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Workshops with Tea & Zen monk Wu De
February 22 – 24

This February we’ll be hosting Wu De (Aaron Fisher), zen and tea monk, founder of Global Tea Hut and author of books such as The Way of Tea, Zen and Tea One Flavor, Tea Wisdom and Tea Medicine.

Wu De has a vast talent for teaching, for helping us connect with tea from a more intimate and spiritual place as well as for helping us gain sensitivity to appreciate tea better and gain more mastery. He is a perfect teacher for initiating newcomers and developing a solid foundation, and his wisdom, mastery at preparation and the special teas he brings with him will bring sheer delight to everyone no matter your knowledge or experience. I recommend you participate in as many events as possible!

Wu De (Aaron Fisher)

Author and teacher Wu De is a true Chajin (tea person). He has been a practitioner of Cha Dao (The Way of Tea) for over 20 years, and he has reached over 100,000 people through his writings, classes, workshops, seminars and interviews.

Born Aaron Daniel Fisher in rural Ohio, Wu De knew from an early age that his interests lay to the East. His martial arts practice began at an early age, and led him to discover the wisdom locked inside tea leaves when he was a teenager.
Upon graduating from university with a degree in anthropology and philosophy, he moved to India, where he lived and worked in a meditation center for some years. During this time, he prepared tea daily as fuel for his intensive meditation practice, and he laid the groundwork for his later work with tea as a spiritual vehicle.
Wu De then left India to study meditation in Burma, Thailand and eventually Japan. Working closely with a Zen teacher who often used tea ceremonies as a way of conveying Zen wisdom, his insights into The Way of Tea and the ability of tea to convey deep peace were strengthened.
After being ordained in the Soto Zen tradition, he began studying gongfu tea under Master Lin Ping Xiang in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Master Lin taught Wu De about how to serve tea with more skill and focus.

For the last decade, Wu De has been teaching the ancient practice of serving tea from a Zen and tea center in Taiwan, known as Tea Sage Hut. In the last three years, the center’s monthly magazine and organic tea mailing, Global Tea Hut has swelled to connect hundreds of tea lovers and spiritual seekers in over 30 countries. Meanwhile, Tea Sage Hut now houses five long-term students and hosts hundreds of guests per year, sharing The Way of Tea and a more connected way of living and being with each person who joins a tea session there. In addition to running Tea Sage Hut in Taiwan, Wu De leads tea workshops and seminars around the world.

Event Schedule

Friday, February 22
19:30 – 21:30
Location: Tongelresestraat 301, 5642 NB Eindhoven

About: join us for a magical, meditative evening of tea, presence and Zen wisdom. Experience some of the quietude, clarity and medicine that Tea has to offer. Participants will sharpen their senses to life around them through experiencing beautiful bowls of rare and powerful tea.

Minimum recommended donation: 30 euro / 25 euro for GTH members
All donations will go to cover the expenses of the trip and sustain “Tea Sage Hut”, the free tea and zen center in Taiwan that operates on a donation basis.

Register: reserve your spot through meetup here, or send us an email.

Saturday, February 23
9:30 – 13:00
Location: Berliozlaan 8, 5654 SM Eindhoven

About: Cha Dao means self-cultivation through tea—living a life of tea. In this workshop, Wu De introduces tea as a practice and a Way of life. We drink tea in silence and spend a morning learning about the practical tools you will need to start a tea practice, as well as the best approach to a life of tea.

Minimum recommended donation: 35 euro / 30 euro for GTH members
All donations will go to cover the expenses of the trip and sustain “Tea Sage Hut”, the free tea and zen center in Taiwan that operates on a donation basis.

Register: reserve your spot through meetup here, or send us an email.

Saturday, February 23
16:00 – 18:00
Location: Beyond: center for Mindfulness and Tea Ceremony (Gerard Bromlaan 26, Eindhoven) 

About: in this world of abundance it might be overwhelming and difficult to decide which tea is healthy, sustainable and best for a tea lover. Wu De talks about the characteristics of ‘fine tea’ and how to find them and explains what ‘living’ tea is and how to use it as a guideline when seeking good tea. This workshop includes a tasting selection of rare Living Teas.

