Class Schedule

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Introduction to Bonsai

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 class includes everything you need!

Includes all materials needed to participate.
Cost: $95

DATES
Introduction to Bonsai - Tropical – March 25, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (0 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Juniper – April 15, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (10 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Juniper – April 15, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (0 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Tropical – April 29, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (13 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Juniper – April 29, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (0 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Juniper – May 6, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (14 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Tropical – May 6, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (0 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Juniper – June 3, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (0 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Tropical – June 24, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (0 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Tropical – July 1, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (12 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Tropical – July 29, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (12 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Tropical – August 12, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (14 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Tropical – August 26, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (14 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Tropical – September 2, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (14 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Juniper – September 17, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (14 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Juniper – September 30, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (14 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Juniper – October 7, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (14 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai - Juniper – October 14, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (14 openings)

INTRODUCTION TO BONSAI 2
Expanding upon what was taught in Intro to Bonsai 1, this class will delve deeper into maintenance pruning, basic wiring, and how to bend branches to create pleasing classical shapes and beautiful bonsai.

Includes all materials.
Cost: $150
Introduction to Bonsai 2: Pruning & Wiring – May 14, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (7 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai 2: Pruning & Wiring – June 10, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (10 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai 2: Pruning & Wiring – July 2, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (11 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai 2: Pruning & Wiring – August 6, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (9 openings)
Introduction to Bonsai 2: Pruning & Wiring – October 1, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (12 openings)

If there are no available openings for your preferred class date, please call us during normal business hours or email us to get on a waiting list.

Beginner Workshop

Bring in your bonsai tree and get started on one small project. Learn how to prune or re-pot or wire and style, or just come in to learn the basic seasonal care and maintenance. In order to maximize the focus of the class, sessions are separated by project: choose between Pruning & Styling or Repotting.

Use of our tools, soil and wire is included in the price of this workshop.
Cost: $85

DATES
Beginner Workshop - Pruning & Styling – May 7, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (3 openings)
Beginner Workshop - Repotting – June 11, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (6 openings)
Beginner Workshop - Repotting – June 25, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (10 openings)
Beginner Workshop - Pruning & Styling – July 9, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (8 openings)
Beginner Workshop - Repotting – July 23, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (10 openings)
Beginner Workshop - Repotting – July 30, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (10 openings)
Beginner Workshop - Repotting – August 13, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (10 openings)
Beginner Workshop - Pruning & Styling – August 20, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (10 openings)
Beginner Workshop - Repotting – August 27, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (10 openings)
Beginner Workshop - Repotting – September 10, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (10 openings)
Beginner Workshop - Pruning & Styling – October 8, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (10 openings)

If there are no available openings for your preferred class date, please call us during normal business hours or email us to get on a waiting list.

Boarder Workshop

A special workshop for our customers with trees in winter boarding. Winter is the perfect time to maintain your trees by cleaning and pruning dead branches or excess foliage. This is also an excellent opportunity to work on more intensive projects like repotting and wiring! We expect everyone to be at different stages in their bonsai journey, so this workshop is open to students of all levels.

Basic tools and supplies will be provided, additional fees for custom blended soils and copper wire.
Cost: $85

DATES
Boarder Workshop - Cold Hardy – February 4, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (5 openings)
Boarder Workshop - Cold Hardy – February 19, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (7 openings)
Boarder Workshop - Cold Hardy or Tropical – March 5, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (5 openings)
Boarder Workshop - Cold Hardy or Tropical – March 25, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (4 openings)

If there are no available openings for your preferred class date, please call us during normal business hours or email us to get on a waiting list.

Species Focus Series

These beginner classes are catered to students who have some of the basic knowledge of bonsai techniques and would like to bring diversity into their collection. The series is timed to match the appropriate season, and instructors will discuss some of the nuances and specific care of each species.

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DATES
Species Focus: Procumbens Juniper – February 5, 2023 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (8 openings)
Species Focus: Chinese Elm – February 18, 2023 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (2 openings)
Species Focus: Redwood Grove – March 12, 2023 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (5 openings)
Species Focus: Maple Grove – April 8, 2023 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (0 openings)
Species Focus: Procumbens Juniper – April 16, 2023 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (10 openings)
Species Focus: Shohin Elm – April 22, 2023 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (7 openings)

If there are no available openings for your preferred class date, please call us during normal business hours or email us to get on a waiting list.

