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The Sunday Steep

 

 

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It all started with a deep longing to slow the mess down — my life, that is. It seemed to be flying by far too quickly while I was running helplessly after it. 

Did I mention that I’m a Type-A, ENTF, Capricorn, and Enneagram 8? Yeah, the rat race is my game, baby! 

Nonetheless, I found myself desperately needing to get off the hamster wheel and regain control of my life, even if it meant sacrificing my love of the “hustle” and changing my definition of “success.”

What I really wanted was a way to slow my days, to connect with myself, my friends, and my family a bit more, and to create a peaceful moment of solitude amidst my busy schedule.

Little did I know the answer would be found in a daily cup (or two) of tea.

It started in the cold of winter by carving out some alone time for myself each morning to enjoy a tasty cup of warm tea, do some journaling, and spend time in devotion. That act alone gave me space for connection, peace, and solitude. Soon I began to share this daily routine with my four boys during our afternoon homeschool group lessons, allowing me to connect with my family and slow my day down even further. Eventually, I realized that this daily tea ritual was ingrained into my days and something I craved no matter who it was with or when it took place.

The simple act of taking time to prepare a cup or two of tea each day also allowed me to be more aware of myself and how I felt. I found myself relying on the power of herbs to meet my body’s needs, whether I formulated my own tea blends or used pre-formulated blends from another herbalist, in a way I never had before. Not only had this daily tea ritual helped me to feel more in control of my life, but it also helped me to feel more grounded in mind, body, and soul as well as become a better herbalist in the process. 

There is something deeply empowering about the act of blending and drinking tea.

So here I am, three years later, sharing what I’ve learned about this process with you.

In this in-depth three-week course, I’ll lead you on a journey to developing your own daily tea ritual, learning how to formulate your own unique tea blends to suit your needs, discovering how you can share your handcrafted tea blends with those around you, and crafting teas for all seasons and occasions. 

Each week, we’ll focus on a different aspect of this intentional act of slow living. We’ll sip the same tea blends together, read through informational lessons, test our knowledge with mini-quizzes, and take this art even further with weekly homework assignments. We’ll be inspired by 30+ tea recipes that we can use throughout the year. We’ll even challenge ourselves with a final Winter Solstice tea blending exercise that will put this entire course into practice.

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Who This Course Is For

THE OVERLY BUSY

Whether you’re a parent or grandparent, working 9-5 (or nights) most of the week, a dedicated student, or any other kind of busy — if you long to slow your life down just a bit and make space in your day for a moment of quiet and stillness, this course will help inspire and show you how to do just this very thing. Not only that, but it will provide you with plenty of tea blend ideas to help you get started!

THE HERBAL ENTREPRENEUR

If you are an herbalist looking for guidance on creating your own custom tea blends for yourself, your customers, or your one-on-one clients, this course will show you how I do it using a tool that makes formulating tea blends a breeze. We’ll not only discuss how to create well-rounded herbal formulas, but we’ll unpackage this simple tea blending tool piece by piece to help you to create intuitive, effective, tasty tea blends that showcase your herbal skill and knowledge.

THE CREATIVE SOUL

Do you love learning new skills or developing new hobbies? Do you look forward to making and gifting handcrafted goodies, no matter what the occasion? Do you feel fulfilled by taking individual parts and creating something useful from them? If so, this course will help you hone in on how to create your own handcrafted tea blends that you can share with friends and family (or a complete stranger) to bring joy and happiness to others.

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What You Can Expect

  • A welcome email with a course supply list and exclusive discounts to some of my favorite online herbal tea supply shops
  • In-depth email lessons delivered straight to your inbox each Sunday for three weeks
  • A new tea recipe each week that you can make and sip while you read your lesson
  • Weekly lesson quizzes and homework to test your comprehension and bring your lessons to life
  • A final tea blending challenge just in time for the Winter Solstice
  • Direct email access to me during the course where I will answer questions and help you with your first custom tea blend
  • A beautifully designed PDF download of the entire course to keep forever
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Week By Week

WEEK 1: The Daily Tea Ritual

In the first week, we will explore the ritual of tea — the difference between traditional tea and herbal tea, how to brew the perfect cup, how to properly store and dose tea, the art of having a daily tea time, and how to create your very own tea ritual.

