Guided Tea Practice

As a mindfulness practice, Cha Dao or 'The Way of Tea' is one path to cultivating stillness, clarity and healing. This tradition has deep roots in Zen and Taoism and is relevant today as we navigate ways to care for ourselves in this challenging time. 

Tea Ceremony connects us to nature and reminds us how we, too, are nature. When we drink tea mindfully, we become aware of how the elements come together - earth, fire and water. We can recognize tea as plant medicine for both body and spirit. Tea helps us feel calm and alert at the same time, which is our natural state of being. 

Although I would love to invite you to a ceremony in the welcoming environment of the teashop, for now I am offering guidance online for starting your own tea practice. These are one-to-one sessions, devoted to giving you my full attention and presence. (You can also do this with a friend.)

You'll receive a selection of tea from our collection and a tea bowl designed and crafted by a ceramicist specially for ceremonial use. Each artisan we represent has a deep tea practice of his own and that energy comes through in each bowl.

Introduction to Leaves in a Bowl

Begin your journey into tea meditation practice. Learn ​skills and perspectives that will promote a deeper experience of stillness, clarity and healing.

Your first session: Learning the basics 

  • What you will need to get started

  • Practicalities of brewing Leaves in a bowl

    • Placing the teaware

    • Dividing the space & the off hand and strong hand

    • How to hold the kettle 

    • Holding the bowl

    • Learning the ritual

  • Developing a heart connection

  • Staying with the tea

Second session: Refining techniques

  • Connecting to ourselves by centering with our hands

  • Connecting to the cosmos through turning the bowl

  • Noticing our internal response

  • Review of the Leaves in a Bowl ritual

Third session: Setting the table "chaxi"

  • Guests

  • Focus

  • Spirit “ichigo ichie

  • Simplicity

  • Style

  • Flowers “chabana” 

  • Sharing our "chaxi"

Cost for Introduction to Leaves in a Bowl is $195, plus shipping. A bowl and three different teas are included.

Your three sessions will take place once a week for three weeks. Once you register, please email me to schedule: