Courses and workshops

All courses and workshops are held at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre

Bonsai pottery workshop!

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 9 am to 4 pm (and Nov. 25 if necessary)

For a long time, people have been asking for a pottery workshop on bonsai pots. Jean-Claude Lévesque is inviting you at his place to create your own pot under his guidance. You will be manipulating clay to craft a pot that reflects your own vision. All the material is provided: the clay, glazes and the use of a kiln for the firing.  This is a first for us!! Come and try your hand at this by reserving your place at or with Jean-Claude at We are limited to eight places, four on Nov. 18 and four on Nov. 25.  For the workshop to take place, a minimum of 4 participants must be registered.

Cost: $60. Bring your own lunch.  The Studio is at: 56 Mont Luc, Gatineau.



Bonsai course for beginners on October 30th and November 1st, 2017

This theoretical course will cover bonsai fundamentals which include a portion on traditional Japanese design and a portion on the horticultural aspects in our climate. On completion of this course, participants will have the essential knowledge required to begin to develop bonsai for our climate zone.  Lecture notes will be provided.  Cost of this course is set at $20 per person for OBS members and $35 for non-members, to be paid at the start of the course.

  1. Monday October 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. :  Esthetic of the Japanese approach.
  2. Wednesday November 1st, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. : Horticulture and techniques.


  • By email to  no later than October 25, 2017
  • Yvon Bernier: (819) 684-0586; Fax (819) 684-7365





Open workshop(s); dates to be announced later.

Those bilingual workshops are held at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre. Members bring their own tree or trees to work on with the help of an experienced member.  Participants can get help in performing repot, wiring or styling, or simply receive advice. There is no need to register in advance to participate in those workshops and there is no cost for members.