Guided Tea Practice

As a practice, Cha Dao or 'The Way of Tea' is one path to cultivating stillness, clarity and healing. Drinking tea has long been a part of  Daoist and Buddhist life in China and is relevant here today as we navigate ways to care for ourselves in this challenging time. 

Tea 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 share tea 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, but you are also welcome to do this with friends.

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. Here is what to expect:

The 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

  • Centering with our hands

  • 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"

The cost for the bowl and three different teas is $60, plus shipping. Sessions are offered one at a time by donation...just click below to sign up by email and we can schedule the first one!