A groundbreaking, first of its kind professional training program for tea

Being Tea Teacher Training touching tea leaves during a tea class

Become a leader in tea education.

Being Tea Teacher Training is open for experienced tea folks who want to feel more comfortable leading experiences and educating about tea, but have little formal teaching experience.

An experience no other program offers.

This course is structured as an 8-month interactive online program. You’ll meet and collaborate with fellow teachers from all over the world. Trainees comes from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

Created to transform your years of tea study into an expansive, living skill.

Our program is here to support meaningful connection and growth for yourself and for others. Being Tea Teacher Training is the “why” for all the other study programs and experiences you have accumulated. Because sharing tea with others is what we’re all here for!

Fall 2022 enrollment open now! APPLY HERE


I don’t think I can aptly describe just how much each module has shaped me or challenged me in a way that I did not think was possible.

Tehmeena Manji, 2021 graduate
Nairobi, Kenya

Tehmeena Manji, founder of Muthaiga Tea, Being Tea Teacher Training graduate testimonial

“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.”

– Howard Thurman

Hello! I’m Suzette Hammond, and I’ve been a tea trainer for nearly 20 years.

Sooz of Being Tea smelling steeped tea leaves

An enormous part of my work is studying how we teach others. How we anticipate and respond to someone’s personal needs, ways of expression, their professional development goals, the audiences they serve. These types of human or soft skills are as critical as what we teach about tea itself – now more than ever. Talking about education absolutely lights me up.

And now I’m sharing this experience of teaching with you!


What will you study in Being Tea Teacher Training? Our program modules:

Being Tea Teacher Training, Module 1 image: "What Calls You to Teach?"

MODULE 1: What Calls You to Teach?

Understanding diverse audience types / learning needs + your own strengths and interests as an educator.

Being Tea Teacher Training, Module 2 image: "Creating a Sensory Playground"

MODULE 2: Creating a Sensory Playground

Why experiential learning matters; intro to adult learning theory and pedagogy; how to structure for sensory supportive experiences; how to support diverse learners; creating spaces built for interactivity.

Being Tea Teacher Training, Module 3 image: "Presence & Presentation"

MODULE 3: Presence & Presentation

Understanding the difference between energetic vs physical space; working with your environment as a public speaker; learning to hold space for students; managing challenging moments, questions, and energy output needs of different groups.

Being Tea Teacher Training, Module 4 image: "Time & Structure"

MODULE 4: “Stacking your show” – Time & Structure

Time management skills in the classroom; developing a more personally comfortable relationship with time; creating containers to keep activities from being too fast or too slow; building flexible and energetically balanced lesson plans.

Being Tea Teacher Training, Module 5 image: "The Love of Logistics"

MODULE 5: The Love of Logistics

Scalability for teaching work based on personal needs; exploring size and environment of classes, including indoor, outdoor, and online considerations; equipment procurement and management; creating safety nets for when things don’t go as planned.

Being Tea Teacher Training, Modules 6 and 7 image: "Psychologically-Sensitive Teaching"

MODULES 6 + 7: Tea for Everybody: Psychologically-Sensitive Teaching

Becoming trauma-informed and implementing psychologically-sensitive teaching methods; working within window of safety for students; engaging equity and decolonizing your teaching; navigating scope of practice as a teacher. Special two-part module.

Being Tea Teacher Training, Module 8 image: "Self Care and Creating a Personal Practice"

MODULE 8: Self-Care & Creating a Personal Practice

Navigating periods of growth vs periods of rest; self-care for teachers; avoiding burn-out + imposter syndrome; gathering resources and business support.


What’s included when you enroll?

This 8-month program includes:


– Live group classes: Two monthly live online classes (2-hours each) with me and your group cohort for discussion and deeper exploration.

– Module workbook plus 4 hours of guided lecture videos with each monthly module.

– Access to weekly Office Hours for check-ins, coaching, and personalized assistance.

– Practice teaching + feedback session on class topic of your choice, required to graduate.

– Certificate of Completion upon graduation.

– 4 months of continuing education and support in our Graduate program!

– Access to the Being Tea membership program of weekly recorded and live classes ($240/ annual value)!


Where do you see yourself teaching? Maybe you’ll host staff training workshops like these? Or teach at festivals or yoga studios? Maybe you’ll teach for corporate clients or community organizations? Or perhaps you’ll teach online? Wherever you want to share your love for tea, Being Tea Teacher Training can help you bring it to life.


