Tea education that supports and believes in YOU.

Being Tea is a different kind of learning space for a different kind of learner.

If you’ve ever felt awkward, that you asked “silly questions,” or that you didn’t belong in the places where you’ve tried to learn about tea, you’re not alone.

When you take online classes here, you’re practicing with a real person.

My classes are unscripted and unedited – I’m teaching and doing our exercises in real time with you – so you can practice right along with me at your own pace.

Think of Being Tea like you would a beloved yoga studio, but for tea!

Here’s what my membership program can offer you…


“Any tea lover who isn’t a member already is seriously missing out!”

– Emily, member since Feb 2019


“Your approach is so accessible to all tea connoisseurs, and it was informative for me as a drinker and a tea producer.”

– Alicia, member since Dec 2020

The Being Tea difference:
Tea as a relationship, not a transaction

Welcome to the Being Tea studio!


Teaching folks about tea is my full-time work and truly what I love doing most in the world. I’ve been working in tea for almost 20 years, and honestly, this is the type of learning space that I wish had been available to me as a beginner.

Every month offers a new exploration in what tea means for our every day life. This is how I practice my philosophy of tea education as a relationship, not a transaction. Our classes are designed to be self-guided, holistic, and financially accessible for all tea lovers.

There are no tests to pass, no prerequisites, and no financial shame.


Come join this uniquely student-centered online learning space!


How the program works:

Being Tea membership is an all-inclusive, monthly subscription program, featuring both self-guided as well as interactive options for learning about tea. You can watch our full-length class videos anytime that works for you, or participate in live Zoom classes with me on the weekend. Plus, our topics change every month, so there’s always something new happening in the tea studio.

Our classes are organized into topical sections, like a library. Currently, there are more than 150 classes available in the library, too. Our subjects include:

Tea Skills series (read more)

classes explore deeper sensory development. Includes functional brewing techniques, professional cupping skills, classical teaware introductions, understanding tea categories, and building tea tasting vocabulary.

Tea Meditation series (read more)

is where we practice mindfulness training with tea. This includes techniques for preparing tea in meditation, seasonal energetics of teas, breathwork (pranayama) with tea, restorative practices for reducing stress, and tea meditation journaling.

Quiet Tea Sundays (read more)

is a weekly restorative space for the practice of guided tea meditation. We work with monthly seasonal themes and incorporate techniques such as pranayama, yoga nidra, journaling, and gongfu cha. This is different from the Tea Meditation series, which is focused on the learning aspect. Quiet Tea Sundays is the practice space, and actually making the time during your week for mindfulness.

Being Tea Connections (read more)

is an ongoing series where we invite special guest teachers into the Being Tea space to highlight the numerous ways tea connects to the world around us. Subjects include sobriety, activism, tea origin relationships, spirituality, and more. Because we’re never “just” studying tea!

Barista Series (read more)

is a tailored selection of classes that focus on tea as a beverage, such as iced tea and lattes. Ideal for folks who work with tea professionally in a service setting. Includes baristas, specialty coffee workers, tea house staff, and anyone who wants to learn about tea from the lens of service and professional engagement.


Your Being Tea membership includes:

– Opportunities for live, interactive classes every week!

– Unlimited access all my libraries of recorded, view anytime classes, listed above.

– New recordings added to libraries every month, so you never miss anything.

– FREE or discounted tickets to other Being Tea non-member events.

– Priority email access to me for questions and connection.


How can you join?

Being Tea offers tiered pricing for accessibility!

All of the levels below have the same benefits, so just simply choose the monthly rate that best matches your financial and educational needs. You can also change your level up or down at any time.

*For price comparison: Typical rates for classes I teach to the public average $10 – $30 per class. Professional classes, including ones that you’ll experience here in the program, are higher.

REDUCED RATE

$10 / month

The “community” rate for tea loving folks with limited means. This level is offered through Being Tea’s commitment to financially accessible education. Plus, you get all previous recordings, too!


STANDARD RATE

$20 / month

My “fair exchange” value rate – what it takes for me to produce this program. If you enjoy about one live session or recording weekly, this equals about $5 per class. Plus, you get all previous recordings, too!


SUSTAINING RATE

$30 / month

Pay for yourself while supporting someone else on our Reduced level. If you enjoy about one live session or recording weekly, this equals about $10 per class. Plus, you get all previous recordings, too!


“Tea with your meditation classes seems to be the one practice that brings me back to the place I need to be.”

– Fiona, Being Tea member since Aug 2020

“My favorite tea educator is Suzette Hammond.”
Daniela Titiun, certified tea sommelier, Being Tea member since Aug 2019

Truly like no other tea class program.


Being Tea membership a living, breathing learning space, created in 2017. We have years of tea classes here for you! Plus, I’m always adding new elements to what we do, as I’m constantly learning and connecting more with tea, myself.

3 things that make Being Tea membership really special

1) This program is NOT a certificate course or academic tea school. That choice is very intentional.

Tea means different things to different people. Our structure invites tea explorers to engage with tea completely on their own terms. That might be creative playtime as a devoted hobby, or a mental health support for well-being, or continuing education for tea industry professionals.

2) All of my classes are trauma-informed and rooted in psychologically-sensitive teaching.

We value inclusive and flexible structure over any sort of rigid form. This also means we center the importance of intentional language and body wisdom in this space, too. You are your own guide, after all, for what tea becomes in your life. You are always enough here.

3) There is no pass / fail here, no standardized testing, and no performance based metrics. It’s about you and your tea.

Instead of just book work or passing drills, you’ll develop an enduring, personalized relationship with tea that nourishes you as a whole human. This means intellectual as well as emotional, mental and spiritual – areas that are totally neglected in learning systems that only measure a pass / fail score.


Ready to sign up? Let’s go!

REDUCED RATE

$10 / month


STANDARD RATE

$20 / month


SUSTAINING RATE

$30 / month


Looking for customized membership?


I also offer tailored membership levels for businesses, such as corporate employee wellness programs and staff training. Contact me to learn more!