Tea & Dao – Artist and Writer
Wenzhuo Liu, has studied Planting & Appraisal of Chinese Herbal Pharmacy at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine 2005-2009 and Vegatable Science- Msc International Horticulture at Leibniz Universität Hannover 2009-2011, she started to build her own tea brand Wudang Daoist Tea, and manage a tea farm located high in Wudang mountains (Hubei, China) with her husband, Patrick Liu, who is a taoist priest and practiced daoisum in temples there.
There has a long history of daoists planting and processing tea back to the Song dynasty (960-1279), since tea was used in daoist ceremonies often and has many other benefits in their practices. Ancient tea trees could still be found growing among high cliffs in deep forests, nowadays, two varieties used mostly in tea productions are transplanted there in 1970s. Tea leaves are harvested in springs annually and sent to different tea factories nearby to produce high- quality green tea, black tea and dark tea.
In 2016, Wenzhuo and Patrick have registered Liu-Tea&Art in Germany, with the help of their tea and artist team from Hubei, Yixing and Jingdezhen, they developed two brands: Wudang Daoist Tea and Liu-Chinese Art which designs daoist tea and art items including Wenzhuo’s own art works. Their passion is to spread Wudang daoist tea and art culture in Europe, along with their project to build a mountain tea garden/studio and a daoist temple in Germany.
In 2017, their tea garden started in Germany, with tea seeds from Nan Wudang wild tea trees and seeds/seedlings from Tschanara, their Wudang Tea House held a couple of soft openings and events, and their tea-blog is official online. Their tea project developed well during 2018, tea plants grew and survived in field and green house during the cold and long German winter, and at the same time, thousands of tea seeds from their own Wudang tea farm in China were harvested and brought back to Germany for their tea garden.
In 2019, they have joined in the EuT- Tea grown in Europe association, they had reopened their Wudang tea house and German Daoist Temple in a bigger place covered an area of over 800 square meter in order to expand their tea and daoist project. They will continue their project and publish more articles and books about tea and daoism, Tea Notes – the Daoist Tea Book.
“I once raised my head and gazed the sky, cooked clear spring water with a swaying fire, that is what I so called, an inter flow is shared with the sky to open up my mind, with such water to nurture my inner spirit, this way is not only to amuse myself around a tea stove but also helps me on my self-cultivation, how could one word “quiet” be expressed these? It is written by Han Xuzi Immortal Qu.” Tea Notes – the Daoist Tea Book.