Japanese Tea Ceremony (Private, $20/ticket), includes Tea (Matcha) and Sweet (Wagashi)

Trained in several tea ceremonies since 1998, Rebecca Cragg holds certification in Omotesenke Chanoyu (Japanese Tea Ceremony) as well as Seifuryu Sencha-Do (Another Japanese tea Ceremony) and trained for over 5 years weekend in Omotesenke-Seiha Chanoyu. Rebecca has taught courses at Carleton University on Japanese and other Asian Tea Rituals, history and symbolism as well as courses on Tea and its health benefits. She has been a special guest at the Algonquin Tea Sommelier programme and presented and demonstrated at the Museum of History, Embassy of Japan, Ambassador’s residence, Carleton and Ottawa Universities as well as multiple government and private organisations since 2005. With a B.A. in cultural studies and anthropology, a Master’s in Museology and a B.Ed in Education, Rebecca is an outstanding public speaker and presented in English, French, Spanish and Japanese. Her company, Camellia Teas of Ottawa has served tea to over 30,000 people in the past 12 years and remains one of the only places in North America where guests can come on a regular basis, by appointment to participate and study the Japanese Way of Tea.

In this private tea ceremony experience, Rebecca will demonstrate a seasonal example of Chanoyu, the Japanese Tea Ceremony while guests enjoy a camellia flower traditional bean-paste sweet (sugar, water and white and red beans). The treat is optional and vegan-friendly as well as gluten-free. At the end of the 20 min. demonstration, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy matcha sponsored by the World of Teas. This 45-min experience is a sample of what guests can experience in the regular 2-hour long tea ceremony experience offered at Camellia House (regular price $40 per person for 2 hours).