Tea Ceremony, Labyrinth & Sound at St.Augustine's Bell Tower
- Mon 20th Mar 2023, 2:15pm – 5pm America/New York (UTC -04:00)
- St. Augustine's Tower, London E8 1HT
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★★★★★ “So amazing! Beautiful. Relaxing. Healing. Transcendental” - Jake C
The event is limited to 6 participants only.
Meditation with ceremonial hei-cha or aged pu-erh tea and walking a candle-lit labyrinth in the atmospheric St.Augustine's Bell Tower, accompanied by shamanic drumming and old ritual singing bowls. An evening to touch mysterious depths of our human nature and its calling for harmony, well-being and peace.
St. Augustine Tower is the oldest building and landmark of Hackney. It can easily blur your perception of time, and when the weather is clear, it offers amazing views from the roof. To reach the top you will have to climb one hundred and thirty-five steps via the narrowing spiral stone stairway.
During our evening the tower will turn into a magical space to interact with the subtle realms of our existence and to reveal our interconnectedness with various phenomena around. Each room/floor will offer us a different experience one after another, up to the top of the tower.
There will be a tea room with a tea ceremony - meditative and beautiful ritual inspired by Tao and Zen. Sitting on the cushions on the floor we will slowly drink earthy tea, allowing the ceremonial drink to take us to the dimension of it's profound energy, and through the delicate sensory stimulation, we will try to explore it's ephemeral presence and a perception of ourselves.
On another floor there will be a labyrinth. In some old traditions, labyrinths and spirals were considered as sacred places that can shift the elemental energies and as portals between worlds. Unlike a maze labyrinth has only one path leading to the centre and back out again. It can be approached as a spiritual practice or meditation metaphorically related to walking our path in life. It gives the opportunity to observe ourselves, our patterns, approach to goals and facing various turns and curves on our path. Labyrinth walking can act as our guide offering some insights, lessons, answers, suggestions and can subtly show our purpose in life.
Climbing the spiral construction of the tower will double the experience of the labyrinth walk.. When you reach the centre of the labyrinth and later the top of the roof, allow yourself to be still for a moment and open to receive whatever you are given and whatever you have to learn.
Facilitator: Kat Bumbul/Sound Mysterium
Kat Bumbul is experienced sound healer (14 years), working with gongs, old Himalayan singing bowls, drums and her unique voice, also a ritualistic tea artist, creating tea meditations inspired by Chinese and Japanese ceremonies and Taoist and Zen philosophy. Kat studies and practices Siberian shamanism, Kashmiri shaiva tantra, mahamudra and Dao Yin Shu.
The ceremony begins at 6.30pm. Please arrive between 6.15pm and 6.30pm. The venue has no bath room, it's a good idea to use one at McDonalds or public toilets next to the tower before the event.
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