Sakura Orihon: Diary of a Cherry Blossom Journey
Feb
16
to Apr 7

Sakura Orihon: Diary of a Cherry Blossom Journey

Sakura Orihon: Diary of a Cherry Blossom Journey

February 16 – April 7, 2019

As he followed the blossoming cherry trees from south to north in Japan, landscape architect Ron Henderson recorded his experience in folding sketchbooks called orihon. His work celebrates the cherry blossom culture in Japan, highlighting his pilgrimages to visit famous old trees. But, he also focuses on the horticultural practices that extend the lives of cherry trees in Japan, illustrating pruning techniques, branch crutches, rope tenting, and root grafting. This exhibition of Henderson’s books inspires awe for the trees as well as for the unique manner in which one man documented his journey.

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Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai
Apr
7
9:00 AM09:00

Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai

The National Bonsai Foundation and DC Tai Chi are partnering to bring a unique and unitive experience. Join us for a one-hour Tai Chi class taught by internationally recognized Master Nick Gracenin surrounded by the beauty, serenity and history of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum's world-famous collection of small trees. Master Nick will introduce the essentials of traditional Tai Chi and Qigong. Class is suitable for all levels.

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Ikebana International Exhibit
Apr
12
to Apr 22

Ikebana International Exhibit

Enjoy spring flowers with a Japanese twist! The Washington D.C. Chapter of Ikebana International will exhibit flower arrangements representing a variety of ikebana schools and styles. There will be a change-out of the exhibits on April 16 and 19, so plan return visits to see everything. Master teachers will give free ikebana demonstrations in the Bonsai Museum Lecture/Demonstration Center on April 13, 14, 20, and 21.

New Arrangements: April 11, 16, 19

Ikebana demonstrations: April 13, 14, 20, 21

Exhibit and demos are free and open to the public.

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Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai: Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees with Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Apr
18
8:30 AM08:30

Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai: Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees with Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Join certified nature and forest therapy guide and acclaimed author, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, for a very special guided exercise in meditation, rejuvenation and contemplation among the nation’s premier bonsai collection. In the 2-hour program, Melanie will guide participants through the visual, auditory, and interactive experience of Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” a practice popularized in Japan and known for its transformative and therapeutic experiences like a boosted immune system, reduced blood pressure, improved sleep patterns and more improved sleep patterns and more.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a Washington, DC author and naturalist who leads field trips and tree tours for a variety of organizations. She is an award-winning author of several DC nature books, including "The Joy of Forest Bathing," now available for purchase. Melanie is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide.

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Apr
20
9:00 AM09:00

Yoga Amongst the Bonsai

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The National Bonsai Foundation invites you to calm your mind with yoga amongst the nation's most beloved bonsai collection located at The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum (in the U.S. Arboretum). Unwind with an all-level yoga class with certified instructor and artist Alexa Tovsen.

In Alexa's class, you will explore various practices including movement, postures, breathing exercises, meditation and exploration of yoga philosophy. You will strengthen your awareness and challenge yourself to find the right balance of ease and effort for yourself. Modifications and alternate poses are offered to accommodate all students.

After the class, take some time to appreciate and learn about the bonsai and penjing on display in the Museum. The yoga class will last one hour. The Museum is located inside the U.S. National Arboretum. Please bring your own mat.

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Photographing Bonsai with Stephen Voss (Spring)
Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Photographing Bonsai with Stephen Voss (Spring)

Learn bonsai photography from a master. World-renowned photographer, Stephen Voss, will lead a photography class through an award-winning bonsai collection. The class will guide students to look deeply at the bonsai trees in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, located at the National Arboretum, and create their own portfolio of images that express what they see. Through targeted visual exercises and individual instruction, each participant will learn to reappraise the trees, and in turn, sharpen their visual acuity to make better photographs in any situation. By the end of the class, each student will come away with a unique set of images and some new skills to use the next time they pick up a camera.

Participants can register for the class to include a signed copy of Stephen Voss's critically-acclaimed In Training: A Bonsai Photo Book. 

