Educational Tea Classes
Farm Friday "Taste and Tour" Class Description:
Seize the day! Come join in the fun at one of the most unique Certified USDA Organic and Demeter Certified Biodynamic® farms in North America! Class size limited intentionally to keep intimate, so fill up quickly. Be sure to sign up well in advance. Start time is 10:30 am. Offered June-September.
This is the experience everyone has always wanted, and now it's here for a limited time during our growing season. Tea has so much going for it…and you’re going to have fun slurping your way through this wonderful class!
This 2.5-3 hour experience includes:
- the full content of our BOTH of our legendary Tea 101 & Wellness Through Tea presentations taught by a Registered Nurse and Horticulturalist (*see Bio and class content below)
- an expansive tea tasting in our gorgeous Yurt classroom
- a guided farm tour by the owner / founder
- on site shopping at our new Pop up Tea Shop!
- access to the farm for relaxation, visiting and picnic afterwards.
- THIS IS AN EXTREMELY RARE OPPORTUNITY that we have not offered prior to this 2021 growing season. During this workshop we will be picking various botanicals depending on what is ready for harvest (ex. Tea leaves, Chamomile, Culinary Lavender, Peppermint, Spearmint, Nettles, berries, etc).
* Following is a sampling what you will learn in this content-rich workshop!
"Wellness Through Tea "Content: Tea is a part of every culture around the globe, and is second only to water in worldwide beverage consumption. This very popular class is intended to teach you about the importance of reducing inflammation so that you can enjoy the very highest quality of life. This is a “game-changing” class for those in need of the “fast track” to wellness. You will be introduced to integrative holistic health principles that support a high quality of life. Joyful and powerful holistic healing tools will be demonstrated to help you effectively shift your suffering to peace through a daily “grounding” exercise, “forgiveness” exercise, and “asking” exercise.
During the farm tour, you will be inspired to broaden your awareness of naturally occurring cycles and rhythms, heighten your sense of appreciation for the world around you, be more compassionate, understand the difference between conventional, organic and regenerative Biodynamic agriculture, and hopefully increase your respect & reverence for all life, and marvel more deeply in its interconnectedness. Several product ingredients grown on the farm will be harvested during the tour; prepared, tasted and explained during the class.
It is time to wake up, absolutely radiate love, and realize/ remember your full power as the magnificently created human being that you are.
Please come with an open heart, a clean palate, and wearing comfortable clothing. Bringing snacks and a water bottle is recommended since we do not have prepared food on site.
Tea has so much going for it…and you’re going to have fun slurping your way through this wonderful and memorable class!
Private groups of up to 12 welcomed by reservation. Yurt classroom occupant capacity is 21.
Taught by Angela Macke, R.N and Horticulturalist- Founder of Light of Day Organics
Tea 101 Content: This very popular class size is limited intentionally to keep this experience intimate within our beautiful yurt classroom, so please make your reservation as early as possible.
The class covers the basics:
- Biodynamic farm orientation
- short history of tea
- preparation instructions
- expansive tea tasting & sensory education of 6 loose leaf Teas (1 from each primary tea category) & Tisanes (naturally caffeine-free herbals), a Matcha green tea smoothie “shot”
- Light of Day tea cupping notepad
About your Tea Guide, Angela Macke, R.N, B.S, MG-A
West Michigan native and Traverse area local since 1996, Angela Macke has almost 30 years of experience as a holistic Registered Nurse and Horticulturalist. In 2004, she established Light of Day Organics, a popular small-batch Certified USDA Organic and Certified Demeter Biodynamic tea farm in Leelanau County. Angela is one of a handful of licensed practitioners specializing in homeopathic and energy-based Biodynamic Agricultural practices. These physically, mentally, and spiritually intensive efforts enhances soil vitality, botanical quality, and the interconnected life of which each of us is an essential part. She passionately teaches about the importance of preventing chronic diseases and decreasing inflammation in the body. Angela believes that by eliminating physical and emotional suffering, the human being is best supported in their expansion to their full potential. With the benefit of her own life experience from disease to wellness, she shares a wealth of information on the practical implementation of sound holistic principles. Angela is a licensed RN and holds certifications as a Specialty Tea Institute Graduate, Advanced Master Gardener and Mentor, and Healing Touch Program practitioner. Professional Memberships: American Holistic Nurses Association, U.S Tea Association, Biodynamic Association, Michigan Nursery, and Landscape Association, United Plant Savers, Michigan State Medical Society Alliance, Traverse City and Leelanau County Chambers of Commerce, Michigan Food and Farming Alliance, and The Michigan Agri-tourism Association. She is a dynamic speaker with a thorough understanding of alternative and conventional therapies. Angela is committed to igniting inspiration and hope in our individual abilities to improve and maintain our whole-body health.