Minimum recommended donation: 35 euro / 30 euro for GTH members
All donations will go to cover the expenses of the trip and sustain “Tea Sage Hut”, the free tea and zen center in Taiwan that operates on a donation basis.

Register: this workshop is full already… To get a spot on the waiting list send us an email.

Sunday, February 24
9:30 – 11:30
Location: Beyond: center for Mindfulness and Tea Ceremony (Gerard Bromlaan 26, Eindhoven) 

About: enjoy tea from the fairy-tale land where the Immortals walked! Wuyi is a mountain range in Southeast China and is considered the birthplace of oolong tea. Teas grown on the hillsides of Wuyi are called “cliff teas” due to the rocky landscape, unique growing conditions and the aftertaste of minerals particular to these oolongs. Wuyi has been an inspiration for poets and artists for centuries.
In this workshop, we dive deep into the tradition, history and the qualities of Wuyi cliff tea. The workshop includes a tasting selection of rare Wuyi cliff teas.

Minimum recommended donation: 35 euro / 30 euro for GTH members
All donations will go to cover the expenses of the trip and sustain “Tea Sage Hut”, the free tea and zen center in Taiwan that operates on a donation basis.

Register: this workshop is full already… To get a spot on the waiting list send us an email.

Sunday, February 24
13:30 – 15:30
Location: Beyond: center for Mindfulness and Tea Ceremony (Gerard Bromlaan 26, Eindhoven)

About: gongfu tea is the pinnacle of the art of tea preparation. In this workshop Wu De will be sharing the art of the gongfu tea ceremony and guide us through the steps on how to brew gongfu tea gracefully. We will learn the history and spirit of this brewing method, as well as the practical flow of preparing tea gongfu, and all over some amazing cups of rare tea.

Minimum recommended donation: 35 euro / 30 euro for GTH members
All donations will go to cover the expenses of the trip and sustain “Tea Sage Hut”, the free tea and zen center in Taiwan that operates on a donation basis.

Register: this workshop is full already… To get a spot on the waiting list send us an email.

Sunday, February 24
17:00 – 19:00
Location: Beyond: center for Mindfulness and Tea Ceremony (Gerard Bromlaan 26, Eindhoven)

About: many people are surprised when they first hear that tea leaves can be specially aged to produce an even deeper tea, more rich in spirit and energy. In this workshop Wu De will delve into the world of aged tea and explain the evolution of aged tea. He will talk about the different types of storage and show us what to look for in a nicely aged tea. This workshop includes a tasting of different beautifully aged teas brewed by Wu De.

Minimum recommended donation: 35 euro / 30 euro for GTH members
All donations will go to cover the expenses of the trip and sustain “Tea Sage Hut”, the free tea and zen center in Taiwan that operates on a donation basis.

Register: this workshop is full already… To get a spot on the waiting list send us an email.

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Contact & Important Things

Contact persons: Jasper Hermans (Jing Ren)

Email: mindthebodynetwork@gmail.com
Phone: +31 (0) 6 11300521

People/placed serving tea in the Netherlands:

Eindhoven: Beyond: center for Mindfulness and Tea Ceremony

Language: The workshops will be held in English. There will be no simultaneous translation, but people will be on hand to translate words or phrases into Estonian or Russian when needed.

Fees/donations are meant to cover costs of travel, rent and food, and include a donation to Wu De’s non-profit Global Tea Hut and the Tea Sage Hut projects.

Food is not served during the workshops. There is a ‘Jumbo’ supermarket nearby. The nearest lunch place we recommend is Falafel Masters, which is 35 minutes by foot or 15 minutes by bike away from our humble tea center. Otherwise make sure you bring a snack or lunch if you need one.

N.B.! We ask annyone staying for more than event on one day to arrange their own lunch/snacks. Wu De will also need some private time in between events. Thank you for your understanding.

Check out the websites of the Tea Sage Hut and the Global Tea Hut if you haven’t done so yet!