Purifying The Mind

Wabi-cha is a ritualized Japanese Tea Ceremony which harmonizes the body and mind of quiet simplicity.  This program presents an opportunity to study tea in the Omote Senke tradition.  Learn how to receive sweets and tea and become more familiar with the etiquette and forms in a tea gathering.  Relax in the peaceful temple setting of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center.  Investigate meditation in action and connecting with one another in each moment. 


Workshops will be Led by Eko Mouri Sensei and Julie Kashin Kwong.


Julie Kashin Kwong has been studying Japanese Tea Ceremony since 2006 and is a senior student of Mouri Sensei.  She practices tea in the school of Omotesenke, which is the closest tea school connected to Soto Zen.  She is a student of Jakusho Kwong-roshi abbot of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center and has lived and practice at SMZC for the past 15 years.  She also leads and instructs Nyoho-e (traditional zen practice of sewing).


Eko Mouri-sensei is a certified teacher of Chanoyu (tea ceremony) in the Omotesenke tradition.  As a leading teacher of Omotesenke of Northern California, she has worked closely with the Omotesenke headquaters in Kyoto, Japan.  Sensei has been offering private lessons at her residence for 30 years.

No Tea Experience is Necessary

March 17, 2018 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
$20  (includes Saturday program/lunch)

Discover elegance through the art of Japanese flower arrangement.  We teach the fundamental sculptural forms fundamental to Ikebana and the principles of line, mass, and color.  Instructors will demonstrate basic techniques and participants will complete two arrangements.  Led by Alexa Young and Rachel Anderson, certified Ikebana teachers and long-time students of Soho Sakai, Riji.


$80 (includes $30 material fee)

6367 Sonoma Mountain Road, Santa Rosa CA 95404