What you'll need to bring:

SLR camera (preferably) with any lenses you have

Tripod (if available)

Notebook and pen

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Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai: Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees with Melanie Choukas-Bradley
May
2
8:30 AM08:30

Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai: Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees with Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Join certified nature and forest therapy guide and acclaimed author, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, for a very special guided exercise in meditation, rejuvenation and contemplation among the nation’s premier bonsai collection. In the 2-hour program, Melanie will guide participants through the visual, auditory, and interactive experience of Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” a practice popularized in Japan and known for its transformative and therapeutic experiences like a boosted immune system, reduced blood pressure, improved sleep patterns and more improved sleep patterns and more.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a Washington, DC author and naturalist who leads field trips and tree tours for a variety of organizations. She is an award-winning author of several DC nature books, including "The Joy of Forest Bathing," now available for purchase. Melanie is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide.

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PBA Bonsai Festival
May
3
to May 5

PBA Bonsai Festival

Co-sponsored by the Potomac Bonsai Association (PBA) and the U.S. National Arboretum, this event features a show of PBA member trees and vendors selling bonsai, pre-bonsai, pots, accents and supplies. A juried exhibit of PBA bonsai will be on view in the museum. Free demonstrations will be given by PBA members. There will also be fee-based workshops.

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Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai
May
5
9:00 AM09:00

Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai

The National Bonsai Foundation and DC Tai Chi are partnering to bring a unique and unitive experience. Join us for a one-hour Tai Chi class taught by internationally recognized Master Nick Gracenin surrounded by the beauty, serenity and history of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum's world-famous collection of small trees. Master Nick will introduce the essentials of traditional Tai Chi and Qigong. Class is suitable for all levels.

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World Bonsai Day (w/ Michael Hagedorn)
May
11
to May 21

World Bonsai Day (w/ Michael Hagedorn)

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Michael Hagedorn

The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is pleased to participate in the 9th Annual World Bonsai Day, created by the World Bonsai Friendship Federation (WBFF). This event honors the memory of Mr. Saburo Kato, a bonsai master and founder of WBFF, who believed that bonsai has the power to unite people by acting as a bridge to international friendship and peace. Come and enjoy the museum and a bonsai demonstration.

This year, a very special guest, Michael Hagedorn, will be in town from Oregon and will do a bonsai demonstration.

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Drawing Bonsai with Artist Tina Thieme Brown
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Drawing Bonsai with Artist Tina Thieme Brown

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Capture the delicate branches, sweeping silhouettes, and vibrant colors of a bonsai with pencil and paper under the guidance of artist, Tina Thieme.

The National Bonsai Foundation is delighted to present “Drawing Bonsai with Artist Tina Thieme Brown, a botanical artist and instructor who specializes in illustrating the landscape, flora and fauna of the greater D.C. area.

In this three-hour workshop, Tina will guide participants through the steps and techniques necessary to create an image of bonsai and the Japanese Stroll Garden in a sketchbook. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to get “up close and personal” with some of the most historic bonsai in the world, and to take a small part of them home with you.

We welcome artists of any skill level to participate in this class. Supplies will not be provided. A suggested supply list is below:

  • Sketchbook with 65lb or heavier drawing paper (ink and pencil compatible)

  • Pen: black, .01 nib size

  • Pencils: Hb, 2b, 4b

  • color pencils in a variety of greens, yellows, blues, reds and oranges

  • pencil sharpener

  • white vinyl eraser

  • brush for sweeping away pencil erasures

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May
25
9:00 AM09:00

Yoga Amongst the Bonsai

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The National Bonsai Foundation invites you to calm your mind with yoga amongst the nation's most beloved bonsai collection located at The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum (in the U.S. Arboretum). Unwind with an all-level yoga class with certified instructor and artist Alexa Tovsen.

In Alexa's class, you will explore various practices including movement, postures, breathing exercises, meditation and exploration of yoga philosophy. You will strengthen your awareness and challenge yourself to find the right balance of ease and effort for yourself. Modifications and alternate poses are offered to accommodate all students.

After the class, take some time to appreciate and learn about the bonsai and penjing on display in the Museum. The yoga class will last one hour. The Museum is located inside the U.S. National Arboretum. Please bring your own mat.

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Bonsai Bling: Azalea Bonsai in Bloom
May
25
to Jun 2

Bonsai Bling: Azalea Bonsai in Bloom

In Japan, it is said that the beauty of an azalea bonsai in bloom is like the beauty of a courtesan dressed in her finest brocade kimono. Breathtaking blossoms cover these late-blooming Satsuki azaleas, miniature in form, but covered with full-sized flowers. This annual spring exhibit showcases the most spectacular examples.

