2018 Workshops

 

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SATURDAY July 28

 

Lenny Martinelli9:00 am -Cooking with Tea with Teahouse Chef/Owner Lenny Martinelli

One 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 – 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  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.

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11:00 am – How to Brew Tea Without a Chart with Donna Fellman

If tea is just about adding leaves to water, why can it be so hard to brew tea well? Like the well-trained chef who stopped cooking from recipes years ago, you too can learn how to brew tea by feel and appearances. In this session we’ll consider the key variables in any cup of tea – the water, the leaf and the heat – and how those elements work together. We’ll explore the dry tea leaf and understand what its appearance tells us about brewing. No more charts, what you need to know is in the tea leaves.

Donna Fellman – Donna Fellman has been the Online Education Director and lead instructor of World Tea Academy since its inception in 2013. Donna’s experience managing tea houses, training staff and talking to customers convinced her that the future of the specialty tea industry needed a strong foundation in tea education. Since then, she has focused her work on serving the tea industry’s needs by creating educational programs and classes, especially for the tea professional through several organizations and company training programs.

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1:00 pm – Certified Elephant Friendly Tea:   Setting a New Standard for Tea to Save Endangered Elephants with Lisa Mills

For nearly 200 years vast forests across Asia have been converted to tea plantations through which elephants must move as they undergo their ancient migrations. In and around the tea gardens, elephants die from a variety of hazards including fences, electrocution, chemicals, impassable agricultural ditches for juvenile elephants, and a growing human population that does not welcome their presence.  And yet, strategic measures to mitigate these challenges are underway with the development of implementable and enforceable local changes by tea growers and workers. Compliance with Elephant Friendly standards not only benefit elephant populations, but also benefit the health and safety of tea growing communities.

Through a photographic journey with elephants in the tea gardens of Assam, India, workshop participants will learn about Asian elephants and the challenges they face in tea plantations.  We will also provide an overview of the certification process and how tea certified under this program finds its way into the U.S. tea market with the help of interested tea buyers.   Participants will have the opportunity to sample whole leaf teas from Certified Elephant Friendly tea plantations and learn about some of the unique consumer products, including bottled specialty drinks, being developed. Participants leave with samples to share the Elephant Friendly story with others.   Tea always tastes best when you can say “No harm was done to elephants in the making of this tea.” 
Certified Elephant Friendly Tea has been featured by World Tea News, Sierra Magazine, National Public Radio, The Telegraph, and over 20 top media outlets in the USA and India.

Lisa Mills, M.Ed., is Program Manager with the University of Montana’s Broader Impacts Group.    She is co-founder of the Elephant Friendly Tea program which evolved from her work on community-based conservation of Asian elephants.  A partnership between the University of Montana and the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network led to a certification program for tea growers under Elephant Friendly standards.   She now travels far and wide sharing the Elephant FriendlyTea program with tea growers, tea buyers, and the public.

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3:00 pm – Exploring the Top Herbal Teas for Wellness with Rob McCaleb

Join us for a leisurely, fun-filled tour of the more popular herbs now being incorporated into herbal teas. We will discuss the historical roots and scientific research for each herb, core wellness benefits and individual nuances of brewing these botanical wonders for everyday enjoyment. Your herbal tea tour will include ginger, turmeric, hibiscus, tulsi and others. The addition of common and exotic herbs into your lifestyle is an easy, affordable and fun way to raise your personal wellness regimen. A number of these herbal wonders will be prepared and served in this fact-filled session.

 

Rob McCaleb | The Herb Research Foundation
Rob McCaleb is the founder and president of the Herb Research Foundation, a researcher, writer and educator and a leading proponent of natural health care with botanical and nutritional products. He was Research Director at Celestial Seasonings for 13 years, building their analytical lab and quality programs, including the first ever professional flavor profiling and control program for herbal products. He helped develop many of their herbal tea products, built their botanical research library, and conducted global quality troubleshooting of the herbal supply chain. Currently, he works with companies to assist them in formulating, labeling and marketing natural and organic foods, especially tea products, dietary supplements, and functional foods.

Educated in Cellular Biology and Botany at the University of Texas and University of Colorado, he was a PhD candidate in Ethnobotany (ABD) at Union Institute. He is author of The Encyclopedia of Popular Herbs, Best Herbs for Healing and was co-founder and technical editor of HerbalGram. McCaleb headed the Technical Committee of the American Herbal Products Association and was one of only two botanical scientists on the presidentially-appointed Commission on Dietary Supplement Labels created under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), which studied global regulation of natural health products. McCaleb has worked for over 30 years in sustainable herb growing and harvesting operations and marketing ventures.

