The Society offers three opportunities for instruction each month. There is no charge to BSOP members for these sessions except for the cost of materials in Mentorship 101, described below. The meetings are held in the Oregon Grape Room at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie, Oregon. Please check the Mentorship Schedule for specific dates.
If you have questions, please contact President, Lee Cheatle (email).
Mentorship 101 is for BSOP members who have little or no experience with bonsai. The class instructor will assume you have 'no bonsai skills'. Through lecture and hands-on, we will be going over the basics of how to: apply wire, bend a branch, prepare soil, clip and grow, re-pot, fertilize and the basics of tree care. Each month we build on the skills of the previous class. Members will be expected to purchase the ‘tree of the month’ from those provided by BSOP. Costs will be 50% off BSOP's actual expense. Most of these will be around $10 each. All tools and materials will be provided. Occasionally, when we have a large number of new members, this class has to be divided into two sessions, 101A and 101B. The curriculum is the same for both classes, but we ask that you stay with your assigned group. Each session meets monthly from 10 am-2 pm between October and April (Except this year when it starts January 2019). Pre-registration is required. Contact Lee Cheatle (email). to pre-register.
Mentorship 102 is for BSOP members who have some idea of how to work on their trees but want to hone their skills. This is a less structured environment, and registration is not required. In this ongoing workshop members bring in their own trees, tools and supplies, and the instructor guides them through styling decisions. This workshop provides a hands on opportunity to work, learn, ask questions and observe others solving basic bonsai challenges. Each session begins with a brief lecture on timely topics of interest, but participants may work on any task or material they desire. An excellent opportunity for one-on-one conversation with experienced bonsai hobbyists, this group meets monthly from 10 am-2 pm.
Mentorship 103 is a yet more advanced workshop. It is held monthly in May, June and September. Registration is not required. Also meeting from 10 am-2 pm in the Oregon Grape room at the Milwaukie Center.
Note: There are no Mentorship classes in July, August or December. Look for field trips during July and August instead.