A continuing education tea program that supports and believes in YOU.

Suzette Hammond, founder of Being Tea online tea education programs and tea courses.

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

Being Tea is continuing education for tea that’s tailored for real, daily life, not just collecting certificates and taking quizzes. My tea courses are unscripted, naturally paced, and unedited. I’m teaching and doing tea tastings in real time with you, so you can practice right along with me at your own pace.

When you take tea courses here, you’re practicing with a real person.

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. But there’s none of that here! You’re in good hands here at Being Tea, learning from a nationally-recognized, award-winning tea educator.

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

I learned tea, professionally and personally, through experiencing tea as a daily part of my life, in a way that’s more the apprentice or devoted yoga student than academic or scholar. And this unique, holistic approach is what I’m sharing with you here! Read on to see what my membership program can offer you.


Images from various Being Tea class membership programs and tea courses.

“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 education as a relationship, not a transaction

Welcome to the Being Tea studio!


Teaching people about tea is my full-time work and truly what I love doing most. As a tea educator of nearly 20 years, I also hear a lot of stories about how hard it is to learn about tea. This actually became the inspiration for creating a program that offers continuing education for tea – Being Tea membership.

Every month here, you’ll explore what tea means in everyday life. In fact, this is how I learned tea myself. At Being Tea, our tea courses are designed to be self-guided, holistic, inclusive, and financially accessible. This is how I share my philosophy of tea education as a relationship, not a transaction.

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


Come be a part of this uniquely student-centered online learning space! JOIN TODAY

Suzette Hammond of Being Tea, teaching online tea courses for Being Tea membership community.

How the Being Tea membership program works:

Being Tea membership offers continuing education for tea in a monthly program that is both self-guided as well as interactive. You have unlimited access to tea class videos, plus you can participate in live Zoom classes with me on the weekends. Another very unique feature: new classes happen every month. So there’s always something new happening in the tea studio!

Our tea courses are organized into sections by topic, just like a library. Currently, there are more than 150 classes available for you, and our subjects include:

Being Tea membership program feature, Tea Skills classes.
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.

Being Tea membership program feature, Tea Meditation classes.
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.

Being Tea membership program feature, Quiet Tea Sundays guided tea meditation.
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 membership program feature, Connections series of guest teachers.
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!

Being Tea membership program feature, Barista Series tea courses.
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 continuing education membership includes:

– Opportunities for live, interactive classes every week!

– Unlimited access to our tea course video libraries, listed above.

– New recordings are added to the 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 the Being Tea membership program?

Sign up here to get started!

I offer tiered pricing to support tea education accessibility. This means that all of the levels below have the same benefits, so you can simply choose the monthly rate that best matches your financial and tea education needs. Additionally, you can also change your level up or down anytime.

*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 tea 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

Image from Being Tea online program, Quiet Tea Sundays, available for membership.

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

Being Tea is truly like no other tea course program.


Being Tea membership is a living, interactive learning space that specifically focuses on continuing education for tea. We launched in 2017, and now we have years of tea courses and experiences for you! Plus, I’m always adding elements to what we do here, as I’m constantly learning and making new connections through tea myself. The depth and accessibility of this program is proof that a formal tea certification program is not the only way to get a high quality, meaningful tea education.

3 things that make tea education through Being Tea special:

1) This program is NOT a tea certification course or academic school.

Tea means different things to different people. Our self-guided 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 our classes are trauma-informed and rooted in inclusive, holistic 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 standardized testing, and no performance metrics.

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


Ready to join Being Tea membership? Let’s go!

REDUCED RATE

$10 / month


STANDARD RATE

$20 / month


SUSTAINING RATE

$30 / month


Looking for customized business membership?


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