A small notice in a local newsletter gave little detail other than an outside tea ceremony would be held in Asian inspired gardens. I jumped at the chance to feel like I was half way around the world for the day.

Upon arrival, I checked in at the makeshift Visitor’s Center which was a simple folding table and chair in the parking lot. The tea ceremony was located up the hill beneath the shade of weeping willow trees and in the cross paths of a light, refreshing lake breeze.

Participation brought a sense of meditative calmness to the audience as we became immersed in story, ritual and the environment. Time slowed as beauty emerged, delivering the sweet essence of an authentic adventure.

When have you slowed your pace to achieve a richer, fuller experience?