Twelve students participated in a very late ro season chaji on May 3. John Schick was teishu, Eri Brevig and Lauren Dito shared the extensive hanto responsibilities, and the guests were Keiko Wright, Claudia Hennum, Robyn Torres, and Shokuchi Carrigan. The kitchen was presided over by master chef Scott McDougall - as always, we are deeply grateful for his teaching. the mizuya cho - Hallie Mohr planned a wonderful menu. This was her last tea with us, at least for now, as she is about to leave California to join her new husband in Switzerland. The mizuya crew was Kathy Early, Hiroko Ishida, Karen Sherman, and Jamie Morf.
Thanks to Julian, who sent these poems commemorating the New Years Tea Gathering during the January Intensive at Green Gulch 2012.
Green dragon kettle rests in the sunken hearth gently steaming dominating the spare, elegant room of tatami, plaster, cedar, and bamboo the alcove with its scroll, flowers, and incense box And so we take tea slowly, carefully paying attention to motion, artifact, and flavor Thinking carefully before we speak The dragon's presence requires ours.
~~~~~~~~~~ Yu Jo (Friendship) ~~~~~~~~
Bamboo tea scoop The shape just so So precisely curved so thin so light so elegant almost not there at all