Invitation to tea ceremony classes

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Teachers and Classes Information

Teacher Name: Margie Yap
Type of School: Urasenke
E-mail address:
Phone: 503-645-7058
Country: USA
State/ Province/ Prefecture: Oregon
Town/ City: Portland

Short description: A ten week class where students will learn the guest role and participate in Tea Ceremonies from informal to semi-formal. After taking the introductory class, if a student wants to continue to explore the world of Chado, the Way of Tea, they can take continuing classes. Advanced classes also offered for students wishing Urasenke School certification and training leading to teaching credentials.

Optional information: Margie Yap has more than 25 years experience with Chado, the Way of Japanese Tea Ceremony. She studied in Kyoto, Japan at the Urasenke headquarters and received her teaching credentials and tea artistic name, Soya, from the 16th generation Urasenke Grand Tea Master.

Teacher Name: Michael Ricci
Type of School: Urasenke
Country: USA
State/ Province/ Prefecture: Colorado
Town/ City: Fort Collins and Boulder
Short description: Weekly lessons for beginners to advanced students.

Teacher Name: Gabriel Sooga Caciula
Type of School: Urasenke
E-mail address:
Phone: +32(0)26408779
Country: Belgium
State/ Province/ Prefecture: Brussels
Town/ City: Brussels

Short description: Information about lessons can be found at:

I teach Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning in Brussels, Belgium.

Tea people who visit Brussels are welcome to share a cup of tea

Optional information: I have studied Chado in Japan and New York for over 20 years. I obtained the tea name of Sooga and the Jokyoku Certificate while studying under the guidance of Duane Feasel sensei in New York

Teacher Name: Morgan Beard
Type of School: Urasenke
E-mail address:
Country: USA
State/ Province/ Prefecture: Pennsylvania
Town/ City: Philadelphia

Short description: A group of tea ceremony teachers in the Philadelphia area, including myself, offer lessons and demonstrations through the Japanese House in Fairmount Park (Shofuso) and also in private residences.

Weekly lessons available at all levels of practice. Please contact us for more information. Optional information: You can also visit us online at

Teacher Name: Drew Hanson
Type of School: Urasenke
E-mail address:
Country: United States
State/ Province/ Prefecture: New Jersey
Town/ City: Columbus

Short description: Classes for Beginners as well as advanced students are offered at Shofuso, The Japanese House and Garden, in Philadelphia on Saturdays.

Private lessons are offered at Boukakuan Japanese Tea House and Garden ( for individuals and small groups.

Teacher Name: Akiko Soki Sato Sensei
Type of School: Urasenke
Phone: (847) 458-9309
Country: USA
State/ Province/ Prefecture: Illinois
Town/ City: Lake in the Hills

Teacher Name: Masako Soyu Miyahara
Type of School: Urasenke
E-mail address:
Phone: (703) 748-1685
Country: USA
State/ Province/ Prefecture: VA
Town/ City: McLean

Short description: Lessons focus on the various tea preparation procedures. Students study both tea preparation, and how to be a guest, which is a very important part of studying Tea. Lessons help the student develop skills in concentration, movement, and aesthetic appreciation. Lessons are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Tuition is due monthly regardless of attendance.

Optional information: Masako Soyu Miyahara joined the Urasenke Foundation in Kyoto, Japan in 1963.

Studied Chanoyu at Urasenke Konnichian, the Urasenke Foundation Head School, with Gyoteis, the Highest Ranking Instructional Group of Urasenke Konnichian

Her career includes: Assistant Director, New York Branch of Urasenke Foundation, Director, Boston Branch of Urasenke Foundation, Delegate, Japanese Cultural Mission to Europe, Visiting Instructor to Toronto Group, Canada, Chanoyu Instructor, Yomiuri Culture Courses at the Nippon Club, New York City, and, Director, Urasenke Washington DC Branch of the Urasenke Foundation, 2003-Present.

Throughout her career, Masako Soyu Miyahara has taught Tea, including Kaiseki cooking (Chanoyu Cuisine), and has presented lecture/demonstrations.

Teacher Name: Lauren Deutsch
Type of School: Urasenke
E-mail address:
Phone: 323 930-2587
Country: USA
State/ Province/ Prefecture: CA
Town/ City: Los Angeles

Short description: I am a student of Sosei Matsumoto Sensei who recommended to Genshitsu Sen Daisosho that I receive a chamei (he was Hounsai Soshitstu Sen Xv). I have a yojohan rea room and enjoy new students year round. I have done demonstrations / lectures on chanoyu before school children, university classes (including intercultural choreography at UCLA), private and public events (e.g. Nisei Week, Japan Expo, Huntington Gardens, etc.)

Optional information: I have studied in Japan as a guest of Midorikai on three occasions. I also write about the chanoyu / chado experience in such publications as Kyoto Journal and Parabola. I was one of the organizers of the second bi-annual "Tea Beyond Japan" (now "Tea Friends") gatherings.

Teacher Name: Rebecca Cragg
Type of School: Omotesenke
E-mail address:
Country: Canada
State/ Province/ Prefecture: Ontario
Town/ City: Ottawa

Short description: For seven years, Rebecca was trained in the Omote-Senke Way of Tea by Mrs. Eiko Kuwayama at a Zen Temple called Sango-ji in Wakayama City, Japan. She continues her studies of Tea in Omotesenke through NY and Japan as well as studies in Omotesenke-Seiha and Sencha-Do, Seifu-Ryu in Ottawa. She has an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology, as well as B.A. and B.Ed. with focus on art, education and museology. She holds cerification in Sodo Kimono Dressing, Sagagoyu Ikebana and is also a Japanese Brush Painter and teacher.

Optional information: Camellia Teas of Ottawa was established in 2005 by Rebecca Lyn Cragg (nee Benoit) of Ottawa, ON, Canada. The name comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant, which produces most of the World's Teas. Although we have a special interest in Japan's Chanoyu, Camellia Teas is equally interested in the Vietnamese Lotus Tea Ceremony, The Korean Tea Ceremony, Gong-fu Cha, Puerh Teas and other Chinese Tea Cultures. For this reason, we didn't want to identify ourselves solely with Chanoyu. We are constantly researching, studying and preserving these ancient and evolving Tea practices and their related artforms.

Camellia Teas of Ottawa is strongly engaged in supporting the traditional arts of Japan.

Our main Vision is to promote the preservation of these ancient teachings in order to foster an appreciation for the beautiful values and incredible art a that East Asian Art and Culture can provide us all.

Our Mission has a special emphasis on the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony known as Chanoyu. Our Tea practitioners permit guests to experience the tranquility of this ancient practice.

Camellia House allows practitioners to maintain and develop their Chanoyu skills in one of our Five cha-shitsu (Indoor Tea rooms: Winter, Summer, Floating and our outdoor Tearooms Tsubaki-An and the portable Tea Cube).

Camellia House has offered Tea lessons, Private Tea Ceremony Events, demonstrations and Open House Introductory sessions (Ochakai) since 2005.

Teacher Name: Jim Herrmann
Type of School: Urasenke
Phone: 612-600-1787
Country: United States
State/ Province/ Prefecture: Minnesota
Town/ City: Crystal

Short description: Tea Ceremony classes are taught several times a month, from beginner to advanced level. The lessons are taught in a 4-1/2 mat tatami tea space in his personal residence. Both traditional sitting (seiza) and table tea (Tenchaban) are taught.

Optional information: Jim Herrmann has more than has more than 30 years experience with Chado, the Way of Japanese Tea Ceremony. He studied for a period of time at the Urasenke Headquarters in Kyoto, as well as with an advanced teacher in Tokyo for twelve years. He has received his teaching credentials and Tea Name (Soki) as well as Associate Professor status from the 16th generation Urasenke Grand Tea Master.

Teacher Name: Mia
Type of School: Omotesenke
E-mail address:
Country: Japan
Prefecture: Tokyo or Ibaraki pref.
Town/ City: Tokyo or Tsukuba city

Short description:

Teacher Name: Douglas Huskins
Type of School: Omotesenke
Phone & E-mail: Phone and E-mail Phone: 925-335-6071
Country: USA
State: California
Town/ City: Martinez

Short description: Weekly lessons are available at all levels of practice. New students and individuals still deciding to study are always welcome.

Optional information: Douglas Huskins has been studying omotesenke tea for well over a decade and has presented before Shoshos on a number of occasions.

He has managed and helped manage a tea room at the annual Hakone daichakai tea gathering for several years.

Teacher Name: Staf Daems Sô Hô
Type of School: Urasenke
E-mail address:
Country: Belgium
Province: Antwerp
Town/ City: Berlaar

Short description: We have 2 shashitsu in our garden, one yojôhan called "Un sui an" and one nijôdaime called "Shi dô an".

We have weekly classes on Monday morning and Friday evening.

Teacher Name: Bonnie Soshin Mitchell and Timothy Sowa Olson
Type of School: Urasenke tradition
Phone: (206) 328-6018
Country: USA
State: WA
Town/ City: Seattle

Short description: The East-West Chanoyu Center welcomes beginning to advanced students. The Center offers the study tea procedures as a means to develop mindful concentration, warm hospitality, aesthetic-ethic appreciation, and knowledge of chanoyu art and history. Lessons are held Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Saturdays. Tuition is due monthly regardless of attendance.

Optional information: Optional information: Bonnie Soshin Mitchell serves as the director of the East-West Chanoyu Center (formerly Urasenke Foundation Seattle Branch). Educated in art history at the University of Washington she began extensive studies in Chado in Kyoto, Japan under the guidance of YANAGITA Shizue (Soha sensei) and SEN Soshitsu XV, of the Urasenke tradition of tea. At the behest of Dr. Sen, Ms. Mitchell returned to Seattle in 1981 to teach Chado at the UW. In 2008, Ms. Mitchell received the certificate of Seikyoju, the highest rank of merit in the Way of Tea. In 2012, Consul General Kiyokazu Ota and the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle presented Ms. Mitchell with a Commemorative Award for her work in promoting an understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture through tea.

Timothy Sowa Olson serves as the UW Chado course lecturer and tea instructor in addition to his duties as Chanoyu Center instructor. Tim was educated in English literature at Portland State University and the University of Washington and began tea studies in 1982 under the guidance of Prof. and Mrs. Glenn T. Webb and later Bonnie Soshin Mitchell. He joined the East-West Chanoyu Center staff after completing a master's training course at the Urasenke Konnichian in 1999. In 2001, he was awarded the certificate of Junkyoju, a senior rank of merit in the Way of Tea.

Teacher Name: Sheila Fling
Type of School: Urasenke
Phone: 512-847-2159
Country: USA
State: TX
Town/ City: Austin-San Antonio area

Short description: Sheila teaches tea at the Austin Shambhala Meditation Center, the Austin Zen Center, or her home in the Hill Country. In the fall & spring, she offers an Introductory Series of 10 lessons of bon ryaku (a beginning tray method). She also teaches Beginners License procedures & welcomes more advanced students. Her students & she have also learned by having made over 130 presentations for museums, universities, Japan-America societies, etc.

Optional information: Sheila has been studying the Way of Tea since 1991 in both the USA & Japan including the Midorikai program of Urasenke. She received the 3rd teaching certificate & tea name Soshin from the 16th Grand Master at the recommendation of Soyu Nabeta Sensei. Dr. Fling is a clinical psychologist & retired university professor. She has published articles on tea in the Japan Studies Association Journal. For more info, please see "Chado" at


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