Redwood Empire Bonsai Society offers Bonsai demonstrations by Masters in the art, hands on experience, lectures, workshops, beginner classes, slides, benefit drawings, local and state Bonsai information, critiques and sharing of our Bonsai. We also host one of the largest shows in northern California in August of each year.

Membership Benefits:

A monthly newsletter is published and emailed to all members in good standing. Information includes Bonsai news, helpful hints; upcoming events in our club, plus bay area show locations.

We have an extensive lending library on the art of Bonsai including books, VHS tapes, magazines, and pamphlets that are available to our members.

Collecting trips are offered at various times throughout the year, weather permitting. The trips are for active members only.


Beginner Workshops will give you some basic bonsai information and training. Cost for the beginners Workshop is a onetime $80.00 fee. The cost is to cover good bonsai stock. You will learn bonsai related material and wiring on a juniper. The Beginners Workshop is offered on an as-needed basis. The wire and tools needed by the beginner for this workshop are provided by REBS.

After completing the Beginner’s Workshop you may attend any of the following workshops:

Intermediate workshops are the 3rd Thursday of each month except December. These classes are taught by senior club members. There is a cost per workshop and the student needs to provide all materials. The Thursday Class is by Ivan Lukrich and Richard Hoskins at Bennett Valley Senior Center.

Kathy Shaner, our Sensei, and other approved bonsai masters hold approximately eight to ten workshops a year. The cost is per workshop and the student needs to provide all the materials.