Tea Temple

THE TEA HOUSE

Sipping tea beneath the ancient trees is part of the simple, transformational magic of the Spirit Weavers Gathering, and we are so thrilled to welcome sisters back to the Tea Grove. With tea we commune with the plants and flowers that we steep, and with our sisters while we share the sacred, cozy space of the Tea Grove together.

The Spirit Weavers Teahouse serves as a place of regeneration, nourishment, and quiet connection. Each dawn, noon and night we carefully hand-blend batches of tea from our radiant array of organic and wild-crafted herbs, selecting the plants most attuned with the energy of each moment of the gathering.

The Spirit Weavers Teahouse serves as a place of regeneration, nourishment, and quiet connection. Each dawn, noon and night we carefully hand-blend batches of tea from our radiant array of organic and wild-crafted herbs, selecting the plants most attuned with the energy of each moment of the gathering.

The Tea Grove will be shared by:

Koa Cassel Feis: Cultivating and maintaining the temple of a teahouse has been one of my greatest joys for many years now. The Teahouse is a special place of belonging, communion, peace and friendship. In creating our own Teahouse at Spirit Weavers, I relish in the gift of having a dedicated space to share the intimacy, warmth and nourishment of the ways of water and plants. Many of my greatest friendships have been made over tea, as tea is a supreme weaver. I look forward to weaving with you, serving you, and seeing you in your wholeness at the Spirit Weavers Gathering Teahouse.

Melissa McConnel: I have loved working with herbal medicine and tea for a long time. I find that the many different aspects of my passions in life– healing, bodywork, art, photography,yoga, meditation, ceremony, ritual– can all be practiced and amplified with the aid of tea. In turn, each of these passions and my experience of them make their way into my relationship with tea. Working with tea is intuitive and comes from the heart. It is a never ending journey of learning and experience. Each time sitting with it is different, and yet also builds upon your present foundation, offering us an endless journey of discovery and presence. Tea helps us to connect to ourselves, to where we sit, to the plant itself, to each other, to the magic moment of the pour and the sip. Herbal teas are also a gift and an art, as we can blend different herbs to create desired effects– to uplift us, to relax us, to help us digest, to open our hearts. I delight in working with plants and flowers in these ways, tuning into them, being with them, and sharing their magic with others. It is my honor to help prepare teas during the gathering to nourish, ground, open, and connect us all to the beauty of each moment.

THE TEA TEMPLE

Returning for another year honoring the sacred ritual of tea, The Tea Temple at Spirit Weavers will be back celebrating with ceremony in the heart of the redwoods. The tradition of tea is something that we hold very dear as a beautiful way to greet the day, and commune together in a ritual of preparation and gratitude.

Whether you are joining us for the sunrise and your morning meditation or taking in the leaf as the day comes to a close, the Tea Temple is always a sacred and nourishing time for all. We cherish this space, we cherish these women and we cherish the tea.

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Cha Dao-The Way of Tea

Inside the Tea Temple it is 6am and the first meditation is about to be served. One by one, women quietly enter in to the subtle tones of a flute softly teasing the air and the whispers of a kettle dancing atop the fire. An immediate sense of tranquility holds the space as each sister finds a comfortable place to sit for this morning’s tea. Here is the space for nourishment, cleansing, and grounding. A sacred space to slowly wake up together, shifting any discomforts, and opening our hearts. A place to sit and be gently held in a warm embrace. A place to remember. Tea is a great plant teacher, its medicine first cultivated by the Chinese hermits and sages. Drinking this Leaf in ceremony allows us to explore our senses and experience a deeper state of presence. It connects us: to nature, the Self, and the community around us. The saying goes Tea clears the mind, opens the heart, and illuminates the spirit. I am blessed to serve. To sit each morning and share this practice that has so profoundly change my life.
Blessings,
Baelyn Tien Wu
www.allmattersofspirit.com