Your journey begins with a scenic trip out of the bustling city to my home – a cozy and charming straw bale house nestled among the rocks on a mesa. The quiet surroundings of the mountains are the perfect place to explore the mysteries of tea. When you arrive, the kettle will be on and we’ll sit, settle down, and begin the journey. I’ll pick teas on the fly – based on the mood and atmosphere that presents itself. When we sit with a tea in gong fu ceremony, the leaves are brewed in multiple short steepings. A good tea will taste different with each steeping as the tea opens up. Beyond flavor, you’ll also experience the way high-quality and wild teas make you feel. The teas in my collection all possess what is referred to as Cha Qi – loosely defined as tea energy. Certain teas can feel uplifting, expansive and full of vitality while others will feel grounding, calming, and restorative. I work with a variety of teas but gravitate towards aged puerh, high-quality oolongs, and white teas. I buy my teas from quality sources. Usually, the plant material is wild-crafted from parts of China where tea has been grown for thousands of years.
In practicing the art of Gong Fu tea for the past 5 years, my life has been transformed. My approach is to create a ceremonial environment where we can explore the tea, our senses, and ourselves to the fullest. I’m fascinated by the medicinal qualities of tea – specifically the way it can activate and purify the energetic channels in our bodies and minds leading to gentle and peaceful shifts in perception. Over the years, I’ve found that drinking aged, quality teas help to relax and repair the body and mind. Now it's my pleasure to share this experience with others.
Light, healthy snacks
3 different teas and water
Cushions for floor sitting. Chairs available.
Our tea journey will be held at my home – a cozy, off-the-grid, straw-bale casita. I live on 40 peaceful acres of land on the Glorietta mesa just 30-minutes outside of Santa Fe. The last 4-miles of the trip is a stretch of dirt road. In good weather, any car can make the journey. If things are wet then AWD is best.