When Still Waters Speak: Healing through Tea

Tea leaves. Water. Wood. Fire. Earth. Root in.


Poetry. Presence. Connection.

When still waters speak, it serves to illuminate your heart.

Slow down with a sacred Tea Ceremony

For centuries, Zen monks, taoists and shamans have relied on the Tea Spirit for their healing abilities and ancient wisdom. This is a practice that has been left in the dust of the past as Tea began to be grown and sold as a commodity. In this ritual Tea is honoured as plant medicine and Spirit through creating a sacred space in which our beings can sit in silence, turn inward and reconnect to our hearts, through Nature, through love and gratitude for the simple moments in life.

From tea lovers to non-tea drinkers, from those who are familiar with the dance of meditation to those restless ones who fear the silence of the mind, tea ceremony will allow you to drop from your head into your heart, often times in the most unexpected ways. In this practice, we sit as love flows from our hearts into the bowls of tea, and it becomes simply something sacred to behold. The ordinary becomes extraordinary. Gratitude flows. Creativity unlocks.

We honour the ancient traditions, tea trees and earth, fire, water, mountains and rain, moon, stars and sun – nature's alchemy that is within us and yet, sadly forgotten in today's busy lives. In this soft gentle heart space, As the saying goes, the brewer defines the taste of the Tea that is served and the energy of a Tea Ceremony.

As a devoted student of the Leaf, LiYing holds space for you to reconnect with your Highest Self and enhances the healing energies that flow through Tea with crystals and minerals’ crystalline powers.

As the Sage Lao Tzu once said, "The Dao is a returning", and so it is that with Tea we can turn inward wordlessly, to return to our hearts, our souls. 

I am delighted to take in-person bookings and offer corporate retreat programmes. I am also available in the virtual space. Explore all bespoke offerings with me here.


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Called to serve by Tea Spirit

After a relationship breakdown, years of battling eating disorders and lack of self-love, LiYing first found her spiritual awakening in sound healing bowls, which has subsequently led her to a kundalini awakening and embracing a lifestyle steeped in daily meditation and yoga. When she found tea in Hong Kong through Fivelements, and began to serve in the lineage of Tea Sage Hut. Through Tea, she found that sitting in reverent silence with tea can take her meditation and manifestations to greater levels. It was inevitable – she answered the call of the Tea Spirit by devoting herself to the teachings of The Way of Tea, Cha Dao. Since then, she continues to absorb the teachings of various Tea teachers and masters, include Master Lin, tea master of Wu De based in Malaysia, as well as the teachings of the Dao and history of Tea Ceremonies in various cultures. LiYing has also come into the limitless space of working with various modalities – nevertheless, always leading with Tea – to nurture and cultivate love, poetry, presence and connection for spiritual freedom. 

Features in the media eye...

Harper's BAZAAR Malaysia

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Simply Bare Podcast

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°♧ B L O S S O M ♧°_It never ceases to a

One chance, one encounter

Some of the many earth-bound benefits of Tea Ceremony:

  • You are ready to stop the narrative that doesn't allow you to be the star of your show

  • You would like to deepen your intuition 

  • You desire to awaken to abundance and fullness of life 

  • You want to be able to mindfully observe your thoughts and cure obsessive thinking for good

  • You want to taste clean, "living" Tea leaves that are honoured for their diversity in the environment in which they flourish, biochemical and fertiliser-free, and cultivated in a clean environment with love from the respective farmers. These leaves bridge Heaven and Earth to sharpen our minds while at the same time, awakening our hearts.

There is a saying in Cha Dao (The Way of Tea): ichi go ichie. One encounter, one chance. We all come together in this space and share this Tea, and then we all part and go our own solitary way, each bearing Tea Spirit with us. In life, there will be times when we all feel helplessness, our knees sunk low and deep into the mud of consternation, lost to the wild abandoning winds. We all need guidance. We all seek advice and solicit for help in times when the shadows elongate. It is in this twilight zone that we often find profundity in a broken heart, the light that gets through the shards. We seek God, the Universe, our inner being, our highest self and thrive in our flow in concordance with the Universe, and this flow is the Dao - in the words of our teacher Wu De, "As the Dao leads, we follow." 


In ceremony, we set the stage with the chaxi – tea stage – that serves as a mandala that reconnects us all to the cosmos. The way the bowls stand together, shoulder to shoulder, is also a connection, a symbol of our affinity to the universe. In this lineage, we serve tea in silent meditation, without judgement, ego, or identity. 

Read about what participants have had to say at the bottom of this page.

Let Earth nourish you into life.
Let wood stoke the flames of your spirit 
Let fire turn matter into metal
True gold is born out of the hottest flame. 
Let water turn your heart a vibrant emerald
The life force that is most humbly malleable
But also with such qualities
Emerge the strongest.
Let go and flow
Like water like the Dao.


Upcoming Events

  • Heart Coherence: A Virtual Mountain Retreat in a Bowl
    Sat, Jan 23
    Jan 23, 4:00 PM GMT – Feb 06, 6:00 PM GMT
    The Universe in a bowl of Tea. The Sacred Dove & Sacred Earth.
  • Your Body Is The Home For Your Spirit: Sacred Rituals for Breaking the Cycle Of Restrictive Dieting
    Sun, Jan 31
    Jan 31, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM GMT
    A spirit without a body is like a ship without an anchor - set adrift in the wide dreamy sea but never quite finding a purpose upon which to rest. A spirit without a body is without a home. 


I’ve always pondered the power of our simple being-ness within silence and stillness. To witness this power has been something my soul has longed for since I was young. I got the chance to experience this through my private tea ceremony session with Liying. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I got exactly what my soul has been seeking... absolute presence with another human. Liying is filled with love and compassion and has a keen ability to tap into the energy of others. It felt refreshing to have such beautiful space held for me in the most simple way... I felt truly seen, held, and loved in her unwavering presence for me like never before. There’s so much wisdom that tea has to offer, combined with Liying’s own wisdom (plus her gorgeous playlist), the experience was poetic, grounding, humbling, and enriching. I would highly recommend a private session as well as her group offerings. 


—  Sarah, New York

— Sarah Cohen, The United States

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