The number of kids hosted at the Aadharboot school for disabled children in rural Nepal has been growing; kids fit quite tightly in the single classroom that is available. We are raising funds to build a second classroom through a Silent Auction. 100% of the money raised will be donated to Aadharbhoot.
Date: Sunday June 25, 2023, 12pm - 6pm
Location (in store only): O5 Tea Bar, 2208 West 4th, Vancouver
In our latest trip to Nepal, we had the pleasure of meeting the children and teachers of the Aadharbhoot Primery School (Sustha Manasthiti Shrot).
This wonderful community provides education and opportunities for kids with disabilities from rural communities all over Nepal.
With very limited resources and a lot of hard work, the folks at Aadharbhoot built one of the most heart warming projects we have seen.
Watch school teachers and kids at work and play!
We are very thankful to Robert Stickney and Dianne Cacchioni who are donating some masterpieces for this cause.
Dianne Cacchioniis a highly accomplished artist who lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. Dianne is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in Fine Art as well as a graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Visual Arts majoring in Photography. In the last twenty years, her work has explored the world of photography, both historically and conceptually as well as alternative techniques including painting with photographic emulsions, and hand-making large sheets of paper. After studying with Zen brush master Ari Tomita (student of Japan's National Treasure Shiryu Morita,) for the last ten years she has been exhibiting and selling her brush paintings. Her Haiku series of the seasons and other books represent this collaboration of photography and painting.
Robert Stickney is a good friend and artist based in Vancouver, BC. After receiving a degree in architecture from the University of Manitoba and a BFA in ceramics at Lethbridge, Robert became fascinated with Japanese aesthetics. This led to a lifelong exploration of the culture and world of Japanese ceramics. Since retiring from teaching, Robert has focused on creating tea-ware, wood firing at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, BC. Robert is often an honoured guest at our tea bar.
Other items on auction:
We will have a few surprises, including art pieces donated by family and friends, and a tea tasting at your home (or our bar) catered by Pedro Villalon.
All items auctioned will be on display, at our tea bar, starting Friday June 23 (noon).
The silent auction will open on Sunday June 23, 12pm. You may place a bid on any item (and see the list of previous bids by other folks).
You may come back to the tea bar throughout the day to check if your bid is winning; you may, of course, choose to raise the bid if someone else is on track to get your favourite item.
We will announce the winners at 6pm. Please leave your phone and email so we may contact you.
Lauren and Stephen focus on the harvest and supply of locally sourced ingredients native to the lower mainland. With ethics of sustainability in mind, they consider nature a valuable resource that should be both studied and respected.
Yang Si, of the Hani (Aini) nation, was an old friend and tea mentor for Pedro.
Yang Si (literally Yang 'Number Four', as he was the fourth child in his family) grew up caring for the ancient trees in his family's groves. In 2009, he invited a perfect stranger (Pedro, who was hiking in Nannuo) for lunch at his home; squatting by the fire with the whole family and drinking some rustically crafted yet insanely delicious tea, Pedro decided to somehow link his life to this mountain and tea. He stayed there for a few days and climbed down the mountain with a 20kg tea sack.
In 2010, Yang Si invited Pedro to harvest and handcraft more tea in the mountain. This rustically crafted tea from wonderful old trees is said harvest.
Yang Si, unfortunately, passed away in 2013. He is missed.
2010 Ban Po Lao Zai
TYPE -Raw (Sheng) Pu Er - 生普洱 ORIGIN - Ban Po Lao Zhai (半坡老寨), Nannuo Shan, Yunnan CARETAKER OF THE ANCIENT TREES - Yang Si 杨四 (RIP) HARVEST DATE - 03.2010
Pu Er drinkers are familiar with leaves from ancient trees, often called ‘gushu’ (the Pinyin transliteration of 古树, in simplified Chinese or 古樹 in traditional characters).
While enjoying these teas, we sometimes lose perspective of just how old those trees are.
Considering that throughout the lifetime of these trees, from back when they were saplings (long before the French Revolution and the drafting of the Constitution of the US) to now, the tea harvested could feasibly have been enjoyed by the likes of Napoleon, Washington, Marie Curie, Gandhi, or Serena Williams (assuming that all those folks would be interested in finding good tea, of course)!
Ancient tea trees in Yunnan are usually processed as Pu Er, be it raw (oftentimes using the best leaves) or cooked. In this case, Gao and Fan did not stick to tradition; they processed ancient tree leaves as black (oxidized) tea.
Origin: Lincang (临沧) is located in the southwest of Yunnan Province. Traditionally, it is home to the Wa nation (one of Yunnan’s many ethnic minorities), closely related to Burmese people. It is irrigated by the Lancang River, also called the Mekong.
Authors: Fan Xiuli and Gao Feng are featured often in our newsletters. They are Manchu people from Liaoning who moved to Yunnan because they love tea; it is also a most beautiful place to live and raise a family. Not only do they create some of O5’s favourite teas; they are also very well versed in painting, calligraphy, incense appreciation, ceramics, and culinary arts.
Left: The youngest Gao, pictured in 2019, immersing himself in tea culture. These days, he is quite skilled at pouring tea, gong fu style.