NVBS prides itself in having experienced practitioners willing to mentor others. To bonsai-newcomers the volume of information is daunting, but with the help of a mentor new practitioners can understand and apply techniques to the care of their own trees without feeling overwhelmed. Members may work with various experienced mentors who can answer questions, provide consultation when needed, and help them refine their skill. 

The mentorship program is free to members who are up to date on their annual dues. Members may request mentoring from any of the mentors, or select a mentor by location. We currently have mentors in Annandale, Burke, Fairfax Station, McLean, Oakton, and Woodbridge. Mentors are listed below. If interested members may contact a mentor directly (if contact info is provided) or email for more information.

  • Rich Bozek (Fairfax Station) one-on-one support for beginners through advanced and bonsai care services. Click to email 

  • Curtis Bueno, NVBS board member, by request Request contact info

  • Chuck Croft (Burke) 30+ years experience, past president, PBA president, NBPM volunteer. Small monthly study group and one-on-one, beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Click to email

  • Joe Gutierrez (McLean) 50+ years experience, NBPM volunteer. One-on-one support for all levels, beginner to experienced. Click to email

  • Pete Jones (Arlington) 40+ years experience, regular study group sessions, all levels with focus on cultivating quality species for bonsai. Click to email

  • Xuan Le (Annandale) Study group and one-on-one support available. Request contact info

  • Paul Marria (Manassas) 7+ years experience. Small groups or one on one,   tropicals, deciduous, and Virginia natives Click to email

  • James Moskowitz (Reston) 10+ years experience.  Beginners and intermediate, one-on-one and small groups. Click to email

  • Gary Reese (Oakton) 30+ years experience, NVBS board member, past president. Beginners study group and one-on-one support. Click to email

  • Jack Rubenstein (Alexandria) NVBS board member, one-on-one support, tropicals, azaleas, maples, pines. Click to email

  • Ralph Sandfry (Burke) NVBS board member, 5+ years experience, one-on-one support for beginners. Click to email

  • Aaron Stratten (Woodbridge), NVBS board member, 25 years experience, one-on-one, small group, and virtual support. Click to email

  • Carl Tull, 9+ years, tropicals, conifers, and broad leaf conifers. Click to email

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