How and where to study tea ceremony


We offer lessons through Shofuso, the Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park, as well as through private teachers throughout the region.

Why study tea ceremony?

 Why study tea ceremony? There are as many reasons as there are students: to learn more about Japanese culture, to embrace a meditative approach to everyday life, to experience a new approach to serving and sharing tea. The goal is not simply to make tea for others, but to immerse yourself in another way of thinking, where you practice everything from subtle hand movements to preparing meals.

We teach tea ceremony in traditional Japanese style: In a small group setting where students work individually with a teacher to learn the basic movements and procedures needed to host a tea gathering or attend one as a guest. It typically takes about three months of weekly lessons to learn the most basic temae, or tea procedure, and after that a student can study as long and as deeply as he or she likes.

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Drinking tea is a great way to embrace mindfulness in an everyday activity

Drinking tea is a great way to embrace mindfulness in an everyday activity



Shofuso, the Japanese House in Fairmount Park

We offer lessons in association with the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia at Shofuso, a stunning example of Japanese architecture in Fairmount Park.

New Jersey


Located on a private residence in central New Jersey, this tea house is the site of private lessons taught by a local teacher.

King of Prussia


Several teachers offer lessons at this tearoom, located in a private residence in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.