The term wabi originally referred to the loneliness of living in nature, remote from society; sabi meant “chill”, “lean” or “withered”. Over time, their meanings shifted to become more lighthearted and hopeful. Wabi now connotes rustic simplicity, freshness, quietness; quirks and irregularities that add uniqueness and elegance. Sabi implies beauty or serenity that comes with age. Wabi sabi spirituality can change our perception of the world–the crack in a vase may be embraceable as part of its timeless beauty.
During this gathering, we learn to shift our mindset (at least for a few hours) and delve into poems that celebrate the impermanent, imperfect and incomplete in our lives.