• 1.INTRODUCTION TO BONSAI

    May 23, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (FULL)
    June 27, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (12 avail)
    July 25, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (13 avail)
    September 19, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (14 avail)
    October 31, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm (14 avail)
    Come Start Your Hobby with Us!
    $65.00

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    Beginner
    With a focus on care and maintenance learn all the basics of bonsai design. Select a tree, learn how to prune, transplant, landscape with rocks, and discover what the art of bonsai is all about as you create your very own bonsai to take home. This is a fully inclusive class.

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  • 2.YOURS MINE OURS: a class for two

    May 2, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (FULL)
    June 13, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (FULL)
    August 15, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (5 avail)
    September 12, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (7 avail)
    October 17, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (6 avail)
    Make trees part of your relationship. One registration is for two people.
    $145.00

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    Beginner
    Class for two: designed for those who want to discover this great hobby together. Spouses or friends, parents and kids, even grandparents and children have enjoyed this great bonsai experience together.

    Each person learns the basics by creating a beautiful tropical bonsai individually, then, each pair collaborates to create one large tree together.
    Make a gift to each other by joining forces and making bonsai!

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  • Beginner Workshop.... Pruning 101

    June 21, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (17 avail)
    October 18, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (20 avail)
    Learn how to Prune beauiful Bonsai
    $35.00

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    Beginner
    This Basic Pruning workshop is designed to teach one of the most essential techniques for growing bonsai. Pruning is like any learned skill, by developing good techniques you will have a greater understanding and ability to grow beautiful trees.
    This workshop is divided between lecture/demo and hands on practice. Students should bring one of their own trees or start a new stock plant that is ready to be developed.
    In this PRUNING workshop students will learn how to trim and refine branches.
    Join us for all three of these beginner workshops and get started making great bonsai.

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  • Beginner Workshop.... Repotting 101

    July 19, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (19 avail)
    August 30, 2015 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (20 avail)
    Learn How to Repot your Favorite Bonsai
    $35.00

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    Beginner
    This Basic Repotting workshop is designed to teach one of the most essential techniques in developing bonsai. Repotting is like any learned skill, by developing good techniques you will have a greater understanding and ability to grow beautiful trees.
    This workshop is divided between lecture/demo and hands on practice. Students should bring one of their own trees or start a new stock plant that is ready to be developed.
    In the REPOTTING workshop students will learn how to root prune, select a pot, secure and position the tree into the pot, and aftercare.
    Join us for all three of these beginner workshops and get started making great bonsai!

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  • Beginner Workshop.... Wiring 101

    September 20, 2015 1:00 am - 3:00 am (20 avail)
    Learn how to Wire and Bend Branches
    $35.00

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    Beginner
    This Basic Wiring workshop is designed to teach one of the most essential techniques for developing bonsai. Wiring is like any learned skill, by developing good techniques you will have a greater understanding and ability to grow beautiful trees.
    This workshop is divided between lecture/demo and hands on practice. Students should bring one of their own trees or start a new stock plant that is ready to be developed.
    In the WIRING workshop students will learn how to apply wire and bend branches.
    Join us for all three of these beginner workshops and get started making great bonsai.

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  • 1.Bonsai West School of Bonsai

    May 24, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (11 avail)
    June 14, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (11 avail)
    July 11, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (12 avail)
    August 16, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (12 avail)
    September 5, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (12 avail)
    October 11, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (12 avail)
    Check the Syllabus for This Exciting Class Program
    $45.00

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    Advanced Beginner / Intermediate
    The School of Bonsai is an opportunity for the student looking to continue their education in the Art of Bonsai..

    The concept is simple: By combining demonstrations, intensive exercises, group projects, and a large amount of varied and repetitive work (think: playing scales!) over several months, students will begin to refine their abilities, enhance their enthusiasm and develop life-long skills.

    We have structured these classes to cover the most relevant topics at the seasonally appropriate time of year. The format for the classes will be divided between lecture/demos and individual workshop time. Students will have plenty of time to work on their own trees.
    There will be 9 classes per year . Students could sign up for each class individually or register for the whole group
    The cost is $45 per class or 3 for $100
    Notice: If you sign up for 3 classes the prices on this website do not reflect the lower price. However, we will apply the appropriate discount prior to your credit card being charged.