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.

Stephanie Samuels, 2020 graduate
Austin, TX (USA)

Stephanie Samuels, founder of Sutras Tea & Wellness, Being Tea Teacher Training graduate testimonial

What’s unique about Being Tea Teacher Training? Truly, everything.

FIRST OF ITS KIND, ALL ABOUT TEACHING

Being Tea Teacher Training is the first professional development program in the tea industry to focus entirely on teaching skills.

For people who feel very drawn to education and study of pedagogy (beyond just hosting tastings), teaching is the direct outlet for all those years of personal and professional study in tea. And yet, even classroom teachers rarely get the chance to study their craft in this way. You’ll be on the leading edge of truly meaningful tea education.

INCLUSIVE, TRAUMA-INFORMED + EQUITY FOCUSED

This program is also unique for its focus on inclusive, trauma-informed teaching methods, and centering experiential learning over didactic academic structure.

Our program is distinctly student centered, supporting the validation of someone’s lived, personal experience rather than the corrective, assimilation messaging that is the norm of many of our educational structures. You’ll be creating safer spaces for your students.

PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP & SUPPORT

Finally, this program is special because it is relationship oriented and rooted in community support, every step of the way.

After graduation, there is an ongoing Being Tea Teacher Graduate community you can join for continuing mentorship, advanced study, and support for your growing craft and business. This is aligned with Being Tea’s mission of positioning education as a relationship, not a transaction. You’re not alone in this path.


Being Tea Teacher Training: Program FAQ

Sooz of Being Tea with tea bowl

Got questions?

Be sure to read our program FAQ for the most common inquires we receive about this training.

READ PROGRAM FAQ


To apply for Being Tea Teacher Training:

To apply for teacher training, please first review our most current tuition rates, and contact me below. A new student intake form will then be sent to you after I’ve had a chance to review your email. Deadline to confirm registration is Monday, August 15th.

Training begins in September and runs through April. This program runs only once each year, so don’t miss your chance!


TUITION FOR BEING TEA TEACHER TRAINING

Program tuition is sliding scale, based on your financial needs:

REDUCED RATE: $99 month ($1188 total)
This level is offered through Being Tea’s commitment to accessible education, for folks with limited financial means. **Limited spots for this available each term.

STANDARD RATE: $125 month ($1500 total)
This level is my “fair exchange” rate – what it actually takes to produce material, support students, and sustain this unique program.

SUSTAINING RATE: $150 month ($1800 total)
Pay for yourself while supporting a fellow student! This level offsets the cost to run our Reduced rate tier.

Tuition is divided into 12 monthly payments, no deposit required.

To sustain this unique self-pay model, students are asked to pay as much as they can afford without creating hardship. Students can also move to different tier, up or down, anytime.

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION option is also available on limited basis.
Tuition for private instruction is $4200 total ($350 per month). In this model, the course exploration is more personalized for the student’s needs.
-> Learn more about why you should consider Being Tea private instruction.

To apply to Being Tea Teacher Training, email me below:

Questions are also welcome! Please review our FAQ to check if your question is covered here first.


Hear from some of our previous graduates!

Testimonials and stories from our community can be found here: GRADUATE TESTIMONIALS

Anna Ye, founder of Anna Ye Tea, Being Tea Teacher Training graduate

“To say my experience in the Teacher Training Program has been transformative, is an understatement.” Anna Ye, Founder of Anna Ye Tea (NYC)


Sabine Gullatz, UK Tea Academy trainer, Being Tea Teacher Training graduate

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.” – Sabine Gullatz, UK Tea Academy Sommelier and Trainer, Germany


Emily Morrison, founder of The Steeping Room, Being Tea Teacher Training graduate

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, Co-founder of The Steeping Room (Austin, TX)


Dedication to equity and inclusivity :


Students of marginalized backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. Your experiences and expertise are very welcome here. I am very honored that 50% of each cohort in our first two years has been comprised of BIPOC and LQBTQ+ persons.

For all interested applicants: This work asks us to look at what we teach in tea beyond names, places and procedures. To share from Brooklyn-based school educator and social justice activist, Cornelius Minor, “I cannot be spiritually awakened and doing work that is vocationally dead.”

Being Tea Teacher Training asks teachers to commit to supporting and embracing our students for their differences in race, country of origin, gender and sexual identity, body form and ability, family and socioeconomic status, 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.