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Steep yourself in India’s rich chai culture in this multimedia travelogue with illustrated recipes and tips on the art of chai making!
Steep yourself in India’s rich chai culture in this multimedia travelogue with illustrated recipes and tips on the art of chai making!
Steep yourself in India’s rich chai culture in this multimedia travelogue with illustrated recipes and tips on the art of chai making!
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Chai Pilgrimage: a Soul Nourishing Indian Tea Adventure!

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**Our project has met its minimum funding goal and Chai Pilgrimage WILL be printed!! We are grateful for your support! But this doesn't mean that it's over! Our funding goal is far less than the total cost for our project. All additional resources we receive from book and art sales will go toward our total budget and making the Chai Pilgrimage book even better!**

...and feel free to grace your ears with these Indian rhythms as you contemplate...

Chai Pilgrimage will be a 192 page, 11 x 8 1/4", full-color, hardcover book. It was written by Patrick Shaw and Illustrated by Jenny Kostecki-Shaw with photography by both. We are presently in the final finessing and editing stages with the aim of delivering books in time for holiday gift-giving. We will utilize high quality printing and premium paper stock to transform Chai Pligrimage into a collectible work of art.

We LOVE chai! The smell of simmering spices fills our home each day as the sun rises over the mountains. We also love India—her people, spiritual traditions, music, food and art have become woven into our lives. One morning while sipping chai, we had this crazy idea to fly to India, spend four months steeping ourselves in chai culture and collaborate on a book. So we did!  Chai Pilgrimage is our way of sharing our adventure and discoveries with you. It is an experience brought to life in a full-color, art and photo filled travel journal, where we use chai as our compass to discover the remarkable people, sacred pilgrimage sites, fresh spices, timeless traditions and beloved gods of an ancient culture. We hope it offers a soul-nourishing vision of human connectedness and an opportunity for you to sip chai on the other side of the world!

We share a love for good chai, Indian culture and each other. Jenny is a freelance illustrator and national award-winning children’s book author and illustrator. Patrick teaches Ayurveda and Ayurvedic cooking at the University of New Mexico in Taos, and has been making homemade masala chai for over 20 years. (see full bio below)

We have already spent countless hours and Goddess-only-knows how much money to bring the book this far. Now we are ready to invest in professional editing and high quality printing. We cannot do this without you! With your generous support, we will present you with Chai Pilgrimage for your visual and gustatory enjoyment.

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Step 2: Create a Kickstarter account and choose a payment method. IT’S THAT EASY! Your account will not be charged until the final day of our campaign and ONLY if we meet our goal. If we do not reach our goal, you will NOT be charged, and we will not receive any funding :(

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Step 3: Let your friends know about our project! Facebook, Twitter, blog or email anyone you think may be interested.

Step 4: You can check in on our campaign progress any time to see how it's going. We will send out updates to let you know how the book is coming along.

Step 5: Get excited, because soon you will receive your books, art prints and original art!

Signed Archival Art Print Choices:

**UPDATED INFO** For the $15 Pledge, the 5x7" "Masala Chai" print is the first one shown below. In Pledges $30 and up, the "Signed Archival Art Prints of your choice" are 8x10". Choose from the following images. We will send a survey via Kickstarter when the campaign is over so you can let us know which print(s) you choose. Each is printed on museum grade archival paper. To view images larger, visit our Facebook album "Kickstarter Art Prints" .

Print titles from left to right: Masala Chai, Chai Wallah, Tea Deva, Dancing Ganesh, Red Ganesh, Purple Ganesh, Hanuman reaching for Sun, Buddha, Tulsi, Ginger, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Fennel, Allspice, Nutmeg, Pepper, Clove, Saffron, Big Batch House Chai Recipe, Flying Hanuman, Chai Checklist, Namaste, Chai Yogi, 9 Masala Chai Spices, Saraswati. **Note: All prints are available in 8x10" except the "Saraswati" (8x8" square image). 

"Tea Deva" hanging in our friend Kelly's rustic kitchen.

