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St. Mary's Church

Tea Ceremony Drop-in (free)

Drop in at any time during the hour to see what the Japanese tea ceremony at a festival is like. You can take part. You'll be served a beautiful wagashi sweet and a cup of matcha tea.

Tea Ceremony Drop-in (free)
Tea Ceremony Drop-in (free)

Time & Location

13 Apr 2024, 09:00 – 10:00

St. Mary's Church, Main St, Aberfoyle, Stirling FK8 3UJ, UK

About the event

Drop in at any time during the hour to see what the Japanese tea ceremony at a festival is like. You can take part. You'll be served a beautiful wagashi sweet and a cup of matcha tea. You can also just watch and absorb the tranquil and convivial atmosphere. Matcha tea is powdered green tea leaves and it is whisked to a foam with hot water, just enough for about 3 and a half sips. Please slurp the foam at the end! Always use two hands to hold the cup.

Vegan and gluten free wagashi are available, please ask.

This workshop will be led by Anni Whitehead

Anni has been a dedicated student and practitioner for over 23 years. She discovered Chado in Aberdeen in 2000, leading to a visit to Japan in 2005. Anni has a four and half mat tea space in her home, in Scotland. She offers experiences, demonstrations and learning at home and away. She regularly hosts people for a bowl of tea or chakai and hosted her first chaji for hatsugama last year. She has led the tea experience at the annual Japan Day Aberdeen since 2010.

Anni practices weekly via zoom with her wonderful Belgian teacher Thierry Geerinckx and the brilliant Hiroko Mega of Nagoya. Anni is always learning something in chado and enjoys the wealth of cultural knowledge that tea practice brings to her life.

Chado, the way of tea, has had a wonderful impact on Anni’s life. It brings together many practices which she has developed and worked in such as; hospitality, cooking, craft, design and performance with the spiritual practices of awareness, respect, peace, friendship and calmness.

First attending the 5 day intensive seminar in Belgium in 2017 and through that the precious and inspiring link to Michiko Nojiri Sensi. Anni has attended these twice yearly 5 day seminars in Europe since then, enriching her practice further. Her interest in tea continues to flourish.

“World peace through a cup of tea” Hounsai Daisosho, XV grandmaster, Urasenke Tea Foundation, Kyoto

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