A Tea Journey: From Terroir to Table
Experience the ancient chinese tea service with a focus on different teas
During this workshop you will experience the ancient Chinese gong fu tea service with a focus on green, white and oolong teas & red, black, fermented, aged and vintage teas.
True tea comes from a plant known as Camellia sinensis. Discovered in China thousands of years ago, it eventually spread throughout Taiwan, S. Korea, Japan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Africa and South America. More than a beverage, tea is considered a way of life. Known for its medicinal effect on body and mind, it has long been prescribed by Chinese herbalists to treat all sorts of health conditions.
In Buddhist traditions, tea has been enjoyed as a way to calm and focus the mind and gently energize the body to hold meditation. Picked mostly during Spring and Autumn, the leaves are withered, dried, steamed, roasted, and or fermented, and categorized as green, white, yellow, semi-oxidized (oolong), red (referred to as “black” in the west), fermented and black.
Like wine, tea is defined by terroir and can be aged, indeed some of the most prized teas come from old trees with the leaves harvested and kept under temperature-controlled conditions. Some teas are aged while others are considered vintage (15 years +). It is said that the older the tea the more wisdom it shares.
To experience a traditional Chinese tea service known as gong fu cha, or Korean or Japanese tea arts, is a feast for the senses. Special sequences of carefully choreographed movements result in masterfully prepared tea while transporting guests to a different place and time.
From a humble tea service to ceremony, tea is a therapeutic meditative practice that engages body and mind, each type of tea carrying different healing qualities.
Date & Time
January 11, 2020
1:00PM - 4:00PM
Wainwright House 260 Stuyvesant Ave Rye 10580 NY US http://www.wakeupnaturally.com/businesses/ny-rye-wainwright-house