Hello, my name is Sooz (Suzette Hammond). Teaching tea has been my professional and personal life for nearly 20 years. For me, tea is so much more than a beverage. I understand tea as an ancient culture, a way of life, and a contemplative teacher. Tea, through learning, sharing and teaching, is one of our most powerful connectors.
Over the years with students, I’ve been moved to see just how tea supports body, intellect and emotion. A practice with tea teaches us to be vulnerable as we sit in the present moment, and witnesses our being listened to.
Tea is also a study that distinctly benefits from relationship-style continuing education. And this is how I teach tea.
Being Tea is tea education that supports your daily life.
All of my classes are beginner friendly, trauma-informed and supportive for mental health, and take a holistic approach to tea.
This is very different from an academic or dogmatic style teaching that enforces a rigid “sameness” for everyone. Here, students can seamlessly move between tea tasting and evaluation courses to tea meditation and mental well-being, with an intentional through-line connecting the experiences.
I’m a nationally-recognized, award-winning teacher, and the 2018 recipient of the World Tea Award for Best Tea Educator.
As someone with a professional trade background in tea, I work with professionals and tea lovers alike. Everything I offer here is online and specifically developed for welcoming folks who have felt intimidated elsewhere learning tea, or that they somehow just don’t belong.
Ready to get started? Here’s how you can study or work with Being Tea:
BEING TEA ONLINE CLASS MEMBERSHIP
BEING TEA MEMBERSHIP. The biggest heart + best value in tea education available. Learn directly from a nationally-recognized tea professional. More than 150 self-guided course videos, plus new offerings every month. Weekly live online classes, too! Everything in one all-inclusive, thoughtfully priced membership program, starting at $10 / month. LEARN MORE!
PROFESSIONAL TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM
BEING TEA TEACHER TRAINING. A groundbreaking, first of its kind program for tea. Who teaches the teachers? This immersive 8 month professional development course is entirely focused on the skills of how we learn and how we teach tea to others. All online. LEARN MORE!
PRIVATE TEA TASTINGS + TEA MEDITATION
PRIVATE TEA TASTINGS AND TEA MEDITATION. Experiences tailored just for you. Available for corporate, organizations, and group audiences. Explore hands-on tea skills and play, or learn about meditation and emotional well-being with tea. LEARN MORE!
Online offerings available for drop-in:
QUIET TEA SUNDAYS just might become your regular space for restoration. Guided tea meditation, live every week at 9am CDT. (READ MORE)
SPECIAL EVENTS includes seasonal workshops, series offerings, and guest speakers. (READ MORE)
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Teacher’s Path: My Being Tea Blog
In January 2020, weeks before the pandemic would tear apart so much, a college student asked me a question about burnout during a tea meditation workshop I was hosting at a university. Have you ever felt that way about tea, he asked?
“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