Just like its name suggests (“Chui” for intake, “da” for tea, “seon” as Zen), Chuidasun Resort Jeju is a cultural space where one achieves an inner focus through the media of tea and meditation. If you are curious as to how one can bring tea and meditation to create a healthier life, Chuidasun Resort Jeju can offer you the answer.
This is not a resort that made tea and meditation into contents to attract people. Chuidasun is the other way around. Founder Ahn Dae-jin, who lived with tea and meditation as the foundation of life over a long time, designed a resort to spread a life that values tea and meditation. While people do not visit Jeju solely to learn tea and meditation, a special resort that offers tea and meditation would be more attractive. Ojo- ri Village at the east end of Jeju facing Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone next to the gentle ocean has a serious name, meaning “reflecting myself.” It is a perfect place to find peace through tea and meditation, look back at oneself and stay. Ojo-ri is crowded with people who wish to shine light through meditation and restore the tired body and soul.
The welcoming center teaches guests about the meditation programs and tearoom directions upon check-in. The meditation program is available at 7:00 am and 8:10 am. You may select one or both. The 7:00 am program is a class titled "Morning Tea Meditation for Finding Myself" that consists of static meditation and sitting meditation. While drinking tea early in the morning, participants can awaken their body and mind. At 8:10 am, the dynamic meditation class starts where participants move the body to look into oneself. This is different from a general yoga class that follows specific motions as instructed by he leader. After exploding energy by slowly increasing the level of strength as guests move their bodies, the breathing is stabilized and the remaining emotion is faced over time. These two classes are led by Shunya trained at the Osho Rajneesh Center. In addition, OSHO Kundalini Active Meditation Program takes place at 19:00 on Wednesdays and Fridays. It involves letting the body naturally shake and freely move to the beat, eventually circulating, liberating, and recharging the person's energy.
In this session, you further your basic understanding of the art of meditation and learn about meditative techniques that you can habitualize in your daily life.
Visitors can use the tea room prepared at the basement of the resort for free. Visit the basement at the reserved time and receive help from the staff with the use of the tea room. Select one of the four themed tea rooms. Each team rents the entire tea room, enjoying the space without having to mix with other users. The tea room, balanced between modernity and tradition, is attractive in and of itself but the small pond and vast bog beyond the window of the Gongseon Tea Room and Jungno Tea Room are particularly nice
Select from the organic green tea, black tea, and dark tea grown in Geomun Oreum, and the staff acts as paengju (烹主), the one who brews the tea first. After explaining the name of the equipment and its purpose and telling you how to meditate while the tea brews or smell the fragrance in the teacup, the staff goes away. Now the user can brew the tea. In the quiet space where gentle meditation music plays, even the sound of pouring tea sounds clean. Focusing on brewing and drinking tea, the heavy head is all of a sudden clear.
In cafes found in cities, one often has to speak up against the din of music and other people. In that environment, one loses the sense of how much healing one can have when one shares a cup of tea in tranquil silence. The lingering fragrance of green tea stays with your tongue and nose, leading you further into the state of tranquility. You learn the art of healing through tea.
The official webpage of Chuidaseon Resort offers solo tea ceremony sets, spring mugwort tea, aroma oil, and incense sticks that can be used in your meditative sessions. You can also purchase them at the resort itself, so if you want to keep the scent of Chuidaseon tea with you, you can check out the store at the resort.