Tea and Zen Seminar 2017, Kagetsu Workshop, & Introductory Workshop

Tea and Zen Seminar 2017
Wednesday, August 2 –  Sunday, August 6

Kagetsu Workshop
Monday, August 7 — Tuesday, August 8

Introductory Workshop
Monday, August 7 — Tuesday, August 8

Green Gulch Farm Zen Center
Sowing the Moon Teahouse

The Tea and Zen Seminar gives the opportunity to study tea in the Urasenke Tradition, join the Green Gulch community in Zen meditation, explore the connection between Zen and the Way of Tea, and enjoy the relaxed setting of a temple surrounded by acres of beautiful parkland. Following the five-day Seminar, a two-day Kagetsu Workshop will be offered. For the first time, we will also be offering instruction for beginners, on August 7 and 8.

The Head Teacher for both the Seminar and Workshop is Christy Bartlett, Director of the San Francisco Urasenke Foundation. Teaching facilities include the three tea rooms and mizuya of the Green Gulch teahouse and roji.

Participants may attend both the Seminar and Kagetsu Workshop, or either event separately.

Five-day Seminar
The daily schedule includes meditation, and instruction in temae (nyumon, konarai, shikaden, okuden). There will also be classes in okashi making and chashaku carving. A highlight of the seminar is practice with chabana—selecting and placing flowers from the extensive Green Gulch gardens.

Participants from out-of-town are advised to arrive on Tuesday, August 1.

Two-day Kagetsu Workshop
The kagetsu exercises are based on the concept of the uniqueness as well as interchangeability of host and guest. This workshop is a unique opportunity to study these exercises in the context of Zen practice and teachings. Instruction will be given in hira (basic) kagetsu and variations such as koicha-tsuki kagetsu, sumi-tsuki kagetsu, and kinin kiyotsugu kagetsu.

Two-day Introductory Workshop
This beginners’ workshop will include instruction in the basic procedures and movements of Tea, and is open to those who wish to begin the study of chanoyu or who are currently practicing ryaku bon.

Those attending the Kagetsu Workshop or Introductory Workshop arrive on Sunday, August 6.

Overnight accommodations including vegetarian meals will be provided in our guest facilities.


The application [Word] / [PDF] includes details about accommodation requests, deposits, and payment. Please fill out and return the application by mail to:

Tea Seminar Registration
Green Gulch Farm
1601 Shoreline Hwy.
Muir Beach, CA 94965

Accommodations and Fees

Accommodations include all meals Daily rate per person
Small room, single occupancy (one double bed) $115
Small room, double occupancy (one double bed) $85
Large room, double occupancy (two twin beds) $100
Teaching Fees Per person
Five-day Tea and Zen Seminar $550
Two-day Kagetsu Workshop $500
Two-day Introductory Workshop $400