Intermediate Workshop

Prerequisite: Introduction to Bonsai Class or equivalent.

Bring your own bonsai and learn how to develop it through the seasons and years with Zuma! The Intermediate Workshop is for students who wish to reach that next level in the art of bonsai. Every student participating in workshops are at different places in their bonsai journey. This enables you to learn not just from our instructor, but from other students as well!

Use of soil and tools are provided, but students are encouraged to purchase their own.
Cost: $135

DATES
Intermediate Workshop – February 10, 2023 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (3 openings)
Intermediate Workshop – March 10, 2023 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (7 openings)
Intermediate Workshop – April 14, 2023 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (4 openings)
Intermediate Workshop – May 12, 2023 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (8 openings)
Intermediate Workshop – June 9, 2023 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (8 openings)
Intermediate Workshop – July 14, 2023 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (8 openings)
Intermediate Workshop – August 11, 2023 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (8 openings)
Intermediate Workshop – September 8, 2023 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (8 openings)
Intermediate Workshop – October 13, 2023 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (8 openings)

If there are no available openings for your preferred class date, please call us during normal business hours or email us to get on a waiting list.

Level: Advanced

Master Class

Prerequisite: any class with instruction in basic wiring

The master class series will be devoted to practicing on refined techniques that are only briefly touched upon in our beginner courses. Students with basic wiring experience, who would like to delve deeper into structural decision-making will be well suited to these classes

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DATES
Master Class: Five-Needle Pine – February 11, 2023 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (8 openings)
Master Class: Kishu Shimpaku – February 25, 2023 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (10 openings)
Master Class: Yamadori Larch – March 19, 2023 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (10 openings)
Master Class: Sharp's Maple – March 26, 2023 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (8 openings)
Master Class: Shohin Larch – April 2, 2023 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (10 openings)
Master Class: Seiju Elm – April 23, 2023 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (9 openings)

If there are no available openings for your preferred class date, please call us during normal business hours or email us to get on a waiting list.

Private Lessons with Bonsai West Staff

ALL LEVELS

If you are not able to attend any of our scheduled classes, we also offer private 1-on-1 lessons. Assignment of your instructor is dependent on the complexity of the project, which will be determined during scheduling with one of our associates. You may bring material that you have been growing at home, or purchase new material from our inventory. We are happy to work with you on any species of tree, as long as the timing is appropriate for the project in mind.

Plants, pots, soil and other materials are not included in price of class. Private lessons are limited to one participant.

BEGINNER (1-on-1)

    • $125/hour + materials

A perfect option for those who want professional guidance with a simple project like repotting, basic/refined pruning, or basic wiring (1-2 branches). Questions on general care or other trees may be addressed during this time. Lesson time may vary; here are some approximations for planning the length of your lesson:

    • Cleaning and general pruning 1 sm tree: 1hr
    • Repotting 1 sm tree: 1hr-1.5hr
    • Refined pruning + basic wiring 1 med/lg tree: 2hrs

INSTRUCTORS
Joe Thomas
Jo Kapusansky

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED (1-on-1)

    • $140/hour + materials

This level will be catered to more complex projects on developed trees or yamadori (collected material). Some examples of challenging tasks might include: refinement wiring, deadwood carving, and grove composition.

Length of your lesson will be discussed when reviewing your material. You may divide your lesson time over multiple sessions.

INSTRUCTORS
Michael Levin
Zuma Fleischmann


PRIVATE CLASS (2 or more)

    • $280/person
    • 2-hour class

If you missed the registration for one of our regularly scheduled classes, we now also offer our Introduction to Bonsai I class for groups of 2-8. In this two-hour class, each participant will receive a season-appropriate tree to learn the basics of pruning and repotting. General aftercare and growing tips are reviewed before you take your new bonsai home!

The price of this class includes 1 tree, 1 pot, soil and use of workshop materials for each participant. Options to upgrade material are available for an additional fee.

INSTRUCTORS
Bonsai West staff

Private lessons are offered year round, with the exception of our busiest seasons. Please call us during our normal business hours or email us to coordinate scheduling.