Class- "Advanced Taste & Tour Workshop"

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Ever dream of seeing live Tea plants, but thought you'd have to travel abroad? Your dream can come true here at our Tea Farm in Traverse City, Michigan!

"Advanced Taste and Tour" Class Description: 

Seize the day! Come enjoy a day at one of the most unique Certified USDA Organic and Certified Demeter Biodynamic farms in North America!  Class size limited intentionally to keep intimate, so do fill up quickly. Be sure to sign up well in advance.   Start time is 10:30am. Offered only during growing season. "Tea 101 " class strongly encouraged before this workshop, as this class expands on that core information.

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 hour workshop 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 personal, 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 just began offering last summer.   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 of what you will learn in this content-rich workshop!

  • Biodynamic farm orientation
  • short history of tea
  • preparation instructions
  • expansive tea tasting & sensory education of 6 different loose leaf Teas than what are tasted during Tea 101 class (1 from each primary tea category) & Tisanes (naturally caffeine-free herbals), a Matcha green tea smoothie “shot” 

 "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. Important: Bring a water bottle and pack a lunch/ snacks to enjoy during break, 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

     

    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.

     

    INSPIRING REFLECTIONS FROM GREAT LAKES CULINARY STUDENTS AFTER CLASS:


    “First off, Angela is the most sweet and enlightened soul. I’ve never left somewhere feeling so relaxed. She is such a sweet and kind person. Being in the tasting room and listening to her talk was so peaceful and beautiful. Another person I could listen to talk all day. Tasting all the teas the proper way as she talked about them, really opened up all my senses.”

    “This was another unique and wonderful experience that we had with Angela from Light of Day Organics.”

    “Angela from Light of Day delivered her lesson with passion and knowledge. I fell in love with their farming practices and would love to learn more about Biodynamic Farming. The tea was wonderful and I was excited to learn that there is no wrong way to brew or drink tea. I found the entire training peaceful and calm.”

    “I really enjoyed our visit to LOD.  Angela's passion for her business and tea in general was refreshing and contagious.  Her suggestions on how to extend tea use beyond a straight beverage was inspiring and got the creative wheels moving in my head.”

    “This was an exceptionally impactful experience for many reasons, namely due to the fact that I have been attempting to cut back my caffeine consumption for quite some time, but have never been successful due to having no suitable alternative. The amount of dedication and care that goes into the product Angela grows and processes on this farm really shows in all aspects of the finished product, and I hope to revisit the farm very soon to show more people just how remarkable tea really can be.”

    “Chef I have to say thank you so much for getting us the opportunity to have the tasting and tour at Light of Day, it was one of the coolest things I’ve done. I really enjoyed listening to everything Angela had to say and how tea has a big impact health wish for us. Angela has inspired me to give drinking tea a try for all the awesome health benefits I could get.”

    “ Light of Day is really an amazing place in North America and Traverse City is blessed to have such a wonderful and environmentally safe business.  This is a business that I will be certainly looking up to.”

    “I have been patiently waiting two years for this specific tea training. When I found out back then that the Restaurant class got to visit and train with her, I knew that it was going to be an amazing experience. Angela opened my eyes to the amount of work that should be going into the foods that we serve.”

    “I was so pumped when I heard we were going to learn about tea at an actual tea farm, it was definitely a highlight of my time here at GLCI. I was shocked to hear that Angela’s tea farm is the only Organic certified and Demeter tea farm in all of North America. She really creates a quality product, each one was more flavorful and aromatic than any tea bag I would purchase at the grocery store.”

    “Visiting Light of Day Organics was by far the most eye opening tour I have ever experienced. Angela was such an amazing, inspiring women, owner, mother, nurse, human and I aspire to be more like her. It was such a calming experience.”
    " I had the pleasure of attending your instructional tea class for the GLCI this afternoon. Let me just start by saying I am incredibly grateful to have been able to tour your farm today, and thank you so very much for all of your hospitality. It was an experience that has stuck in my mind as one of the most uplifting things to have happened in my life this year, and my loved ones cannot wait to visit the grounds as the flames have been sufficiently fanned by stories of this ethereal place."
    " I had the pleasure of attending your instructional tea class for the GLCI this afternoon. Let me just start by saying I am incredibly grateful to have been able to tour your farm today, and thank you so very much for all of your hospitality. It was an experience that has stuck in my mind as one of the most uplifting things to have happened in my life this year, and my loved ones cannot wait to visit the grounds as the flames have been sufficiently fanned by stories of this ethereal place."

     

     

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