Raphaël & Le cerf-volant
Several moons ago, while Raphaël was still slowly wandering around Asia for a few years, a then mild interest for tea started to rapidly blossom and mature as a consequence of numerous experiences, visits, and sharing sessions with a plurality of tea enthusiasts and well-versed individuals around mountains, farms, cities and houses at the service of this leaf. Since then, tea has naturally found a strong anchoring point in his daily life, shaping a deeper understanding and respect for its teachings, while inviting him to further learn, explore, and treasure the essence and diversity of its nourishing, wise languages and traditions. Therein lies a safe temple and a familiar refuge within which the color of Life’s silences is crystallized and revealed in its humble, simple beauty.
Today, Raphaël devotes his time to share this contemplative, uplifting, and abundant journey in a semi-nomadic manner with Le cerf-volant (‘The kite’ in French) by offering – with a focus on naturally grown and artisan Taiwanese teas, Chinese hēichá 黑茶, water, aesthetics, sensescaping, and organoleptic experiences – tea sharing sessions and gatherings through public and private events, as well as other spontaneous endeavors inspired by Nature’s essence. Brought to life in May 2019, Le cerf-volant serves as a selfless, organic, and dynamic catalyst aiming to offer and cultivate introspective, slow tea refuges, as well as new forms of exploration and experiences to those who are seeking solace, tranquility, wisdom, and grounding in their daily life, while inspiring one to grow, heal, and be.
Raphaël runs an Instagram account where he shares his multifaceted tea practice, updates, and other musings with others. Updates related to Le cerf-volant‘s activities can also be found on Facebook or by subscribing to the newsletter.