Tea is an ancient immersive experience, an original human technology, which helps us modern folk to remember who we are beyond our digital tools and the attendant stresses that take hold of our consciousness, our attention, and our nervous systems.
Gong Fu means ‘effort’. In the Chinese tea ceremony known as gong fu cha (tea with effort), the implication is that time — presence — and dedication will produce a profound tea experience. This brewing technology is a sensory rich experience that will slow you down — to relish in nuance and create necessary space for self-reflection.
Cha Dao is an ancient Taoist tradition uniting mindfulness meditation with ‘tea-as-medicine’. Bowls of tea are drunk in noble silence.
Tea as a practice is a transformative act of self-care during these extraordinary times.