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Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai
Jun
2
9:00 AM09:00

Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai

The National Bonsai Foundation and DC Tai Chi are partnering to bring a unique and unitive experience. Join us for a one-hour Tai Chi class taught by internationally recognized Master Nick Gracenin surrounded by the beauty, serenity and history of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum's world-famous collection of small trees. Master Nick will introduce the essentials of traditional Tai Chi and Qigong. Class is suitable for all levels.

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Jun
22
9:00 AM09:00

Yoga Amongst the Bonsai

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The National Bonsai Foundation invites you to calm your mind with yoga amongst the nation's most beloved bonsai collection located at The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum (in the U.S. Arboretum). Unwind with an all-level yoga class with certified instructor and artist Alexa Tovsen.

In Alexa's class, you will explore various practices including movement, postures, breathing exercises, meditation and exploration of yoga philosophy. You will strengthen your awareness and challenge yourself to find the right balance of ease and effort for yourself. Modifications and alternate poses are offered to accommodate all students.

After the class, take some time to appreciate and learn about the bonsai and penjing on display in the Museum. The yoga class will last one hour. The Museum is located inside the U.S. National Arboretum. Please bring your own mat.

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Photographing Bonsai with Stephen Voss (Summer)
Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

Photographing Bonsai with Stephen Voss (Summer)

Learn bonsai photography from a master. World-renowned photographer, Stephen Voss, will lead a photography class through an award-winning bonsai collection. The class will guide students to look deeply at the bonsai trees in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, located at the National Arboretum, and create their own portfolio of images that express what they see. Through targeted visual exercises and individual instruction, each participant will learn to reappraise the trees, and in turn, sharpen their visual acuity to make better photographs in any situation. By the end of the class, each student will come away with a unique set of images and some new skills to use the next time they pick up a camera.

Participants can register for the class to include a signed copy of Stephen Voss's critically-acclaimed In Training: A Bonsai Photo Book. 

What you'll need to bring:

SLR camera (preferably) with any lenses you have

Tripod (if available)

Notebook and pen

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Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai
Sep
8
9:00 AM09:00

Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai

The National Bonsai Foundation and DC Tai Chi are partnering to bring a unique and unitive experience. Join us for a one-hour Tai Chi class taught by internationally recognized Master Nick Gracenin surrounded by the beauty, serenity and history of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum's world-famous collection of tiny trees. Master Nick will introduce the essentials of traditional Tai Chi and Qigong. Class is suitable for all levels.

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Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai: Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees with Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Sep
21
8:30 AM08:30

Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai: Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees with Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Join certified nature and forest therapy guide and acclaimed author, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, for a very special guided exercise in meditation, rejuvenation and contemplation among the nation’s premier bonsai collection. In the 2-hour program, Melanie will guide participants through the visual, auditory, and interactive experience of Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” a practice popularized in Japan and known for its transformative and therapeutic experiences like a boosted immune system, reduced blood pressure, improved sleep patterns and more improved sleep patterns and more.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a Washington, DC author and naturalist who leads field trips and tree tours for a variety of organizations. She is an award-winning author of several DC nature books, including "The Joy of Forest Bathing," now available for purchase. Melanie is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide.

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Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai
Oct
6
9:00 AM09:00

Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai

The National Bonsai Foundation and DC Tai Chi are partnering to bring a unique and unitive experience. Join us for a one-hour Tai Chi class taught by internationally recognized Master Nick Gracenin surrounded by the beauty, serenity and history of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum's world-famous collection of tiny trees. Master Nick will introduce the essentials of traditional Tai Chi and Qigong. Class is suitable for all levels.

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Photographing Bonsai with Stephen Voss (Fall)
Oct
12
10:00 AM10:00

Photographing Bonsai with Stephen Voss (Fall)

Learn bonsai photography from a master. World-renowned photographer, Stephen Voss, will lead a photography class through an award-winning bonsai collection. The class will guide students to look deeply at the bonsai trees in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, located at the National Arboretum, and create their own portfolio of images that express what they see. Through targeted visual exercises and individual instruction, each participant will learn to reappraise the trees, and in turn, sharpen their visual acuity to make better photographs in any situation. By the end of the class, each student will come away with a unique set of images and some new skills to use the next time they pick up a camera.

