Tea & Contemplation is a practice space for building a personal introspection practice, with tea + yogic philosophy as our guide.
We’re here for anyone who is curious about meditation and is craving quiet thinking time and space to process emotions.
Join us live on Zoom every Friday, 8am-9am CST for communal practice.
Tune into our podcast for practice anytime that works for you!
Each session includes guided meditation and themed discussion. So this is truly a place to physically *DO* your practice, in real time with guidance, not just conceptually study the idea of meditation or mindfulness in order to replicate later.
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JANUARY: MAKING A PLACE
In a COVID continues to impose intense restrictions on our ability to travel and to commune with the world outside of our homes. For many of us, it is a time of confinement, of being stuck in place.
Psychologist and Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl posited that, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
This month in Tea & Contemplation, we respond to isolation by invoking the power and magic of PLACE. What does it mean to be of a place? And how might we find nourishment in the art of placing, arranging, and intentional configuration?
This is not the cleaning-house approach of Marie Kondo; we’ll be embracing the clutter and the mud, the messiness of living in a home where everything is happening, often all at once. We’ll practice honoring and naming the parts of our space that do feel confining to us, when we feel trapped, and how we might make peace with those feelings. Our intention is to situate ourselves anew: to recognize the possibility inherent in our surroundings, and this most sacred place we call the body.
TEA & CONTEMPLATION – Single Ticket
This is to attend a single session of Tea & Contemplation. We’ll contact you to confirm which day you would like to attend!
TEA & CONTEMPLATION – Month Pass
This is a pass to all Tea & Contemplation live sessions in the current calendar month. Video recordings included!
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About Tea & Contemplation
We start each session with a guided slow tea meditation by Sooz, then a personal sharing / discussion from Adam on the session’s theme and how we turn our practice into an ever-growing coping toolbox.
Tea & Contemplation is specifically designed to work with whatever tea you may have available already at home.
If you’re joining us for the live session, we also hold space for group sharing / healing circle after the guided practice, for community support. (** this portion is not recorded **)
PREPARING THE TEA:
We use the bowl method, a versatile and very accessible traditional method for enjoying tea, for every session.
Just a pinch of loose leaf tea + hot water in an open mug or small bowl with no strainer necessary. (This appears on the podcast cover art.)
We brew tea together during the session in real time, so simply just have your kettle heating just before you come sit down for practice and you’ll be all set.
No pre-requisite study of either tea or formal meditation is needed to begin. Everything is guided and very beginner friendly. Come as you are in this moment.
About Sooz < read more >
Suzette Hammond (‘Sooz’) is the founder of Being Tea and an award-winning tea educator, professional sensory skills trainer, and tea contemplative practitioner. Sooz uses “they” and “she” pronouns. Their nearly two decades of teaching experience includes working with leading tea companies, corporate clients, trade organizations and non-profits across the US and internationally, as well as teaching online. Sooz is also a certified trauma informed yoga and meditation teacher, and has been teaching tea meditation since 2010, blending together two deeply therapeutic physical and philosophical traditions. She is the recipient of a World Tea Award for Best Tea Educator.
About Adam < read more >
Adam Grossi is a visual artist, writer, and a yoga teacher. He uses “he/him” pronouns. Adam’s work is a combination of creative and therapeutic methods that draw equally on tradition and intuition. In addition to co-hosting Tea & Contemplation he leads yoga classes and workshops, and co-hosts a weekly Drawing Party on Zoom with artist Tim Nickodemus. He is on the faculty of the psych-sensitive teacher training program at Room to Breathe. In 2014 he published his first book, Wind Through Quiet Tensions, which explores the therapeutic potential of yoga in relation to his lifelong journey with bipolar disorder.
Both tea and yoga come from rich, ancient traditions of contemplative practice.
They were intended to be used by everyday folks, and have much to offer for guiding us through choppy waters of modern times.
Created between two teacher friends during the tumultuous summer of 2020, in Tea & Contemplation, we explore monthly themes grounded in supporting deeply personal growth, furthering social justice, and uplifting trauma-informed and mental health awareness
– the strangeness of being alone together during a pandemic,
– self-care that truly fits our emotional needs,
– heeding the call to show up in the world during challenging times, and more
Tea & Contemplation is hosted by Suzette (‘Sooz’) Hammond – tea educator, tea contemplative practitioner, and founder of Being Tea – and Adam Grossi – artist, writer and yoga teacher.
We’re both based in Chicago, IL
You can connect with Adam on Instagram @adamgrossi or visit his website, adamgrossi.com, to explore his yoga offerings, personal writing, and paintings.
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This series is supported entirely by listeners and practitioners like YOU!
You can make one time donations as a thank you anytime, or become a monthly member and attend live with us every week. Your support helps keep our work sustainable, and all gifts are warmly appreciated. Visit buymeacoffee.com/teaandcpodcast to contribute to our virtual tip jar.