“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
– Brene Brown
Introducing a first of its kind program: Teacher Training, for tea!
I’ve been an educator my entire career in tea, since 2003. Learning how to teach others – taking into account their job requirements, the audience they serve, and their own personal skills – has been as equal of a focus for my work as has been teaching about tea itself.
… And now I’m sharing this experience of teaching with you!
Being Tea Teacher Training is a 7-month professional development program, open to experienced tea folks who want to feel more comfortable creating experiences and educating about tea, but have little teaching experience.
Developed specifically as an online program, so you can meet and interact with fellow teachers on the path, like yourself, from all over the world.
Transform your years of study in tea into a living skill – one that supports meaningful connection and creativity for yourself and for others!
Curriculum overview :
Module 1: What Calls You to Teach?
Understanding diverse audience types/learning needs + your own strengths and interests as an educator
Module 2: Creating a Sensory Playground
Why experiential workshops matter, intro to adult learning theories, how to support different learners, planning for interactivity
Module 3: Presence & Presentation
Understanding energetic vs physical space, working with your environment as a public speaker, learning to hold space for students
Module 4: “Stacking your show”: Structure & Time
Time management skills in the classroom, developing a comfortable relationship with time, building flexible and energetically balanced lesson plans
Module 5: The Love of Logistics
Scalability for different workshops based on size, equipment and environment, equipment management, creating safety nets
Module 6: Tea for Everybody: Psychologically Sensitive Teaching
Becoming trauma informed, teaching within window of safety, equity and decolonizing your teaching, scope of practice as a teacher
Module 7: Self-Care and Creating a Personal Practice
Self-care for teachers, developing personal practice, avoiding burn-out/imposter syndrome, gathering resources and business support
What’s included when you join?
Each module includes:
– Monthly workshop with your small group cohort (4-6 people max)
– Module workbook
– Monthly homework and personal writing
– Monthly group workshop with entire Being Tea teacher trainee cohort, both graduates and other current students
– Lesson plan development and practice teaching sessions
– TOTAL CLASSROOM TIME: Approx 6 hours monthly, plus optional extra workshops and practice teaching throughout the year
Teacher trainees also have full access to my regular Being Tea membership program of weekly recorded and live classes ($120/annual value) during their study period with me!
What’s unique about this program?
Unlike tea certification schools and programs currently offered across the world, Being Tea teacher training focuses entirely on sharing what we learn about tea. For people who feel very drawn to education, this is the direct outlet for all those years of personal and professional study in tea.
This program is also unique for its keen focus on inclusive, trauma informed teaching methodology, and centering experiential style learning over hierarchical academic structure. Our program is distinctly student centered, supporting the validation of someone’s lived, personal experience rather than the corrective, exclusionary messaging that is the norm of many of our social structures.
Finally, this program is special because it is relationship oriented. After completing your formal study and practice teaching to graduate, there is an ongoing Being Tea Teacher Graduate community you can join for continuing mentorship, communal learning, advanced study, and support for your growing craft and business. This is aligned with Being Tea’s overall mission of positioning education as relationship, not transaction.
Teacher Training: Program FAQ
“Am I qualified to enroll? ”
“What can I do with this training? ”
“Do I have to own a tea business to join? “
Got questions? Read our FAQ for the most common inquires we receive about this program! If your question isn’t answered here, or you’d like to connect personally about how this program might be a good fit for your situation, contact me in the form at the bottom of the page. I’d love to hear from you!
How can you take Being Tea Teacher Training?
NEXT ENROLLMENT OPENS SEPTEMBER 2021!
Small group cohorts are formed in Spring and Autumn.
Tuition is sliding scale, paid monthly during your 7 months of study:
REDUCED RATE: $995 total ($142/mo)
STANDARD RATE: $1250 ($178/mo)
SUSTAINING RATE: $1500 ($214/mo)
Private instruction option is also available on limited basis.
Tuition for this option is $2100 for the 7 month program, paid monthly ($300/mo).
Inquire directly for more details and current availability.
Hear from some of our students!
“I have to say… it’s been awesome. I am more confident and more prepared when I walk into a class. I can think more creatively about how I want to approach certain kinds of groups or topics. I definitely feel more like a tea professional than I did before I started, even though I have been in the tea business for since 2007.”
– Emily Morrison,
Owner of The Steeping Room (Austin, TX)
“I cannot say express enough how fantastic Sooz’s Being Tea Teacher Training Program is. I expressed that I was looking for a tea mentor/teacher who approached tea holistically and not just as a commodity and I have found that and much more. This program has exceeded any expectations I had about tea teacher training. Sooz is a teacher’s teacher.
I would recommend the Being Tea Teacher Training Program for anyone who is not only interested in teaching about tea, but also for anyone who would like to deepen their relationship to tea.”
– Stephanie Samuels
Tea professional, LMT, RYT, LE
“I got to know Sooz’s highly professional and sensitive teaching style at various tea industry workshops, and when I discovered her online Teacher Training, I was immediately thrilled.
With strong expertise and competence, Sooz leads through her Teacher Training providing comprehensive knowledge and inspiration. The clearly structured modules, which build up the know-how step by step, give me a profound understanding of adult education, essentials for an exceptional course structure and awareness of what is important to me as a tea educator.
The introduction into Psychologically Sensitive Teaching was particularly impressive and informative for me and showed me completely new aspects on teaching. I am impressed and grateful!”
– Sabine Gullatz
UK Tea Academy Sommelier and Trainer, Germany
Meet the teacher cohort community
Learn more about current trainees and graduates of the Being Tea Teacher Training program!
Statement on equity and inclusivity :
This work asks us to look at what we teach in tea not as static names, places and procedures, but rather how we foster connection with tea and people in a way that is embodied, equitable and equality-focused.
We cannot do this work if we do not see oppression and discrimination where it exists in our world. Being Tea Teacher Training asks teachers to commit to supporting and embracing our students for their differences in country of origin, race, family and socioeconomic status, gender and sexual identity, body form and ability, age, and physical, mental and emotional needs.
All applicants are asked to keep this in mind as they enroll in study, as you may hear ideas and information that challenges your own previously held views in this program. This is a protected space for that growth. No one is born an expert, and we’re learning as we go, and we are deeply committed to growing and understanding each other better, through our tea.
Being Tea is committed to accessibility for all programs, including Teacher Training. Full and partial scholarship for BIPOC students (Black, Indigenous and Persons of Color) interested in teacher training are available on a limited basis – usually one person per term. I am working to increase availability for these scholarships. Flexible tuition payment plans are also available. Reach out to me if you would like more information about financial aid availability.