Tea is much deeper than Lipton lets on! It is an ancient tradition whose riches are just beginning to bubble to the surface in the west. It is said that “tea brings nature to society” and that it offers us a powerful way to connect with ourselves and with each other. Chinese and Japanese tea mystics have cultivated tea based methods of healing and sustenance for thousands of years. We seek to engage with this wisdom through tea leaves, literature and meditation to let our thoughts settle, clarify our intentions, and retain a receptive heart. We drink all types of teas ranging from young, spritely green teas to aged fermented pu-erh tea harvested from trees that are hundreds of years old! Each week will have its own theme experienced through ceremonial forms such as gongfu, Japanese tea ceremony, and bowl tea.
Bio: Patrick has been practicing Zen meditation for over ten years. In 2016, his friend infected him with the tea bug which has grown rapidly as a result of tea’s ability to intimately convey the meditative spirit. He has also been studying martial arts since 2013 a discipline which also investigates mediation in motion. He looks forward to silence and mind-blowing conversations over innumerable cups of tea!
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