WEEK 2: DIY Tea Formulation

In the second week, we will dive into making our own tea blends using a beneficial tea blending tool — the tea blending triangle. Here we will deconstruct how to create our herbal tea blends to create well-rounded formulations that not only taste nice but are effective and energetically-balanced. We’ll do this by using the tea blending triangle to create four herbal tea blends together, each with a different purpose and flavor, so that you can see this helpful tool put to use.

WEEK 3: Connecting Over Tea

In the third week, we will look at what it takes to share our handcrafted tea blends with others as a means to facilitate connection, whether it’s sharing our daily tea time with someone or simply gifting our tea blends to friends and family. We’ll also bring our learning into the kitchen with 30+ tea recipes to explore — including seasonal blends, constitutionally-balanced blends, celebration blends, and wellness blends.

COURSE CHALLENGE: Winter Solstice Tea Blend

No Growing Up Herbal course is complete without a hands-on project to put what you’ve learned into action! You can expect a mid-week challenge to come your way that will have you creating your very own tea blend just in time for the Winter Solstice on December 21st (or whichever winter holiday you prefer). Enjoy your handcrafted tea alongside your newly developed tea ritual while celebrating the longest day of the year. I’m even including some journaling prompts to help you on your seasonal living journey!

 

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December 2021

REGISTRATION OPENS: Sunday, November 14th

START DATE: Sunday, November 28th

DURATION: 3 weeks

FEE: $37 USD

 

CLICK HERE to sign up for my “Letters” to be notified when registration opens in 2021!

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

[accordion title=””] [accordionitem title=”What do I need to do this course?”]An email address and a computer (tablet or phone). A journal and a pen or pencil. While you technically won’t need any tea or herbs to complete this course, having some of these supplies on hand will bring the course to life in a way that reading the information and creating tea blends on paper only will not. I have included a list of supplies in the Welcome Email that you will receive after registration that may help you throughout this course. You are free to pick and choose what you’d like to have on hand. Study aids such as herbal books, an online herbarium, and/or Google can help when researching herbs, but you don’t need these things before the course begins.[/accordionitem] [accordionitem title=”How does this course work?”]You will receive an email each Sunday for three weeks. Each email will contain a lesson, a sample tea recipe, tea photos, a recap quiz, and homework suggestions to complete that week if possible. In the last week of class, you will receive a final email mid-week with your Winter Solstice Challenge along with a beautifully designed PDF download of the entire course so you can keep it forever![/accordionitem] [accordionitem title=”Do I need to submit my quiz answers to you for grading?”]No. Lesson quizzes are for your benefit only and are not graded by me. The quizzes will help you recap the important information covered in the lesson and test your comprehension of the material.[/accordionitem] [accordionitem title=”Can I share these emails or the PDF with my friends or family members?”]No. This course is copyrighted material and only available to the person who purchased it. I’ve worked hard to create this course, and you paid good money to have access to it, so please, make sure that you respect my copyright. With that said, if I see emails being forwarded, I will remove you from the course immediately without a refund. Thanks for understanding. However, if you’d like to complete this course with a friend or a group, email me to get a group rate.[/accordionitem] [accordionitem title=”What will I get out of this course?”]By the end of this course, you will have a deeper understanding of the benefits of incorporating tea time into your week/day. You will have learned the difference between traditional and herbal teas, as well as how to make the perfect cup of tea (herbal infusions and decoctions too). You will have developed your own tea ritual and learned how to create well-rounded tea formulas using a tea blending tool. Finally, you will have plenty of inspirational tips and ideas on how you can share your teas with others, including many tea recipes that can be used to suit your needs. Ultimately, you will have a foundation in the art of blending and drinking tea that you can build upon over the coming years![/accordionitem] [accordionitem title=”The payment is in US dollars. Do you accept payments in other currencies?”]Yes! Your currency is automatically converted when you check out using Paypal. If you would like to check the current exchange rate, this useful online currency converter is my favorite.[/accordionitem][/accordion]

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m Meagan, a registered nurse turned herbalist, homeschool mom, and lifestyle blogger at Growing Up Herbal. I want to embrace a seasonal, natural lifestyle that is filled with beauty, meaning, and intention, and I’d love for you to join me! There’s nothing better than having a good hiking buddy with a compass!

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