My name is Traci Levy. I’m the tea lover behind Tea Infusiast.
So glad you would like to get to know me better!
I am an educator, writer, and communiTEA experience organizer who is infusiastic about all things Camellia sinensis.
I grew up drinking tea around the kitchen table with family. Tea time was when we paused and connected with each other over a cozy cuppa.
I didn’t realize that there was a wide world of tea beyond Lipton until middle school, when I first saw a set of tiny, brightly colored tins of loose-leaf teas. (No shade on Lipton, by the way.)
Realizing there was a wide world of tea beyond what was in my family’s cupboards put me on the path of tea exploration.
Many tea classes, workshops, books, and cups of tea later, I am still in love with tea.
Formative Trainings and Experiences
Tea, resting, connecting, and mindfulness are intertwined for me, so I draw from a wide range of trainings and experiences to enrich my tea offerings.
From my work in Higher Ed, I have extensive training and experience in teaching, curriculum development, and workshop facilitation. I draw on a pedagogy of care to create inclusive and accessible spaces.
In my tea life, I have had the pleasure of taking many tea workshops and classes over two plus decades.
Here are some highlights of more extensive trainings and experiences that have greatly shaped me in recent years.
- Tea Teacher Training with Sooz Hammond of Being Tea
- Power of Awareness online mindfulness training with Devin Berry, Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, and Konda Mason
- Awaken Radiance Retreat emphasizing yoga nidra with Tracee Stanley and Shawn J. Moore
- Daring Greatly program (based on the work of Brené Brown and led by Cate LaBarre)
- Rising Strong program (based on the work of Brené Brown and led by Cate LaBarre)
My Work as Tea Infusiast
Tea is a joy. Deepening my mindfulness practice with the companionship of tea is also a beautiful, ongoing journey.
I am particularly interested in the ways tea can help us slow down, experience the fullness of our existence, and connect to each other.
I organize tea events (online and in person) and a publish a monthly newsletter, Tea Infusiast News. If you’d like to stay connected and learn about special tea-related events and content, I invite you to subscribe to Tea Infusiast News. You’ll be notified when the newsletter posts AND receive special discounts, advance notice of events, and other perks for subscribing. You can unsubscribe at any time.
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Sometimes, I am able to review tea or tea-related things. I am always transparent when I do reviews of anything I didn’t buy at full price. You can read my review policy here. [Note: I regret I am not able to take on tea reviews with NEW partners at this time.]
P.S. My pronouns are she/her.
You can contact me via email at teainfusiast at okso dot org.