“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 – the practice of it, drinking, learning, sharing and teaching of it – 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.
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-sensitive support.
Being Tea means removing barriers to understanding
I make tea and practice accessible to teachers and students alike through pathways including live online classes, self-exploratory online programs, on-site workshops, group and private sessions. My offerings range from tea sensory skills to tea meditation and mindfulness study. Discover how Being Tea can open up your life to tea!
CONNECTING PEOPLE & TEA IN TIMES OF NEED
Spring/Summer 2020: I’m now offering weekly online classes and events, live and in real time, to help us stay connected, even when we must all maintain distance for the health of our community. Learn more here: