Calligraphy workshop for beginners on Saturday at Lawai International Center

LAWAI — Three artists and teachers will be at the Lawai International Center on Saturday to lead calligraphy classes from 10 a.m. to 11:30 or 12:30 to 2 p.m.

If you’ve ever wondered about the meaning of calligraphy characters, or how from an inner stillness comes the flowing movement of the brush — this is a rare opportunity.

“Calligraphy is part of a meditation practice,” said Kyle Chew, one of the artists.

The Japanese Kanji Characters are key to a secret doorway. Hidden within the characters is a view of nature, and a fresh way to understand the world.

“With child-like simplicity, Rev. Kosen Ishikawa is able bring to life an ancient perspective that is pertinent to our lives today and our future,” according to a press release.

Many know Kyle Chew from his Shakuhachi flute music. Chew said his love of his handmade bamboo extends to his brushand he looks forward to sharing the close relationship of calligraphy (Shodo) and Zen.

Yayoi Ishikawa learned calligraphy as a young girl in Japan. Yayoi is the true artist of the teaching staff.

The sounds of the ancient Japanese bamboo flute Shakuhachi in the hand carved Hall of Compassion opens each session.

All ages and beginners are welcome for a hands-on experience.

Donations are appreciated. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Lawai International Center.

Light refreshments will be served.

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