Heart Awakening is Circling / Authentic Relating practices enhanced by the connection and healing powers of Tea.

Cultivate deeper, more real, more fulfilling relationships with others by embracing vulnerability as a strength, and accepting yourself without needing to impress others.

The central practice to Heart Awakening is witnessing vulnerability and meditation (“Relational Mind-Yoga” if you will), it’s similar to the practices of Authentic Relating and Circling

Starting with an introductory Heart sharing of what’s alive for us at the moment, followed by a short silent Tea Ceremony for connection with ourselves and others and then getting into Circling/Authentic relating games.

Circling is a relational practice (much like meditation is a practice)

Tea Ceremony is a practice to deepen your presence

Heart Awakening is the combination of the two while spending time with other genuine, kind, open-hearted, inspiring people in our community.

This event is in our Tea room with open windows. Please wear layers and expect to be greeted and licked by Metta, our lovely pet therapy dog. Events are likely to be sold out early because of reduced capacity (5 people only).

“Circling is often called a “relational practice.”

It’s a practice that’s about the question of: What is it like to be me? What is it like to be me, while with another? What is it like for me to try to feel what the other is feeling? How might I express me? How does the other receive me and my expression?

In other words, it’s a practice that explores what it means to be a sentient entity, among other sentient entities. And in particular what it means to be a human, among other humans.”

“Authentic Relating, put succinctly, is an approach to cultivating more genuine, fulfilling, and mutually rewarding relationships in any context.

It is in part a social technology, an art form, and a way of being with others.”

We drink shamanic plant medicine Tea (the same plant as black/green tea but the trees are old, sometimes hundreds or thousands of years and most importantly the trees are wild or semi-wild, the tea itself is usually aged 10-50 years).

Tea ceremony brings stillness, peace and clarity.

More thoughts on Tea as space here.

Enlightenment Tea Temple offers a safe, quiet, social community space. You are welcome to come as you are, to connect with others as much or as little as you wish and in your own way and time.

Currently up to 6 people only in our garden, complying with lockdown regulations.

Doors open at 1.45, please arrive a bit earlier to meet Metta (our lovely pet therapy dog) and get settled in, particularly if it’s your first time.

Event venue is near the county hospital (BN2 0YS), full address will be in the confirmation email.

A note on “Caffeine”:

The tea has a little or medium amount of caffeine (medium for morning, while at night time we only drink tea that supports sleep), but it being wild and aged the effect is very different, there’s no anxiety and crash and no addiction (in fact I usually feel more energised in the mornings since I drink proper real wild Tea)

I myself am one of the most sensitive to caffeine people I know and I thought I wasn’t interested in Tea Ceremony because of that… it turns out that being so sensitive is what makes this medicine go even deeper inside me, and without the usual negative effects of caffeine!

Around 1% of people might still find the Tea is a bit overwhelming on their system, it’s worth trying once to see if it’s okay with you.


Enlightenment Tea Temple is a quiet Tea centre and community near the county hospital in Brighton (BN2 0YS), immersed in the green with stunning views on the downs. Full venue address will be sent on booking.

Important please read COVID Notes:

Due to the nature of Tea Ceremony face masks are impractical and you will be sitting quite close to others.

– We will sit outside (covered conservatory with one side open)

– We will limit groups to 6 people

– We will provide a bathroom and sanitary equipment

This is all consistent with government guidelines (to the best of our understanding).

If you are in a group vulnerable to Covid-19 I’m afraid it’s best not to book for now, and you’ll have to wait until the situation calms down.

Please ensure you are well and have not been in contact with anyone with Covid-19 within a 14 day period.

Refund Policy

Please contact us if you cannot make an event 14 days prior to the event, your payment can be used towards another event.

If you need to cancel because of covid you can receive a full refund.

Heart Awakening - Circling/Authentic Relating with Tea 2