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Bonsai Teaching Trips


If I were a composerI would honor you with my love song

If I were a poetI would write you the lyric of my soul

But I am just a Bonsai artist-

-And can only shape you with my life!

My first  teaching trip  outside Indonesia was in the 6th. Asia-Pacific Bonsai Suiseki Convention & Exhibition (ASPAC 2001) in  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; then in the 7th. ASPAC 2003 in Manila, Philippines.

Then traveling quite intensively abroad as well as within Indonesia to give lectures, demos, crititique, workshops and judging.

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New Delhi, India in 2005

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Ayer Rajah – Dr. Tan Cheng Bock Cup, Singapore.

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The 5th. World Bonsai Convention in 2005, Washington DC, USA

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2006 BCI Convention in Sunde, China

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19th. AABC National Annual Convention 2006

in Gold Coast, Australia


With Dorothy Koreshoff

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Cape Town, South Africa in 2006

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Bonsai Slovakia 2007   by Nitra Bonsai, April 2007

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One of the demo material, Juniper…after styling and the simulated potting…


With Indonesian Ambassador and the demo Black pine.

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Mid-Atlantic Spring Festival, NJ- USA. April 2007.

A giant Juniper for the demo…

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After styling and a simulated potting picture…

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Workshop at Hartfort Club, NJ.   See the news at :,0,6336583.story


Huadu, Guangzhou – China.   October 2007

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Demo and workshops in Gold Coast, Australia – November 2007


Bangkok, Thailand – December 2007


Judging for the KING CUP in celebrating the

King Bhumibol Adulyadej‘s 80th. Birthday.

Demo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – May 2008



Kota Bahru, Malaysia – August 2008

Lucknow, India – September 2008

Judging in Kluang, Johor, Malaysia – December 2008

The 6th World Bonsai Convention in Puerto Rico, July 2009


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – October 2009


Melbourne, Australia – November 2009


ABFF Convention, Bangkok – Thailand, December 2009


Orlando, USA – Mei 2010

Venezuela – July 2010

Argentina – August 2010

New Zealand – October 2010

IX FELAB – Merida, Mexico – November 2010

Mistral Congress 2011 – Terragona, Spain – April 2011

Guadeloupe – May 2011

Martinique – May 2011


3rd. Africa Bonsai Convention, Sept. 2011, Durban – South Africa

Namibia, Sept’ 2011

2nd. Workshop Internacional da ANB, Joao Pessoa, Brazil – Oct’ 2011


BSAPI 2012 National Bonsai Exhibition, Manila – Philippine, May 2012




Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – June 2012


 Crespi Cup 2012, Italy – Sept’ 2012


Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi – Vietnam, Dec.’ 2012



Noelanders Trophy 2013, Belgium – January 2013



Pampanga, Philippines – April 2013



Mini Penjing Exhibition, Nanjing – China, April 2013


1st. National Penjing Competition & Exhibition – Antipolo, Philippines – July 2013


10th Sarawak Bonsai Competition – Malaysia – August 2013


3rd Bonsai Art Exhibition – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam – September 2013


Sydney, Australia – September 2013

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Spokane, Washington – USA – Sept’ 2013


Bonsai Wisdom, Mumbai, India – Feb’ 2014



Private Class in Sydney – March 2014

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– Pert, Australia – April 2014


– Jerusalem, Israel – June 2014

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X FELAB – Puerto Rico – August 2014

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National Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition and Competition 2014
September 2014 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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International Bonsai Art & Culture Biennale – Yogyakarta, Indonesia – Oct’ 2014

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China Penjing Collectibles  National Exhibition,  Yuyao, Zhejiang – China. Nov’ 2014


Bonsai, Penjing & Suiseki Show. Quezon, Manila, Philippines – November 2014


3rd. National Internet Members Penjing Masterpiece Exhibition, Yangzhou, China – September 2015


All India Bonsai Convention & Exhibition, Vadodara, India – November 2015

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1st. International Bonsai Creation Conference, Changzhou, China – November 2015


Black Scissors National Show – Philippines, April 2016


AABC National Bonsai Convention, Tasmania – May 2016


Cali, Colombia – July 2016

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International Black Scissors Bonsai Convention, Lithuania – September 2016

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Wigert Nursery, Florida, USA – August 2016

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3rd. Zhongguo Feng – National Xiaopin Penjing & Wild Grass Exhibition – Shanghai Botanic Garden, China. September 2016

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US National Arboretum, Washington DC – October 2016

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Black Scissors Global Bonsai Artists Summit, Nanxun, China – December 2016

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Bonsai & Suiseki Competition, Kluang, Johor, Malaysia – March 2017

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Bonsai Bumi Segantang Lada dan Budaya, Tanjung Uban, Bintan – March 2017

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XIX Congresso Internazionale Bonsai e Suiseki,  Gaggiano Milan, Italy – April 2017

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Poland – April 2017

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Bonsai 2017, Brazil – May 2017


Cuba – May 2017


4th Zhongguo Feng National Penjing Exhibition, Rugao, China – October 2017


National Black Scissors Exhibition, Guadalajara, Mexico – October 2017


Hatyai, Thailand – December 2017


Penang, Malaysia – December 2017



  • Thailand
  • Poland
  • Argentina



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21 Responses to “Bonsai Teaching Trips”

  1. on 16 Apr 2007 at 9:50 amShaukat Islam

    It seems you have already visited India twice, and maybe during your next visit, perhaps you may touch down Bangladesh on your way back home.

    It would be such an honour to receive you in Bangladesh.


  2. on 25 Apr 2007 at 6:54 pmRobert Steven

    I had been to India several times. Hope I can visit your country sometimes…
    Tell me about the bonsai activity in Bangladesh and I’d love to see some pictures.

