In Sōmu Shachū, we mark seasonal transitions with chaji - formal tea gatherings consisting of incense, charcoal and ash arranging ceremony, tea cuisine, tea sweets, thick tea (koicha) and thin tea (usucha). We are dispersed all over the globe, so for the solstice, some of us are down South and others up North. Midwinter and midsummer chaji are thus celebrated at the same time in our Shachū, according to our respective loco.
All students work together with Adam, the principal sensei of Sōmu Shachū, to devise their particular chaji.
The events page has been updated with some of the solstice tea gatherings and other events in Sōmu Shachū thus far in 2019. We'd be delighted if you take a look at our adventures in tea spirit.