Limited Edition "Taj" Archival Print, (108 printed) 16x12" :

Original "Taj" Artwork! (mixed media on wood, 9x12")

Original "Flying Hanuman" Artwork! (Monoprint with collage, unframed, 22x28")

Original "Temple River" Artwork! (Mixed media on stretched canvas, 42x28")

A further peak inside the book:

Our recipes include: 

chai guru chai • elaichi chai • darjeeling ginger chai • big batch house chai #9, #108 • vegan rooibos chai • spice wallah masala • chalo! chai • aphrodisiac elixir • tulsi chai • cinnamon star chai • children’s chai-less chai • sattvic yogi tonic • yogi chai biscuit (w/ vegan option) • ginger snap • gluten-free vegan almond cookie • maple scone • chai ice cream • ghee • kichari

Press:

Tea Party for Two
Tea Party for Two

Bio's:

Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw is a mama and homesteader by day, and freelance illustrator and author/illustrator of children’s books by night. Her picture books include My Travelin’ Eye (2008, Henry Holt) and Same, Same but Different (2011, Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt), winner of the 2012 Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award and New Author Honor, the 2012 South Asian Book Award, and the 2012 Frostburg State University’s Children’s Literature Centre Award. She also illustrated The Mother’s Wisdom Deck, A 52-Card Oracle Deck with Guidebook, written by Niki Dewart and Elizabeth Marglin (Sterling, 2012). Her website is: www.dancingelephantstudio.com/visualart/

View my picture books.
View my picture books.
The Mother's Wisdom Deck
The Mother's Wisdom Deck


Patrick Shaw has devoted his life to making the healing wisdom of the East accessible to Western culture. As well as being a seasoned India traveler and chai wallah, Patrick is an Ayurvedic practitioner, teacher and writer. He has been making homemade masala chai for over 20 years, having taught many others along the way. He lived at a Hindu ashram as caretaker and chai wallah, where he prepared large batches of chai daily for both American and Indian visitors. Patrick is a long time practitioner of Eastern bodywork, alternative healing, herbalism and the Hindu tradition. He completed a two-year curriculum at the Ayurvedic Institute under the tutelage of Dr. Vasant Lad. He teaches Ayurveda, Ayurvedic cooking and Traditional Thai Massage at the University of New Mexico in Taos. His website is: www.dancingelephantstudio.com/healingart/

Thank You’s:

We are eternally grateful to our beloved Neem Karoli Baba-ji, our family and community, Mother India and her wonder, tea leaf pluckers and chai wallahs everywhere, this blessed Earth that provides us with everything we need to brew up masala chai!  And a heartful thanks to you for your support!

Innumerable bows to master drummer Phil Hollenbeck for his awesome soundtrack! Hear more at: www.youtube.com/mridang108

Thanks to the delicious Chef Contos for creating the yummy chai sidekick treats for the book and helping with the recipe writing process. www.chefcontos.com

Muchas gracias to Paul Ducoudray for his design critiques and advice and web tech support. www.readymade.is

Special thanks to our rockstar friend Lisa Walker for her fresh eyes with design and cheerleading from start to finish. www.calderacollective.com

A big thank you to Peter Walker for patiently putting the video together for us. www.swashbucklermedia.com

We are grateful that author and editor Bonnie Lee Black is presently perusing our manuscript with her skillful eye and open heart.  Check out her books at: www.bonnieleeblack.com

We could not have done this without the boundless patience of our daughter Tulsi, who supported us even though she doesn't like chai : )

Risks and challenges

The book is in the final editing stage and we expect to have it completed by the end of the kickstarter campaign and get the files off to our printer in October to receive the book shipment in early December. Then we will get everything packaged up and shipped out to you. If we do exceedingly well with our kickstarter campaign and sell tons of books, we will be brewing up gallons of masala chai and having an around-the-clock chai pilgrimage shipping party! Our goal is for you to receive your rewards in time for holiday gift-giving.

Although we have a precise schedule and a printer already lined up, we know that anything can happen (if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans). We also realize that waiting 3 months after your credit card has been charged to receive your book and artwork is a long time. We appreciate your patience in this process and are committed to do the best that we can to deliver your rewards asap.

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