of the silk kimonos of geiko

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See you tomrrow !…