Jan., Feb., March & April
We teach ongoing weekly classes in the Urasenke tradition of
Chanoyu from beginner to advanced levels. If you would like to
experience Chanoyu first hand, and have a lesson on being a guest,
we have scheduled 4 dates. Please email or telephone for Monday,
Jan 24, Feb. 28, Mar. 21, or April 11 at 7:00 p.m. Fee $20. Please
Email us to make a reservation
or for more information about these special classes.
Setsubun marks the change from winter to spring by the
lunar calendar. One of the many interesting aspects of this festival
is mamemaki, the custom of scattering parched soybeans,
while echoing "oni wa soto fuku wa uchi" (out
with the bad luck and in with the good). This is usually done
before retiring on the evening of setsubun. The next morning
is risshun, the first day of spring. It's interesting
to note that the new tea is traditionally picked in Uji and other
tea growing areas in Japan 88 days after risshun.
Participants will enjoy seasonal sweets, tea and a tenshin
style kaiseki meal. This tea is open to anyone who
wants to enjoy traditional Chanoyu, the Japanese tea ceremony.
No prior experience is necessary.
This workshop will feature incense as it is enjoyed in the
tearoom. There will be a demonstration of how to prepare a censor
using the various traditional incense utensils. Participants will
enjoy 2 varieties of kyara, the best of the aged aloes
wood incense. They will also have a chance to write a seasonal
poem related to the incense. Traditional sweets and tea will also
This 3 part introduction to Chanoyu, the Japanese tea ceremony,
will lead to a greater understanding of this ancient Japanese
art. The first class will include a short talk on the history
of Chanoyu. Students will then receive guided practice on sitting,
bowing and walking in the tearoom. The evening will conclude with
hands-on practice on making and drinking tea. The second class
will be held on one of our two weekly tea class practice sessions.
Instruction will be given on how to be a proper guest. The third
and final class will be participation in our Tea Mindfulness workshop
where you will have guided practice in the basic tea making procedure.
This annual memorial tea will honor Sen Rikyu (1522-1591),
the founder of the three Sen schools of Chanoyu including Urasenke.
Wabicha, the style of tea that reflects a simple and quiet
taste, is the contribution that Rikyu is most remembered for.
Various utensils that reflect his unique style and taste will
be featured at this tea. Guests will offer flowers in Rikyu's
memory. Incense will also be offered and all of the guests will
be able to share in the enjoyment of the incense ceremony. Traditional
sweets and koicha, thick tea, will be served.
This shogo chaji, noon tea gathering, will celebrate the beauty
of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Participants will enjoy a full
seasonal kaiseki meal, the preparation of the charcoal fire, seasonal
wagashi sweets and both koicha, thick tea, and usucha, thin tea.
This chaji will be of interest to both the experienced tea practitioner
and beginner alike. No prior experience is necessary.
These special workshops will introduce first time participants
to the Zen choreography in making a bowl of tea. Participants
will have guided practice in all of the steps necessary to prepare
a tasty bowl of matcha, powdered green tea, with an open mind
and pure heart.
This workshop will be a good introduction for those who wish to
further pursue their study of Chanoyu, the Japanese tea ceremony.
* Please Email firstname.lastname@example.org,
for more information or to make reservations. Advance payment
by mail will confirm your email reservations. As space is limited,
cancellations must be made not later than 5-days before each event
to receive a refund. Thank you.