DUE TO AN IMPOSSIBLE WORKLOAD THERE WILL NOT BE ANY WORKSHOPS RUN DURING 2017. THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SUPPORTED US OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS, WE REGRET THIS BUT REALLY HAVE NO CHOICE. WE WILL BE REVIEWING THE SITUATION AGAIN NEXT YEAR. G.
Getting to grips with bonsai is a simple and very rewarding process. There is a wealth of information available today but sadly much of it is poor, ill conceived and sometimes even entirely erroneous. We believe that learning from an experienced artist and teacher is VERY important. After all that's how we learn most things at the outset whether it's the three Rs at school or advanced mathematics at University. Sadly many folk do not follow the same path in bonsai and most end up frustrated and disillusioned after several years and walk away.
Bonsai is an immensely rewarding hobby that becomes a lifetime passion for many people. Getting a good start is important to ultimate success. The help and guidance of an experienced teacher is invaluable and will all but guarantee long term success. Why spend years in a frustrating cycle of experimentation yielding patchy results? Working with an experienced teacher will save much anguish whilst dramatically shortening the time it takes to master this fascinating art form.
Graham Potter has been teaching bonsai professionally for 18 years now and in that time has helped students to raise the quality of their bonsai to international exhibition level. Taking a patient measured approach to teaching the underlying principles of bonsai is a concept completely unique to a U.K teacher. Programs are tailored to your own level of skill and experience. Whether you are an absolute beginner or have many years experience, we guarantee that working with Graham will be an enlightening and fulfilling experience. Graham's level of enthusiasm will leave you inspired to go and achieve more than you thought possible.
Graham can also tailor workshops to your individual requirements including 1 to 1 days or weekends, small groups, intensive residential courses or structured classes over extended periods. It may also be possible to arrange a workshop at a venue of your choice. We also offer Bonsai Experience Days that make the ideal gift for any bonsai enthusiast. Prices start at £145 + VAT per day for a 1 to 1 at our nursery including lunch and refreshments.
To see Graham at work take a look at our Bonsai Movies page.
To see some before and after photos have a look at our In The Workshop page.
GROUP WORKSHOP DATES
Our bonsai group workshops run every few weeks and are immensely popular. Limited to four persons you are ensured plenty of personal attention throughout the day. Running from 9.30am until everyone is finished simply bring along as many trees as you can fit in the car and Graham will take it from there. These small groups are immensely friendly and well suited to absolute beginners as well as more advanced hobbyists. A group is a great place to learn bonsai as the shared experience gives a wide insight into the intricacies of bonsai technique. Group participation costs just £55+VAT for the full day including refreshments. Bring lunch, trees, tools and whatever materials you feel you may need. Alternatively call Graham to discuss your day. BOOK EARLY - places on these days are very popular so book well in advance!
These dates only run if we get sufficient bookings. Additional dates may be possible. Drop us a line for details and to register your interest.
We ask you to bring lunch and drinks will continue to be provided. Obviously the house will be at your disposal and the kettle will always be warm but we do ask that you bring lunch with you. You are welcome to use the kitchen including microwave and stove for preparing anything warm. The local Tesco store is less than 5 minutes walk up the lane in an emergency. There is also a pub just across the road that offers very good value meals.
If you expect to need any materials during the course of the day please can you let me know in advance so that I can make sure we have everything at hand. Soil and pots are no longer stored at the house. If you are not known to us we may ask for payment up front. This will NOT be refunded in the case of a no show.
To book a place please call 0800 4580 672 or email firstname.lastname@example.org