February 3, 2018

California Shohin Seminar - How it Works_Page_2

Bill Valavanis, Dave DeGroot and Kathy Shaner presenting at the 2014 Shohin Seminar

The Shohin Seminar is considered to be one of the best, if not the best, opportunity in the U.S. to learn about Shohin. 

Workshop participation is decided by lottery

Because these world-class instructors are donating their time and travel expenses, the cost of the workshops is simply the cost of the bonsai material you will be working on. This makes workshop seats a highly sought after commodity. To give everyone an equal chance workshop participation is decided by lottery.

How the lottery works

On the registration form, please list your choices in order of preference. Choose as many as pique your interest. That way if your first choice of workshop is already filled by the time your name is pulled during the lottery, we can slot you in to a next choice on your list. During the Lottery, the names of all full seminar registrants who wish to participate in the workshops are put into a basket. Names are pulled one by one from the basket. As each name is pulled, we match open workshop seats against the choice list for that name. Once all full registrants have been matched with one workshop, the process is repeated for people who wish to attend a second workshop. This double pass process is then repeated for all DayPass registrants. We give preference to full seminar registrants because the facilities costs are predicated on occupying hotel rooms. Full registrants are helping us meet that quota.

Rank your choices next to the workshops in order of preference. Please specify a single order of preference for all workshops eg: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc., NOT 1, 2, 3 for morning and 1, 2, 3 for afternoon.

Deposits must cover your most expensive choice (2 most expensive choices if requesting a second workshop)

Any workshop seats that remain available after the lottery and any seats that become available due to emergency cancellations will be posted on a marker board at the registrar’s desk during the Seminar.

Registrations must be postmarked by December 15, 2017 to be a part of the workshop lottery.

Workshop Schedule

All workshops are held on Saturday, February 3.

Please bring your own tools. Wire will be provided.

Many of the workshops are held next to each other in the main banquet hall. This allows registrants who are not participating in a workshop to listen in on as many workshops as they choose. The workshop rooms and the vendor area are on the ground floor of the hotel and in close proximity to each other making this venue one of the easiest ones to navigate.

Session A: 9:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Session B: 2:00 – 4:45 p.m.


WORKSHOP registration form

Registration begins Oct. 30, 2017.

Workshop registration forms must be postmarked by December 15, 2017 to be a part of the lottery for workshops.


Some of the most respected bonsai masters in the United States donate their time and expertise at the biennial California Shohin Seminar.  View the list of our honored guest presenters.