Workshops in Japan

Chinese Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

Kyoto Cherry Blossom Spring Art Retreat Sun 4/8- Tues 4/10
Relax and refresh at peak cherry blossom season with Liane Wakabayashi

Drawing in Kyoto requires no previous art experience. Let me guide you to partner with the beauty and charm, the elegance and the history to draw exquisite memories of cherry blossom season in one of the most gorgeous spots in Japan. You’ll be drawing in the surroundings of Kiyomizu Temple, founded in 8th century and now a renowned World Heritage Site famous for its sweeping views of Kyoto on April 8th. On April 9th, 9:00-12:00 Drawing on Philosopher’s Walk, Kyoto’s fabled cherry tree-lined pedestrian path followed by a train and busride across town to have lunch and draw in the stunning, must-see World Heritage site of Saiho-ji moss garden.

And as always in Genesis Art Workshops, the 44 Genesis Cards will be your constant companions to guide, entertain, and help you refine the way you take in the subtle details and colors of Kyoto and make them your own.

Studio painting at Genesis Art Center
This retreats the perfect occasion to pack your favorite sketchpad, art supplies, camera and come join in a combination of easy art exercises from the elevated heights of Kiyomizu Temple and the Hotel Ryozen where accommodations include soaking to heart’s content in Hotel Ryozan’s spectacular onsen baths overlooking sunset views of Kyoto. Full hotel breakfast is included two mornings.


Free optional Sunday night workshop! From journal writing to journalism, Liane will answer questions from her 35 year career as a journalist and walk you through the process of starting a writing routine that leads to published results.

2 nights at Hotel Ryozen, 3 Genesis art workshop, optional writing workshop, 2 breakfasts, Genesis Way deck of 44 cards and guidebook:  ¥55,000 THREE SPACES AVAILABLE!
Workshop fee (without stay): April 8 and 9 three workshops: ¥20,000 includes Genesis Way deck of 44 cards and guidebook SPACES STILL AVAILABLE!

If you live in the Kyoto area come join us for workshops only!
Day tripper: April 8 1:00-4:00 Drawing in the surroundings of Kiyomizu Temple
Day tripper: April 9 9:00-12:00 Drawing on Philosopher’s Walk, Kyoto’s fabled cherry tree-lined pedestrian path and drawing in the stunning, must-see World Heritage site of Saiho-ji moss garden


*To reserve your space please book soon. Accommodation is very limited due to high season in Kyoto and we are very lucky to get this great hilltop hotel with gorgeous hot springs that overlook historic Gion.

To register email:
You’ll receive a registration form and a list of a few basic art supplies to bring with you.
Train transportation to and around Kamakura, is not included.

Kamakura Genesis Art Energy Power-up Art Retreat Sun/Mon 4/22-4/23



Gokurakuji in Kamakura is not only the home to a 13th century Shingon Temple restored and rebuilt many times in a secluded paradisical setting. For the last several years, Gokurakuji–near Kamakura and Fujisawa on the Enoshima train line, has been home to my dear friends, Taoyoga founders Jesse Lee Parker and Yuko Kon. I’m thrilled to announce that I am teaming up with Jesse and Yuko to offer a Sunday morning Taoyoga session that relaxes, refreshes and elevates your body just as Genesis art relaxes, refreshes and elevates your creativity.

Sunday 4/22 Sunday morning Taoyoga with Jesse Lee Parker and Yuko Kon
Lunch: Kaiseki ryori–gorgeous temple cuisine in nearby Kamakura
Afternoon: Genesis art session: revealing the wisdom hidden in nature through intuitive drawing
Dinner: Simple dinner at the farmhouse


After dinner: Special event! Drawing live model wearing a kimono! Take home your own instant classic drawing. The Genesis art techniques you’ll be using for drawing a live model are not only fun, but can bring surprising and Picasso-esque results–even if you’ve never drawn from a live model before.

Overnight stay: quadruple shared futon accommodation in an antique farmhouse
Breakfast: Provided in the farmhouse
Morning till 11:00 am: Drawing and painting with the Genesis cards at the farmhouse
Noon: Genesis retreat ends. Feel free to enjoy the many pleasures of Kamakura in the afternoon. Suggested itinerary for afternoon sightseeing available.

To register email:
You’ll receive a registration form and a list of a few basic art supplies to bring with you.
Train transportation to and around Kamakura, is not included.

Retreat includes: one night’s shared stay in simple rustic farmhouse, Kaiseki gourmet vegetarian temple cuisine lunch, simple rustic dinner at the farmhouse, ninety minute Tao-yoga session and three two-hour Genesis art workshops, plus a set of Genesis cards and guidebook.

Kamakura Full Retreat 4/22-23: ¥25,000
Sunday day-tripper (without accommodation) Tao-yoga, Kaiseki lunch, farmhouse dinner, Genesis art and evening kimono workshop ¥15,000
Sunday night workshop (without accommodation) : Dinner and kimono live drawing ¥5,000
Payment can be made in two installments or in one-time payment.

Please bring new B4 Sketch Book, rulers in various sizes, 2 calligraphy “sign pens,” a box of recommended painting or drawing art supplies, Genesis Cards and Guidebook and your favorite camera.

An Introduction to Intuitive Drawing with Liane Wakabayashi
Location: Sun and Moon Yoga, Higashi Gotanda

Saturday April 21: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Is drawing something that other people do–but you would never try yourself? What if you could draw something lovely? And meaningful? It’s a joyous moment when you begin to fall in love with your own unique power of artistic expression. In this introductory workshop, Liane will help you connect with drawing what you love, what you’re attracted to, and being both a writer and an artist, she introduces you to “drawing toward you” the art that was waiting all along for you to invite it into your life. With no previous drawing experience, Liane will show you how an open heart can lead you to drawing intuitively–from the imagination and from the heart– in beautiful vivid colors.


Liane Grunberg Wakabayashi loves to initiate drawing to people who never believed they could draw. She is the creator of the Genesis Way, an intuitive and creative breakthrough deck of 44 cards that leads to arty conversations and surprising synchronicities between with the art you make and the art you select on randomly chosen Genesis Cards. Liane now lives in Jerusalem and is very happy to be returning back to Sun and Moon Yoga Studio for this workshop.

Cost: ¥5,000 includes your own set of Genesis Cards and Guidebook in English or Japanese (¥3,000 value!). If you already have a set of Genesis Cards please bring them and the cost of the workshop will be ¥3,000.