11/10/19 Chop Wood, Carry Water, Drink Tea {SOLD OUT}


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SOLD OUT- if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this class, please email us at highgardentea@gmail.com and let us know!

“Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.  After enlightenment, chop wood carry water.” To bring all of yourself to daily tasks creates a wholeness that we oftentimes miss within ourselves.  Feeling broken into a thousand tasks and thoughts at once is an overwhelming plague to which so many of us are falling victim.  To be truly in the moment with the task at hand, brings us mindfulness, mind/body connection, and the gift of the moment.  Appreciate this moment, for you will never have it again.

This class offers a slow paced day filled with opportunity to be fully in the moment and mindful only of that which you are doing, but it also will offer incredible skill building.  These are essential skills to the human species, slowly being lost with modern conveniences but missed deeply within our deeper longing.

You will learn to properly chop wood for indoor or outdoor fires from beginning to end using splitting axe, hatchet, and knife.  You will then learn basic matchless fire building skills as to how to properly arrange and stack the wood as well as utilizing feather sticks that you carve and dry material. You will then help bring the fire to life using only the Ferro rod and camp knife.

Once our fire is established, we will journey into the back woods on a plant walk and gather our own water from a natural spring fed woodland stream.  We will then return it back to our fire to make a lovely Taiwanese Oolong Tea.  The walk, the water gathering, and the forest reconnection will all be intentional.

After minimally filtering, we will boil our water over the fire to purify it before brewing our tea.   We will make pots of tea together around the fire that we built appreciating the subtle complexities of the tea  as well as how it represents taking pleasure in the simple things.

This class can be wonderful for anyone looking not only to reconnect with the moment, but also looking to reconnect to ancient and vital skills that are quickly being lost.

Skill level and Prerequisites: All skill levels welcome, no prerequisite required.

Date: November 10, 2019


Workshop Cost: $65

Optional Add-on Bundle {Sold Separately}: $40 – Includes taking home your Knife and Ferro rod fire starter, small bundle of Fat Wood fire starter sticks, and 1 oz of high grade Taiwanese Oolong Tea.  (This is fully optional.  You do not have to purchase this to participate as all tools will be provided during the workshop.  This will simply allow you to take the necessary tools  home with you to further practice what you have learned.)

Provided: All tools needed

Bring: Lunch, water, snacks, appropriate outdoor clothing for hiking and weather conditions. Closed toed shoes. No Sandals 

Instructor: Joel and Leah Larabell

Location: Joel and Leah’s home at 1826 New Hope Rd, Joelton TN 37080 (about 25 minutes from High Garden)

Doggy Alert: We do have 3 medium/large dogs that are a loving part of our family and they love to attend the classes.  If you have severe dog allergies, are very scared of dogs, or have any aversion to dogs, this may not be a comfortable environment for you.

Maximum occupancy– 8

Cancellation/Refund Policy: If it is more than a month before the class date just let us know that you are unable to attend and you will receive a full refund.

If it is less than a month before the workshop and you are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible and if we are able to fill your spot from someone on the waiting list then you will receive a full refund. If we (or you) are unable to fill your spot than no refund will be given.

If it is less than 3 days before the workshop, no refund will be given as that is not enough time for us to try and fill your space as we will be busy preparing for your workshop.