Fire and Stone Exhibit

Happy New Year Everyone! We started off the New Year with a magnitude of amazingness, a new series of astrology events with seer + animal totem reader Jane Anne Thomas and Vedic astrologer Eve James, and while I will post later this month on the many activities and creative ideas we've been shepherding... I wanted to share an event we will be curating this coming

Saturday Jan 9th, at FAB studio. 2001. Main St. Santa Monica.

Fire and Stone Pottery Exhibit

with Peter Kuo

Discovering his passion early in life, Peter Kuo opened his first Pottery Studio, Da Quian and has won several prestigious awards for his work as a Contemporary Ceramist. His mastery of Fire and Stone manifests in forms that seem to materialize, like rough-hewn stones along a river’s edge, concealing a subtle, engineered perfection. Flowing from a true love of tea and the rich culture that has evolved over centuries, each piece is both an object of art and a masterfully functional teapot. Born in Yingee, the world-renowned Pottery City in Taiwan, Sculptor/Potter Peter Kuo is a tea lover first and it is evidenced in the way his pots feel like an extension of your hand as the tea liquor elegantly flows from the spout. The objects of art in our lives are so much more than beautiful things to own, when they are made by artists that truly love and are inspired by their chosen path, they are a daily reminder that every moment is a unique opportunity to steep ourselves in the beauty all around us.  Teaware, for Tea Lovers.

The sum of water

I dance with water beyond my eyes

I move with your emotion with the whole of my body.

All water embodies us deep within our soul, sometimes you have to submerge yourself in order to break free from the stagnate energy that becomes our life.

As sun sets, the sea glaring a warm feeling against our skin, even now in the early fall, the climate relentlessly taking over. Still the cascading light resembles the eyes of Jupiter connecting us all as the sun dims as he goes smiling back at the other side.

Waves crash all around me in sublime antidote.
Artist: Simone Drucker
poetry in motion

Plant Power Way, Tea and Family.

  Deep reflections came to light of this past July, having spent time with our dearest tea sister Ashley who had traveled back to the states after spending nearly two years living in Taiwan. We met Ashley on our Global Tea Hut retreat to Wuyishan, China and instantly we were family.

Ashley trip to Los Angeles was part of her integration back to living in the states, so we kindly hosted her stay.  She had a special request to meet Srimati and we did just that. Known as thePlant Power Way Chef Author and songstress Julie Piatt.

Julie’s husband Rich Roll has a well known podcast where Ashley came to find Tea Sage Hut and its ladder Global Tea Hut, and through that experience she found us. To this honor  we connected with Julie to serve tea to her family and friends in ceremony.

As I sat pouring tea in silence, music swaying softly in the background, I felt grounded by the softness in their eyes, turning the cups in circular motion as a way of an offering.

After ceremony we were invited to stay for dinner and blessed up with some soulful tunes of Julie playing on her Sitar. later whipping up just as her book calls it, a delicious plant life meal.

“This is not your typical recipe book. It is a book about hope,

and the universally shared belief that any one of us can be better . . .

You will not find better guides in that quest.”

-Sanjay Gupta

 .....  Here are some highlights noted during Ashley's visit...

A week filled with deep and endless Tea, Love and Community.

While in flow with the weeks offerings we sat for tea tasting at Linda Louie's home, a Puerh aficionado and owner of Bana Tea Company  who shared much of her knowledge on regions of where Puerh trees resude.  Our sweet Tea brother Jeffrey owner of Zhi Tea, brought us to meet her as well as Chado Tea room owner... those moments were certainly humbling experiences about quality of tea. we smelled a variety of teas out of his warehouse then lunched at a Buddhist temple feeling much similarities to our time in Wuyi.

Later in the week a  Tea Family gathering was to be had for this momentous week when three tea wayfarers from our Wuyi trip just so happen to be in town . We were equally happy to spend time with Jade Robinson our sister from Brisbane, Australia who was also with us in Wuyi came for quick drop in for our tea party, then later in the week for sisterly tea outings.

Surprisingly after a sipping tea with family until the wee hours of the morning, we were up to for a morning meditation sit w/ Tien our beloved Tea Mother. To finish off our delightful but busy week, was spent with full moon energy basking in the glow during a sisterly tea gathering at Mystic Mamma's home, then the following day at dearest  Jane Anne Thomas workshop honoring the Beauty Way Dream Harvest.  We did squeeze in some good delicious food outings to show Ashley a bit about our lustrous Venice community. Topping off the weekend with a tea sister sleep at Tien's then a sweet finish with brother Greg in his Gal-activation tea loft.

We feel incredibly blessed for our time with Ashley, Jeffrey, Jade and the rest of our tea family who came by on many occasions during a week to drinking tea with us Sages.  More importantly looking back that week was held with a great sense of a community for those who really love tea... a medicine in itself.

 

 

 

 

Steeped in Tao with Author Deng Ming Dao

It was one of those experiences that seem so familiar but are steeped in the surreal.           We have served tea countless times, all over the West Coast, and every time it's special and unique. On this day we were situated in a beautiful cedar grove near a pond in Golden Gate Park, a magical spot to be sure, perfect for the afternoon that was unfolding.

If you have been drinking tea seriously for any period of time, you begin to understand that a lot of the beauty of the experience comes from its simplicity, the ideal of a quiet moment to connect with nature... to be one with the ebb and flow of the universe, even if just for a few moments. For many this is what you would describe as being one with Tao, or the way... a connection to the world around you that happens without effort, it is simply there to be uncovered.

Anyone who has been curious about the tea sages of old, knows about the Tao. It has inspired moments of bliss and poetry and is the goal of any tea session, to simply be present and connect. That's why the tea that day was to be special, we were going to be sitting with one of the modern day bearers of Taoist tradition, Deng Ming Dao.

He arrived with the smile of an old friend, perhaps someone we sipped tea with on a misty peak, in another life, centuries ago. We started with simple introductions, but quickly settled into preparing tea for this honored and gracious guest. As we sat in silence and slowly sipped the tea, I observed a natural kindness and gentle nature to this scholar and as silence gave way to conversation, I was struck by how willing he was to share his knowledge. We talked of the Taoist path and what it meant to live an authentic life in a modern and superficial world. He had the way of a teacher, remembering all that we talked about, even if we veered off on different subjects and would always circle back to bring the conversation to a single pointed clarity. It was his connection to the Tao, so clear in his words, he lives a path of philosophical truths, like a tree standing still in the wind, always knowing the direction the sun shines.

The Tao that he shared with us is a system of being that is rooted in centuries of contemplation about the natural way of the universe, an unwavering foundation built on rigorous observation of the world around us. There was no stone unturned, and you got the sense that studying and teaching the Tao was the truth of his existence.

As the day slipped by and the last drops from the tea pot splashed into our cups, we were left with polite goodbyes and a promise to keep in touch. Moments like these are special, a chance meeting with someone who shares his life's wisdom so freely, who simply is and is completely.

 

Deng Ming Dao is a renowned Chinese American author, artist, philosopher, teacher and martial artist. His books have greatly inspired us during our tea ceremonies. Most notable 365 Tao  www.dengmingdao.com

Place the word Tao Into your heart. Use no other words.

The Tao is constantly moving, the path that all life and the whole universe takes. There is nothing that is not part of it—harmonious living is to know and to move with the Tao—it is a way of life, the natural order of things, a force that flows through all life.