Zen Brush

Zen Brush is a form of Shodo - the Way of  the brush.  Moving with the breath cultivates mindful energy. One's spirit leaves its trace as the ink dances across the paper in a brush stroke.  Brushwork, because of this nature, slows a person down; helping us to relax no matter what.  
     The Founder of Aikido - Morihei Ueshiba O-sensei (who was declared by  Japan a sacred national treasure) - was a calligrapher of dynamic  proportions. He is a good example of why Shodo is viewed not only  as a martial art but as one of the most difficult. O-sensei was able to  produce tremendous power in his calligraphy yet his brushstrokes reveal a gentle dynamism.   
    It is not easy to control the soft hairs of a brush with the loading and unloading of ink to produce something clean and bright.  A  Zen Brush piece may be finished with one stroke done in one breath. To  practice in this way is to cultivate one's clarity and brightness by  connecting one's entire being with the energy of nature. This is the Way  of Zen Brush.

Zen Brushwork Opportunities with Suzan

Monthly Zen Brush Classes

Zen Brush classes take place monthly - typically on the first Sunday of the month.


We meet at Aiko's co-directors beautiful backyard garden  in Claremont and brush at outside tables. (Of course we're inside in difficult weather.) 

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Zen Brush Events 2019

January 6, 2019

Zen Brush Workshop

3pm - 5pm

641 Ridgefield St Claremont

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January 6, 2019

Zen Brush Workshop

   A New Year’s celebration  will follow!

3pm - 5pm

641 Ridgefield St Claremont

February 3, 2019

Zen Brush Workshop

3pm - 5pm

641 Ridgefield St, Claremont

February 3, 2019

Zen Brush Workshop

3pm - 5pm

641 Ridgefield St, Claremont

March 3, 2019

Zen Brush Workshop

3pm - 5pm

641 Ridgefield St Claremont

March 3, 2019

Zen Brush Workshop

3pm - 5pm

641 Ridgefield St Claremont