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May 2019

Tea Presentation at Visitacion Valley Branch Library

Saturday, May 4, 12 noon

Urasenke Foundation San Francisco will host a tea gathering at the Visitacion Valley Branch Library. Learn about the Way of Tea as you observe a tea gathering and practice whisking your own bowl of tea. Location: Visitacion Valley Branch Library, 201 Leland Avenue, San Francisco. Please call the library at 415.355.2848 for details and registration.

 

Tea Presentation at Ocean View Branch Library

Thursday, May 16, 4:30 p.m.

Urasenke Foundation San Francisco will host a tea gathering at the Ocean View Branch Library. Learn about the Way of Tea as you observe a tea gathering and practice whisking your own bowl of tea. Location: Ocean View Branch Library, 345 Randolph Street, San Francisco. Please call the library at 415.355.5615 for details and registration.

 

Tea Gatherings at Hidden Villa

Sunday, May 19

The Foundation will host a series of informal tea gatherings as part of the Japanese Cultural Day celebration at Hidden Villa (26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills). Open to all, but Hidden Villa recommends advance purchase of a parking permit. Please visit Hidden Villa's website or call 650.949.8650 for additional information.

 

July/August 2019: Tea & Zen Seminar and Tea & Incense Workshop
Application Deadline is June 1



The 2019 Tea and Zen Seminar will be held at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center from Wednesday, July 31, to Sunday, August 4. This seminar offers the opportunity to study tea in the Urasenke Tradition, join the Green Gulch community in Zen meditation, explore the connection between Zen and the Way of Tea, and enjoy the relaxed setting of a temple surrounded by acres of beautiful parkland.

Following the five-day seminar, a special two-day Tea and Incense workshop will be offered August 5 and 6. The Way of Tea and the appreciation of incense have long been intertwined. This workshop will explore those historical connections, as well as how incense is enjoyed and practiced in the tearoom. Instruction will begin with how to prepare the incense burner (koro), and the manner in which to appreciate incense, and then proceed to temae and shichijishiki procedures that include incense. Both fragrant wood and blended incense will be addressed. It will be a redolent two days!

Participants may attend both the seminar and workshop or either event separately. Seminar and workshop are open to those currently studying tea in the Urasenke Tradition. For more information, please visit www.sfzc.org or contact Green Gulch Zen Center at tea@sfzc.org.

 

Educational Gatherings

The Foundation welcomes school groups (kindergarten through university) and other groups for lecture-presentations at its tearoom facilities. These occasions are individually designed to the interests of each group such as language, literature, aesthetics, philosophy, or history. Please telephone 415.433.6553 to make arrangements.

 

Northern California Chayu no Kai Events

The Northern California Chayu no Kai or Friends of Tea Association provides opportunities for camaraderie and the enjoyment of the culture of tea among practitioners of the Way of Tea. You need not be a member of the Urasenke Foundation San Francisco to participate, Chayu no Kai membership is open to all. Activities are based on knowledge of tea practice. Chayu no Kai events include regular kagetsu classes in addition to various workshops, chakai and chaji throughout the year. Please call the Urasenke Foundation at 415.433.6553 for more information on joining.

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