In this course we will explore the history, processing, folklore, science and craft that goes into each of the Seven Genres of Tea. We will have discussions about how to study tea and use the information that you learn to inspire further exploration and to help you navigate the world of tea, so that you will be able to better understand where your tea came from and how to go about choosing it. We hope that learning about the history and production of different types of tea will also inspire a deeper appreciation for your tea and for the hardworking farmers and teamakers who produced it for you. The only people in the world truly worthy of the term “tea master” are the artisans who steward the land, harvest the leaves and craft our teas. A deeper appreciation for these processes can inspire a richer and more rewarding cup of tea. And we also feel that the understanding of tea and its production offered in this course forms an important part of our respect for Tea: Respect for its origins, history and the hands who dried it.
Watch all the videos at your own pace, in your own home.
There is no schedule: pause and take notes, pick up later, learning in your own way!
- How to learn about tea
- The history of the Seven Genres of Tea
- In-depth focus on each of the genres: Green, White, Yellow, Red, Black, Oolong and Puerh
- Study famous examples of each of the teas
- Learn other ways of categorizing tea that can then be combined with the Seven Genres to offer more depth and a deeper understanding of tea
- Explore tea ecology and sustainability
- Discover ways to use the study of tea in practice
- More than 12 hours of lectures on tea
- 3 bonus videos offering other ways of categorizing tea
- Typed notes from each lecture, including Chinese terms
- A tremendous amount of reading materials to supplement your learning
- A 10% coupon for purchasing any tea or teaware from our website
- Support our efforts to educate and share tea spirit
For more than twenty-five years Wu De has dedicated himself to the study and teaching of Cha Dao and Zen in all their forms, writing books, articles and traveling the world teaching. Aaron Fisher was born in a very small town in Ohio and grew up practicing martial arts, which first introduced him to Eastern practices. In college, he studied anthropology and Asian philosophy. At that time, he also began a meditation practice, which ultimately led him to India upon graduation. After a few years in India, he traveled Asia, eventually settling in Japan and then Taiwan, where he has continued his studies of meditation and tea ceremony to this day. “Wu De” is his dharma name, given when he committed more deeply to Zen practice.
Together with this community and the hard work of hundreds of volunteers, Wu De helped found the Tea Sage Hut center and Global Tea Hut magazine and tea club. However, Chajin (tea people) seek no credit or acclaim. Wu De always says that the only masters in Zen and Tea are those who have passed away; the rest of us are students and remain so for as long as we live. “You want to call me ‘master’,” he often says, “wait until I’m dead. Until then, I am a student of the Leaf!” High seats have no place in Zen or in Tea. In Zen and Tea, we all sit on the same floor and practice, live and work together.
If you are experiencing financial hardship please contact us at email@example.com, as we will have some scholarships available and want to do our best to make sure finances aren’t the only reason you cannot attend. Also, contact us if you would like to donate a space for another less fortunate tea lover.