The “urban teahouse” is an evolving concept for an ideal space in which to explore conscious social interaction. It’s a place where the self-aware come to indulge in the more subtle aspects of social engagement and interaction. A social interaction that’s steeped in health-consciousness and moderation. It’s a place to embrace conscious intoxication by the more subtle things in life. A place where the senses are more open and we become more aware of smells, flavours, sights, textures, and sounds. A place where we place less distinction upon natural versus mechanical and “man-made,” and become open to the ever-evolving beauty within all patterns of existence. It’s a place where subtle movement is encouraged and explored—both the expansive and contracted. A place where we we are motivated and self-actualized on a local level, while understanding the greater implications of our actions throughout our extended environments globally. As a such a space for conscientious social interaction, it draws upon the concepts of yoga, tai-chi/qi-gong, and movement studios, temples, modern cafes and performance venues, and yes of course from “teahouses!” And while the concept stems from the teahouses of old in Asia, it is global in it’s modern scope and projection. The idea is to draw upon the wisdom of traditional cultures in order to inspire new models for social change and interaction—cultivating stronger communities at the local level, while fostering the growth of international networks of progressive cultural integration on a global scale.