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About

“Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses- especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

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WHAT IS THE TEMPLE OF UNITEA?

The Temple of Unitea is a three-story Art Nouveau tearoom for sharing the world’s tea ceremonies. Designed to comfortably accommodate over 100 people, the Temple will comprise one large room encircled by 12 smaller rooms containing tables, lanterns, floor pillows, curtains, and, of course, a kitchen for preparing Tea.


Once inside the Temple of Unitea, guests will be sheltered from the dust and the wind in a comfortable environment that stays slightly cooler during the day and warmer at night. The walls will convey an aura of calmness with beautiful lines and comforting sacred geometry. We plan projection mapping, light shows, ambient music and aerial performances during our week on the playa.


At The Temple of Unitea we will make Tea for all in a sacred space that provides a peaceful respite from the chaos of Burning Man. Unitea is not just about serving drinks; it is about full parTea-cipation and growing a communitea of Tea drinkers. Take Tea, Make Tea, and ParTeacipate in the art that surrounds you.


 “A combination of fine tea, enchanting objects and soothing surroundings exerts a therapeutic effect by washing away the corrosive strains and stress of modern life. [... It] induces a mood that is spiritually refreshing [and produces] a genial state of mind.” — John Blofeld, Chinese Art of Tea


In addition to the Temple, two mutant vehicles to the playa; the “Tea Caddy” and the “Porta-Pot-O-Tea”, will enable Tea delegations to travel to underserved areas of Black Rock City to provide Tea to those in need. This mobile Tea trolley service will also transport visiting Tea delegations to the Temple of UniTea so they can share their Tea rituals.

WHO IS MAKING THIS HAPPEN?

The Temple of Unitea crew is a seasoned team of 40+ long-time builders, burners, camp leads, project artists, engineers and imagineers .

The Cathedral of Celestial Mathgic
Lead builder: Ilya Tinker


The Wooden Nickel Carnival
Lead Builder: Ilya Tinker


OUR TEA MISSION

We are changing the world one cup of tea at a time.

Our mission is to promote participation in, and appreciation of, worldly - and otherworldly - tea traditions. To throw tea parteas by offering a relaxed, convivial and harmonious space to make tea and take tea. To immerse ourselves in the beauty of tea rituals from around the world.

We extend an opportunitea for regional and international delegations to share their Tea rituals and traditions with us. We provide the tea, the serving trays, the teapots and we fly tea towels as diplomatic flags. As a Temple, we offer high Tea aerial performances for Teacons who are high, low Tea table dances for Teacons who want to get down, and holy hot water and fresh tea leaves for pilgrims and laypersons alike.


 “When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?” — Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog


TEA AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

As a regional delegate to Burning Man 2016 we'd like you to share your tea-drinking rituals with us at the Temple of UniTea. A three-storey tall Victorian style tearoom with Art Nouveau décor, the Temple of UniTea will be a sanctuary for tea lovers, providing a pot-pour-tea of diversi-tea, sereni-tea, conviviali-tea and hospitali-tea.

Wherever tea is taken it brings well-being; no matter where you come from, it will bring us closer. Tea quenches thirsts, heals bodies, sustains soul. Learn more about our Tea Ambassadors program here.

Our Tea Ambassador Program will schedule regular Tea rituals at our Temple, brought to Black Rock City by Tea drinking delegations from regionals all over the world. Such events include: The Japanese Zen Buddhist Chanoyu: "The Way of Tea" proposes that the spirit, man and nature come together in a serene setting in which knowledge can grow into wisdom. Participants experience the four principles of life: tranquility, purity, harmony and respect. Hosts traditionally wear kimonos and guests remove their shoes, which is something we will ask of all visitors to the Temple of UniTea. We will use a communal bowl as part of this ritual. The Moroccan Tea Ceremony: Three glasses are set before guests and Tea is poured from a great height in order to "aerate" the Tea and make it frothy. Sugar is added to each subsequent glass so that the first glass is bitter (like life), the second is sweet (like love) and the third is gentle (like death). We would like to stage an aerial performance for this ritual. The Russian and Turkish Traditions: Tea will be sipped through sugar cubes or with raspberry jam stirred into the cup. Bubble Tea DJ Happy Hour: K-Pop and T-Pop Bubble Tea Dance Explosions curated by guest DJs. The British Blind Tea Tasting Test: Should milk be added first or last? Can Tea drinkers taste the difference between loose Tea and Teabags? Join us at our high table for low Tea, or our low table for high Tea, and participate in some rigorous taste tests. We will provide scones, (dehydrated) clotted cream, jam and a butter knives/sugar cube prongs for anyone looking for a sweet time.

REWARDS

Stickers

Temple of Unitea: Stickers
Temple of Unitea: Stickers

 Macha Massage Bar

Temple of Unitea: Massage Bar
Temple of Unitea: Massage Bar

Tea-Shirts

Temple of Unitea: Tea-Shirts
Temple of Unitea: Tea-Shirts

Bandana

Temple of Unitea: Bandana
Temple of Unitea: Bandana

Hoodie

Temple of Unitea: Womens Hoodie
Temple of Unitea: Womens Hoodie
Temple of Unitea: Mens Hoodie
Temple of Unitea: Mens Hoodie

Earnings & Pendants

Temple of Unitea: Earrings + Necklace
Temple of Unitea: Earrings + Necklace

LEARN MORE 

http://www.templeofunitea.com/
http://templeofunitea.tumblr.com/

Risks and challenges

We believe in transparency. View our budget here:
http://unitea.pbworks.com/w/page/103443063/Temple%20Budget

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    Matcha Moisturizing Bar Luxurious

    Multi-purpose moisturizing bar made with beeswax, shea, butter, cocoa butter, essential oils, and matcha green tea - the ultimate cure for playa foot!

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    A beau-tea-ful design to wipe away the blood, sweat and tea-leaves

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    Unitea Wooden Earrings and Necklaces

    Wooden earrings and necklace etched in the same style as the doors from The Temple of Unitea

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    Unitea Tea Cups (Set of 4)

    Ceramic cups burned with the symbol of the Temple of Unitea

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    Unitea Hoodie

    When it turns cold on the playa, you could stay warm by wearing a tea cozy on your head, or you could don one of our stylish hoodies emblazoned with the cool UniTea logo.

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    Handcrafted Beaded Scarf

    Be rewarded with an elegant handmade beaded scarf made in the same fashion of tapestries used to decorate The Temple of Unitea

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    Miniature Model of The Temple of Unitea
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    Give a home to a tiny version of The Temple of Unitea

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    Private Tea Party at The Sekrit Theatre
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    We will host a one-of-a-kind tea ceremony with you and up to 50 guests at the infamous and unforgettably gorgeous East Austin speakeasy The Sekrit Theater!

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Funding period

- (35 days)