Wed, 04 Sept|
Tai Tam Reservoir
Womens Wild Swim & Tea Ceremony
Gather to swim in Mother's wild rockpools, and share sacred Cha Dao Tea Ceremony under the outstretched arms of the trees above us.
Time & Location
04 Sept 2019, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tai Tam Reservoir, Tai Tam Reservoir, Tai Tam, Hong Kong
About the Event
Kembali is overjoyed and humbled to co-create this offering with a beloved wild soul-sister.
Our Wild Swim & Tea Ceremony Gathering is an invitation to connect with Nature through all of our senses. It is our honour to be celebrating the Earth that carries, nourishes, houses and guides us through this life.
Kembali guides regular Wild Swim gatherings at rock pools and waterfalls across Hong Kong. It is the simple, yet profound act of meeting your inner wild with the wilds of Nature. In the same way that water naturally gravitates to the sea, we allow our body and senses to follow what feels natural and right for us in the moment. In a world where we are often conditioned and even told how we should look, behave, and show up, allowing your true nature to show up is an act of revolution.
So, how do we do that?
We don't... Nature does. In this wild space, there is no judgement, and all parts of you are welcome.
Nature's gift extends to the offering of Cha Dao, the perfect embodiment of four elements, Fire, Water, Air and Earth.
Cha Dao "The Way of Tea" is a practice that comes from the ancient Chinese lineage. Since its discovery by Taoists and sages it has been used as a form of medicine and for long states of meditation. Tea is a master of plants, a spirit of nature, manifested through this leaf and awakened by hot water. Used in the ceremony, it is a dance between the elements, a sensory exploration of awakened presence, where everything is connected by space. Tea shows us exactly where we are and exactly what is needed. She is a funny, strong and compassionate teacher. Each ceremony is completely unique in itself and deeply moving.
Join us in this gathering where we tend to the wild, and share tea in Hong Kong's diverse natural setting.
This gathering welcomes all who identify as women.
-- Where? --
We will be guiding you to a beautiful space where we will be able to swim and play beneath a waterfall in Tai Tam, Hong Kong Island.
There will be a 40 min gentle walk to the trail head, before moving to a smaller trail that descends down to the rock pools. The trail becomes a little more technical as we will slowly climb down with the help of branches and trees along the way. This trail is beautiful and fun to move down, and absolutely possible for a variety of physical abilities.
Please contact us if you have any physical injuries or would like to know more about what the walk would involve.
-- What will I have to bring? --
For the swim, please carry your swimwear, towel and change of clothes.
As we will be sitting directly on the Earth along the river, we recommend bringing a mat, or cushion, whatever you need to feel comfortable in sitting for Tea Ceremony.
Please also consider bringing personal items that will keep you safe, and comfortable including comfortable walking shoes, organic sunscreen, and natural insect repellent.
-- About your Guides --
-- Jasmine Nunns --
Jasmine Nunns spent her childhood climbing trees, digging for earth worms, creating magical potions from fruits and berries foraged in her local village, and rescuing every animal she possible could. It was this connection she had to the Earth that led her to working for animal welfare and environmental conservation charities as well as schools, channelling her passion to reconnecting people with the natural world.
Kembali was born from her love of the Earth. Realising that education alone was not always enough to create a shift in consciousness around caring for the Earth and its beings, Jasmine moved into facilitating connection through Nature & Forest therapy, Wild swimming, Re-Wilding & ancestral skills and powerful wilderness-based rites of passage. It is the embodied act of 'falling in love with the Earth' that she believes will bring us back to ourselves and our Earth community, living with kindness, awe and stewardship to the Great Mother.
-- Baelyn Elspeth --
Baelyn Elspeth (Tien Wu) offers ceremonial work as a way to explore our relationship to Mother Earth. Holding space with song and rhythm have become key elements in her work with the Sacred Feminine. A disciple of Tea Master Wu De, Baelyn serves Tea as an anchor to ground and cultivate the space of stillnes. Whether serving traditional Tea Ceremonies, or holding ritual space through sound and drum, for her these paths are ways of being a vessel for spirit and consciousness.
A truly magnetic force, Baelyn captivates whomever she comes across with her heart-opening presence. She is also a global leader in women’s community building and a core leader of the annual Spiritweavers Gathering, an earth-skills community dedicated to sustainable practices and living in harmony with nature.
Wild Swim & Cha Dao Tea Ceremo