A sad farewell for Misao Jo

It is with such great sadness that we farewell Misao Jo, the amazing founder of SAORI weaving. Misao-sensei passed on 10th Jan at 11:30, peacefully in bed and surrounded by her family, only a couple of months shy of her 105th birthday.

I feel truly honoured to have met her and spent time with her and feel so incredibly privileged to be able to carry on her passion and philosophy through my SAORI teachings and studio. I am so glad that Elara was able to meet her too and to be present in this amazing woman’s energy.  2 old souls connected that day.

Misao Jo was an amazing woman of strength, vision and inspiration that has enabled tens of thousands of people to find their inner creative spirit through freestyle SAORI weaving.  As Kenzo Jo, Misao’s son and the President of the SAORI organisation wrote: “Misao founded SAORI weaving then she was 57.  She dedicated the rest of her life to sharing her philosophy with as many people as possible through doing workshops, writing books and making speeches. SAORI Weaving has now been welcomed in more than 50 countries, and there are more than 100 thousand SAORI Weavers in the world. Misao Jo had been a spiritual support or an indispensable core for all of us.  She was even more than that, because she was SAORI itself. ” 

Thank you Misao-sensei – your teachings changed my life and I feel so lucky to be able to carry on your wonderful work by introducing people to SAORI weaving.

SAORI Immersive Retreat

Don’t miss out on this amazing immersive SAORI weaving experience

Stay at the stunning Shizuka Ryokan & Wellness Retreat, a traditional Japanese accommodation in the heart of Victoria’s Spa Country while you immerse yourself in the relaxing, creative art of Japanese SAORI weaving.

Learn SAORI weaving techniques, discover the freedom and meditation of the SAORI loom and enjoy the exceptional, authentic Japanese surroundings, food and culture to inspire your creativity.

This is an exclusive retreat focusing on SAORI weaving and serenity, an opportunity to learn and explore this Japanese weaving art form amidst gorgeous Japanese-inspired surroundings with a small group of like-minded creative souls.

Over the 3 days you will explore a range of SAORI weaving techniques, immerse yourself in colour and texture at the loom, learn the beautiful art of Sakiori cloth weaving, gain valuable tips and tricks for freestyle SAORI clothing design and be given space and solitude to delve into your weaving practice throughout the weekend.  Whether you are a complete beginner to SAORI weaving or a seasoned SAORI creative, this Retreat is for you!

Dates: October 2018.  Stay tuned for specific 2018 dates and bookings – coming soon!

Where: Shizuka Japanese Ryokan & Wellness Retreat, Hepburn Springs, Victoria

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to delve into SAORI weaving with Prue Simmons – Japanese cultural specialist and one of only three accredited SAORI teachers here in Australia, surrounded by the beauty of Japanese culture and custom. What better way to immerse yourself in this unique Japanese artform!

Get all the details here!