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May 2017

Tearoom Open to the Public: Open Hearth

Wednesday, May 17, 6:00 p.m.
RSVP: Reservations are necessary and must be secured with a check.
Please telephone 415.433.6553 to make a reservation or for more information.
$30 in advance, $35 at door

Open to all, this monthly lecture-presentation tea gathering at the Foundation is a wonderful first-hand introduction to the Way of Tea. Come be a guest to savor the atmosphere and flavors of the tearoom. Explore the subtle variations of each season along with experiencing the underlying history and philosophy of the Way of Tea.


Tea Gatherings at Hidden Villa

Sunday, May 7, 1–4 p.m.

The Foundation will host a series of informal tea gatherings as part of Hidden Villa's Japanese Cultural Day celebration (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.


Society for Asian Art: Lecture on Chabana by Christy Bartlett

Saturday, May 20, 2 p.m., at the Asian Art Museum
Advance registration is required through the Society for Asian Art

The flowers for tea, known as chabana, focus on a tea person's appreciation of the natural world. During this program, Bartlett will discuss and place flowers for tea in a variety of vessels. Please register through the Society for Asian Art's website.


Introductory Tea Classes at CSU Sacramento

Wednesday afternoons

Held in the Nakatani Sokiku Tearoom inside the Library at CSU Sacramento, this series of ten lessons is open to University students, faculty, and staff, as well as community members interested in the Way of Tea. Fall 2017 classes will begin September 20. If you would like more information, please contact the Foundation at 415.433.6553 or contact@urasenke.org.


August 2017: Tea & Zen Seminar and Kagetsu Workshop
Application Deadline is June 1

The Tenth Tea and Zen Seminar will be held at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center from Wednesday, August 2, to Sunday, August 6. 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 workshop studying various Kagetsu will be offered. Participants may attend both the seminar and the workshop, or either event separately. Seminar and workshop are open to those currently studying tea in the Urasenke Tradition. For the first time, a two-day Introductory Workshop will also be offered, open to those who wish to begin the study of Chanoyu or are currently practicing ryaku bon temae. For more information, go to www.sfzc.org or contact Green Gulch Zen Center at 415.383.3134 or 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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