What you'll do
Enjoy a Japanese Tea Ceremony experience right in the National Capital region! Host Rebecca Cragg will guide you through tearooms at her private residence, decorated with antiques from her seven-year stay in Japan. For over 20 years, Rebecca has been a student of tea ceremony, brush painting, ikebana and kimono. About ten years ago, she began to study Sencha Do (another style of tea ceremony) and she has received certification in many of these traditional arts of Japan. Camellia House, her private residence where she and her husband Matt (and cat Halichan) reside, have offered guests traditional tea ceremony experiences for nearly 15 years now. After arriving and enjoying a welcome cup of tea, guests will learn about the history and practice of this ancient practice, all while learning the details and etiquette of how to participate. Traditional Japanese-style sweets along with powdered green tea (matcha) are served in one of several tearooms at Camellia House, a private residence in the Mooney's Bay area which has been featured on CTV's Regional Contact (2011) as well as in National Geographic's 'Travel Abroad at Home' (2015). Photographs are permitted, all ages are welcome!
For over 20 years I have been studying the Japanese Tea Ceremony. I continue to study) with master teachers in Japan and Canada and in 2018 I was received the Foreign Minister's Award for excellence in sharing Japanese culture abroad. I have been featured in National Geographic's 'Travel Abroad at Home' for Tea Ceremony and have been featured on Regional Contact (CTV) and other media sites over the past nearly 15 years. After spending 7 years living in Japan where I taught English, I also studied Japanese brush painting (2,000 hours of private instruction), Ikebana and kimono competition.
wagashi, or traditional bean paste sweets are vegan-friendly, nut-free and served with tea.
Guests will enjoy two kinds of tea during their tea ceremony: - matcha (powdered green tea) and sencha which have caffeine
Where you'll be
The tea ceremony experience takes place in several tearooms and spaces throughout Camellia House - including (in fine weather) outdoors in a small teahouse near the pond. In fall and winter, there are three tearooms inside the home which guests will enjoy during their tea ceremony visit.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 6 guests ages 2 and up can attend.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about the tea ceremony experience. Every effort is made to make you comfortable (chairs can be provided if requested in advance).
Japanese Tea Ceremony