The idea is that they will be a departure from the standard workshop format and cover one topic to a great degree. I want to keep away from the word "school" as that has some negative images for some, but there will, and needs to be both a combination of practical and theoretical concepts, some of which will be potentially quite dry. The intention is to create self sufficiency rather than dependence, so there will be a lot of focus on understanding why things are done and then how concepts can be applied in a wider context. It would involve a level of constructive criticism and potentially tedious practice with me on your back the whole time, so it would not be for the occasional hobbyist, rather someone who wants to achieve the highest level possible. The most valuable knowledge is that which is earned rather than given...so perhaps it's time for no more Mr. Nice Guy.
It would be over a weekend and based either up at Willowbog, Leeds, Derby or somewhere in the south (possibly Saruyama HQ) depending on the uptake and geography of students, who would be limited to four in order to maximise the time.
This will only work if there is demand for it, and for a format that people want, so in the interest of democracy (a terribly flawed concept), the options are
Species specific would cover one species in detail at three times a year, repotting, pruning and wiring.
In depth technique would cover one technique and how it can be applied to a range of species.
If there is no interest then I will get my coat...
But...for those that are interested then...enter the steeple of beautiful people, for there is only one kind...
I'd be up fo it but my problem is location (I'm in Sweden). Still interested though, as long as there is no need to bring your own tools and trees (BYOTT?). All-inclusive package for me, please!ReplyDelete
That would be possible. Email me for more details, could even arrange pick up at stansted airport...there are cheap flights from stockholm on....shudder...ryanairDelete
Hi Peter, cracking idea - thanks Marco!ReplyDelete
I'd seroiusly consider it as I need to up my game a notch or 2, especailly after our "negativity" chat at the Grown Up Babies!
If there is no interest, you will get your t-shirts and come to Greece. I really wish i was in the UK. Can i vote? :-)))ReplyDelete
Likewise theo, you can always fly over...but I thought you were more into just keeping trees? Do you really want me to shout at you for bad wiring?Delete
I have served in the army so i could go very easily with you shouting for bad wiring even at 4am. But seriously speaking, considering the total lack of any bonsai training in Greece, yes i still have to go on with "just" keeping trees.Delete
Once a year for us on the Sunday? Starting September? With the possibility of a few of us popping over to Willowbog again at some point.ReplyDelete
Can I give one vote for the south east I am up for this type of experience.ReplyDelete
I agree wholeheartedly with what you say Peter ...................... certainly one of the greatest soul tracks of all time :-)ReplyDelete
you may find , from time to time, complication ! take nothing less than the second best [ thats what we have to do up here at the end of June ]Delete
that is such a great dance track I have to add it to the play list for the forthcoming party to celebrate 40 years at Willowbog !!!
Can pupils tell the teacher what they need to learn?ReplyDelete
(If not) I'd come to Willowbog sessions
If this was to happen somewhere i can get to (Midlands, Derby for example)i would be interested Peter.ReplyDelete
Hope you are well, love the blog
Great idea, I'd be interested if it's at Willowbog, definitely. Keep us posted