During the COVID-19 lockdown, I've dedicated the last several weeks to helping with the build of an undercover area to serve as The Artisan Tea Hut's back-up tearoom for rainy and windy days, among other purposes. Cuts, bruises and aching muscles aside, there's something really satisfying about building with your own hands and designing with your own mind.
As The Artisan Tea Hut gets ready to open its doors again once Stage 1 of the government's plan to ease social distancing measures comes into action, you may notice some differences on our website.
While we are still keeping our Introduction to Tea Culture and Introduction to Tea Meditation sessions free to the public, we have decided that it is time to start getting the balance books looking healthy. So we are making our Tea Culture Discovery Series and Guided Tea Meditation Series member-access only. For a short time, our membership fees will be at a modest $35.00 for each series. However, we do want to show our appreciation for our most enthusiastic supporters who have helped us with spreading the word about what we do, or have given us access to their social media platforms to promote our tea sessions. To these people - Sajhu, Helen, Annabelle, Steve, Scott, Paul, Debbie, Bridget, Adeline, Amie and Andy - we offer free memberships.
In addition, while I'm unable to return to China to resume my work there, I have decided to work on establishing a small tea farm and tea-making workshed so that in the future I can run weekend workshops for those who want to learn how to make their own tea. Naturally, given that the plants will need some time to grow, the workshops will be some years away, but I think Canberrans and Queanbeyanites will enjoy the idea that there is a hobby tea farm in their region.
About the Author
Jaq James is the Founder of The Artisan Tea Hut and is a Contributing Editor for Tea Journey Magazine. She splits her time between China's tea regions and Australia's capital.