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Beginners Bonsai Bootcamp

It equips you with the skills and confidence to nurture and sculpt your bonsai. The course will teach the essential techniques to maintain a healthy and vibrant bonsai. While it is aimed at absolute beginners, even seasoned enthusiasts will find the course grounding and enlightening.

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Beginners Bonsai Bootcamp
Beginners Bonsai Bootcamp

Time & Location

19/05/2024, 10:00 – 15:00 GMT+1

Leiria, Rua da Chumbaria, 2420, Portugal

About the event

Beginners Bonsai Bootcamp

To celebrate the debut of Ma-Ke Bonsai in Portugal, we have teamed up with Rua Chumbaria to give you a special session.

Celebrating over 15 years as our most popular offering, the Beginners Bonsai Course is an intensive, one-day workshop designed to immerse you in the art of bonsai. This course suits novices yet remains a valuable learning experience for more seasoned enthusiasts, blending theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

Course Modules

101: Introduction to Bonsai and Care

Start with the origins and history of bonsai before exploring various styles and common species. Learn through our nine-point system to manage and care for your bonsai effectively. This module also covers the essentials of placement, watering, feeding, and general bonsai maintenance.

102: Styling Bonsai - Pruning With Intent

As a living and transient art form, bonsai requires ongoing management. This module delves into bonsai pruning techniques, discussing the timing, methods, and specifics necessary to maintain its miniature stature.

103: Repotting Your Bonsai

Bonsai trees grow in small pots with limited soil, so they need repotting occasionally. This module teaches you when to repot a bonsai and how to do it in an eco-friendly way.  You'll learn basic repotting methods and approaches for your bonsai's health and the environment.

Course Format

Each module is structured into a lecture segment and a hands-on practice session, allowing you to immediately apply what you've learned. This format is designed to help you meet and anticipate the needs of your bonsai, ensuring its long-term health and vitality.


The course is taught in English.


The course runs from 10 am to 3 pm.

Our Hosts

Our Hosts, Sarah and Steve, have offered their now-famous Quinta da Chumbaria for this adventure into Bonsai. If you are quick off the mark, they may also have some accommodation available that you can let. The Workshops will be run on the vast estate, so please dress in layers. We will be working outside, and the weather is unpredictable nowadays.


Special Introductory Fees €50. Please contact Sarah to book you place. 

Sarah: +351 911 542 122 


Bootcamp Venue

Rua da Chumbaria 100. Serra do Branco. Colmeias 2420-220

Post-Course Opportunities

Participants are encouraged to join our varied workshops and frequent sessions designed to enhance their skills and confidence in bonsai cultivation. Engage with our online forum to connect with past and present students and enthusiasts, and explore our blog for a comprehensive database of plant species suitable for bonsai.

Explore more advanced and specialist workshops to further your expertise in bonsai through our online course listings on the Bonsai Courses Workshops page.

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