Tea is a powerful medicine.
She has her own spirit that is very much alive.
You can connect with her by sitting in ceremony.
These ceremonies are more than just your morning cup of tea—they are the steps to an ancient ritual. Learn how to perform it yourself, and gain access to something profound that will change the way you relate to the world forever.
Tea + Me
I've had a lifelong love of tea. This began in childhood with casual afternoon teas. My mom always called this "tea time" and she served it to us on a tray with chocolate chip cookies, fresh-baked out of the oven. This is one of the positive things I remember about her mothering my siblings and me, growing up. There's something about being raised southern that naturally connects you to a culture of tea. Tea service is a love language.
In college, I inherited my Grandmother’s silver tea service set. I remember being so honored to have it. I couldn’t wait to have guests come over to my house for afternoon tea. I’d dreamed of having a home my whole life, mostly to be able to host loved ones who were passing through. I hand polished the silver myself and kept it proudly displayed in an antique cabinet I’d purchased from Craigslist. The first tea I ever hosted was in the living room of the house I lived in in Savannah, Georgia with my sister. I was 19, the house was super haunted, and I loved it with my whole heart.
That tells you a lot about me: the spiritual, the metaphysical, and the romantic—those have been my steady favorites since day one. Everything has a spirit. Everything.
Part of my family is English so I’ve spent a lot of time there. When I was visiting, I always wanted to go to daily afternoon tea. The smell of the old tea rooms, the stories, the energy, the culture—I loved it. English and Irish are my strongest bloodlines, so it makes sense why my special relationship with tea always felt like a connection to my bone land. I hadn’t considered the connection could be even cooler than this yet. I still thought it was just an ancestral thing back then.
Everywhere I traveled in the world, I’d seek out tea rooms. I didn’t think about it much—it was just a natural thing I did. When I lived in New York City, I had a favorite tea room where I did a lot of my early writing you may have read on instagram. During this time in my life, I had a tea that I drank nearly every day. It was an organic peach oolong and I loved it so much that I had it shipped to my apartment in bulk. I remember it was very heavy for me to carry up four flights of stairs, that it took up half the space in my undersized fridge, but I positively could not live without it. That was the first time I consciously realized I might have a “thing” for tea. I was 24.
Flash forward to 2020, when I began a formal tea practice. It was the week of my 30th birthday. Through the deepening of my relationship to tea in this way, I transitioned from a casual drinker of tea to someone devoted to learning from tea as a teacher. I learned that tea had always been holding me and meeting me where I was all those years before. Even though I hadn’t realized it, she had been with me in some of my biggest moments in life, sitting with me like an old friend. And sometimes like a mother. A sister. A wise grandmother. A playmate. A mystical being. She comes through in many forms, depending on what you need when you sit with her. Once I dove into my tea practice, it all started to make sense. The deeper you go, the more she reveals to you.
Tea has this feeling of home, coming home—to myself, to my people, to my purpose, to my connection with nature, to my intuitive powers, to my relationship with God. I have learned that the lineage of tea goes back way further than my early days growing up in the south, or my ancestral lineage in the UK and Ireland. Tea came to humans thousands of years ago—legend says as early as 2700 BC—that’s how long we’ve been allies. I find this to be incredible, that we have been sitting together for comfort and community over shared cups of tea that long…how could something like that not be sacred?
When I was a young girl, I had a vision of myself serving medicine to people. I did not have any context for understanding it then, but it was clear as day. I knew it would be a part of my path at some point in my life, with no understanding of how it would come. (How does anyone get the life experience to become qualified to serve an ancient medicine? The answer is you don’t—you just learn how to get more and more out of the way so the ancient medicine can speak through you. You learn how to walk in two worlds at once—the human and the spirit—so you can meet both more fully. You learn how to hold space to help others open to what they are seeking too). I thought maybe this vision was about me serving communion, that I would perhaps be led to become a priest. It turned out that sitting in plant medicine ceremonies, with various plant spirits, would be the thing that showed me the way. It turned out, it was tea asking me to work with her all along. I’d always felt it. I just didn’t know until it was time to know. When I learned the steps of the ceremony for the first time, it’s like I’d been there before. It’s like a part of me was returning home.
Through my years of near daily ceremony with tea, I become a tea ceremonialist. My original intention wasn’t to learn the ceremony to become someone who would guide others in this way. I actually did not know at first my why for being there—I just knew it’s where I was meant to be in that moment of my life. It was just a feeling. My offering to initiate you into the ritual of tea ceremony came because tea asked me to show up and allow her medicine to move through me. Tea asked me to share her, so here I am, listening. Serving tea ceremony isn’t about me—it’s about tea. I am just the vessel of love she’s speaking to you through. One of many.
I am human, just like you. We are on this journey together. Tea practice is not a journey on the self improvement hamster wheel. Tea ceremony is a practice of becoming more present with life, love, and all that it means to be human.
Tea is medicine for the heart, one I am eternally grateful to have found.
If you’re feeling called to tea too, even if you can’t explain why, you’re in the right place.
This is my tea story. What will yours be…
What's plant medicine, you ask?
Plant medicine is a term we use when we're referring to the ceremonial benefits of a plant, as well as an acknowledgment of the sacredness of nature that is so often missed—until we learn how to become sensitive enough to truly connect with it.
Ceremonial tea is not a psychedelic, or a drug of any kind. It's just tea. Really good tea. The kind that takes you deep, in all the best ways.
