Issoan Tea School Grand Lobby Stage

Tea Ceremony demonstration by Issoan Tea School / 11:00-11:45pm

There is also a philosophy to tea, which comes partly from centuries of tea masters, and partly from the interactions of the tea ceremony with Zen Buddhism.

The heart of the tea ceremony is not found in the tea, but in the four principles of wa-kei-sei-jaku, or harmony, respect, purity and tranquility. The tranquility comes from learning how to be in harmony with others, respect for others and oneself, and purity in thought and action. These principals act as the foundation of the study of the tea ceremony.

Ikebana demonstration Grand Lobby Stage

Ikebana demonstration by Nana Bellerud / 12:00-12:45pm

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is more than simply putting flowers in a container. It is a disciplined art form in which the arrangement is a living thing where nature and humanity are brought together. It is steeped in the philosophy of developing a closeness with nature. Its materials are living branches, leaves, grasses, and blossoms. Its heart is the beauty resulting from color combinations, natural shapes, graceful lines, and the meaning latent in the total form of the arrangement. Nana Bellerud is a member of Ikebana International.

Alan Taft Bonsai Demonstration

Bonsai and Camellia workshop by Alan Taft / 1 – 1:45pm

Koi Pond Building Presentation by Linda Montgomery / 2 – 2:45pm