Floating Mountain Tea School
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Student: "How to make a perfect stroke?"
Master: "Perfect yourself and paint natural!"
~ Zen saying
In the series of 28 life sessions dedicated to a specific level of experiencing tea, we go from tea's physical qualities to the philosophical roots of the practice and elements that go into a tea-drinking experience.
Focusing on the teas produced in China, we learn simple methods of brewing and enjoying tea while still getting the best experience, and delve into details of advanced brewing techniques, such as Gong Fu tea of China.
In the Floating Mountain Tea School, you will not only learn how to approach drinking tea, but also philosophical lessons about how to approach life.
Series 1 - Tea Appreciation - Philosophy and Practice -
Series 2 - Wonders of Tea Brewing - Practical Manual for a Tea Lover - Intermediate
Series 3 - Secrets of Gongfu Cha - Awaking of a Tea Master -
In a Series of 8 sessions, you will learn the basics of how to approach tea, philosophical roots of tea practice and energetic aspect of each tea.
What is so special about tea
Main types of tea
Seven essentials of good tea
How to brew good tea
Six senses for the tea experience
Four seasons for tea appreciation
Daily tea practice
In a Series of 6 sessions, you will learn various tea brewing techniques with specific suggestions for why, when, and what to use for each of the brewing methods.
Simple tea in a bowl
Gaiwan | Lidded cup
What is side handle pot good for
All about boiling tea
What is Gongfu tea
Gongfu Tea basics
In the Third Series of 14 sessions with 8 samples of tea shipped to your house, we enter a world beyond "tea is the most consumed beverage in the world."
Besides deepening our mastery of tea brewing, we will talk about :
Five Functions of Qi
Eight Limbs of Yoga
Gongfu Tea Technicality
Practical Gongfu Tea
Chinese Tea Dissected - Theory & Practice -
ongoing online live tea studies
"The exemplary person grieves that he has not found the way; the small man sorrows over poverty."
Chinese Tea Dissected is alive, ongoing series of theoretical and practical studies of teas, featured at Floating Mountain for Tea Club and Tea School Members. Live Zoom sessions take place twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:15pm EST.
3-5 tea samples a month from Floating Mountain’s exclusive tea collection will be shipped to your home at the time of enrollment. The samples are suggested to be used for homework assignments and practical session in school.
In theory classes on Tuesday, we explore the regions, the history of tea production of each area, and the specific techniques used for processing tea.
Practical sessions on Thursday give the students an opportunity to brew tea, explore different methods, learn new techniques and practice ceremonies appropriate for each tea.
For current month enrollment, please make sure to complete your payment before the 5th of the month. Payments processed after the 5th day of the month will automatically enroll you into next month’s classes.
"Taking classes at the Floating Mountain Tea School has become one of the most enjoyable activities I have pursued in the last few months. I come away from each class feeling energized and enlightened. Lina is incredibly knowledgeable and shares her expertise of tea on both the spiritual and practical levels. I feel lucky to have found this opportunity to deepen my understanding of tea practice, and look forward to taking part in future sessions."
As a Floating Mountain Tea School student, you will have access to our exclusive online Chinese tea shop, where you can purchase tea available only to members.
We have limited quantity of high quality tea, you will not be able to find anywhere also on the market. All teas are my personal favorites and shipped directly from farmers I know in China.
Who am I?
My name is Lina, and I am the creator of FLOATING MOUNTAIN.
Leaving 20 years of corporate finance career to open a tea house on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, I studied and practiced tea with the only purpose to create the best experience for my guests. Little did I know that this simple practice will change my life so drastically.
In March of 2020, I had to close the tea house in Manhattan. My family and I moved north from NYC and started an online Virtual Tea Club and online Tea School, where I share my love for tea, knowledge, and appreciation to this beverage, and tea practice I follow myself, that helps me to live a balanced, healthy and happy life regardless of the situation around me.
The best part of learning about tea that it is not about tea :)
p.s. I love koans and zen stories and share plenty of them all the time!