“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


Hello, my name is Sooz…


Being Tea is a different kind of learning space for a different kind of learner. Everything I offer is online (I also teach in person, in non-pandemic times), and developed for welcoming folks who have felt intimidated elsewhere learning tea, or that they somehow just don’t belong.

All of my classes are trauma-informed, inclusive, and rooted in psychologically-sensitive pedagogy. This is very different from academic, didactic, dogmatic style teaching that enforces “sameness” on everyone.

I’m an award-winning tea educator, working with professionals and tea lovers alike. My own practice is informed by nearly two decades of immersion in the professional / trade world of tea, from garden to cup, as a teacher specializing in experiential learning techniques.


Being Tea is about creating a personal practice

I believe Tea – learning, sharing and teaching – to be one of humanity’s most powerful connectors.

Tea is so much more than a beverage – it is an ancient culture, a way of life, and a contemplative teacher. Tea touches all of your senses, supporting body, intellect and emotion. A tea practice teaches us to be vulnerable as we sit in the present moment, and witnesses our being listened to.

Tea is a living study and distinctly benefits from relationship-style learning. Tea is also a philosophy, and one that can serve us very well in stressful, intense times. This is how I teach tea, and this is how I listen to Tea.


Here’s how you can study or work with me

TEACHER TRAINING

First of its kind program for tea. Expansive 7 month professional development course, entirely focused on learning how to teach. All online.

ONLINE CLASS MEMBERSHIP

The best value in tea education available. More than 150 self-guided courses + new offerings added every month. Livestream classes included!

PRIVATE TASTINGS & MEDITATION

Experiences tailored just for you. Private groups / organizations or 1:1 sessions. Explore hands-on tea skills and play, or learn about meditation and emotional well-being with tea.

Online offerings available for anytime drop-in:

QUIET TEA SUNDAYS just might become your regular space for restoration. (READ MORE)


TEA & CONTEMPLATION is co-created with my friend / fellow teacher, Adam Grossi. (READ MORE)


SPECIAL EVENTS includes seasonal workshops, series offerings, and guest speakers. (READ MORE)


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