Tea ceremony is a practice for learning how to connect deeper with yourself, with your spirituality (whatever that word means to you), and with nature. It is a practice that is easily accessible and deeply profound. It is meditative, calming, gentle, and grounding. It is suitable for all.
Tea ceremony is a ritual that has been practiced for thousands of years. When you participate in it, you are joining an ancient lineage.
Think of tea ceremony like sitting in a sacred circle that's held by the magic of every wise sage that has come before us. Imagine that they are still sitting there, joining us in this circle each time we commune together in this way.
Each time you perform the steps of this ritual, you are opening that sacred circle that has been held for us, long before we began the practice, and will be held long after we have passed on.
If you're reading this now, I'm willing to bet that Tea is longing to connect with you too. I'm willing it bet it was her that brought you here.
Why I love tea ceremony:
Tea ceremony is one of the most powerful practices I have come across in my own self-healing and spiritual journey. The relationship I have developed with her has transformed me in nearly every area of my life.
We've gone on many, many deep journeys together.
We've laughed. We've cried. We've prayed. We've danced.
She's been with me as I've grown, as I've fallen in love, as I've been heartbroken, as I've had to let go of things I wasn't ready to let go of. She's been with me when I was sacred and did not know the next steps to take. She's been with me when I was lonely and needing someone to sit beside me in the dark. She's been with me through celebration. Through sickness. Through healing. Through joy. Through life, in all its many spectrums—tea has been here with me.
She's with me right now, as I write this to you 🍵
I can't wait for you to feel that too.
Inside this course, we will explore tea ceremony together.
I'll teach you the steps of the ritual, and lessons about tea. We will meet daily for virtual tea ceremonies, and connect together through live sharing circles and a rich community of like-minded souls.
This course is 30 days long and aligned with the cycles of the moon.
The Tea Temple is live from September 24 - October 25, 2022.
*All times are in CST.
September 24: Opening Circle + New Moon Gathering @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
September 25: Class #1 Introduction to Tea Ceremony @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
September 26 - October 1: Virtual Tea Sits @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
October 2: Class #2 Your Relationship with Tea Spirit, Plant Medicine, and the Magic of Nature @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
October 3 - 8: Virtual Tea Sits @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
October 9: Class #3 Living in Harmony with Nature, Creating Sacred Space + Full Moon Ceremony @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
October 10 - 15: Virtual Tea Sits @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
October 16: Class #4 Serving Tea Ceremony to Others @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
October 17 - 24: Self-guided tea sits with daily contemplation prompt
October 25: Class #5 Living a Life of Tea, How to Gather Magical Objects for Your Ceremonies + Closing New Moon Circle @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Your questions, answered.
+ What all is included in the course?
In addition to the lessons, virtual tea sits, and community, you will also receive a welcome package in the mail with a full month's supply of ceremonial tea and your very own ceramic tea bowl 💌
+ Do I need to buy anything additional to participate in this course?
Not at all. The only other thing you will need to get started is a kettle. This is something most everyone has. It doesn't need to be a special kettle—yours is perfect.
If you decide this practice is something you want to go even deeper into, after you learn the ceremony, I'll tell you everything you need to know about sourcing your own special, sacred tea objects to collect over time, too. For now, you're good. I've got you.
+ What if I can't attend everything live?
There is no pressure to attend every single thing live. This is an impossible standard to set for yourself. Know that perfect attendance is not expected. Life is busy—however you are able to show up is enough.
🍵 Unlimited replays of recordings are available. 🍵
+ What kind of ceremonial tea will I be receiving?
The name of the tea will remain a mystery until the end of the course. That said, it is a gentle, accessible tea that is suitable for all.
+ I'm sensitive to caffeine, will this course be ok for me?
Yes. I too am sensitive to caffeine. (True story—I've actually never had a cup of coffee in my whole life). The caffeine content in this tea is low. In addition, you have full control of how much to sit with in each session (you'll learn more on this inside the course).
Also, fun fact—often the "sensitive to caffeine" thing, with tea, is more about where the tea is sourced than the tea itself. Think pesticides, poisons, chemicals, etc...
Because tea is a plant medicine, whether you were aware of this in the past or not, it opens your body up in a certain kind of way. If it is tea that is non-organic and/or not sourced responsibly, it will make your body more sensitive to the bad things in these less quality versions. The tea that we sit with is not that. It's incredibly healing. Trust me.
+ I have a version of my own tea practice already. Is this offering right for me?
That depends on what you're looking for. Inside, we have weekly lessons on all things tea and ceremony. There will certainly be beginners in this course, but the primary focus of it is on community. This space has been thoughtfully designed for maximum connection and shared ceremony time. If you're feeling called to a community of tea lovers, and a desire to join in daily ceremonies, this offering is a great place for you—so long as you don't mind dropping back into the beginner's mind with our first week of intro to tea ceremony lessons. You might even learn a new trick or two ❤️
+ Are there payment plans available?
Yes! On the link you're currently viewing, there is only a pay in full option available. This is just how the network is designed. If you'd like access to a payment plan, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. The payment plan is as follows:
2 payments of $387
✨ An important note for international students ✨
If you are international, or living outside of the continental US, please reach out to me at email@example.com to enroll. There is an additional $100 cost to join. This is because of the cost of expedited shipping. You will be sent a special payment form. Please specify if you'd like to pay in full or would prefer the payment plan option.
Tea ceremony is such sweet magic.
The practice is simple. The results are powerful. The love is big.
You are invited to join, and receive the secrets of this legacy too.
It would be an honor to initiate you, hold you, and witness you along your path in this special way. I look forward to seeing you inside. You know who you are ❤️