Being Tea offers private tea tasting experiences, customized for organizations and teams.

We all recognize that sinking feeling of being busy, over-committed, checked out. We also know it’s not a feeling that supports our creativity and lasting well-being. By making time to be with our colleagues in a meaningful way outside of work, we strengthen our daily relationships and ways of understanding the world.

To foster this much needed reconnecting in workplaces and organizations, I offer relaxed, soothing private tea tastings and tea meditation experiences for corporate and group audiences.

Why tea? The natural intimacy of tea reminds us what we’re missing out on when we constantly rush through life. With tea, we invite an opportunity for listening, slowness, and the value of just taking a moment to breathe. It’s a pause that no one ever regrets taking.

So how do we make this happen more often? This is what I explore with groups and teams.

Holding a tea cup during a tasting with Being Tea

Private tea tastings and mindful experiences with tea create a restorative space for genuine connection and decompression of built up tension.

How do private tea tastings work?

Private Tea Tastings and Meditation with Being Tea

These experiences are held live on Zoom, from the lovely Being Tea online studio. Everything in a private tea tasting happens together in real time, as a group, including the whole tea brewing process. We move at a relaxed pace, so colleagues and attendees who are not as familiar with tea have no need to worry about falling behind. Also, all teas are provided by Being Tea so that attendees can experience beautiful loose leaf teas together.

Your tea tasting and meditation could include topics like:

  • Introduction to tea as a daily mindfulness practice.
  • Exploring a range of tea types and learning how to appreciate loose leaf tea.
  • Sensory-rich tastings tailored for the season, such as cold brew teas in summer, spicy blends in winter.
  • Guided meditations with tea for reducing stress and easing difficult situations.
  • Themed tastings and tea talks that support the larger purpose of your meeting or event, such as:
    • Interconnection; Environmental responsibility; Cultural awareness, etc.

Do all private tea tastings include meditation?

Nope, they totally don’t have to! Leading guided tea meditation for groups is my specialty and a practice I love sharing. However, as a professional tea educator of 20 years, I also equally love experiences that are simply having fun with tea skills and tasting, too.

Regardless of topic, my own teaching lens is rooted in appreciating tea mindfully. So, even if we’re not “practicing meditation”, per se, during a particular private tea tasting, we’re still experiencing how tea just naturally brings us closer together.

This kind of subtle emotional awareness can be really helpful for groups who might feel a little nervous about trying guided tea meditation together, but who also want that benefit of relaxing and unwinding with tea.

Being Tea touching loose leaf tea during tea meditation

I’ve offered tea meditation and private tea tasting experiences for organizations all over the country.

Previous clients and engagements include:


– Meta / Facebook
– Harvard Divinity School
– Duke University
– Florida State University
– Salesforce
– World Tea Expo
– Northwest Tea Festival
– PDX Tea Fest
– Midwest Tea Festival

In Chicago (my home city):

– We Grow Chicago
– University of Illinois Chicago (Critical Care initiative)
– Deloitte
– Tejas Yoga
– Inner Sense Healing Arts
– Room to Breathe
– Chicago International Tea Festival

All topics are presented in a culturally competent, trauma-informed, and accessible manner for all levels of experience with tea or with mindfulness. Beginners are also very welcome in my space – I am a proud teacher of thousands of beginners! I’ll work with you closely to create a tea tasting experience that meets your team’s needs and interests.

Being Tea Sooz teaching


Suzette Hammond (‘Sooz’, they/she) is a nationally-recognized, award-winning tea educator, professional skills trainer, and tea contemplative and spiritual practitioner. Sooz is the founder of Being Tea – an education-focused business offering an interactive online membership community, customized workshops and private tea tastings, as well as a first of its kind professional teacher training program. Their teaching style centers on sensory-supportive adult learning, addressing knowledge accessibility and equity issues in education, and promoting tea as a practice for emotional and spiritual well-being. Their nearly two decades of teaching experience includes working with leading tea companies, corporate clients, trade organizations and nonprofits across the US and internationally.

Sooz is also a certified psychologically-sensitive yoga and meditation teacher (200-hr) through Room to Breathe – a clinically integrated yoga facility partnered with Center Psychotherapy Chicago. Sooz’s specialty is leading trauma-informed tea meditation for therapeutic support, and they have been offering this practice since 2010. 

Interested to learn more? Reach out to me and let’s plan your tea experience.

Gaiwan with green tea leaves on Being Tea's tea able

“And at the end of the day,
the reality is
that whether we
or whether we stay
the same

these questions will

Who are we
to be
with one


How are we
to be
with one

– Pádraig Ó Tuama
Irish theologan, poet, and conflict transformation practitioner