Updated: Jun 3, 2021
Our very first chat, with beautiful Casi Polgar. I met Casi a few years ago now with a close friend Meg (who will be featured very soon...). Since, I have regularly kept up to date with her socials and feel very inspired by. Casi is one of those people who you meet and instantly feel calm with. We share interests and I feel her knowledge should be shared. I'm very excited Cas said yes and here is our chat!
This chat is raw, without editing and exactly what we sent each other. Enjoy!
Casi Polgar x Ohti
Since meeting you, I am always feeling inspired by your posts, particularly your tea ceremonial posts. Would love you to share your experience? When did you become passionate about tea? or is it the feeling it brings?
Thank you, that’s such an honour to hear. Inspiring others by just doing what you love is one of the best achievements I feel as a human we can do. So thank you.
It’s funny to think about when I became passionate about tea, as it’s something that has been apart of my life for so long without even realising it.
When I think back to my child hood I used to drink tea with my Nanna and whenever we would go away as a family. It wasn’t always because I liked the taste, it was more about being able to dunk a biscuit into it.
When I was young I was given a little ceramic blue and white teapot from Aunty which I kept all my love notes from my parents which they used to leave for me before exams, etc, saying “goodluck”, “we love you”, etc. And now fast forward almost 3 decades later and I own over a dozen teapots (including the little Blue and White one), and have cupboards full of tea and tea ware.
I got more seriously into the
practice after stumbling over Global Tea Hut about 5 years ago through an expander, who is still my main expander in the tea world Baelyn Elspeth. She practices under Wu De who is the teacher at Global Tea Hut and I found them through her. So I am eternally grateful to her for deepening my practice and love with tea.
I have since gone on to become a subscriber with them, which means I get a magazine every month filled with Tea knowledge, Tea practice, Zen and Daoism, along with a tea which is discussed in detail in the articles that fill the magazine. And then all the profits from the magazine, tea and tea ware that they sell online goes to building their “light meets life” centre, which will be able to hold and facilitate many students on their Tea journey. They plan to grow their own food and potentially have a Tea plantation their as well. It will truly be magical.
They did have a place in Taiwan called the “Teas Sage Hut” where you could for (for free) and do a 10 day course in Tea, Tea Ceremonies, Mediation and learn about Zen and Daoism. However unfortunately around the time of Covid they had to leave that place, so they are now in the process of hopefully finding land to build their dream centre. It was such a shame as I never had the chance to visit them there, but I have had the opportunity of meeting Wu De himself, along with his students, so for that I feel blessed.
Tea does also bring a feeling with it. She is a medicine and holds energy (Qi). After all she is produced from the land, the sun, the rain, the soil, so therefore she holds so much wisdom. Depending on what tea you are drinking, she will bring through you a certain energy. I feel majority of the time when I consume her, it brings me back to my core, grounded with an expanded heart and an open mind.
All the Tea they offer through Global Tea Hut is sustainable, agrochemical free and helps local farmers, not mass produced plantations. It really is so beautiful to be apart of such a supportive community.
For more information please see: https://globalteahut.org
Compared to you, I feel like a novice in the tea world? What knowledge can you share?
I still feel like I am only scraping the surface of what this world of Tea is really all about. I will be a student for life that’s for sure.