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5:00 pm -Poetry and Tea: Walking in the Footsteps of the Chinese Poets of Antiquity with George Kalamaras

This “hands-on” workshop will explore the rich tradition between poetry and tea, as given by the Chinese poets of antiquity. Participants will explore several poems (in English translation) by poets of the T’ang and Yuan Dynasties, some by Buddhist meditators and monks, extolling the virtues of tea. Moreover, George will share basic techniques of poetic composition, creating a safe space for participants to compose their own poems. Participants will share tea together and explore the subtle effects that various teas (white, green, oolong, and black) have on their consciousness and, thus, on their own writing. A seasoned poetry teacher at all levels for nearly 40 years, George has designed the workshop to be appropriate for both practicing poets and beginners alike. Join us to experience the soothing and rejuvenating effects of tea and explore the poet lingering within you!

George Kalamaras, former Poet Laureate of Indiana (2014-2016), has published fifteen volumes of poetry, including eight full-length books, several of which have won national prizes. He has also published hundreds of poems in anthologies and magazines, including The Best American Poetry, American Literary Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, New Letters, North American Review, and elsewhere. He is Professor of English at Purdue University Fort Wayne (formerly, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne), where he has taught since 1990, and he has extensive experience teaching poetry in various settings and at all age levels for nearly 40 years. A tea enthusiast, George—like many of the Chinese poets of antiquity—has deep regard for the virtues and meditative aspects of tea and its relationship to poetry.

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tea ceremony thumb 7:00 pm – The Japanese Tea Ceremony, Chanoyo, with Omotesenke Tea School Members

Chanoyu, 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 Chanoyu (the way of tea). Ms. Hiroko Akima, tea sensei, and her students

 

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SUNDAY July 29

 


10:00 am –  The Best Teas for Your Health with Maria Uspenski

Journey through the science, the how-to’s and the myths surrounding Camellia sinensis: nature’s elixir of youth. We’ll begin with an overview of tea’s history and cultural traditions as a health beverage, and then learn the nuts and bolts of how tea can help to keep you healthy, happy and hydrated. See how you can improve your health and wellness through tea and why it functions as a precautionary agent against disease in the human body. Learn about the benefits in a cup of tea and where those benefits derive from, as well as tips on how to easily bring tea into everyday nutrition and hydration routines. The presentation concludes with whole leaf and matcha tea tastings.

Maria Uspenski is the founder of The Tea Spot, where her mission is to advance healthier living through the everyday enjoyment of whole leaf tea. An MIT mechanical engineer by trade, Uspenski is the innovative force listed on three U.S. patents for Steepware® inventions, which promote the ease of tea preparation. She is the author of “Cancer Hates Tea”, published by Page Street Books in 2016, and has been a regular contributor to blogs for The Denver Post, T-Ching and The Tea Spot. Maria was recognized as the “Top Tea Health Advocate” at the 2017 World Tea Expo. She is called on to lecture at universities and conferences nationwide. Uspenski has been featured in the Huffington Post, and on television, radio and podcast interviews for her success as a social entrepreneur and certified tea and fitness nutrition expert. The Tea Spot donates ten percent of all sales in-kind to cancer and community wellness. 

 

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Brian Wright12:00 pm -Taiwanese Oolong Tasting with Brian Wright

Brian Wright, owner of Shan Shui Teas in Washington D.C., travels to Taiwan each year to source the most delicious, boutique-style oolong teas.  Join Brian as he demonstrates and leads you in 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 to satisfy his friends’ appetites for fine tea. Currently, Brian specializes in providing top quality Taiwanese oolong teas, Korean green teas, and teaware for their preparation.

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2:00 pm – 4 World-Famous Chinese Green Teas with Jason Chen
Join Tea Master Jason Chen for a fascinating session exploring four of the world-famous Chinese green teas. As an experienced tea grower, merchant, author and educator, Master Chen will share the history, preparation and enjoyment of classical green teas including, Dragonwelll, Bi Lo Chun, Mao Feng and Ping Shui Ri Zhu. Master Chen will discuss his philosophy of bringing value to people’s lives by adding “Real Tea” to one’s daily lifestyle. The enjoyment of fine tea brings happiness to people, cultivates beauty and brings people together mindfully.

Tea Master Chen has traveled to every major area of tea production across Asia and learned the ancient processing methods and cultivation techniques for each tea type. He understands every step from garden to cup, and during this special session will demonstrate the ideal methods for brewing exquisite teas. He is the founder of CC Fine Tea in Washington State and his mission is to teach people how to experience tea in all its beauty.

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2017 Workshops