The School of Bonsai – Year 3

Students in the third year should now feel confident in their understanding of the total transformation from raw stock material to specimen-grade bonsai. Based on their exhibited abilities, students may have the opportunity to implement projects on a tree from Bonsai West’s specimen collection, or they may continue working on their own material. Year 3 is a self-directed course, and students will be encouraged to work on projects that align with their concentration of study.

The School meets once every month: 6 Full-Day Seminars and 6 Evening Guided Workshops.

Seminar/All-day Classes
The Seminar covers more challenging and abstract content. Throughout the year, each student will be dedicated to expanding on their own desired topics.

Workshop/Half-day Classes
The Workshop is an opportunity for students to work directly with Zuma. Bringing their own trees for study, students will document and develop their trees to elevate their personal bonsai collection.

Year III Schedule

Seminar (Saturdays 11am – 5pm) Workshop (Wednesdays 5pm – 8pm)
April 27, 2024 May 29, 2024
June 29, 2024 July 31, 2024
August 31, 2024 September 25, 2024
October 26, 2024 November 20, 2024
December 21, 2024 January 29, 2025
February 22, 2025 March 19, 2025

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  • Total: $1650
    • First payment to reserve enrollment: $550
    • Second payment due June 30th: $550
    • Third payment due October 15th: $550

NOTE: These payments cover tuition for the course, but students should expect some additional purchases on supplies throughout the year (e.g. pots, special soil blends, wire, etc.).

Payment is non-refundable.

How to Enroll

Those interested in enrolling in the School of Bonsai can reach out to Emmy via email: emmy[at]bonsaiwest[dot]com or by calling the nursery during our normal business hours at (978) 486-3556.