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This September and October we’ll be hosting Wu De (Aaron Fisher), zen monk, tea master, founder of Global Tea Hut and author of books such as The Way of Tea, Zen and Tea One Flavor, Tea Wisdom and Tea Medicine. We will begin with a events in Barcelona, continue with a 9 day Tea & Zen retreat in the Pyranees of Huesca and continue with tea workshops in Barcelona.

Wu De has a vast talent for teaching, for helping us connect with tea from a more intimate and spiritual place as well as for helping us gain sensitivity to appreciate tea better and gain more mastery. He is a perfect teacher for initiating newcomers and developing a solid foundation, and his wisdom, mastery at preparation and the special teas he brings with him will bring sheer delight to everyone no matteryour knowledge orexperience. I recommend you participate in as many events as possible!

I leave you with a small biography of his and a complete program for Barcelona and the retreat in Huesca

Wu De (Aaron Fisher)

Author and teacher Wu De is a true Chajin (tea person). He has been a practitioner of Cha Dao (The Way of Tea) for over 20 years, and he has reached over 100,000 people through his writings, classes, workshops, seminars and interviews.

Born Aaron Daniel Fisher in rural Ohio, Wu De knew from an early age that his interests lay to the East. His martial arts practice began at an early age, and led him to discover the wisdom locked inside tea leaves when he was a teenager.

Upon graduating from university with a degree in anthropology and philosophy, he moved to India, where he lived and worked in a meditation center for some years. During this time, he prepared tea daily as fuel for his intensive meditation practice, and he laid the groundwork for his later work with tea as a spiritual vehicle.

Wu De then left India to study meditation in Burma, Thailand and eventually Japan. Working closely with a Zen teacher who often used tea ceremonies as a way of conveying Zen wisdom, his insights into The Way of Tea and the ability of tea to convey deep peace were strengthened.

After being ordained in the Soto Zen tradition, he began studying gongfu tea under Master Lin Ping Xiang in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Master Lin taught Wu De about how to serve tea with more skill and focus.

For the last decade, Wu De has been teaching the ancient practice of serving tea from a Zen and tea center in Taiwan, known as Tea Sage Hut. In the last three years, the center’s monthly magazine and organic tea mailing, Global Tea Hut has swelled to connect hundreds of tea lovers and spiritual seekers in over 30 countries. Meanwhile, Tea Sage Hut now houses five long-term students and hosts hundreds of guests per year, sharing The Way of Tea and a more connected way of living and being with each person who joins a tea session there.

In addition to running Tea Sage Hut in Taiwan, Wu De leads tea workshops and seminars around the world.

Learn more about him at: http://teasagehut.org

 

Tea Ceremony with Wu De

Wednesday, September 26
18:30pm – 20:30pm
Ceremonia del Té, Barcelona

Very special opportunity to experience a tea ceremony with Wu De, zen monk devoted to the Way of Tea, dedicating his life to spreading its ancient culture, organic and sustainable farming and its potential as medicine in today’s world. Wu De will be serving a very special tea to celebrate this occasion.

For full details RSVP and registration, please contact Antonio at info@cajchai.com
Minimum recommended donation: 35euros / 30 euros for GTH members
All donations will go to cover the expenses of the trip and to help cover costs at “Tea Sage Hut”, the free tea and zen center in Taiwan that operates on a donation basis.

Global Tea Hut Gathering

Thursday, September 27, 2018
18:30pm – 20:30pm
Ceremonia del Té, Barcelona

All Global Tea Hut members in the area are welcome to come join us as we share this month’s tea and discuss the tea and the magazine, sharing in some fellowship together! Just let me know you are coming!

If you are not a Global Tea Hut member and would like to know more about Global Tea Hut and possibly attend please contact info@cajchai.com.

 

Tea Ceremony with Wu De

Friday, September 28, 2018
18:30pm – 20:30pm
Ceremonia del Té, Barcelona

Very special opportunity to experience a tea ceremony with Wu De, zen monk devoted to the Way of Tea, dedicating his life to spreading its ancient culture, organic and sustainable farming and its potential as medicine in today’s world. Wu De will be serving a very special tea to celebrate this occasion.

For full details RSVP and registration, please contact Antonio at info@cajchai.com
Minimum recommended donation: 35euros / 30 euros for GTH members
All donations will go to cover the expenses of the trip and to help cover costs at “Tea Sage Hut”, the free tea and zen center in Taiwan that operates on a donation basis.

Gongfu Tea Brewing Workshop

Saturday, September 29
9:30am – 11:30am
Ceremonia del Té, Barcelona

Gongfu tea is the pinnacle of the art of tea preparation. In this workshop Wu De will be sharing the art of the gongfu tea ceremony and guide us through the steps on how to brew gongfu tea gracefully. We will learn the history and spirit of this brewing method, as well as the practical flow of preparing tea gongfu, and all over some amazing cups of rare tea.

For full details RSVP and registration, please contact Antonio at info@cajchai.com
Minimum recommended donation: 35euros / 30 euros for GTH members
All donations will go to cover the expenses of the trip and to help cover costs at “Tea Sage Hut”, the free tea and zen center in Taiwan that operates on a donation basis.

Appreciating Puerh Tea

Saturday, September 29, 2018
12:30pm to 14:30pm
Ceremonia del Té, Barcelona

We all love the magical, mystical genre of tea called “puerh,” which comes from Yunnan province in southwest China, the birthplace of the tea plant. In this workshop, Wu De will give a thorough introduction to puerh tea, both sheng and shou, and teach you what to look for in a good puerh. He’ll teach us about the terroir, history and folklore surrounding puerh, and so much more. This workshop includes a tasting of a selection of different, rare puerhs.

