Our courses

Experience Courses

For those who have some interest in tea, the ways of approaching that interest can vary greatly. However, if you find yourself not satisfied with just drinking matcha lattes or indulging in matcha sweets at cafes, and you’re curious to learn more about matcha, or even want to try preparing matcha yourself, it’s likely that you are drawn to the serene and tranquil atmosphere that matcha embodies.
If you have the desire to:

  • Enjoy making and sipping delicious matcha on your own
  • Explore Japanese culture
  • Find inner calmness and tranquility
  • Connect with others through tea

Then we invite you to join our Tea Ceremony Experience Course. The purpose of the tea ceremony is to offer a cup of delicious tea to others in a serene and pure environment, to sip it yourself, and to share that moment together. Whether it’s in a special setting or even in the comfort of your own home, the concept revolves around turning the ordinary into the extraordinary in your daily life.

One Session

This course is designed for those who are curious about matcha or those who want to add matcha to their tea repertoire. In this course, you will learn two main aspects:

Firstly, you will discover the philosophy behind the tea ceremony environment and how to create a such a space that can be incorporated into your daily life.

Secondly, you will learn how to prepare delicious matcha. You will explore aspects such as the types and grades of matcha, the differences between matcha and other green teas, suitable confectionery to pair with matcha, selecting the right tea bowl, and most importantly, the art of making a delicious bowl of matcha.

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Course fee: $59
Duration: 2 hours
2-6 students per class
Matcha and sweets provided

three Sessions

This course is designed for those who not only want to enjoy matcha themselves, but also wish to serve matcha to their family, friends, or other guests. In this course, you will delve into the world of tea ceremony and how to both prepare and beautifully present delicious, ensuring that your guests enjoy the experience and treasure the moment.

First, in relation to Chanoyu, we will delve into specific topics such as matcha, sweets, the tea room, tea utensils including tea bowls, as well as the history and philosophy of Chanoyu. Each session will focus on a particular aspect for in-depth learning.

Second, we will focus on learning proper posture, basic procedures, and the art of presenting delicious matcha.

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Course fee: $179
Duration: 2 hours per session, 6 hours cumulatively
2-6 students per class
Matcha and sweets provided

five Sessions

This course is designed for individuals who regularly enjoy matcha and wish to serve matcha to their family, friends, or other guests. It is also ideal for those who want to deepen their understanding of matcha as an essence of Japanese culture and acquire a comprehensive knowledge of tea preparation techniques. Completion of the One or Three Session Course or prior experience with tea is recommended.

First, we will select a topic you wish to explore further from the general knowledge of chanoyu learned in the Three Session Course.

Second, we will learn how to select an article that was not originally made as a tea utensil and combine various utensils for the arrangement.

Third, we will learn the most basic procedure of serving tea as the host of Chanoyu, and also learn the manners of the guests.

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Course fee: $299
Duration: 2 hours per session, 10 hours cumulatively
2-6 students per class
Matcha and sweets provided
Member Courses

Those who wish to deepen their knowledge of the world of tea, learn and master the art of tea preparation, and enjoy tea and sweets in the serene environment of a tea room every week can join as official members and enroll in our Regular and Advanced classes.

Throughout the year, students will be able to practice weekly, progressing at their individual pace. They will also have the opportunity to participate in seasonal tea gatherings and connect with many tea enthusiasts through our members’ cozy events.

Once you reach a certain level, you can share the meaning and joy of tea with others through demonstrations and teaching in our tea classes.

Students can become a member of the Urasenke Tankokai San Diego Association and participate in events such as tea ceremonies organized by the San Diego Association. Additionally, you can become a member of the Urasenke organization, allowing you to attend seminars and tea gathrings hosted by the Urasenke headquarters or other associations.

regular

Every week (typically three times a month) on designated days, each student will practice both as the host and the main guest within a small group of fellow students. Initially, students will start with basic movements and beginner-level tea procedures using a table and chair seating arrangement. At the beginning of each class, an explanation on the day’s kakemono(scroll), tea flowers, seasonal events will be given. While other students are practicing, you may practice as the second or third guest, or observe other students’ procedure.

Class Days:

  • Tuesdays from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Course fee: $60 per month
Duration: 1-2 hours per class
Once a week, three time a month
Matcha and sweets provided

advanced

Students who have built a solid foundation of proficiency, are able to participate in practicing Shikaden, Kagetsu, and Chaji.

The “Shikaden” is a practice aimed at mastering intermediate-level temae (procedures) known as “Sodenmono.” Beyond this level, there are no textbooks, and the teachings are conveyed solely through oral transmission from the teacher.

The “Shichijishiki” is a special practice designed for the refinement of one’s tea skills, involving the participation of five students practicing together.

The “Chaji” is a practice where you learn the preparation and necessary utensils for a full tea gathering (Chaji), and acquire fundamental knowledge and etiquette to participate as a guest. The ultimate goal is to be able to host a Chaji on your own and graciously welcome guests.

Begin Your Tea journey

“Peacefulness through a bowl of tea”