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RETURN TO SOURCE                                                                            A 3-day Tea & Meditation Retreat  

JULY 20 - 22, 2018 

Join us as we take a moment to drop in deeply to our inner original Nature, and share simple and sacred space in a beautiful, unique private Nature sanctuary location just a few minutes outside of downtown Nevada City at the rare, park-like setting of JADE VALLEY, a  cultural center for Asian classical tea arts. 

TEA CEREMONY & MEDITATION

 Classical Asian Tea Ceremony

Classical Asian Tea Ceremony

We will practice sitting in silence, using breath and awareness, tuning into the wind, the birds, the crickets, the sounds of the river, learn about Zen and Taoist practices, and access an extraordinary private tea collection using real antique Chinese tea cups for ceremonies throughout the weekend.  All water used for Tea is hand-drawn fresh mountain spring water. This is a very unique and rare offering in the world of Tea, and for most, this will be the most exquisite Tea they have ever experienced.

ABOUT THE TEA CEREMONY  

We will be drinking highly a highly refined selection of rare collectors-only tea, and using centuries-old AUTHENTIC ANTIQUE TEA CUPS and wares.  This combination makes for a very special and memorable experience.  This kind of offering is rarely seen in the current world of tea. The tea is sourced from private collectors via long-standing personal relationships and not available commercially anywhere.  Small amounts (20 grams or less) of some of these teas will be available for purchase at the end of the event. All service is based on Classical Gong Fu tradition, as taught from a lineage stemming back to the origins of Gong Fu Cha in ancient China.   This ceremony practice combines intention, quietude, meditative focus, centeredness, and simplicity.  Read more about MJ's training in the ABOUT page on the main navigation menu.                                                             

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITY

Arrival: Friday  July 20  1-2pm  Orientation / Opening Puerh Tea Ceremony

4pm Meditation under the Ancient Oak

6pm    Dinner

8pm    Tea & Zen/Taoist Poetry Sharing

Saturday  July 21 SILENCE MORNING til NOON

7am  Personal Yoga / Stretch Time on lawn

8am   Fresh Fruits & Nuts Sharing

9am   Ancient White Puerh Tea Ceremony / Meditation

9:30am      Sheng Puerh Tea Ceremony

10:30am    Meditative Walk on Land

12noon   Om - toning,  Brunch buffet

2pm   Aged Shou Puerh Teahut Ceremony

5pm   Meditation Under the Oak /  Solo Meditation

7pm   Dinner / Discussion:  Zen Koans, Parables, Stories

8:30pm   Rare Early 1960's Puerh Tea Ceremony

10pm (optional) Lying Down Meditative Viewing of Stars  (on the lawn)

Sunday July 22   Free Time / Meditate, Yoga, Stretch, Walk, etc.

9am  Fresh Fruits & Nuts Sharing

10am  Brunch  /  Meditative Musical offering

12noon  Rare Aged Sheng Puerh Tea Ceremony & Poetry

1pm   Closing Ceremony & Departure                                                                                                                                                                                    

 HERMITAGE

HERMITAGE

 Zen Retreat Suite

Zen Retreat Suite

 Jade Valley lower field

Jade Valley lower field

ACCOMMODATIONS:                                                                                                                  On the Jade Valley Property, the simple, artistic indoor spaces feature Antique Asian furniture, amenities to make your own tea, stocked bathrooms, and plenty of privacy. Stylishly set at the top of the property, these are convenient spaces normally operated as high class Airbnb spaces. The outdoor camp site is super private, and is only a minute's walk from the main building, though it feels secluded and is very quiet.

PRICING

**$380  "HERMITAGE" (Queen bed + queen futon) in a separate building, an upstairs private studio apartment with kitchenette and bathroom. Sleeps up to 4 adults. See photos below (coming soon).  Book as a couple for $30 discount per person.  Book as a group of 4, get $40 discount. 

**$300  *ZEN NATURE RETREAT SUITE - (Queen bed + single futon, private room and bathroom Sleeps 3 adults. See photos below.  Book as a couple or group and get $20 off per person.  This room has its own private separate entrance via a deck on the side of the main house. It is not accessible from inside the main house, so it's 100% private.

**$230 Tea Garden Tent Zone - Tent Space for a few tents in an all-day-shade spot next to the Tea Plantation. Three minute walk to the main building. 2 minute walk in from parking zone.  Be immersed in Nature for the weekend!  $10 discount per person for shared tent.

**$180  Off-Site Lodging - Stay with area friends or sleep at your own home if you're a local.  These people will be expected to arrive on time for each day's program.

**$130 Apprentice Position - This is a spot for someone interested in being involved in set up before hand, assisting during, and clean up after the retreat.  There will be one space open (single mattress - bring own bedding) in upstairs "dorm room" in main building.

 

 Example of food to be served.

Example of food to be served.

>>>>>> FOOD <<<<<<                                  

We will be preparing traditional, delicious yet simple, healthy, organic non-processed home-made whole foods, with a vegetarian approach. Some eggs and or dairy may be included. Please let us know if you have any specific needs. Details on menu are still pending, updates on food will be posted here very soon.  It's going to be incredible!

TO REGISTER FOR THIS RETREAT, PLEASE CLICK THE "RETREATS" BUTTON ON MAIN NAVIGATION AT TOP OF PAGE, AND THEN "REGISTER FOR EVENTS" ON THE DROP DOWN MENU, SELECT THE APPROPRIATE ACCOMMODATIONS CHOICE, THEN PROCEED TO CART / CHECK OUT.

PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO SECURE YOUR SPOT.  SEE CONTACT PAGE FOR SENDING US A MESSAGE.  THANK YOU!