After years of Japanese tea ceremony lessons, I longed for an appropriate uncluttered space of my own in which to practice. Installing a tea hut was such a crazy idea, I knew I should take it seriously. After sharing tea in my hut with many different people, I remain convinced that acting on that crazy idea was a good decision.
The mossy shade in the area I had in mind already felt like a tea garden. I added stepping stones, a granite lantern and a basin.
The hut dimensions allowed for a board with a screen, an acceptable alternative to the more common tokonoma alcove. I requested custom windows to illuminate the preparation area with soft light.
Tea utensils are staged in a corner. A friend made the shelf from a board that once served as a desk.
The tea garden and hut are one in my mind. The healing rhythms of nature are much in evidence here. But they are always available by just slowing down and sharing a cup of tea.