Camellia Teas of Ottawa offers a variety of Tea Study experiences and options such as:
– Japanese Tea Ceremony ‘Chanoyu’ (Omotesenke) formal course of study in weekly lessons
Students who engage in the long-term pursuit or Chanoyu or ‘Tea Ceremony’ lessons learn of course about history, techniques and culture, but far more about their own personal discipline and the deeper aspects of offering hospitality to others, the act of kindness and service, consideration and heartfelt togetherness.
For those interested in pursuing classical studies in the Way of Tea (Japanese ‘tea ceremony’), we offer weekly classes and private sessions by appointment with Rebecca who continues her studies and certification through the Omotesenke School. For more information on how to join the classes, feel free to contact your instructor Rebecca Cragg directly.
– Weekly Tea Tasting Sessions at our Saturday morning Tea Circle, based on the Taiwanese ‘Tea of No Self’ or ‘WUWO chakai’.
Attendees benefit from learning brewing techniques, tasting exquisite, high-quality teas in a restful and beautiful environment, all year round. The Camellia Tea Circle is an affordable, lovely way to give yourself a little escape and pamper your spirit!
In this ritual, all attending are both Host and Guest: each person has a brewing tray and prepares tea for 3 people on their left; in return, tea arrives for that person from guests brewing on the right. The experience of tasting 3 teas, which evolve over multiple infusions in the beauty of nature (in summer) and indoors in the cozy Gallery space in winter are truly a relaxing way to start a weekend! Read more about Tea Circle here.
– Matcha Whisking lesson by appointment
Have you always wanted to learn to make the perfect bowl of matcha? Or improve your whisking technique? This one-hour session will solve all your problems with detailed coaching on all aspects of matcha preparation with a Tea Ceremony instructor with decades of experience.
– Tea-Brewing Mini-Courses by appointment
Rebecca Cragg offers a 12-hour course on Tea and its Health Benefits and is happy to do so with a minimum of 4 participants or more at Camellia House on request. Contact her for more details about this and other mini-courses. If you have a special interest in a particular aspect of tea-making, Rebecca offers a variety of possibilities. Feel free to make an appointment to book a single lesson, or a series as you prefer.