Engage with Tea on a personal level.
I hold tea meet-ups for general tea and chat as well as a private Tea-Salon for dedicated tea-aholics.
Lets chat all things tea
Join me on my tea journey. I'm a student and practitioner of Cha-no-yu, the Japanese way of Tea, and a Tea aficionado. Learn about the wonders of tea through public and private talks, tastings and demonstrations.
I do demonstrations and tastings at The UK Tea Academy and private Tea Ceremonies at my Hampshire home.
Follow my activiteas on Instagram @TeaWithKyle
I create bespoke shifuku and other fabric goods used in the Japanese Tea ceremony.
I work to commission for Tea People around the world and offer a selection of pieces on my Etsy shop.
My work includes items such as Shifuku, Kobukusa, Obukusa, Sukiya-bukuro, Obi and Kimono.
View my work and 'in the making' stories on Instagram @ShifukuByKyle
I am the founder of TeaBookClub.org where tea lovers and readers from around the world come together each month to read a tea book and then meet-up online at the end of the month to share our thoughts on the book, share tea and tea chat.
Every week I do a '5 minute reading' from our book of the month on YouTube. See what we're reading now:
I've been a passionate tea drinker since I was a kid and have been working with speciality teas for the past seven years. Over the past couple of years I have reconnected with my tea heart, Cha-no-yu, which continues to lead me down new and exciting paths with tea.
During my year volunteering with Project Trust in Japan (2004-05) I studied in the Urasenke tradition of Cha-no-yu (Japanese Tea Ceremony). Forever cementing my love of matcha, which I drink daily.
I've blogged, conceived and founded an online tea emporium and run a design led tea brand. My mission has always been to get more people drinking better tea.
To this end I have developed and run numerous tea events, introducing people to the wonders of the leaf. From talks and tastings through to innovating 'tea & cheese' pairing and developing recipes using tea. There's no limit to my exploration.
In the summer of 2017 I reconnected with my love for Cha-no-yu, switching to study in the Ueda Sōko tradition, a Samurai school of Tea originating from Hiroshima. I actively study under Adam Sōmu Wojciński, a direct disciple of the 16th Grandmaster of the Ueda Sōko tradition of Cha-no-yu in Hiroshima.
Since picking up Cha-no-yu again, I find myself drawn ever more deeply into the unique world of the 'way of tea', my tea heart. As my practice deepens I find myself evolving as a Chajin and discovering new paths in my tea journey.
A desire to bring the depth of feeling, peace, calm and meditative quality of Cha-no-yu to a wider audience has led me to explore new avenues such as my 'landmark tea' series which I began in 2018.
Last year (2019) saw me begin the journey of creating my Chashitsu (Japanese Tea room), a fifteen year dream in the making.
In the last two years, two major elements of my life connected. Tea and Textiles. The medium: Shifuku. The result: the magic of creating something that ignites the very core of ones being.
I hope you'll join me in a bowl of tea on this wonderful journey.