"Decades of practice in art, design and architecture have organically led me to educate myself and join professionals concerned with the need to heal the current cultural and physiological disconnection with ourselves, each other and the world at large.
From studies in TCM, Ayurveda, Western Herbalism, Chi Gong, Feng Shui, Korean Danank, and Yoga while employing open-mind intuition I have formulated a clinical practice that starts with the foundation for well-being while considering the influence of environmental factors around you: food and herbs.
My current clinical practice is based on ancient principles and contemporary needs identified for individuals committed to engage in change and improvement.
Our natural need for feeling well, both within our bodies and in our exterior environment informs the custom-made protocol that I design for each client.
A suggested protocol will most likely include recommendations about nutrition, plant medicine, vitamins/supplements, lifestyle adjustments, environmental considerations and time."
GGrippo, Founder and Resident Herbalist at Puerh Brooklyn teashop
Member of the American Herbalist Guild
We feel the need to cultivate re-connecting with ourselves, each other and the world at large. Because our fast-paced contemporary culture consistently offers few opportunities for people to gather while taking time to slow down, we intentionally create moments to enjoy silence and company and of course TEA!
Our plans to keep creating opportunities to gather around tea so we can share and learn together have started to take a new shape! We have created a new growing program of classes, ceremonies and tastings aiming to reach people at all levels of tea expertise. We now have a (almost) regular schedule of weekly experiences for tea enthusiasts to practice and enjoy tea on their own or with the guidance of expert facilitators, each one of our facilitarors have a unique perspective on tea and a practice of their own,
New will keep adding times to the calendar of events, and we welcome offers and suggestions on classes and other kind of gatherings too, if you would like to host a book club, invite conversations about philosophy, healing and movement techniques and other spiritual meetings that are open, inclusive and label-free, reach out, let us know and we will expand our offering pool with you.
For the first time in three years we have spent the last few weeks traveling. We trecked around in South America, visiting loved ones, looking for inspiration and searching for new products to bring to our Brooklyn shop.
From the wavy Northern pampas of Argentina where the Parana river runs mightily to the Andean highlands in Peru, we have brought back stories and the memory of experiences that have impacted us in great ways.
We have visited places charged with ancient natural forces, where people live according to the simple ways of Nature and their everyday lives have a natural rhythm that does not conflict with their environment. The strong sense of community is what we noticed made a difference in their well-being.
Hoping we can translate those experiences into our Brooklyn place, and offer you all what we imagine will be conducive to experience a real feeling of belonging where you are.
For a while we have been dreaming of creating a place where the Tea community can gather to share time and space, meet each other and exchange stories about their lives and compare notes on the seasonal teas from
The new schedule of offerings in our tea room will include a variety of experiences around Tea created around the way that different facilitators offer their own way of tea appreciation: workshops, tastings, ceremonies and informal gatherings created around Tea and the community it naturally builds.
A diverse assortment of facilitators will host experiences and events on a regular schedule for you to choose, try and identify with them, week after week.
Because our aim is to strengthen our community, to share and plan together for more ways to communicate and grow, we welcome all suggestions and ideas that come from you so we can implement events and programs dedicated to build up our lives.
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Our Chadao Tea Ceremony experience is again offered in-person. This meditative experience offers the chance of reconnecting with ourselves, each other and All. Sitting in silence with Tea and sharing the room with others is an incredibly simple way to reach a deep feeling of well-being. The process of tea preparation and serving is meditation in movement, and is essential part of tea appreciation. Our Chadao offering is of ancient origin, and reformulated for contemporary culture and accessibility by Wu De, at the Tea Sage Hut in Miaoli, Taiwan.
While traveling in Europe this summer, we visited the studios of two talented and committed teaware artists in Styria, Austria.
First stop was Eva Meyer in Hartberg. Eva lives and work in an old farmhouse that has been beautifully renovated to accommodate her family and her work. Among roman relics, an ancient quarry and the most amazing forest, Eva makes perfect Chawans, like the one pictured above, in white porcelain, which would show cracking as you use it for tea.
later we stopped by Selma Etateri's gallery and studio in Graz, right in the center of the artsy section of town, next to Kunsthalle. Selma's magically light teacups and bowls are hand-finished with 24 Karat gold, the one above is one of a set of three.
Please come visit our Brooklyn shop to see more of their work!