“To be” is to inter-be. You cannot just be by yourself alone. You have to inter-be with every other thing.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
Why Tea matters
I’ve come to view tea – practicing, learning, sharing and teaching – to be one of humanity’s most powerful connectors.
What do we mean by “practicing tea”? How does one practice a drink? The whole truth is, tea is so much more than a beverage – it is a very ancient culture, a way of life, and a contemplative study. When we tap into this by sitting down and mindfully preparing and drinking tea, we honor our connection to the earth, to nature, to humanity, and to ourselves. However we are that day, all with compassion.
Tea touches all of your senses, supporting body, intellect and emotion. Tea practice teaches us to be vulnerable as we sit in the present moment, and witnesses our being listened to. Tea is a philosophy, and one that can serve us very well in stressful, intense times especially.
Being Tea means removing barriers to understanding
My own practice is informed by nearly two decades of immersion in the professional world of tea, from garden to cup, as a teacher grounded in adult learning principles, with a unique focus on accessibility issues and trauma-informed support. I make tea and practice accessible to teachers and students alike.
Here’s how you can work or study with me!
Weekly live online classes
Never underestimate the power of rest for your body and mind. These weekly offerings are for creating space and supporting you, especially in a year of unprecedented uncertainty, fear and isolation. Through tea, we are not alone.
QUIET TEA SUNDAYS just might become your much-needed weekly reset time. Featuring guided tea meditation and plenty of time for held silence. Think of this like restorative yoga, but with tea. The idea is to do much less than we normally do, and give our nervous systems a break. Drop-ins and monthly passes are both offered.
TEA & CONTEMPLATION is co-created with my Friday teaching partner – artist, writer, yoga teacher Adam Grossi, and has been such a strong touchstone for my own stability this chaotic year. Half tea meditation, half shared discussion and readings of teachings both contemporary and ancient, this is a space for clearing the mental cobwebs.
Check out more live events happening every month here: BEING TEA LIVE EVENTS