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The Spiritual Nature of Bonsai

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The Spiritual Nature of Bonsai. With guest Mike Redgrave,

Bonsai Artist Michael Redgrave has been the owner of Full Moon Bonsai in Marietta, Georgia for 24 years. In that time, he has become one of the premier next generation, bonsai artists in the South and has become known for high quality traditional Japanese Bonsai. His bonsai art has appeared at corporate events, art galleries and in major motion pictures and commercials.


Bonsai has a quiet spiritual nature of its own. In the Shinto religion, bonsai trees are still used in the ceremony. The triangle that the bonsai forms in Japanese spirituality is a connection between Heaven, God and Man — the three corners of the triangle. The art of bonsai puts you in touch with the turn of the seasons and the rhythm of flowering trees. There is a stillness that puts you in touch with Source. ~Mike Redgrave

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Michael Redgrave

Regarding his own spiritual journey, Mike says, “I have been a seeker all of my life and explored various religions and various forms of meditation. I have a Catholic upbringing and do Siddha yoga and Zen meditation. Working with bonsai has expanded my awareness. It's a meditative art form — it brings you closer to yourself. Through interaction with the plant material, you gain a greater understanding of yourself and thereby a greater understanding of God.”

Mike has studied under many Bonsai Masters such as Ben Oki, Guy Guidry, Peter Adams, Rodney Clemens, Boon Manakitivipart and Matsahiko Kimura. In return, Mike has been a strong a

dvocate for the fascinating art of Bonsai through teaching and sharing the spirit of bonsai with tens of thousands of people. He enjoys teaching about bonsai at garden centers, garden clubs and with his own students, as well as writing articles for his website and other publications.

Mike encourages listeners to explore their creativity. He says, “We were intended to be creative. It's intrinsic and part of our nature. We all have that innate ability to become creative beings and it's a great way to explore your inner self.”

Mike is a regular on the art festival circuit in the Southeast, as well as the flower show circuit and bonsai events. Through his work with the Atlanta Bonsai Society, Michael has become the main sponsor of the Japan Fest exhibit. It has become one of the most successful Bonsai fundraisers in the Southeast.

He is a member of Trees Atlanta, The Nurserymen’s Association, The Atlanta Bonsai Society and The American Bonsai Society.

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Vanessa Lowry is an author, artist, radio host, marketing consultant, and graphic designer. In addition to hosting Art as Worship on, she leverages more than 30 years of design and marketing expertise to assist book authors who are self-publishing. Vanessa has self-published eight of her own books including The Magical Influence of Listening. This book was created in collaboration with nine co-authors including Empower Radio's founder Brent Carey. Vanessa is currently writing a book from information collected through the Art as Worship radio show. Find out more about this project and Vanessa at