Born in Belgium, Ilse Beunen is a licensed Ikebana Sogetsu teacher and ranks among the world’s leading Ikebana artists. She studied Ikebana Sogetsu during an eleven-year-stay in Japan. After obtaining her teacher license, she taught Ikebana to Japanese people and foreigners living in Japan. She also made several Ikebana arrangements and installations at the Belgian embassy in Tokyo.
After moving back to her native Belgium in 2000, Ilse Beunen opened an Ikebana school in Antwerpen. In 2013 she held her first Ikebana workshop abroad in Europe (Rome), followed by others in Munich, Helsinki, Mumbai, and New Delhi. She has been chairwoman of the Belgian Sogetsu Azalea Study Group since 2013. In 2015 she published the book “Exploring Ikebana”.