    CHECK OUT THE EXCITING SYLLABUS

    February/ Wiring and Refinement March/ Spring Pruning-
    April/ Repotting, roots, and the hidden tree
    May/ Tricks, tips, and growing trees.
    June/ Design and Redesign July/ Wiring, unwiring, and rethinking
    August/ Fall Pruning September/ Repotting and the third growing season
    October/ Winter preparedness

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  • Redwood Forest Planting

    April 25, 2015 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (2 avail)
    Build a Miniature Forest
    $40.00

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    Advanced Beginner / Intermediate
    A Dawn Redwood forest in miniature offers the bonsai enthusiast a chance to capture the power of the giant redwoods. Students will have an opportunity to pick 3, 5, 7 or even 9 trees from our large inventory of Dawn Redwoods to make a beautiful forest planting. Special attention will be given to root pruning and placement of several trees in a single pot - which are the key to succeeding in creating depth and perspective. A wide variety of material including different size trees, pots, rocks and moss will be available to choose from. Estimated cost for material: between $125 - $175
    This class focuses on the basic elements of forest design and how to create the natural look of a forest in miniature.
    Students are guaranteed to go home with a beautiful redwood forest

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  • Rodney Clemons Two Day Bonsai Seminar

    August 22, 2015 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    August 23, 2015 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    (11 avail)
    Saturday and Sunday included in cost
    $275.00

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    Intermediate / Advanced
    Rodney is back for his continuing education seminar at Bonsai West. One of the best ways to advance in bonsai is to study often with teachers who you feel comfortable and creative. When I am working with Rodney I am always gathering new and exciting information and his relaxed and highly professional manner allows me to perform at my highest level.
    This two day workshop gives students the time to dive deeper, while solving problems and creating beautiful trees. Students should bring a few of their current projects that need styling and be prepared for major transformations
    The fee for this seminar covers both days including a Saturday afternoon Lunch.

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    This class has multiple sessions:

    August 22, 2015 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    August 23, 2015 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Mauro Stemberger intensive Seminar

    May 9, 2015 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    May 10, 2015 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    (4 avail)
    Bring your Own Tree Workshop Two Full Days
    $450.00

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    Master Class
    This is a full weekend bring your own tree workshop and we are limiting the class size to 6 to allow each person to have as much time with Mauro as possible. Lunch is included for both days to keep participants onsite.

    Mauro Stemberger
    was born in 1978 in Feltre, Italy. At 14 and fascinated by Bonsai, he joined the Feltre Bonsai club.
    From 1994 to 2000 he attended workshops given by important European artists like Hotsumi Terekawa, Marc Noelander, Horst Krekler, Edoardo Rossi, Salvatore Liporace, and many others. In 2002, he met Alfiero Suardi and Enrico Savini, and who helped him hone his technique. At the same time, Mauro was studying architecture at IUAV University in Venice. In 2005, he and several other Bonsai enthusiasts founded the Italian Bonsai Dream Workshop Place where they and others could work and enjoy Bonsai http://www.italianbonsaidream.com/.
    In 2006, Mauro graduated as an Architect and began work in his hometown. Since 2007 he has been writing and publishing articles in numerous Bonsai magazines such as Bonsai Focus, UBI Bonsai, BCI Bonsai and Stone Appreciation Magazine
    http://www.bonsai-bci.com/bci-artists/180-mauro-stemberger-italy

    From 2008 to 2010 Mauro was President of UBI (Italian Bonsai Association) and Director of the UBI Bonsai Magazine. In 2011 he, along with a group of students, founded the Italian Bonsai Dream School at Garden Verde, Marostica.

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    This class has multiple sessions:

    May 9, 2015 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    May 10, 2015 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • GET WIRED!

    May 3, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    June 7, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    July 5, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    August 2, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    September 6, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    October 4, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Open workshop 1st Sunday of Every Month
    $20.00

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    All Levels
    An Afternoon of Bonsai Projects:

    Whether you are just starting out in Bonsai or you have a collection that makes the neighbors jealous, you will love the Bonsai West Workshops!
    Bring your trees, your ideas, your friends, and let's make Bonsai!
    You decide the goals for the day, we supply the expertise.
    You bring your pots and trees, we've got the tools and techniques. Pruning, shaping and styling, transplanting, wiring and mossing - together we will make the most of your personal collection.
    Bring your trees in for wiring and pruning projects, design changes, or whatever you have in mind.

    This hands-on workshop allows students to work freely on their own trees under our excellent guidance. A perennial favorite of all of our customers, bring your trees and enthusiasm and lets go!

    This class does not require registration

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  • Private Bonsai Lessons with Bonsai West Staff

    Bring your trees and be prepared to learn
    $65.00

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    All Levels
    One Hour Private lessons are a great value and excellent way to get the knowledge needed on a one on one basis with one of our highly trained teachers. Lessons usually last between one or two hours and cover a wide range of topics. Learn general care and maintenance, pruning, re-potting seasonal care ,indoor or outdoor bonsai techniques .Learn how to wire and style your trees or just bring your trees in for a private critique and develop long term goals .
    We offer much of these same topics in a variety of classes and “get wired” workshops however nothing compares to a private lesson session

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  • Private Bonsai Lessons with Michael Levin

    Challenging projects and transformations
    $110.00

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    All Levels
    One-hour segments.
    Come prepared with a challenging project. Students should talk with Michael about detailed goals and restyling projects before class so during the workshop we could maximize productivity. I am happy to work on any species of trees however my specialty is Juniper and Pine. Give me a call and set up a consultation .Looking forward to working with you.

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    This class is ongoing