UPDATE JULY 24 : POSTPONED: TEA & MEDITATION IMMERSION RETREAT / DIGI DETOX DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL, WE ARE POSTPONING THIS EVENT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. WE WILL NOTIFY YOU ALL ONCE WE ARE ABLE TO RE-SCHEDULE. MOST LIKELY TOWARDS THE END OF SEPTEMBER. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING. WITH LOVE, MJ
This is the first in a series of special weekend retreats designed to bring people into deep states of awareness and simple presence, taking full advantage of the sprawling park-like setting of Jade Valley - located just 10 minutes from downtown Nevada City, and just 5 minutes from the local co-op. We'll share amazing rare Tea, sit in a pristine and private Natural setting for meditation, and enjoy a quiet peace-filled time - all the while free from cell phone and wifi signals, computer screens, radiation and distracting digital activity.
We will be alternating between Tea ceremonies and meditation sessions, as well as sharing some Tea history and cultural information, stories, poetry, laughs, insights, etc....
The meditation practices are based in Zen tradition and are "Zazen" style - open eyed meditation - with some Taoist practices included.
This event is limited to just 10 people.
A brief overview of the 3 day schedule is as follows:
Fri. AUG 4 1pm check in/ 2pm orientation, opening Tea/ 4pm Meditation/ 6pm Dinner Sat. AUG 5 9am Tea & Med. / 11am Tea School/ 12:30pm lunch / 3pm Med. / 5pmPoetry 6pm Dinner / 7pm Open Tea & Discussion/ 8:30pmMusic & Open Tea Sun. AUG 6 SILENCE 8am Silent Tea / 11am Med. / 12:30pm Lunch / 2pm Closing Ceremony & Sharing
ACCOMMODATIONS & COSTS (pricing includes meals, program, etc)
Jade Valley has camping spaces for three tents; dorm room style sleeping (carpeted floor in large private room); a luxury suite w/private entry & own bathroom for two people (one queen-sized bed). One larger tent is available ( 3 people max.) $20 extra per person.
Camping (three spots) = $200
Dorm room space (4 spaces) = $240
Onsite Luxury Private suite (2 people max) = $380 (per person)
All meals will be vegetarian or vegan and made fresh onsite by a professional chef. More info regarding food details will be available closer to the date. Light breakfast will consist of fruit and nuts.
Retreat MENU: Barry Boullion, a certified professional raw/vegan chef also well schooled in Chinese Gong Fu Tea Ceremony and Culture, will be preparing an incredible selection for us as follows: Friday dinner - North African coconut curry vegetables with rice and garden salad. Saturday lunch - red lentils and sweet potato soup. Saturday dinner - Asian style noodles with vegetables & Asian coleslaw. Sunday lunch - shiitake Ramen.
REGISTRATION Registration is first come, first served basis. No "holding spots" is possible. Please be sure to register via the link below, and then follow the instructions. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
ABOUT JADE VALLEY TEA ARTS
Jade Valley Tea Arts is a multi-layered project that includes the cultivation of Tea, a school for classical Tea Arts, and the creation of a new public (offsite) Tea House franchise. Located in Nevada City, it's Natural beauty and private acreage, along with its Japanese influenced aesthetics, make it an ideal location for small retreats, private workshops and intimate classes. Bordering Deer Creek, with adjacent open fields and forested areas create a very special setting for creating memorable experiences.
ABOUT MJ Greenmountain - Retreat Host
MJ is the sole proprietor of Jade Summit and Jade Valley Tea Arts in Nevada City. He has had a deep lifelong relationship with Tea, and a daily disciplined practice for 20 years. He spent many years under the tutelage of an Elder Master and Scholar in the SF Bay Area and has also had the opportunity to sit with many Masters from various Tea ‘schools’ of China, Japan and Taiwan. He has studied both Zen and Taoist practices and harmonizes these elements in his own daily practice. Deeply knowledgeable and heart-centered, MJ focuses on weaving together the array of historic Tea cultures, and transmits the Ancient “Spirit” of Tea in all aspects of his daily life. Widely known for his professional music endeavors, MJ moved to Nevada City in 2012 to raise a family and deepen his community healing works.