Participants can register for the class to include a signed copy of Stephen Voss's critically-acclaimed In Training: A Bonsai Photo Book. 

What you'll need to bring:

SLR camera (preferably) with any lenses you have

Tripod (if available)

Notebook and pen

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Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai: Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees with Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Oct
19
8:30 AM08:30

Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai: Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees with Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Join certified nature and forest therapy guide and acclaimed author, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, for a very special guided exercise in meditation, rejuvenation and contemplation among the nation’s premier bonsai collection. In the 2-hour program, Melanie will guide participants through the visual, auditory, and interactive experience of Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” a practice popularized in Japan and known for its transformative and therapeutic experiences like a boosted immune system, reduced blood pressure, improved sleep patterns and more improved sleep patterns and more.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a Washington, DC author and naturalist who leads field trips and tree tours for a variety of organizations. She is an award-winning author of several DC nature books, including "The Joy of Forest Bathing," now available for purchase. Melanie is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide.

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Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai
Nov
3
9:00 AM09:00

Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai

The National Bonsai Foundation and DC Tai Chi are partnering to bring a unique and unitive experience. Join us for a one-hour Tai Chi class taught by internationally recognized Master Nick Gracenin surrounded by the beauty, serenity and history of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum's world-famous collection of tiny trees. Master Nick will introduce the essentials of traditional Tai Chi and Qigong. Class is suitable for all levels.

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Photographing Bonsai with Stephen Voss
Feb
9
8:00 AM08:00

Photographing Bonsai with Stephen Voss

Learn bonsai photography from a master. World-renowned photographer, Stephen Voss, will lead a photography class through an award-winning bonsai collection. The class will guide students to look deeply at the bonsai trees in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, located at the National Arboretum, and create their own portfolio of images that express what they see. Through targeted visual exercises and individual instruction, each participant will learn to reappraise the trees, and in turn, sharpen their visual acuity to make better photographs in any situation. By the end of the class, each student will come away with a unique set of images and some new skills to use the next time they pick up a camera.

Participants can register for the class to include a signed copy of Stephen Voss's critically-acclaimed In Training: A Bonsai Photo Book. 

What you'll need to bring:

SLR camera (preferably) with any lenses you have

Tripod (if available)

Notebook and pen

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Photographing Bonsai: A Class with Stephen Voss
Jan
12
8:00 AM08:00

Photographing Bonsai: A Class with Stephen Voss


World-renowned photographer Stephen Voss will lead a series of photography classes through the seasons. The two-hour class will guide students to look deeply at the bonsai trees in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, and create their own portfolio of images that express what they see. Through targeted visual exercises and individual instruction, each participant will learn to reappraise the trees, and in turn, sharpen their visual acuity to make better photographs in any situation. By the end of the class, each student will come away with a unique set of images and some new skills to use the next time they pick up a camera. Students may register for full series or individual classes. Curriculum is not serial.

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Nov
3
to Nov 11

Beautiful Transitions: Autumn Bonsai Exhibit

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Beautiful Transitions: Autumn Bonsai Exhibit:

This annual show is one of the most popular seasonal exhibits of the year. No need to go all the way to Skyline Drive in Virginia to enjoy beautiful fall colors. See red maples, yellow ginkgos and fruited trees in the Museum’s permanent bonsai collection pavilions. The Special Exhibits Wing features select trees during their peak colors.

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Nov
3
8:00 AM08:00

Photographing Bonsai: A Class with Stephen Voss

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World-renowned photographer Stephen Voss will lead a series of photography classes through the seasons. The two-hour class will guide students to look deeply at the bonsai trees in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, and create their own portfolio of images that express what they see. Through targeted visual exercises and individual instruction, each participant will learn to reappraise the trees, and in turn, sharpen their visual acuity to make better photographs in any situation. By the end of the class, each student will come away with a unique set of images and some new skills to use the next time they pick up a camera. Students may register for full series or individual classes. Curriculum is not serial.

