The Introductory Course offers an opportunity to
learn a simple preparation of tea in ten lessons. The structure
of the class
emphasizes the role of both host and guest. Space is limited
to provide individualized attention.
The Introductory Course is suitable both for those
beginning the study of chanoyu and for those who need a review.
Students should feel free to take this course as a one-time experience.
However, due to the intensive pace of study, those who want to continue
their studies should expect to take the full three terms of the
Introductory and Beginning Course to absorb all material needed
to proceed to the continuing classes.
As in most traditional art forms, licenses are required
to initiate and mark a student’s progression in study. Students
who continue for a second term in the Introductory Course must obtain
the introductory licenses. These licenses will cover the course
of study over the next several years.
Both daytime and evening sessions are offered. There
may be a waiting list for the course.
If you would like to visit the Foundation or would
like more information, please call 415.433.6553.
INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED
The continuing level of classes is suitable for students who have
taken Introductory and Beginning terms of the ten-session course,
and for students with prior experience. This level of study marks
a long-term course of study and implies a sense of commitment
to study. Therefore the continuing class schedule and tuition
are structured differently from the Introductory and Beginning
A monthly tuition covers three classes per month.
At present, continuing classes are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and
Thursdays, with morning, afternoon, and evening classes available.
The student is scheduled for a regular time frame in which to attend
classes. It is advisable to allow two hours for the study period.
If time permits, the student may stay longer to learn by observation.
The monthly tuition [a tradition known as gessha]
is payable regardless of a student’s attendance, to encourage
the student to make the most of their learning opportunities. In
addition, from the Continuing Level, a student is expected to join
the non-profit membership [see membership information]. After several
years, when a student advances beyond the intermediate level, they
must obtain the advanced level of licenses to continue their studies.
If you would like to visit a class, or for more
information, please call 415.433.6553.
ONCE A MONTH SPECIAL CLASSES
Kagetsu is a form of chanoyu study in which five persons work
together, drawing bamboo tiles by chance, to prepare and drink
four bowls of tea. This level of study is suitable for intermediate
through advanced levels of student, since it polishes and hones
that knowledge of movement and focus in the tearoom. Persons studying
under another teacher also are welcome to join this class with
the agreement of their primary teacher.
Yawaragi-kai Kagetsu is a yearly study group, and
again the tuition basis is gessha, a monthly tuition payable regardless
of the student’s attendance in the months a class is offered.
Classes meet at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm the third Sunday of the month,
and at 1:30 pm the fourth Sunday of the month.
The group meets approximately eight times a year.
Space is limited to ensure active participation by all members.
Please call 415.433.6553 for more information.
This study group meets to follow the most advanced studies of
chanoyu. It is suitable only for advanced students with the appropriate
This too is a yearly study group, with the tuition
on a gessha basis, payable each month classes are offered regardless
of a student’s attendance. Open to persons studying under
another teacher with his or her agreement. Groups meet at 2:00
pm the fourth Friday of the month, 10 am the fourth Saturday of
the month and 1:30 pm the fourth Saturday of the month.
Membership is limited to ensure active participation.
The groups meet approximately eight times a year. Please call 415.433.6553
for more information.
Chayu no Kai, or the “Friends in Tea Association,” provides
opportunities for camaraderie and the enjoyment of the culture of
tea among younger practitioners of the Way of Tea. Chayu no Kai
membership is open to all Urasenke Association members, Foundation
members, and others interested in the Urasenke Tradition of Tea.
The group's events include a monthly kagetsu class [10:00 am the
fourth Sunday of the month], in addition to various workshops, tea
gatherings, and full tea gatherings [chaji] throughout the year.
While membership in the Chayu no Kai group is not limited to persons
studying the Way of Tea, participation in the monthly kagetsu classes
does require a knowledge of the basic procedures of making tea.
Please call the Foundation at 415.433.6553 for more information.