  3. on 15 May 2007 at 10:50 amShaukat Islam

    Bonsai activity in BD is not very old. There was perhaps one or two persons who had been individually pursuing this art form since eighties.
    In 1999 an expatriate Bangladeshi (who was the President of Toronto Bonsai Society) gathered some enthusiasts in BD and helped form the Bangladesh Bonsai Society. Since then the Society had been imparting training to beginners, and holding annual exhibition. The present membership is around 100.

    We’ve had the opportunity to have amongst us Mr. Susumu Nakamura (sponsored by the Japanese embassy) in 2003 and 2005, who had given very interesting demos on different species, and I had received many valuable inputs on bonsai aesthetics from him during his stay in BD, as I was the coordinator.

    The popular trees for bonsai in BD are Ficus rumphii, F. long island, F. benjamina, Murraya paniculata/exotica, Carmona micropyhlla, etc., and I will send you some pix separately to your email ID.

  4. on 25 Jun 2007 at 9:42 pmabie

    Saya bangga akan hasil karya Bapak sudah terkenal sampai ke seluruh negara.saya ingin berkarya seperti Bapak.

  5. on 09 Sep 2007 at 3:35 amAshley

    G’Day Robert,

    I am very impressed with your bonsai! I live in tropical Queensland so they speak to me in a way a lot of temperate bonsai do not. I have just discovered that Pemphis acidula also grows naturally here! I see that you are comming to Queensland in November 2007. Where and when will you be visiting? I would love to see you.

    If you are in the north, you are more than welcome to visit us and see our humble bonsai.

    all the best


  6. on 18 Dec 2007 at 11:51 amRobert Steven

    Makasih Abie.

    Hi Ashley, I was in Gold Coast with Carole and Tess, do you know them ?

    Hope to meet you oneday….

  7. on 20 Dec 2007 at 6:45 pmGeoffrey Holmes

    Hi Robert,
    I know that guy in the picture! It’s me.
    Greetings from Massachusetts,USA
    Hope to see you again in Hartford, Ct sometime.


  8. on 20 Dec 2007 at 10:37 pmRobert Steven

    Hi Geof…how is life ?
    Wishing you and your family…A Merry X’Mas and Happy New Year 2008 !!!

    All the best from your friends…

  9. on 23 Jul 2008 at 10:23 amNoryadi

    Hi Siqong,
    We are the Kelantan and Terengganu Bonsai Societies (Sifus and new members) are here waiting for a warm visit from a world great excited rather than your demo at Kuala Lumpur in May 2008. Really hope to have a great lesson and your great bonsai materials i.e. magazines, CD etc if any on 21-23 August 2008 at Kota Bharu, an Islamic city which is similar to your Malang neighbourhood in term of bonsai artists and collectors (high, middle and low class communities are sharing same hobby shoulders to shoulder and living nearby each other).

  10. on 20 Aug 2008 at 5:50 amrenu vaish

    Hi Robert,how are you?just read your blog and saw some of your demo work.amazing as usual.I was remembering the wonderful time we had in Delhi at the convention.I saw in your blog about your visit to India in sept 2008.which city?If possible may come,so please let me know.
    Your book is so inspiringand beautiful that its like a bonsai bible for me.When are you coming up with another?
    Hope to hear from you soon.

  11. on 17 Sep 2008 at 9:42 amvidhi bhargava

    Thanks for adding a new dimension to our knowledge of Bonsai.It was really enlightening.Hope to receive more lessons from you in future.

  12. on 14 Oct 2008 at 2:55 amIndra Wu

    saya sangat senang melihat hasil karya bonsai Anda yang penuh dengan inspirasi, apalagi jikalau saya dalam keadaan stress…ingin rasanya saya memandangi terus bonsai Anda. Besar harapan saya untuk dapat berkenalan dengan Anda

  13. on 30 Oct 2008 at 4:18 amEnrique

    Hi Robert, quite good demos, cant wait until 2010. I hope you and your family are doing well. I would love to see some of the pictures from Malaysia soon. I think it will be a great event.

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  15. on 28 Apr 2011 at 2:54 pmĐạt

    minh o viet nam. mong robert steven se tham viet nam lan thu hai.

  16. on 19 Feb 2012 at 9:57 amNick Duncan

    Hi Robert, Love the site and your trees are amazing. I love root over rock and find intresting rock in my local river.

    I was showing a tree at North Devon Bonsai club (windswept root over rock Hawthorn) and I was informed you had done a good artical or book on windswept styles.

    Could you direct me to your artical?

    Hope this finds you well.


  17. on 19 Feb 2012 at 10:11 amRobert Steven

    Hi Nick.

    Yes, I have 2 books which you can find many information on design process : Vision of My Soul, and Mission of Transformation.
    Both can be ordered through

    Thnaks and best regards,
    Robert S.

  18. on 12 Apr 2012 at 2:55 pmRaihan

    Hi Robert,
    i live in bangladesh. I love the art of bonsai and i am so much interested to learn the process of bonsai. i am looking the trainer or training center in bangladesh but unable to find them. Can u please give some information that where /who were involving in bonsai training program in bangladesh ?

    I am waiting for your answer.
    thanking you
    Md. Raihan Chowdhury

  19. on 12 Apr 2012 at 3:19 pmRobert Steven

    Hi Raihan. Unfortunately I don’t have any info of any bonsai players in Bangladesh.

  20. on 29 Jan 2014 at 7:32 pmFania

    Dear Robert,
    Can you please provide more details on your teaching trip to Israel in May 2014? I’d like to attend it if it’s possible but I tried to find some information about it on the internet but didn’t manage to…

  21. on 30 Jan 2014 at 3:02 amRobert Steven

    Please check with Ofer :

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