The School of Bonsai – Year 2

With strong foundational education from their first year, students may move on to Year 2 of the School of Bonsai. This curriculum features a more individualized approach as students begin to form their identity as a bonsai practitioner. Whether they prefer to focus on certain species like deciduous cold-hardy varieties, or develop expertise in deadwood carving or refinement wiring, students decide what type of material they will work on. Seminar classes will shift heavily to lecture, demonstration, discussion and group exercises.

In year two, students will need to provide their own course material, whether it be from their own collection, new purchases, or borrowed stock from Bonsai West’s collection.

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

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

Half-day Workshops
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 II Schedule

Seminar (Saturdays 11am – 5pm) Workshop (Wednesdays 5pm – 8pm)
April 13, 2024 May 15, 2024
June 15, 2024 July 17, 2024
August 17, 2024 September 18, 2024
October 19, 2024 November 13, 2024
December 14, 2024 January 15, 2025
February 15, 2025 March 12, 2025

Click here to view 2023-2024 school year dates


  • 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.