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Tea with Stephanie Bernstein: Wei Chi Cha, Masala Chai

Bamboo cutlery? Yep – it’s taking the country by storm actually, and Stephanie Bernstein and her company are leading the way. Stephanie takes time out from a busy life to chill and chat over a pot of Wei Chi Cha. Stephanie is doing great things, and creating a great company. Join us for tea as we go into the why, how, and what of her business.

Note: the video is edited down to 10 minutes, but you can listen to the full 45-minute audio interview on iTunes.

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Tea for Humankindness – 9/11 Commemmoration

In commemoration of 9/11,  on Sunday 9/11 all Samovar locations will be serving complimentary Ocean of Wisdom tea. Please join us for one hour of silence at our Tea Lounges or wherever you may be, for contemplation, reflection, and connection. During that hour there will be no music at the Tea Lounges. We request no or minimal speaking. Just joining together for some tea to reflect on humanity -ourselves and the world around us – the beauty of life, and the potential good that exists for everyone.

9/11, 2011 was a tragic day for the world. A day where deeper and more divisive lines were drawn and “us” and “them” became seemingly clearer. A day that spawned a new era of fear, anxiety, hatred and turmoil. The  irony is that as we elevate our fear, we close down to the world around us. As we close down, love, community, creativity, and meaning evaporate further. It becomes a never ending cycle of closing down. And finally we’ve got to ask – where is the Meaning if life becomes just about closing down, fearing, and fighting? The reality is that we really are all connected. And, we really have the same needs. We need food and shelter, friends and family. And we need to know our lives made a difference. Our actions are making a difference. So how do we go from fear and anger to love and making a difference? Really simple – we love. Ourself. Eachother. We give kindness and compassion. Period.

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