A Japanese Tea Presentation and Dinner at Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa
7 September 2011
The drinking of Matcha tea from China was introduced to Japan together with Zen over 800 years ago. Buddhist monks began to explore this art form in temples and other sites in the hills northwest of Kyoto. Though strongly influenced by Zen, the transformation of the Japanese tea ceremony began in the 1480’s outside the temples among the ruling class and merchants from whom spread to the rest of the privileged. Over the next hundred years, the simple tea ceremony grew into the form we know and practice today – a ritual representing the principles of harmony, respect, purity and tranquillity.
Chanoyu, the ceremony surrounding the serving of powdered green tea, is a synthesis of many Japanese arts with the focus of preparing and serving tea with a pure heart and a means of self-cultivation.
Chado, the way of tea, in its subtle way, is perhaps one of the largest contributions Japan has ever made to the cultural life of the world, believes Japanese tea master, Søren Bisgaard. In chado one learns to value each fleeting moment. Each encounter between the host and guest is unique. It has never been experienced before and will never be repeated again. It exists only in that very moment, so you have to pay attention to the present with all your heart and mind. When everyone’s attention is focused on the moment, that moment becomes eternal.
Today, Japanese tea master, Søren, travels around the world introducing Chanoyu to many people for the first time. He believes that when people come together to share a bowl of tea through chado, goodwill and peace can be realised.
About the Tea Master, Søren M. Chr. Bisgaard
Native to Copenhagen, Denmark, Søren became interested in philosophy at the age of 15, visited the Oracle of Delphi at 18 and became a sannyasin monk at the age of 20. He initiated interest in Indian philosophy and religion among the youth in Denmark, which led to the foundation of a monastery. After having studied sanskrit, philosophy and Japanese language at Copenhagen University, Søren began his journey across the world.
Arriving in Japan in 1976, Søren immersed himself in the study of Japanese tea ceremony, joining the Urasenke Midorikai program in Kyoto, where he continues his studies to this day. Over the years, Søren’s devotion, practice and embodiment of chado, the way of tea, has earned him significant recognition as a well sought after tea master in Japan, Denmark and beyond.
Please join us in this rare opportunity to share eternal moments through tea, followed by a Japanese inspired, living foods dinner at Fivelements.
Rp. 550,000 per person, Presentation & Dinner
Rp. 350,000 per person, Presentation only
23 September 2011
After 14:00 Arrivals & Check-in & Orientation am-pm Optional Healing & Beauty Ritual(extra cost) 17:00–21:00 Talk: Raw Food for Health, Beauty & Longevity. Gourmet Raw Food Dinner prepared by Master Chef Cherie Soria & Fivelements' Chef Made Runatha
24 September 2011
07:00–08:00 Yoga 08:15–09:00 Breakfast & Green Smoothies 09:00–09:30 Orientation and Introduction to Class 09:30–10:00 Culinary Demo: Five flavors for dynamic sauces. Learn how to balance flavors to make fantastic dressings and sauces. Cherie will prepare several amazing dipping sauces for students to use in a variety of ways when creating their own wraps and rolls. 10:00–10:45 Culinary Demo: Basic knife skills. Learn how to use knives like the pros to create textures that enhance flavor and enjoyment. Cherie will also show a variety of ways cut vegetables for wraps and rolls that are easy to make and fun to eat 10:45–11:00 Break/prepare for hands-on food preparation lab 11:00–12:00 Knife skills lab: Students practice cutting vegetables like a pro (prepare/cut ingredients for wrap fillings under Cherie's guidance) 12:00–12:30 Hands-0n Wrap and Roll Lab: Please play with your food! Have fun making wraps and rolls that suit your taste 12:30–13:00 Group discussion and Q&A with Cherie 13:00–14:00 Lunch buffet plus wraps and rolls 14:00–16:00 Free time for Healing & Beauty Rituals, Pool lounge 16:00–16:30 High Tea 16:30–17:30 Free time for Healing & Beauty Rituals, Pool lounge 17:30–21:00 Health Cocktails and Dinner
25 September 2011
07:00–08:00 Yoga 08:15– 09:00 Breakfast & Green Smoothies 09:00– 09:30 Talk: Feast, Lose Weight, Gain Energy, Feel Younger on Raw Foods 09:30–10:30 Culinary Demo: Healthy everyday gourmet meals made easy 10:30–10:45 Break/wash hands for food preparation lab 10:45–11:45 Hands-on Gourmet Creations Lab: Have fun creating delicious, healthy, gourmet meals that are simple to make, incorporating all five flavors, great textures, and beautiful presentation 11:45–12:00 Break 12:00–12:30 Talk: Tips for creating a high raw lifestyle for health, beauty, and longevity 12:30–13:00 Group discussion and Q&A with Cherie 13:00–14:00 Lunch buffet plus student creations 14:00–16:00 Free time for Healing & Beauty Rituals, Pool lounge 16:00–16:30 High Tea 16:30–17:30 Free time for Healing & Beauty Rituals, Pool lounge 17:30–21:00 Health Cocktails and Dinner
Deposit and cancellations:
Reservations must be confirmed by 15 September 2011, 8 days prior to retreat start.
Check-in is from 2pm. Check-out is by 12pm.
As a healing destination retreat, Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa maintains a peaceful atmosphere integrated with nature. To this regard, we support a smoke-free & alcohol-free environment. We kindly request that usage of all electronic devices be limited to guest rooms only.
Conditions:As a healing destination retreat, Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa maintains a peaceful atmosphere integrated with nature. To this regard, we support a smoke-free & alcohol-free environment. Additionally, we kindly request that usage of all electronic devices be limited to guest rooms only. Our Sakti Dining Room offers gourmet raw vegan living cuisine.
Special Discount for Guests participating in the Gourmet Culinary Retreat:
20% discount for Fivelements' Healing Treatments & Beauty Rituals
30% discount for additional night stays at Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa
All bookings based on availability