Poetry, Tea & Celebrations

December 8, 2023
December 8, 2023


In-person at O5 Tea 2208 WEST 4TH AVENUE, VANCOUVER, BC

Join us Friday, December 8!

We’ll be throwing a workshop-party (in-person only) that showcases esoteric practices and creative rituals that can be engaged with Mimi Young’s book of poetry, A Tea Stronger Than Death. We’ll also be exploring the five companion teas to the poems, and how these relate to Daoist philosophy. Flights of teas from O5 Tea, chocolate truffles from Coco + Olive, other treats, exquisite companion tea gift kits, and raffle prizes, including an exquisite handmade gaiwan by ceramicist Helen Kong of Secret Tea Time, Toronto.

Take part in a wintry night inspired by the unifying power of tea and verse:

  • A feast of exquisite tea pairings by O5 Tea
  • A reverie of artisanal chocolates and other treats 
  • Poetry reading
  • A guided workshop on artistic and esoteric activities to engage in alongside the book
  • Book signing (bring your book if you already have a copy!)
  • Ticket options to purchase your limited edition O5 x Ceremonie Book + Companion Teas Gift Kit
  • 5 entries for a chance to win raffle prizes for one-of-a-kind tea cyanotypes and other goodies
  • Access to the last sale of the year for Ceremonie’s Skin + Aura care items, 18-22% OFF

We’re grateful to each of you for your unwavering support in each of our small businesses over the course of this year and years past. We cherish the cultivated connections, as well as witnessing the friendships that have also formed through hanging together online and in-person. Whether it’s over tea at O5, Skin + Aura care and psychic readings with Mimi, our Magick of Tea collaborations, our hearts (and kettles) are boiling for you, and we offer thanks.

The limited supply O5 x Ceremonie Book + Companion Teas Gift Kit are composed to connect with our whole being, of healing and other meaningful moments of locating oneself over and over again through poems and with Tea.

The book, created during the 5-week thematic residency, Meeting For Teas, held at the Banff Centre for Arts + Creativity, located on the side of Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain, is a collection of poems and tea illustrations of grey scaled cyanotypes (sunprints) that showcase both prayer and journey through light, shadow, and verse. The second edition of the artist’s book has an extremely limited print run of 30, much like the first print of 50.

The companion teas are selected, based on varietal, fragrance, body, complexities, and energetics, to reflect generous pairings for each of the Chinese esoteric elements while reading the poetry, striking chords of emotional attunement, introspection, and creative angles of repose:

  • Dragonwell Wen’s Hometown ‘Long Jing’, Green (the element of Wood)
  • Harvest Moon, White (the element of Fire)
  • Ming Jing Gaba, Oolong (the element of Earth)
  • Tea Horse Road | Yiwu 2006, Shou Puer (the element of Metal)
  • Wildbush, Black (the element of Water)

Housed in a minimalist wooden gift box, the featured O5 teas range from 15-30 grams each, and include prints of grey-scaled cyanotypes of each of them by Mimi Young.

In some ways it feels like there’s no way A Tea Stronger Than Death is already onto its second print. In other ways it feels like the book has been here for a long while. Perhaps this speaks to the warm welcome and belongingness each of you have shown us. From the Walter Phillips Gallery at Banff Centre as a stockist, to appearing on podcasts to share about grief and loss, to creative works from other artists such as ceramicist Helen Kong (Toronto), to the Ugly Series transformative writing series, to the eye-moistening interactions with folks at the Magick of Tea gatherings…

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