“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
A first of its kind program: Teacher Training, for tea!
I’ve been a tea educator my entire career in tea, nearly 20 years.
Learning how to teach others – taking into account their personal needs and goals, job requirements, the audience they serve – has been as equal focus for my work as teaching about tea itself.
… And now I’m sharing this experience of teaching with you!
Being Tea Teacher Training is a 7-month (50-hour) professional development course.
It’s open for intermediate to advanced tea folks who want to feel more comfortable creating experiences and educating about tea, but have little teaching experience.
Structured as an interactive, synchronous online program.
You’ll meet and collaborate with fellow teachers on the path, like yourself, from all over the world.
Created to transform your years of tea study into an expansive, living skill.
One that supports meaningful connection, creativity, and powerful growth for yourself and for others!
What will you study?
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?
This 50-hour program includes:
– 4-hour monthly workshop with your small group cohort (28-30 hours total)
– 2-hour monthly group workshop with entire Being Tea teacher cohort, both program graduates and other current trainees (14-16 hours total)
– 3 one-on-one coaching sessions with me, spaced throughout the program (3 hours total)
– 2 practice teaching + feedback sessions required to graduate (3 hours total)
– 7 module workbooks
– Monthly homework and personal writing
– Certificate of Completion upon graduation
– MONTHLY CLASSROOM TIME: Approx 6-8 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 ($240/ annual value) during their study period with me!
What’s unique about this program?
Truly, everything. (read more)
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 SESSION BEGINS SPRING 2022!
Small group cohorts are formed in Spring (March / April) and Autumn (Sept / Oct) of each year. When one cohort is full (4-6 students max), another one may open up for that term, if additional students are ready to begin training at that time. The schedule for monthly cohort meetings is agreed upon collaboratively, based on the needs of the incoming group.
Information about tuition structure is below.
TUITION FOR BEING TEA TEACHER TRAINING
Program tuition is sliding scale, based on your financial needs:
* REDUCED RATE: $995 total ($142/mo)
* STANDARD RATE: $1250 total ($178/mo)
* SUSTAINING RATE: $1500 total ($214/mo)
To sustain this unique self-pay model, students are asked to pay as much as they can afford comfortably. Students can also move to different tier, up or down, anytime. No financial documentation is requested to sign up for any tier, including students on scholarship.
Tuition is divided into monthly payments, no deposit required.
Students at the STANDARD and SUSTAINING tiers can lower their monthly tuition rate by requesting a longer payment term.
Private instruction option is also available on limited basis.
Tuition for private instruction is $2100 total ($300/mo). This option is not eligible for adjusted monthly payment plans.
Inquire directly for more details and current availability!
Hear from some of our students!
“I have to say… it’s been awesome.” (read more)
The Steeping Room (Austin, TX)
“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.
I would definitely recommend this program to people who want some help learning how to teach tea thoughtfully. The program is packed with useful information, is extremely well put together and organized, has impressive workbooks for me to use a reference, has lots of opportunity for real connection with the teacher and the other students, and really ultimately has left me feeling like I am part of a community of people of who share a bit of the same path. ”
“I cannot say express enough how fantastic Sooz’s Being Tea Teacher Training Program is.” (read more)
Sutras Tea and Wellness, LMT, RYT, LE
“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.”
“To say my experience in the Teacher Training Program has been transformative, is an understatement.” (read more)
Tea educator, speaker and consultant
“Enrolling in Being Tea’s Teacher Training Program was hands down one of the best decisions I made in my tea journey. What drew me to the Being Tea Teacher Training Program was how unique the structure of the curriculum was and how intimate the learning environment was.
The work that Sooz has and is still doing in tea is groundbreaking and the breadth of knowledge she holds is truly impressive.
One of the highlights of this program for me has been our cohort group discussions. To be able to show up for one another in these meetings, with an open heart to listen and the willingness to share is powerful work. Drawing from their varying backgrounds and experiences, each person brings fresh perspectives and wisdom– and for that I’m so grateful.
For anyone that is looking to deepen their understanding of what it means to hold space for others in tea, our role as a tea teacher, and doing so with an open mind and heart, then I strongly urge you to sign up now.”
“The introduction into Psychologically Sensitive Teaching was particularly impressive and informative for me and showed me completely new aspects on teaching.” (read more)
UK Tea Academy Sommelier and Trainer, Germany
“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.
I am impressed and grateful!”
Read about the journey taken by tea blogger and educator, Nicole Wilson of Tea For Me Please, as she shares her experience in all seven modules of the program!
Statement on equity and inclusivity :
Students of diverse and / or marginalized backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. Your experiences and expertise are very welcome here. I am very honored and proud that 50% of each cohort in our first two years has been comprised of BIPOC and LQBTQ+ persons.
To all interested applicants, of any background: 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 brave 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. Reach out to me if you would like more information about financial aid options.