Long before Martha and Oprah forged links between the role of celebrity and lifestyle expert, the Greek philosophers Socrates and Plato pondered how humans should best live their lives. Following them, Aristotle proposed that the greatest aim of life was living well and flourishing.
Today, as the medical, social, and behavioral sciences are defining and measuring human flourishing, they are finding the lifestyles of modern societies and much of what is promoted in our media and by our experts, not only lacking but misguided in their value systems and norms.
To flourish and nurture our own well-being then, we must choose carefully for ourselves the values that shape and the activities that fill the lives we lead. The idea of crafting a modern tea lifestyle is predicated on the human experience shared around the world that tea is more than just a beverage. This class explores the lessons that tea offers and how the way of tea can infuse our lives with wisdom, qualities, and practices that support our well-being and nurture our innate human desire to flourish.
(The medical-based health benefits of tea topics are covered in ADV.10 Tea and Health.)
No Class Kit Purchase Required and no additional materials needed
3 weeks (plus one week grace period to submit assignments and complete any tests.)