“When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?” -Muriel Barbery
For thousands of years, tea has drawn people together. It can be so much more than just a drink. One of the most universal signs of hospitality, a pot of tea welcomes, heals, unites and restores. Tea is to the soul what an oasis is to the desert, and the ritual of tea provides an anchor for peace in a tumultuous world. Whether you’re new to tea ceremonies, or a veteran ritualist, we invite you to experiment with your own ways to gather around a cup of tea and foster togetherness.
A ritual is simply a series of activities involving gestures, words, and items performed in a place that is set aside, calm and peaceful. It can be anywhere—a porch, a living room strewn with pillows and candles, a beach with a towel or even a quiet bench in the woods. In the tradition of tea ceremonies, we’ve outlined a basic tea ritual below to help you get started.
Steps to a simple tea ritual:
- Place some cushions on the floor.
- Choose a tea like Cult of Flowers (for love and beauty) or our ethereal and relaxing GABA oolong.
- Heat your water and place it in a thermos or in a kettle over a portable stove.
- Set your pot and cups out on a runner, a mat or a tea table and turn on some music that makes you happy.
- Invite your friends or loved ones over and enjoy a session of hot tea and conversation.
There is something magical about an afternoon or evening spent pouring hot water, watching the incense and the steam. Tea invites you to carve out space to celebrate family and friendships, to indulge in the taste and aroma of steeping leaves, and slow down to enjoy life at a leisurely pace. It lulls you into your heart space where you can enjoy a sublime escape and feel amazing the next morning! If you love tea, we invite you to spread your wings and adventure into the world of the ceremony. You won’t be disappointed.