Tea Ceremony

Australia

Tea Ceremony and my love of Tea

Hi, My name is Bo Wong and I love tea ceremony! I’m based in The Gap, Brisbane, Australia where I have an event space and serve tea on a monthly basis.

If you meet me in person you will notice when I talk about serving tea and tea ceremony something lights up in me I’m really passionate about the medicine it can bring to open one’s heart and mind.

It all began after my first tea ceremony held at a friend’s house, there was something magical that happened that day, it activated something deep within in my soul.

After that first tea ceremony, I was hooked and wanted to know more and start my own tea practice. As a child, my Chinese grandma used to always drink black tea and we always had Chinese tea with dinner as ‘it’s good to digest the food’ she would say.

I remember my other Asian grandma had gifted my parents a beautiful tea set which was gold and white and had dragons in it. One day I thought I would have that, but unfortunately, it got broken when they moved.

It is only now that I understand why drinking tea, the teaware, water, space and heart is so essential to making good tea.

Fast forward to now where I live in Brisbane, hold month tea ceremonies and been sitting and drinking tea as a meditative practice once if not twice a day for a few years. I think it’s changed my life organically and I’ve met the kindest hearted people through it.

I understand my journey will be a lifelong one with tea and the power in simplicity it holds to help us stay in balance with our bodies, nature, minds and hearts.

What is a tea ceremony?

After that first tea ceremony, I was hooked and wanted to know more and start my own tea practice. As a child, my Chinese grandma used to always drink black tea and we always had Chinese tea with dinner as ‘it’s good to digest the food’ she would say.

I remember my other Asian grandma had gifted my parents a beautiful tea set which was gold and white and had dragons in it. One day I thought I would have that, but unfortunately, it got broken when they moved.

It is only now that I understand why drinking tea, the teaware, water, space and heart is so essential to making good tea.

Fast forward to now where I live in Brisbane, hold month tea ceremonies and been sitting and drinking tea as a meditative practice once if not twice a day for a few years. I think it’s changed my life organically and I’ve met the kindest hearted people through it.

I understand my journey will be a lifelong one with tea and the power in simplicity it holds to help us stay in balance with our bodies, nature, minds and hearts.

What happens in a tea ceremony?

After all the guests have arrived I give an intro, talk about the tea we are going to drink and share something that relates to life and the tea session. It is a space of no judgement, openness, kindness and joy.

Next, we drink the tea in silence, letting go of the evaluative mind as the tea gives us something to focus on. The way it touches our mouth, the texture and the qi we feel from it. In a space of quiet gratitude, we can start to open our hearts and feel an inner sense of calm and in a group, this is so powerful.

After enough bowls of tea have been served, we take a moment to just be and then have a chat. People are free to say as little or as much as they want.

I have found that by drinking tea and being present with it, this folds over into other areas of our lives. I now do one thing at a time, I feel calmer, I can handle stressful situations better, I see the world differently,  and it has unlocked in me a way to be of service to others.

Hold a Tea Ceremony to celebrate life…

I realised I’m not the only one who doesn’t drink alcohol or go out to clubs and bars. Tea ceremony along with other holistic events I hold is a nice way to meet like minded people of organising a group to celebrate life and connect. The after effect is that you feel calm and happy rather than hungover and crap.

If you like me to come and hold a private tea ceremony for you, your space, event, festival, special occasion or a group of you and your friends please contact me.

I hope to travel and serve tea so watch this space as I would be honoured to serve you tea soon!

What tea’s do you use?

For each ceremony, I ask permission from the tea to let me be of service and which tea I should serve. Each time it’s been a wonderful choice with a string of coincidences.

I get my tea from trusted sources such as global tea hut and Australian sellers such as The Steepery and Arakai estate.

bo with kym from Tea steeperyAs tea is the second most consumed drink after water it has been exploited in the way it has been grown and sold just like our food. I’m careful of the tea’s I buy as I really want to support the idea of wild, organic farming of tea. I also make my tea last by drinking less of it and learning how to serve tea it better so I can get more of the qi of tea with less.

By serving tea in a sacred way such as in ceremony I am fully present when drinking and serving the tea and so are others I drink it with. If we start to do this in other area’s of our life too we will start to see the magic it brings us and feel the compassion that washes over us with each sip.

I realised I’m not the only one who doesn’t drink alcohol or go out to clubs and bars. Tea ceremony along with other holistic events I hold is a nice way to meet like-minded people of organising a group to celebrate life and connect. The after effect is that you feel calm and happy rather than hungover and crap.

If you like me to come and hold a private tea ceremony for you, your space, event, festival, special occasion or a group of you and your friends please contact me.

I hope to travel and serve tea so watch this space as I would be honoured to serve you tea soon!

Where else do you hold a tea ceremony?

I currently hold a tea ceremony at the beginning of my women’s circles, I collaborate with others and hold private sessions for individuals and groups. Check out my events page for the next one!

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