Workshop Schedule

2015 Workshop Schedule


Saturday, July 25th


9:00 am
Cooking with Tea with Lenny Martinelli

Lenny MartinelliOne of our most popular workshops, join Teahouse chef/owner Lenny Martinelli as he prepares a number of delicious dishes, all using the special ingredient, TEA! Participants will have the opportunity to taste each of the dishes prepared in this entertaining presentation.

Lenny Martinelli is Chef-Owner of the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse and is actively involved in the daily operations. Mr. Martinelli has over 35 years’ experience in the hospitality industry from bussing tables to ownership. His company, Three Leaf Concepts, also operates  the Naropa Cafe, Aji Latin American Restaurant, Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant, The Huckleberry, Zucca Italian Ristorante, and his newest venture, The Chautauqua Dining Hall. In 2011, the Martinells purchased Three Leaf Farm, in Lafayette Colorado, in order to provide organically grown produce to the their restaurants.


11:00 am
Tea Basics 101 with Qin Liu

Tea Basics 101 with Qin Liu of Ku-Cha

Learn the basics of tea in this informative and educational workshop. Discussion will include

the history of tea, its origins and where it’s grown around the world, as well as an in depth description of the processing of each type of tea. Participants will have the opportunity to taste green, oolong, black and white teas, compare them side by side, and will be instructed in the proper brewing techniques of each.

Qin Liu is the owner of the popular Boulder tea shop, Ku Cha. Established in 2005, Ku Cha is a traditional Chinese Tea House that offers the unique Chinese tea experience, classes and workshops, and a wide variety of high quality loose leaf teas.



1:00 pm
A Journey through India presented by Devan Shah


India has a centuries old culture of tea and has long been known as the source of some of the most revered and coveted teas.  It is one of the largest producers, consumers, and exporters of tea in the world, second only to China.  From the high peaks of Darjeeling, to the southern gardens of Nilgiri, India teas are beloved the world over for their unique, full flavored taste and characteristic quality.  In the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to taste teas from various regions of the Indian continent, including Assam, Darjeeling, and Nilgiri.  Discussion will include the exploration of traditional Indian Masala Chai, and how tea has influenced the culture of the Indian continent.

Devan Shah is the founder of International Tea Importers.  He grew up in southern India in the city of Coimbatore.


3:00 pm
Tea Leaf Reading with Caroline DowCaroline Dow

With a cup of freshly brewed tea, you can indulge in an age-old custom that brings you deep relaxation, healthful rejuvenation—and a sense of wonder as you see what the leaves reveal.  In this workshop, Caroline will present some of the history and techniques of tea leaf reading taken from cultures worldwide.  You’ll have the opportunity to practice by reading two cups.  Learn to read your cup every day, and each time, receive fresh inspiration!

Caroline Dow has written 15 books on esoterica and Brazilian folk religions. She learned tea leaf reading at her auntie’s knee, and now presents workshops in the USA and Europe based on the information from her book, Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners: Your Fortune in a Teacup. Currently she is writing a new mystery novel series featuring a Latina amateur aromatherapist sleuth.



5:00 pm
The Evolution of Specialty Tea in the US over the Last 20 Years.
Presented by Devan Shah

Devan Shah is the founder of International Tea Importers.  He grew up in southern India in the city of Coimbatore.




7:00 pm
The Japanese Tea Ceremony, Cyanoyo, with Omotesenke Tea School Members

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Cyanoyu, Japanese Tea Ceremony members will demonstrate the art of Japanese tea ceremony, and provide opportunity for audience to participate with the ceremony.  The demonstration includes explanation of the history of the tea ceremony and its cultural significance.  Dressed in traditional kimono, the tea hosts will demonstrate a full tea ceremony with narration.  The audience will be invited to join the ceremony for a hands-on experience as they receive tea and get a feeling of the Cyanoyu (the way of tea). Ms. Hiroko Akima, tea sensei, and her students host the demonstration.   Living in Lafayette, Ms. Akima is an active tea teacher of Omotesenke Tea School.



Sunday, July 26th


10:00 am
The Tao of Tea with Ken Cohen
Why Taoist Immortals Drink Tea: A Journy to Ancient ChinaKenneth Cohen

After introducing the basics of Chinese tea appreciation, Ken will discuss how to create a beautiful, harmonious tea gathering, including the traditional role of poetry in setting the mood. Close your eyes and be transported to ancient China as Ken recites thousand year old poems that celebrate the beauty of nature in the original Chinese and in translation. Then learn rare qigong meditations to relax, quiet the mind, and open the senses. As you sample different teas, you will feel the qi (energy) of tea spread through the palate and the body, awakening every cell. To enjoy tea is to enjoy and appreciate life!

Ken Cohen (, former student of Alan Watts and Joseph Campbell, has followed the Way of Tea for more than 40 years. A world-renowned Taoist scholar and Qigong Master, he is the author of The Way of Qigong (Ballantine Books), best-selling Sounds True audio and dvd courses, and more than 200 articles on spirituality and health.



12:00 pm
Taiwanese Oolong Tasting with Brian WrightBrian Wright

BrianWright, owner of Shan Shui Teas in Washington D.C., travels to Taiwan each year to source the most delicious, freshest, boutique-style oolong teas.  Join Brian as he demonstrates and leads youin a hands-on experience of the traditional Taiwanese Gung Fu Oolong Ceremony, during which you’ll have the opportunity to taste some of the years’ freshest selections.  Seating limited, register early!

Brian J. Wright, proprietor of Shan Shui Teas in Washington DC, became enamored with Chinese tea while studying in Taipei and Beijing in 1989-90. He continued his hobby after returning to the U.S., and expanded it into a business in 1993 tosatisfy his friends’ appetites for fine tea. Currently, Brian specializes in providing top quality Taiwanese oolong teas, Korean green teas, and teaware for their preparation.



2:00 pm
Rare Teas of China with David Lee HoffmanDavid Hoffman

The unique, aged teas of China’s western Yunnan province, long beloved in China, have gained popularity in the West over the last few years due to their unique, complex flavors and heightened health benefits.   Join David Lee Hoffman, one of America’s experts on Puerh, as he leads a detailed discussion and tasting of this traditional style of tea.  David Lee Hoffman has been traveling the backcountry of Asia for over 30 years seeking out the finest, best tasting leaves. With his passion for tea and a background in vermiculture and soil fertility, he is now working in China with the prestigious Tea Institute and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences to implement sustainable organic tea farming.  Mr. Hoffman currently is the owner of The Phoenix Collection and works closely with the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse to import the finest Chinese teas directly following the annual harvest.



4:00 pm
Introduction to Tea – A Certification Course
presented by Devan Shah

Devan-Shah1-300x300America’s premier importer of premium teas Devan Shah present a clear and concise overview of the six families of tea, their various national and regional origins, different characteristics and methods of manufacture, including insights into tea botany, history, the world-wide tea business, best ways to prepare teas and other matters. Intended for beginners as well as hardened and shameless tea lovers. At the end of the course, participants will receive a Certification of Completion.



**Workshop Cancellation Policy: We will provide refunds for cancellations made with at least 24 hours notice. Cancellations with in 24 hours of the course or day of cancellations will not be refunded.  We apologize for any inconvenience.