Tea and Transitions

Tea and Transitions

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Life’s changes tend to come at us fast. We get so entrenched in the demands of each day that we seldom have time to reflect on the actions and reactions that have led to a crossroads. This is why transitions can feel overwhelming and scary. We believe that transitions are moments of critical opportunity that require us to pause and meditate and reflect on where life has been, where it is not, and where our lives could be.

Last weekend we hosted Tea and Transitions, a half day workshop focused on providing space and structure for participants to collaboratively address a current transition in their life. Participants were looking at new careers, moves, and other similar circumstances.

Conversations flowed as participants connected on shared life experiences and interests.

Conversations flowed as participants connected on shared life experiences and interests.

We know from years of doing this work that you cannot get to where you want to go without a deep understanding of where it is you have been. Uncovering is a critical first phase in our framework, and we spent the first part of the workshop mapping previous life transitions and digging deep into those stories so participants could help each other learn about how they each have navigated past transitions to apply that knowledge to how they can move forward in this current transition in healthy and powerful ways. By uncovering values, supports, and challenges in particular, participants developed a roadmap for current and future transitions.

Mapping how each person had navigated past transitions to learn more about themselves and their journey.

Mapping how each person had navigated past transitions to learn more about themselves and their journey.

The second half of the workshop pivoted to discussions of roadblocks and challenges —both physical and mental/emotional — that were coming up during their current transition. Participants spent time talking about myths — things we widely believe to be true but are not — and how to provide affirmations to themselves to overcome them. We ended the workshop by envisioning what participants wanted to be true for their life on the other side of their moments of change, and building a plan for bold steps that they would take to accomplish their goals.

Listening intently is a core value of our work. Here we were discussing challenges, roadblocks, and myths.

Listening intently is a core value of our work. Here we were discussing challenges, roadblocks, and myths.

The most amazing thing to watch in all of this was how the collaborative format of the workshop led to genuine connections being formed by people who were previously strangers. Participants made plans to stay in touch and to get together in more informal, social settings to keep the conversations they started going. It is our vision to always be a place that does not end the conversation, but where the necessary conversations begin.

We had several breaks throughout the half day workshop where participants enjoyed delicious teas and learned more about the history of tea.

We had several breaks throughout the half day workshop where participants enjoyed delicious teas and learned more about the history of tea.

If you are interested in bringing this workshop to an organization or group, or would like to attend a similar workshop, please reach out to us here.

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