Tea Ceremony Workshops

Maiko Behr
General Fee: $30 + 5% Facility Fee + GST
Members Fee: $25.50 + GST
604.777.7000 / info@nikkeiplace.org

Ages: 15+
Attire: No jeans, miniskirt. Please bring a pair of white socks.
Room: 2F Tatami Room

Half lecture, half hands-on, these workshops explore various aspects of the arts, culture, and history of tea ceremony followed by a seasonally-themed tea served in the tatami room. Workshops are conducted in English. No prior experience or tea school affiliation is required. Themes change for each session, so check regularly for details of upcoming sessions or email tea@maikobehr.com to receive email notices about upcoming workshops. The instructor, Maiko Behr, holds a master’s degree in Japanese art and literature and is a certified instructor in the Omotesenke tradition of chanoyu. No prior knowledge of tea ceremony or Japanese language is required.

当ワークショップのインストラクターであるMaiko Behr は日本美術史と日本文学の修士号を持つ、表千家茶道認定インストラクターです。皆様には、茶道の講義、デモンストレーションを受けて実際に体験していただきます。尚、当ワークショップは英語にて行われます。※茶道や日本語の事前知識は不要。

2016 Upcoming Workshops

OCTOBER: Nagori – The last tea of the Furo season 

Sunday, Oct. 23, 1-4pm07142000010-300x300

Nagori literally means traces or relics of something that has passed. As the weather gets cooler and late autumn approaches, October is the season of the last days of the furo, the portable brazier that sits furthest away from the guests during the warmer half of the year. This is a season of using simple, rustic utensils, and is a time of quiet reflection on the past year. This will also be our last chanoyu workshop of the year. We hope you can join us.

2016 Past Workshops:

FEBRUARY: Momo No Sekku – Tea for the Peach Blossom Festival (Doll Festival)
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016

March 3 is the annual celebration of the Peach Blossom Festival (Momo no sekku), more popularly known as “Girls’ Day,” when dolls representing a classical-era emperor and empress and their extended retinues are displayed with prayers for auspicious weddings and happy futures for young girls.
As one of the five seasonal festivals of the year, the Peach Blossom Festival is also enjoyed in the context of tea ceremony with its own special sweets and decorations for the alcove. This workshop will explore the history of the March 3rd seasonal festival and how it has evolved historically, followed by a seasonal tea service in the tatami room. 

APRIL: Roji – Tea Gardens
Sunday, Apr 17, 1-4pm (please note date change)

Before entering a traditional tea room, guests pass through a special type of garden known as a roji. Sometimes described as a “mountain hut in the heart of the city,” the roji provides a buffer separating the special space of the tea room from the bustle of the world around it. For the guest, approaching the tea room in stages along this garden path prepares them to fully enjoy the tea ceremony that is to come. The April workshop will outline the main components of a roji tea garden and introduce the inner garden of the Fushin’an tea house at the Omotesenke residence in Kyoto.

MAY: Raku ware – 15 Generations of Tea Potters
Sunday, May 29, 1-4pm
Raku ware is a type of low-temperature fired pottery that was first conceived, designed, and commissioned by Sen no Rikyu, the great late 16th-century tea master and grandfather of the rustic style of tea known as wabicha that is commonly practiced today. Starting with the tile maker named Chojiro who first made bowls in this style for Rikyu, there have been fifteen generations of Raku family potters producing tea wares as one of the “ten craftsmen to the Sen family” (senke jusshoku). The May workshop will introduce the styles and techniques of Raku ware used in the tea ceremony. The slide presentation will be followed by tea and sweets in the Tatami Room.


AUGUST: Asacha – Early Morning Tea
Sunday, Aug 7, 1-4pmcf77d87e690d47c773e49eb8ab73bbd9_s

The August chanoyu workshop will focus on the Asacha “Morning Tea” gathering that is held in mid-summer and features modifications to evoke a feeling of coolness that is suited to the season. A lecture-style presentation will be followed by hands-on practice and partaking of tea and sweets in the tea room.