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Drawing on Bonsai: Sketching in the National Collection:
Nov
1
10:00 AM10:00

Drawing on Bonsai: Sketching in the National Collection:

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Be inspired by the beauty of the world's first and finest bonsai collection at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum located at the National Arboretum. Capture the tiny trees' intricacies, history, and serenity on paper with the help of one of our area's treasured botanical artists and instructors, Tina Thieme Brown. Tina specializes in capturing the flora and fauna of the Greater D.C. Area and has published two books of illustrations. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to get “up close and personal” with some of the most historic bonsai in the world, and to take a small part of them home with you. Artists of any skill level are welcome to participate in this class.

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Oct
26
9:00 AM09:00

Drawing on Bonsai: Sketching in the National Collection:

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Be inspired by the beauty of the world's first and finest bonsai collection at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum located at the National Arboretum. Capture the tiny trees' intricacies, history, and serenity on paper with the help of one of our area's treasured botanical artists and instructors, Tina Thieme Brown. Tina specializes in capturing the flora and fauna of the Greater D.C. Area and has published two books of illustrations. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to get “up close and personal” with some of the most historic bonsai in the world, and to take a small part of them home with you. Artists of any skill level are welcome to participate in this class.

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Falling into Winter: Viewing Stone Exhibit
Oct
20
to Jan 27

Falling into Winter: Viewing Stone Exhibit

Falling into Winter

October 20, 2018 – January 27, 2019

This exhibit presents stones in thematic groupings to evoke the change of seasons from early fall to late winter—complementing our fall and winter bonsai exhibits. The stones are on loan from the Jim & Alice Kikue Greaves Collection, American Viewing Stone Resource Center at The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens.

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Oct
18
8:30 AM08:30

Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai: Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees with Melanie Choukas-Bradley

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Join certified nature and forest therapy guide and acclaimed author, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, for a very special guided exercise in meditation, rejuvenation and contemplation among the nation’s premier bonsai collection. In the 2-hour program, Melanie will guide participants through the visual, auditory, and interactive experience of Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” a practice popularized in Japan and known for its transformative and therapeutic experiences like a boosted immune system, reduced blood pressure, improved sleep patterns and more improved sleep patterns and more.

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Oct
14
9:00 AM09:00

Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai

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The National Bonsai Foundation and DC Tai Chi are partnering to bring a unique and unitive experience. Join us for a one-hour Tai Chi class taught by internationally recognized Master Nick Gracenin surrounded by the beauty, serenity and history of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum's world-famous collection of tiny trees. Master Nick will introduce the essentials of traditional Tai Chi and Qigong. Class is suitable for all levels.

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Oct
13
8:30 AM08:30

Fall Yoga at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum:

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Join us for a series of early morning, one-hour yoga classes among the nation’s most beloved bonsai collection. Unwind with an all-level yoga class with certified instructor and artist, Kate MacDonnell. Kate’s class will focus on calming the mind and strengthening awareness through various yoga postures, meditation and philosophy. After class, participants will have time to appreciate and learn about the bonsai and penjing on display at the museum.

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Oct
6
8:30 AM08:30

Fall Yoga at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum:

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Join us for a series of early morning, one-hour yoga classes among the nation’s most beloved bonsai collection. Unwind with an all-level yoga class with certified instructor and artist, Kate MacDonnell. Kate’s class will focus on calming the mind and strengthening awareness through various yoga postures, meditation and philosophy. After class, participants will have time to appreciate and learn about the bonsai and penjing on display at the museum.

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Oct
6
8:00 AM08:00

Photographing Bonsai: A Class with Stephen Voss

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World-renowned photographer Stephen Voss will lead a series of photography classes through the seasons. The two-hour class will guide students to look deeply at the bonsai trees in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, and create their own portfolio of images that express what they see. Through targeted visual exercises and individual instruction, each participant will learn to reappraise the trees, and in turn, sharpen their visual acuity to make better photographs in any situation. By the end of the class, each student will come away with a unique set of images and some new skills to use the next time they pick up a camera. Students may register for full series or individual classes.

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Sep
30
9:00 AM09:00

Tai Chi Amongst the Bonsai

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The National Bonsai Foundation and DC Tai Chi are partnering to bring a unique and unitive experience. Join us for a one-hour Tai Chi class taught by internationally recognized Master Nick Gracenin surrounded by the beauty, serenity and history of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum's world-famous collection of small trees. Master Nick will introduce the essentials of traditional Tai Chi and Qigong. Class is suitable for all levels.

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