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The Theasophie Center

While tangible heritage represents the legacy of physical artefacts, Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) refers to oral traditions and expressions, including: language; performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events; knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe; and traditional craftsmanship.

Understanding Intangible Aspects of Cultural Heritage:
The Role of Active Imagination

Susana Alves

Theasophie is building a family-supported agroforestry tea farm in the Jingmai Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage site and epicenter of global tea culture, heartland of the world’s oldest and largest tea agroforestry complex. We are dedicated to ecological and cultural preservation, serving the local community, and providing a sanctuary for international tea culture. Join us in support of biodiversity conservation, Bulang ethnic heritage, and bridge-building between the indigenous origins of tea and the global community.

JOIN IN OUR STEWARDSHIP EFFORTS
The Theasophie Center

While tangible heritage represents the legacy of physical artefacts, Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) refers to oral traditions and expressions, including: language; performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events; knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe; and traditional craftsmanship.

Understanding Intangible Aspects
of Cultural Heritage: The Role of
Active Imagination

Susana Alves

Theasophie is building a family-supported agroforestry tea farm in the Jingmai Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage site and epicenter of global tea culture, acknowledged as the world’s oldest and largest tea agroforestry complex. We are dedicated to ecological and cultural preservation, serving the local community, and providing a sanctuary for international tea culture. Join us in support of biodiversity conservation, Bulang ethnic heritage, and bridge-building between the indigenous origins of tea and the global community.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Theasophie Center currently consists of several parcels of land: residential, agricultural, and both ecological terrace & old-growth agroforestry tea gardens. We also have an extraordinary opportunity to acquire a large estate centered around a home and tea production facilities at the very heart of Mangjing village! This property includes 30 hectares of pristine, high-elevation tea garden distributed throughout the surrounding mountains. Conjointly, these land holdings would provide us the carrying capacity to support a long-term vision to align local stewardship of ecological & cultural landscapes with an international community of support.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Theasophie Center currently consists of several parcels of land: residential, agricultural, and both ecological terrace & old-growth agroforestry tea gardens. These properties have come to us as ancestral inheritance and land grants. We also have an extraordinary opportunity to acquire a large estate centered around a home and tea production facilities at the very heart of Mangjing village. This property includes several parcels totaling 30 hectares of pristine, high-elevation tea garden distributed throughout the surrounding mountains. Conjointly, these land holdings would provide us the carrying capacity to support a long-term vision to align local stewardship of ecological & cultural landscapes with an international community of support.

Village homes have transformed significantly over the past two decades, with many of the principles and protocols of traditional building practices being abandoned. Subject to logging bans, materials are no longer sourced from local forests, but acquired on the commercial market. Culturally significant features such as centrality of the hearth and energetic dynamism between interior and exterior have largely been neglected. These are vital aspects of local material culture, vestiges of the Bulang worldview as elaborated over millennia.

Theasophie contributed to several exhibitions in support of the Jingmai Mountain UNESCO World Heritage designation. These illustrations of Bulang vernacular architecture appeared in tandem with our own contributions. They were created by Zuo Jing Workshop, highly regarded throughout China for their extensive work in rural revitalization.

A standard design is in place in the Jingmai Mountains, conforming to the criteria of our recent UNESCO World Heritage designation. However, a submission and approval process is in place for independent designs, allowing a path to creative expression within the framework of intangible cultural heritage. We are currently in conversation with designers and builders, exploring how best to honor traditional architectural principles and aesthetics.

PROSPECTUS

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PROSPECTUS

Coming soon …

SHARE IN A VISION

Join hand-in-hand with Theasophie and the Jingmai Mountain community in promoting biodiversity and intangible cultural heritage as living expressions of the Spirit of Tea.