For full details RSVP and registration, please contact Antonio at info@cajchai.com
Minimum recommended donation: 35euros / 30 euros for GTH members
All donations will go to cover the expenses of the trip and to help cover costs at “Tea Sage Hut”, the free tea and zen center in Taiwan that operates on a donation basis.

 

Aged & Aging Tea

Saturday, September 29, 2018
17:00pm to 19:00pm
Ceremonia del Té, Barcelona

Many people are surprised when they first hear that tea leaves can be specially aged to produce an even deeper tea, more rich in spirit and energy. In this workshop Wu De will delve into the world of aged tea and explain the evolution of aged tea. He will talk about the different types of storage and show us what to look for in a nicely aged tea. This workshop includes a tasting of different beautifully aged teas brewed by Wu De.

For full details RSVP and registration, please contact Antonio at info@cajchai.com
Minimum recommended donation: 40euros / 35 euros for GTH members
All donations will go to cover the expenses of the trip and to help cover costs at “Tea Sage Hut”, the free tea and zen center in Taiwan that operates on a donation basis.

Zen & Tea Meditation Retreat in the Spanish Pyrenees
October 1-9, 2018
Casa Cuadrau, Vió, Huesca, Spain

Join Wu De for a nine-day retreat with the purpose of deepening your meditation and Cha Dao (The Way of Tea). We’ll delve into the ancient tradition that unites Zen and Tea and discover how tea can help us live more consciously in our daily lives.

Throughout the week, Wu De will guide us towards understanding the meaning of the famous Zen saying, “Zen and Tea one flavor.” He’ll instruct us on meditation and its relationship with Tea. We’ll learn how our Zen mind affects our tea and how to prepare tea in a Zen state so we can then extrapolate the teachings to our daily lives. We’ll rise early each day and begin with morning chanting and, since water plays such a fundamental role in tea preparation and tea ceremony, we’ll benefit from the magic, beauty and purity of being at the largest calcareous mountain range in Europe and each day embark on walking meditations to a very special fountains to bring back the day’s water. Throughout the week we’ll also take a couple of longer hikes to enjoy outdoor tea sessions in pristine natural environments, making tea with the pure water that we gather. There will be classes and talks teaching us about the importance of water, practical and spiritual teachings on tea ceremony, for receiving advice and tips on how to improve our tea service and an exploration of the art of the simplicity of a bowl of tea. There will also be moments each day for questions and answers and also moments for private meetings between students and teacher. There will also be time for sharing and fostering friendship through preparing tea for the other participants.

Space is limited! For full details and registration, please visit Casa Cuadrau http://www.casacuadrau.org/en/destinations-view/zen-tea-meditation-retreat-wu-de/

Tea Ceremony with Wu De

Friday, October 12, 2018
18:30pm – 20:30pm
Ceremonia del Té, Barcelona

Very special opportunity to experience a tea ceremony with Wu De, zen monk devoted to the Way of Tea, dedicating his life to spreading its ancient culture, organic and sustainable farming and its potential as medicine in today’s world. Wu De will be serving a very special tea to celebrate this occasion.

For full details RSVP and registration, please contact Antonio at info@cajchai.com
Minimum recommended donation: 35euros / 30 euros for GTH members
All donations will go to cover the expenses of the trip and to help cover costs at “Tea Sage Hut”, the free tea and zen center in Taiwan that operates on a donation basis.

10 Qualities of a Fine Tea

Saturday, October 13, 2018
9:30am – 11:30am
Ceremonia del Té, Barcelona

In this workshop we will dive into the 10 Qualities of a Fine Tea, learning how to evaluate tea, teaware and brewing methods. Understanding the 10 Qualities of a Fine Tea changes the way we navigate the tea world and is essential in mastery of tea.

For full details RSVP and registration, please contact Antonio at info@cajchai.com
Minimum recommended donation: 35euros / 30 euros for GTH members
All donations will go to cover the expenses of the trip and to help cover costs at “Tea Sage Hut”, the free tea and zen center in Taiwan that operates on a donation basis.

Taiwanese Oolong Tea

Saturday October 13, 2018
12:30am to 14:30am
Ceremonia del Té, Barcelona

Taiwan is a land rich in oolong teas. Come join us as we explore the history, processing, varietals and lore of Taiwanese oolong tea, tasting many fine examples along the way, including some aged oolong teas.

For full details RSVP and registration, please contact info@cajchai.com

Minimum recommended donation: 35euros / 30 euros for GTH members

All donations will go to cover the expenses of the trip and to help cover costs at “Tea Sage Hut”, the free tea and zen center in Taiwan that operates on a donation basis.

Aged & Aging Tea

Saturday, October 13, 2018
18:30pm – 20:30pm
Ceremonia del Té, Barcelona

Many people are surprised when they first hear that tea leaves can be specially aged to produce an even deeper tea, more rich in spirit and energy. In this workshop Wu De will delve into the world of aged tea and explain the evolution of aged tea. He will talk about the different types of storage and show us what to look for in a nicely aged tea. This workshop includes a tasting of different beautifully aged teas brewed by Wu De.

For full details RSVP and registration, please contact Antonio at info@cajchai.com
Minimum recommended donation: 40euros / 35 euros for GTH members
All donations will go to cover the expenses of the trip and to help cover costs at “Tea Sage Hut”, the free tea and zen center in Taiwan that operates on a donation basis.