“The art of teaching and training tea – for a living and for life.” This is the work of Being Tea, founded by Suzette Hammond. For 15 years, Suzette has traveled extensively as a professionally working tea trainer. Her often quirky projects include everything from beautiful days in tea fields and origin research, to analytical tasting and tea geekery with mechanical engineers. Along the way, she realized her clear passion is shepherding connections through tea. So, after more than a decade in training management roles for leading tea companies, Suzette created Being Tea – an independent consultancy offering Sensory Skills Workshops, Teacher Training and Tea Mindfulness Therapy. Never happy with desk life, Suzette’s background is a colorful blend of disciplines. She is a trained journalist and has experience in specialty coffee. She is a student of several tea ceremony traditions, an advocate of tea therapy for mental health, and studies Alexander Technique, MBSR, restorative yoga and somatic therapies. Currently, she also collaborates with World Tea Academy, World Tea Expo, and Tea Journey Magazine. She judges for the Global Tea Championship, and teaches every October at the Northwest Tea Festival. A veteran of cross-country moving, Suzette gratefully calls Chicago home.