Japanese Tea Ceremony

Chado, the way of tea, is based upon the simple act of boiling water, making tea, offering it to others, and drinking of it ourselves. Served with a respectful heart and received with gratitude, a bowl of tea satisfies both physical and spiritual thirst. The frenzied world and our myriad dilemmas leave our bodies and minds exhausted. It is then that we seek out a place where we can have a moment of peace and tranquility. In the discipline of Chado such a place can be found. The four principles of harmony, respect, purity and tranquility, codified almost four hundred years ago, are timeless guides to the practice of Chado. Incorporating them into daily life helps one to find that unassailable place of tranquility that is within each of us.” – Sen Soshitsu

O-Chakai (Tea Gathering)

Guests will enjoy a traditional tea sweet, followed by a bowl of hot, frothy, richly flavored usucha green tea, which is made by whipping hot water and powdered green tea (matcha) with a bamboo whisk. The ceremony itself takes about 30+ minutes. It is traditional to take tea from a kneeling position, but a bench can be provided for those who are unable to kneel in seiza. After the ceremony, there will be time for reflection and Q&A.

Availability & Pricing

Tea ceremonies are available, by reservation, on Saturdays at 11:00am and 12:00pm. Maximum 8 guests. $30/person.

Ceremony Hosts

Roo Heins began studying tea in Tokyo under Yamada Kazuharu Sensei, founder and head of the Shidou Ryu tea school, in 2005. Yamada Sensei, a recognized master of flower arranging and Japanese ceramics as well as tea, espouses the philosophy that “tea is for everyone.” In addition to her training in tea ceremony, Roo has studied Japanese culture through the disciplines of Aikido, Iaido, and Zen for more than 20 years. In her view, the tea ceremony is a path to self-discovery, and thereby to selflessness.

With 30 years of martial arts, qigong, and Zen background, Michelle Racich began studying tea and Iaido in 2011, under the instruction of Roo Sensei, and continues to study and practice the way of tea in the tradition of Yamada Kazuharu Sensei, founder and head of the Shidou Ryu tea school in Japan.