In the U.S., many people think of tea as simply a healthy, energizing beverage that tastes good and is an ideal alternative to coffee. However, more and more people are realizing that tea actually has a much greater meaning, and can help them—in a holistic way—not only cultivate body, but also mind and soul. Throughout history and in cultural traditions around the world, tea has played a unique role in fostering a sense of connection and accompanying mindful practices. In this unique offering on the tranquil grounds of Zhi Tea, we will examine some examples of tea rituals and practices in different cultures: the Japanese Tea Ceremony and its deep ties to the Zen Buddhist mindfulness movement, with an emphasis on simplicity and humility; the Chinese Gongfu Tea Ceremony and the link between tea and hospitality, social harmony, and an elevated sense of consciousness. In both cultures, tea is a way to slow down, appreciate the simple things in life, connect to one another, to nature, and to our inner selves.
We will not only provide background on the significance of tea in various cultures, but will also teach you some simple steps you can take to make tea a more mindful and meaningful experience in your own daily routine.
Sept 20 (W)
Location: Zhi Tea, 4607 Bolm Rd, Austin, TX 78702
$35 (Includes a wide-range of tea samples. Pre-registration required.)
Melanie Mock is the Wholesale Brand Manager at Zhi Tea. She has developed a strong interest in tea and Asian culture ever since her first sip of loose leaf tea served by her Mandarin teacher in high school. She has a B.A. in Asian Studies and Economics, and a minor in Business from Rice University. Through her research of Chinese history and culture, pursuit of a holistic lifestyle, and time living in China, Melanie has found deeper meaning behind tea and strives to improve others’ lives by teaching about and sharing this experience.