The simple act of drinking tea as an every
day habit is training and is truth. Every aspect of the Tea Ceremony encompasses the highest regard for
joining together and being honored in this moment. It is an expression of gratitude, honor and appreciation.
Careful attention and training through this carefully taught tradition.The Japanese tea ceremony developed as a "trans formative
Every aspect of the Tea Ceremony is carefully planned with honor. The
garden or room is specific and hold significance as do the flowers and the banners or art work. To experience a
Tea Ceremony is to receive the gift of being honored. There is so much that is unspoken and is simply and
experience of inner peace, clarity and even enlightenment. and celebrates
the quiet beauty that time and care impart to this preparation and celebration.
The Tea Ceremony upholds a philosophy that each meeting should be treasured, for it can never be
reproduced. The principles of this Ceremony are to personify harmony
respect (敬 kei),
purity (清 sei),
and tranquility (寂 jaku) are still the primary philosophies of the Tea
Camellia Teas of Ottawa is strongly engaged in supporting the
traditional arts of Japan.
Our main Vision is to promote the preservation of these ancient
teachings in order to foster an appreciation for the beautiful values and incredible art a that East Asian
Art and Culture can provide us all.
Our Mission has a special emphasis on the traditional Japanese Tea
Ceremony known as Chanoyu. Our Tea practitioners permit guests to experience the tranquility of
this ancient practice.
Camellia Teas: Message from our
It is my pleasure and honor to share the traditional arts
I have studied for over 15 years with you. My teachers in Japan, and here in Ottawa, have spent thousands of hours
training me in Chanoyu (4,000+ hours), Sencha-Do (500+ hours), Traditional Painting(4,000+ hours), Ikebana (7+
years), as well as Kimono dressing (National ranked Champion) in order to share with Canadians what I have been
With their faith, permission and ongoing encouragement, I truly feel called to honour
their kindness, patience and effort in training me all these years through continuing my own studies and sharing
with others what I have been so blessed to experience.
Rebecca Cragg, B.A.(Hon)., M.A., B.Ed.
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and the process of study, please enjoy and visit our studies page or click on this