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Samovar Shamans: Meet Rowan Cutler, Samovar’s Tarot Shaman

Many of you have seen Rowan at the Tea Lounges, or received insight into your life as he read your cards over a cup of tea. He’s Samovar’s tarot reader, and in the coming months he will be writing a series of articles featuring modern-day shamans. Here, he shares about the synergy of tea and tarot:

Tea is ritual. You sip and pause. You watch the steam rising off the teacup. You make yourself empty and relax…ahh. The moment fills you up and you are recharged. Life makes sense again.

Tarot is ritual. You shuffle the cards and pause. You watch the cards arranged in a pattern. You make yourself empty and release…ohm. The images fill you up and you are renewed. Life makes sense again.

Now more than ever, we need easy access to refocus and remember our point of power! I invite you to take a deep in-breath and join me as we meet the Shamans in our Samovar community. They help us to re-find our essence. Each month, we greet a new Shaman and gain a new ritual to ponder as we take a sip from our steaming cup.

As Samovar’s “Tarot Shaman”, I want to extend a Namaste. I will be offering mini-divinations custom designed to fit into your Samovar teatime. You may only need one card to find your focus before yoga class or a full fifteen-minute spread to gear up for dinner with your Ex. Whatever the length, my dollar-a-minute mini readings will soothe your soul!

Please stop by for some Tea & Tarot. Bring friends and enjoy a Psychic Tea Party!

Tarot Calendar at the Tea Lounges (visit for the most up-to-date schedule):

Tuesdays: Samovar Mission-Castro, 8-10PM

Thursdays: Samovar Hayes Valley, 8-10PM

Saturdays: Samovar Mission-Castro, 2-6PM

Sundays: Samovar Hayes Valley, 2-5PM

Drop in during Rowan’s hours for a reading, reserve a spot ahead of time, or purchase a Tea and Tarot Gift Certificate for a great gift, date, and out-of-the-ordinary adventure with friends!

Stay tuned for next month’s Samovar Shaman!

Rowan Cutler is the “Tarot Shaman” for Samovar Tea Lounge. He is a sought after SF Psychic who has been in private practice for 15 years. He is a published author and wrote for an Emmy nominated TV show. Let him lay out the cards and read the story of your life! Join him at Samovar for an only-in-SF experience to compliment your contemplative teatime. You can drop in or pre-book by contacting him at

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Zen & The Art of Life Management

Join Jesse and his good friends and role models Leo Babauta, author of the blog Zen Habits, Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, and Susan O’Connell, VP of the San Francisco Zen Center, as they have tea and connect on the meaning of life, zen, and how to live with joy in a world full of technology and distraction. The event was filmed on September 28, 2010, with a live studio audience of 40 attendees.

Topics Include

  • What is Zen?
  • How to do Zen
  • How these people manage their lives
  • How to live with meaning
  • How to use the technology and the tools of our times

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Samovar Shipping Rates

Orders shipped within the U.S., including, Alaska, Hawaii, and Army Post Offices, receive $7 flat rate ground shipping.

For our international customers, shipping rates are calculated based on your location and the weight of the items in your order. You can see the calculated shipping rate on the Shopping Cart page during the checkout process. If you have any questions about our shipping policies, check out FAQ or contact us anytime.

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Video: Tea Mavericks of America

On September 18, America’s leading tea entrepreneurs met to talk tea. These amazing guys are jointly responsible for making the tea market what it is today. Taking the time for tea and talk, they shared their experiences, insights, and their take on why tea is taking off today. CEO of Rishi Tea, Joshua Kaiser, Author James Norwood Pratt, CEO and Alchemist of Numi Tea Ahmed Rahim, CEO of Digg Kevin Rose, Tea Pioneer David Lee Hoffman, and Samovar founder Jesse Jacobs all gathered for tea at Samovar Tea Lounge.

Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Each person’s history and how they came to be doing what they’re doing
  • Their personal tea ritual
  • Why tea is gaining unprecedented popularity in America
  • How they can be competitors as well as supporters of each other
  • Best tea for sex
  • Much more…

For those who missed it or want to watch it again, enjoy the video recording below!

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Press Release: Samovar Tea Lounge Launches New Entrepreneurial Video Series


Samovar Owner Jesse Jacobs Launches New Video Series

Featuring Discussions With Today’s Leading Entrepreneurs & Innovators

San Francisco, CA September 1, 2010 – Jesse Jacobs, founder of San Francisco’s Samovar Tea Lounge, launches a new entrepreneurial video series “Tea With…” on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 with the latest installment focusing on “Tea Mavericks in America.” In the upcoming live video stream, today’s pioneering artisan tea gurus gather for the first time for this inspiring and informative panel discussion. Jacobs hosts the upcoming event with such participants as Joshua Kaiser (CEO of Rishi Tea), Ahmed Rahim (CEO of Numi Tea), Kevin Rose (CEO of, James Norwood Pratt (author, The Tea Lover’s Treasury), and tea pioneer David Lee Hoffman. The series is broadcast live online from Samovar’s Yerba Buena location (730 Howard Street) and will be viewable on Jesse Jacobs’s blog ( and the Samovar homepage ( The “Tea Mavericks of America” begins at 5 pm, and is limited to 30 live studio audience members.
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