Living Tea

Let’s question.

How do we claim to know tea for what it is today without knowing its root?

Due to industrialisation and colonisation, tea as we know it today predominately originates from the 19th century. Yet tea has existed for almost 5000 years, it has existed as part of nature, a reflection of humanity and in its abundance of diversity, the way tea has evolved throughout thousands of years has remained unknown to most.

Throughout 2500 years,  our ancestors have passed down the philosophy and craft of "Living Tea", sharing with us the wisdom of recognising humans as part of nature and only responding to the harmony with nature.

The story of "Living Tea" has never been told before, we invite inquisitive minds from all walks of life to explore the dense culture and tradition of tea, and to challenge the way we perceive tea today. And in doing so continue these cultural traditions passed down through generations of the Guizhou region to yours.


Start date: Sun 9th Aug 2020
Time: 1800 BST

Duration: 120mins
Frequency: Weekly
Length: 4 weeks
Class Capacity: 8-12

£32 per class.
£38 per class with 2 types of tea (10g).
£160 for 4 classes with Living Tea Family Pack (30g).

(Shipping not included in the prices above. This course is free for anyone under 22s.)

Request a course info pack here


Rui is incredible. So wise, so deep and so humble. Her way of teaching is exactly how I feel the true teaching should be - a fluid, alive, open-ended, breathing space where feeling and intuitive approach to Tea is at its core. This is a feminine right brain way that the world needs right now. I learned so much through her, through others' sharing in the group and through her asking open-ended questions, that take you within to feel your own truth rather than something imposed from the outside.

Lera from T-Lovers

“Rui’s approach to The Living Tea course was a breath of fresh air. And this course was a truly reinforcing experience on so many levels, it integrated technique/form along with gaining a better understanding of the way tea’s chemical constituents can calm, focus, and energize our bodies and mind. We also focused on the historical, social, and ecological aspects of tea culture, tea production, and sustainable tea harvesting. Throughout the course, we explored how tea culture can promote community: By sharing tea together, we take time to communicate, and better listen and learn from one another. I highly recommend this tea course for people of all levels of tea knowledge/experience. I will be utilizing what I learned in this course for years to come.”

J Shiloh Gastello

“A Way Forward. Rui's guidance opened my eyes to a deeper understanding of a culture's practice in tea craftsmanship, in addition to experiencing tea with a heightened sense of intuition. Whether you are new to the vast world of tea or have been a practitioner for decades, this course merely requests that you arrive with an open heart, challenge and participate in group discourse, and step into the messy unknown that seeks to preserve a tradition and attunement to the natural world. You'll never look at tea the same way again and will have gained powerful allies in embracing all of the tea's complicated history and beauty. “

Marco Namowicz

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