Health & Wellness Workshop/Classes



November 21, 28

​December 5, 19, 26


$25 General

$20 Member

Includes Garden Admission

Tai Chi

Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix is the best place to enjoy outdoor Tai-chi class sounded by Koi Pond, Waterfall, woodland and all other elements. Awareness of this amazing natural environment has become a central part of Tai Chi practice.

Let’s come together, release tension, increase balance and feel completely relaxed with Tai Chi in the Garden. Tai Chi is a graceful series of ancient Chinese meditative movements that help maintain physical health, well-being and spiritual essence and emphasizes body alignment, improves balance, calms mind, reduces stress.

Anyone can learn Tai Chi – any age, all levels of fitness. Come join us in this beautiful practice, and let’s celebrate your health!

The class fee includes admission to the garden for the day.
Tai-chi in the Garden.

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September 5, 12

October 3, 17, 24, 31

​November 7 and 14


$25 General

$20 Member

Includes Garden Admission


Aikido is based in part on the ancient sword and staff traditions of the samurai in Japanese history. Take part in the wooden sword (bokken) and staff (jo) training forms studied by current followers of the Japanese martial art of aikido. 


One of the immediate benefits of the jo is its ability to help us stretch when we warm up at the beginning of class. You will see that we can move parts of the body a bit further than if we stretch unaided by this handy piece of wood!

You will learn how to move forward and backward with both weapons as well as how to pivot and duck at the right moment. These exercises will help in maintaining balance, improve mind & body awareness, encourage correct breathing among other benefits.


Finally, we will explore meditation techniques that will enhance stress reduction and a calm spirit.  Weapons will be supplied by Arizona Aikido. Casual outdoor clothing is recommended and footwear that won’t slip off will be important.


Instructor: Tom Haines, Chief Instructor of Arizona Aikido

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Sunday, March 1

10:00 am - 12:00 pm


$40 General

$35 Member

Includes Garden Admission

Healing Experience inspired by Kintsugi Philosophy

 In this workshop we will combine the Japanese aesthetic of embracing imperfection, with Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery. Kintsugi philosophy teaches us how to embrace the transient, restore and repair the seemingly broken, and celebrate a journey. Join us for this truly immersive and hands-on workshop and experience it for yourself. You will work with a broken physical object and restore it. Then, we will have a small group discussion on the experience. The restored physical object is yours to keep as a physical memory of your experience/learnings. No previous experience or knowledge is necessary. All materials will be provided. We cannot wait to share this experience with you.

Important reminders: 

  • Please arrive at least 5-10 minutes early. Give yourself time to check-in and relax before the workshop begins. 

  • Do not wear clothing that you fear getting dirty. While it is unlikely that you will make a mess, it can definitely happen! 

Cancellation Policies

All classes that do not meet minimum enrollment one week prior to the start date may be canceled at Japanese Friendship Garden's discretion. Japanese Friendship Garden will contact students in affected class and offer refunds or placement in an alternate class.



Clients who register for a class or program that is canceled for any reason by Japanese Friendship Garden will receive a full refund.

Clients who withdraw from a class/program at least 10 business days prior the scheduled class/program start date may receive a full refund on their registration. (A “business day” is defined as M-F.)


Refunds will not be given to any student who withdraws from a class after the first class has been held.


Missed Classes

There are no discounts or refunds for missed classes.