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At RAKUYO, we aim to spread the passion and techniques of developing highly-ramified DECIDUOUS BONSAI across the United States. As a traveling bonsai artist, Andrew Robson is available for club presentations, lectures, demonstrations, workshops and critiques. Additionally, Andrew is available for private work, teaching students and maintaining private collections throughout North America. Digital Education and Consulting is also available via telephone, Zoom, FaceTime or Skype. To inquire more about services: contact us


Bonsai School

TO signup for a class, email Andrew at
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Bonsai Aesthetics Class, with Michael Hagedorn (Crataegus)

This course is entirely focused on bonsai aesthetics. In this new 2-day offering from Andrew Robson and Michael Hagedorn, students will learn how to evaluate bonsai, helping them to choose and create trees that express the very best quality possible for a particular species and style. Students will also learn how to properly display bonsai, both at home in a tokonoma format and at a show in an exhibition format. 

Limited to 12 Students 

Tuition $500 ($250 non-refundable deposit to hold spot in class, and remaining $250 due at the start of the class)

April 27-28 (7 spots left)


Shohin School

Winter SHohin Seminar

Featuring Shohin Master Daisaku Nomoto from Japan, the Winter Shohin School includes panel discussions, lectures, group exercises, critiques, demos and workshops designed to maximize your understanding of shohin bonsai display and development. Saturday will focus on the displaying shohin bonsai, while Sunday will focus on the creation and maitenence of shohin bonsai. Participants should bring their own display shohin (if you have any) for the group exhibit exercise, and bring their own shohin development projects (if you have any) to use in the group workshop. If you don't have any display or development shohin, our shohin marketplace will have plenty of great options to choose from. 

Headliners: Daisaku Nomoto, Jonas Dupuich & Andrew Robson

Tuition $250

January 27-28, 2024


2024 Deciduous Intensives

- Small class size (4 students max)

- Saturday and Sunday from 9am-5pm

- Bring your own deciduous or work on trees from our garden

- Tuition $500 per weekend ($250 non-refundable deposit to hold spot in class, and remaining $250 due at the start of the class)

Spring Classes (Repotting)  (

February 17-18 (SOLD OUT), March 2-3 (SOLD OUT), March 9-10 (SOLD OUT), March 23-24 (2 spots left)

Summer Classes (Growth Management)

June 8-9 (SOLD OUT), June 22-23 (SOLD OUT), July 13-14 (SOLD OUT), NEW! July 20-21 (4 spots left)

Fall Classes (Fall Work and Deciduous Design)

October 19-20 (SOLD OUT), November 2-3 (SOLD OUT), November 9-10 (1 spot left), November 16-17 (4 spots left)

Forest Building Class With John Eads (Left Coast Bonsai)
This one day class will teach students the fundamentals of forest bonsai design, studying core concepts of forest making from Saburo Kato and looking at examples from RAKUYO and famous forest bonsai from Japan. After a morning of forest study, Andrew and John will demonstrate how to build a forest, and then students will build forests the rest of the afternoon. Material is available for purchase (extra costs) if the students want to bring home a forest, or students can build a forest for RAKUYO (no extra cost).

Limited to 6 Students per class

Available species: Japanese Maple, Vine Maple, Trident Maple, Red Maple (Acer rubrum), Larch, Beech, and Stewartia. 

Tuition $250 ($125 non-refundable deposit to hold spot in class, $125 due at the start of the class)

March 16 - 9am-4pm (1 spot left)

March 17 - 9am-4pm (2 spots left)


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