Wandering Art Tea Academy

Introducing the Wandering Art Tea Academy-Nov 2016

Wandering Art Tea Academy is one of the main programs at Živi Atelje DK bringing together tea enthusiasts who share passion, knowledge, and experiences of tea and art. We bring globally-dispersed artists and tea practitioners together to encourage respect and understanding. We see tea as one part of a holistic approach to life including healthy and sustainable food, self-awareness, hospitality, creativity, and openness to new ideas and experiences. We encourage people to empower themselves by providing hands-on opportunities to communicate, explore, experience, create, and share tea, tea wares, poetry and art.

We organize educational and interactive events with an emphasis on hands-on workshops on multiple aspects of art and tea in Zagreb and elsewhere.

We share tea and art every second Monday from 19:00-21:00 at our home, Živi Atelje DK (Ilica 110).

We maintain a tea library that is hosted at Jing Yuan Teahouse (Ilica 107).

We are currently drafting bilingual downloadable manuals on full-leaf tea, tea wares and tea culture.

Once our producers’ tea is certified for EU import, WATA will develop a social enterprise branch to sell quality, sustainably-produced, full-leaf artisan tea, and will organize travel to tea producing regions.

Eventually we would like to start an experimental cooperative tea farm to encourage local production and experiential learning of sustainable tea farming methods.

In the near future we will maintain a website that will function as a communication and education platform to introduce artists and tea practitioners to each other.

The beginning of WATA

To celebrate the beginning of the Wandering Art Tea Academy, Živi Atelje DK and our friends, Jing Yuan Teahouse, Aikido Društvo Zagreb, Kutika and Weiyihui Tea Institute cooperated to host four inaugural events in November and December 2016. 

Pouring Tea: A Beginner’s Workshop

This workshop is a hands-on introduction to the Chinese tea ceremony and tasting Chinese teas. As we pour and drink at least 3 teas, we will touch upon tea botany, tea processing, tea industry, appraising tea, water, tea wares, pouring techniques, and rituals, customs, & stories. (Felix Giron, in English)

Čaj i meditacija ili Meditacija čajem (Tea and Meditation)

Kineska izreka kaže: Meditacija i čaj imaju isti okus – okus života. I čaj i meditacija imaju izvore uvijene u mitove ljudske prapovijesti. Njihov susret se dogodio negdje prije dvije tisuće godina u ljudima koji su pokušavali osmišljeno živjeti puninu života. Puno je sličnosti, nadopunjavanja. I čaj i meditacija opuštaju tijelo, a bude um. I čaj i meditacija podržavaju fizičko i psihičko zdravlje. I čaj i meditacija ispunjavaju i oplemenjuju našu svakodnevicu. Stoga nije čudno što su vjekovima putovali zajedno prenoseći specifičan pristup umjetnosti življenja. Isprva se iz Kine po Dalekom istoku putovalo polako, pješice, a poslije sve brže i sve dalje i tako sve do danas i sve do nas. Sada, kad je sve podređeno tržištu i nedostatku slobodnoga vremena, kultura čaja i meditacije izgleda kao dragocjen poklon iz ljudske prošlosti. Zato vam ih tako zajedno i nudimo. (Tea Master Đorđe Cvijić, Hrvatski)

The Social Life of Tea: Empires, Economies, Ecologies and Enlightenment

A tropical plant that became a global commodity, tea has been loved, hated, shared, stolen and misunderstood. It has had many lives in differing times and places. Tea in China has played many roles: as medicine, Buddhist meditation aide, imperial tribute item, inspiration for art and a symbol of hospitality in peasant homes. Beyond China tea has been a medium of diplomacy and a spark for war and revolution. Currently tea is a global mass industrial product that is also an organic product involving traditional agricultural methods and orthodox processing. Join us to hear about more. (Felix Giron, in English)

Što povezuje kulturu čaja i umjetnost u Kini

Kada govorimo o kulturi čaja u Kini ne možemo izbjeći razgovor o kineskoj umjetnosti. Kultura čaja ne bi bila ista da na njezino formiranje nisu utjecali literati, obrazovani ljudi koji su se bavili umjetnošću. Oni su na jedan određeni način promišljali svijet oko sebe, oslanjajući se na taoističke i konfucijanske klasike te na budističku misao. Oni su odredili koji je smisao ponuđene šalice gongfu čaja, kako što su odredili i koji je smisao slikarstva proizašlog iz tradicionalne kineske kaligrafije: promišljanje o poziciji čovjeka unutar promjene koja je jedina stalna i vječna. (Iva Valentić, Hrvatski)

Wandering Art Tea Academy’s new Programming Director

Felix Giron/Ji Rong Fang is a tea fanatic who has lived in China for almost 20 years. As a long-term resident of Shantou City, Guangdong Province, the home of dancong tea and the gongfu tea ceremony, she has been inspired to formally study Chinese tea with tea connoisseur Pang Ying and the Weiyihui Tea Institute. Felix also makes trips throughout the year to tea farms all over China to meet tea producers. Now Weiyihui Tea Institute’s International Ambassador, Felix shares what she has learned to better connect tea producers, tea experts and tea lovers worldwide.

With the return of the WATA Programming Director, the 2017 summer season started with intimate tea gatherings.

If you are interested in being kept up to date about Wandering Art Tea Academy announcements, news and events, please send an email to wanderingarttea@gmx.com.

Women yiqi he cha ba!

Let’s have tea together!

Uživajmo čaj zajedno!