21 January 2018
Hatsugama (first tea gathering of the year) with friends from Sōhen Ryū.
Wafūdō Intensive Study Trip
Wafūdō is the home (Iemoto) of the Ueda Sōko Ryuū in Hiroshima, Japan. Each year a group of students from Adamu Shachū travels to Wafūdō to receive training from Grandmaster Ueda Sōkei and the two Shihandai (deputy grandmasters), Fukuma-sensei and Mochizuki-sensei. We stay at Wafūdō and practice long and hard each day. Practice involves samu (mindfulness duties) such as cleaning the premises and gardening, practice chaji and daily keiko with the highest teachers of the Ueda School.
24 April 2018
Chasen Making Workshop with Tango Tanimura
After a hard week at Wafūdō, members of Adamu Shachū travelled to Takayama, Nara, to learn the steps involved in making chasen. Tanimura-san took us through each step of his craft, allowing us to
carve our own chasen - with mixed results.
23-26 April 2018
Chanoyu Aesthetics and History Tour - Nara and Kyōto
Aesthetic education and developing one's own aesthetics is central to the practice of chanoyu. Historical knowledge is also of the essence of practice. For four days after the Wafūdō stay, Adam led his students through some aesthetic and historically significant places in Nara and Kyōto. Oh, and an impromptu kombu dashi making workshop from the adorable Kon-chan.
16-17 June 2018
Rencontres du Thé
(Encounters Through Tea)
Each year around the summer solstice, Adamu participates in a weekend of nodate (outdoor tea gatherings) in the forrest of Coplet, near the city of Valence. The weekend is a meeting of tea senseis, artists and curious people - all pursuing deeper affinity with Nature through tea.
Profound thanks to Franck Armand.
20 June 2018
"In the shade of a tree"
Nodate tea presentation in newly opened small garden bellonging to a teahouse in Jihlava (Czech Republic) hosted by Petr.
17-21 October 2018
Australian Tea Retreat
Adamu Shachū's inaugural Australian Tea Retreat was conducted from the 17th to 21st October, 2018. A more detailed description of this precious time can be found in this blog post.
19 November 2018
Karamono Chaji - Hosted by Lauren
On Monday 19 November 2018, Lauren hosted a chaji to mark the completion of her “karamono” qualification and to thank Adam-sensei for his guidance towards this level of qualification. It was her first chaji as a solo host and also the first “official” chaji held at her teahouse.