“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
CONNECTING PEOPLE & TEA IN TIMES OF NEED
FEELING DISCONNECTED? IT’S OK TO FEEL NOT OK – IT’S A PANDEMIC :
Hey there, tea friend…
While we continue to collectively navigate a daily life that doesn’t exactly look like what we expected or thought we would see this year, Tea is here for you. Through tea, we can still be connected, even while we must maintain distance for the health and safety of our communities.
Since March 2020, I’ve been expanding live online offerings every month, open to anyone needing quiet, sensory supportive connection, including day-long tea retreats, interactive tasting classes (tea included), and weekly tea meditation practice. Never underestimate the power of rest for your body, emotions and mind. Come sit for tea…
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.