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medTEAtation:- a pause button in our life.
In a medTEAtation circle, we sit silently and brew tea which we pass to our neighbours, in a simple ritual that embodies the qualities of beauty, equality and harmony.
It is like being part of an Impressionist painting, with each person acting separately as an individual yet, taken as a whole, forming a beautiful, living, moving tableau.
The next medTEAtation event will be held on 5 November 2017 at 11:30am at Cathnor Park, outside teanamu chaya teahouse. (See: Where’s Cathnor Park?)
MedTEAtation costs £8 per person which includes a 20g packet of seasonal tea (worth £7 – £8) for you to take home.
You will need some basic tea making utensils (see list here). We can also supplement some of these utensils. Please indicate the specific items when you pay for the ticket.
a celebration of simplicity and appreciation of natural beauty
The concept of medTEAtation is a collaborative, harmonious meditation over tea.
You sit in a circle and perform your own silent tea ritual. The object is to make 4 cups of tea, one for each of your 3 neighbours to the left plus a cup for yourself. In turn you receive 3 cups of tea from your 3 neighbours to your right. The ritual is repeated silently 3 or 4 times, as further infusions of tea are brewed. The circle may comprise any number of participants, from 3 or 4 up to a thousand!
We pay respectful homage to the origins of medTEAtation in the Wu Wo Tea Ceremony devised by our honoured teacher Prof. Tsai Rong Tsang, Dean of Tea Culture at TenFu Tea Institute in Fujian Province, China. Wu (无)means ‘nothingness’, ‘absence’, ‘void’, ’empty’ and ‘infinite’. Wo (我) means ‘I’, ‘self’ or ‘being’. Together, these characters signify ‘being without attachment’.
The emphasis in medTEAtation is on simplicity, frugality, appreciation of natural beauty and creativity.
A minimum of structure is pre-planned, within which you each brew and serve tea in your own way at your own pace yet moving with the whole group toward the same goal and together appreciating the same principles of equality, simplicity and harmony.
In experiencing the restorative benefits of complete silence, while brewing and serving a natural, healthy pot of tea in a harmonious and beautiful group setting, you’ll find a graciousness that is rare and hard to express. Prof. Tsang has likened the effect to natural phenomena such as the rainbow, where different colours combine to form a brilliant light, as well as the inexorable changing of the seasons.
The important thing is that you make the best cup of tea you can and that you enjoy the restorative benefit of medTEAtation.
We suggest you bring the following to medTEAtation:
* Asterisked items are essentials, but be creative! For example, a little milk jug could serve as a pitcher and egg cups could work quite well as small tea cups!