Explore chanoyu (茶の湯)—or Japanese tea ceremony—and discover the world of tea beyond matcha lattes and sweets.

There are many ways to learn about and enjoy tea, especially matcha. If you find yourself curious about the world of tea beyond matcha lattes and sweets, perhaps it’s time to explore chanoyu, or Japanese tea ceremony (also called sadō or chadō). If this sounds like you, we invite you to join Japanese Tea Ceremony Trial Courses, led by chanoyu teacher Rie-sensei, where you’ll learn how to:

  • Enjoy making and sipping delicious matcha on your own
  • Explore Japanese culture
  • Find inner calmness and tranquility
  • Connect with others through tea

You’ll quickly learn that chanoyu can be something you practice all your life. Some students practice for many years. We understand that some people might want to take a peek into this world before committing, which is why we’ve developed trial courses for you.

Please note that these courses are seminar-style, with time for lecture(s), hands-on practice, and discussion. At the end of your course, you're welcome to inquire about continuing courses.


All sessions will be held at the PARU Tea Room in La Jolla (2nd floor of PARU). You have two options to select from:

Option A: 1-Day Course / $59
Discover the philosophy behind Japanese tea ceremony and learn how to prepare delicious matcha.

Scheduled dates (choose Friday or Sunday)
  • Sunday, April 14, 2024, from 1 PM to 3 PM
  • Friday, April 19, 2024, from 10 AM to 12 PM
  • Sunday, April 21, 2024, from 1 PM to 3 PM

  • SOLD OUT - Friday, March 29, 2024, from 10 AM to 12 PM
  • SOLD OUT - Sunday, March 31, 2024, from 1 PM to 3 PM
Option B: 3-Day Course / $179
Learn how to enjoy matcha on your own and serve it to other guests, such as your family or loved ones.

Scheduled dates (chose Fridays or Sundays)
  • Fridays (March 29, April 5, & April 12, 2024, from 10 AM to 12 PM)
  • Sundays (March 31, April 7 & April 14, 2024, from 1 PM to 3 PM)

    How to Sign Up

    To sign up, please visit:

    If you're interested but unable to attend the above dates, please out to Rie Morita-sensei (at the same link listed above). If there's enough interest, she will host additional sessions.

    For questions and availability, please contact Rie-sensei directly through her website:


    After completing the sign-up form, Rie-sensei will provide you with instructions for payment (to be submitted through Zelle). Your spot is officially reserved once the instructor receives your payment.

    A note from your instructor, Morita Sokei

    I have been practicing chado (Japanese tea ceremony) for 18 years.

    I started the chado because I wanted to share Japanese culture with my daughters growing up in the U.S., not only the events but also the spirit of the Japanese culture. I was fascinated by its depth and breadth.

    I am also moved by the sincere interest that many Americans have in chado, and I am now working daily not only to introduce Japanese culture but also to convey how chanoyu can contribute to bringing peace of mind, which is a universal human desire.

    I am currently an advisor at PARU.