Mindfulness Tea Meditation

by Erik Davis Fausak – June 18, 2022

Tea is a wonderful source for a mindful meditation.  The phytochemicals in tea are a perfect combination of stimulation and relaxation to let you be in the moment.

Drop in any time during our zoom sessions, register here to attend any of the sessions:

Bowl Tea, the most accessible way to have tea and meditate (Now Hybrid, behind Carlson Library or Zoom), June – December 2022: https://bit.ly/39bJpak



Gong Fu (teaware including tiny teapot/gaiwan and cups) still being planned


Use mindful conversation to reduce apprehension in talking with peers and clients 



In front of the Dog Statue by Schalm and Valley, Limit 4 people socially distanced per session


For Spring Quarter only, Carlson library has a reservable wellness space/tea room – Room 40

Reserve here


About the authors of this content:

Zoe Peralta-Page, MAEd, LMHCA, NCC

Zoe is strengths-based, creative and utilizes a culturally appropriate collaborative approach. She is a therapist who uses empathy, laughter, and compassion to support those she collaborates within the community setting. Her specialties include trauma, supporting female identified populations, and anxiety and stress. Zoe started a tea mindfulness meditation out of a self-care project. She met Dr. Katharine Burnett of the Global Tea Initiative at UC Davis and discussed with her the role of tea and mental health. This inspired her to start a project in graduate school incorporating tea into mindfulness. She continues to share this content with her community partners.

Denise Dempsey, M.Ed

Denise Dempsey, M.Ed.is a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher who trained with the father of modern mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn. She enjoys helping people navigate stresses of life using mindfulness through group experiences and 1:1 coaching and has been doing so for nearly 20 years. Denise is also the author of Mindfulness Meditations for Stress: 100 Simple Practices to Ease Tension and Find Peace. Sitting with a cup of tea is one of her favorite ways to relieve stress.

Gabby Tirsell

She is a first year economics student at UC Davis and a practicing Buddhist. She has a passion for Asian-American Studies and Policy. After growing up with Tea as a major influence in her household and working at a ramen shop for years, she was inspired to enroll in the First Year Seminar, “Global Tea Culture and Science”. This led her to meet Erik and discuss tea and mindfulness approaches. Gabby adds a unique component to the creative process by adding the tradition of Buddhism, mindfulness and tea.

Erik Fausak, MSLIS, MA(Anthropology), RVT, RLAT

Erik is a librarian at UC Davis in Student Services and his primary area of focus is in Veterinary Medicine. Erik has always had a strong interest in tea and is a very active librarian in the Global Tea Initiative. His interest in developing a program that incorporates tea and well-being was initially with the veterinary community in mind but he believes can be more broadly adopted to the campus. Erik spent 20 years as a veterinary technician and veterinary technician educator and has seen first hand the cost of poor well-being, stress and depression in the veterinary field. This project is very personally motivating for him.

Erik Fausak

Student Services
Student Services Librarian



In this Guide:

All you need is a bowl, hot water, and tea!

Listen to the podcast at your leisure:


or watch our video:


and download our infograph:Tea Meditation (Bowl)











Using a small teapot and other teaware is also a really fun way to do a tea meditation.

Listen to our podcast:


or watch our video:

Feel free to download: Tea Meditation (Gong Fu)






See this video about gong fu tea by UCD GTI Research Associate and renown tea master: Wingchi Ip

What conversation do you remember the most? The one where you were frantically taking notes or when you were sitting and focused entirely on the person you were talking to?

Reduce conversation apprehension, we focus on allowing silent space in conversation and active listening (and also just have some really great conversations).


You can download the infograph here: Tea Meditation (Conversation)







About Tea

Global Tea Initiative

A singular academic effort to look at the scholarship of tea across disciplines.  The Global Tea Initiative creates opportunities for tea scholarship and how this mindfulness exercise was developed.

Tea Aroma Wheel

Not sure how to describe what you are tasting?  Well try the tea aroma wheel developed by the International Tea Master’s Association.

School of Veterinary Medicine Career, Leadership & Wellness

This is a fantastic team committed to the wellbeing and success of the incredibly talented veterinary students at UC Davis.  They offer counseling, a wellness room and many opportunities for our veterinary students to fully explore their own mental health and wellbeing.  Located extremely close to the Carlson Library, they have played a crucial role in helping us develop this site.

Each Aggie Matters

Each Aggie Matters is part of the larger movement for improved mental health amongst all of UC Davis’ faculty, staff and students.

Mindfulness Open Access Library from Healthy UC Davis

Take a tour of many of these helpful and freely accessible mindful resources.

California Veterinary Medical Association Wellness Program

A great resource developed for practitioners in the State of California.

AVMA State-Level Overview of Mental Health Resources

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has acknowledged and worked very hard at addressing the state of mental health and well-being in the profession.  This provides an overview of regional resources available to those in the veterinary profession.

NAVC VetFolio Well-being Resource Center

North American Veterinary Conference has access to some articles and resources to address wellbeing in the veterinary profession.

North American Veterinary Technician Association Wellness

Wellness isn’t just limited to veterinarians but the entire veterinary team.  This resource is geared for veterinary technicians and assistants.  Addresses multiple aspects of wellness including toxic work environments, physical and mental wellness and financial wellness.

Below are some broadly available and national resources for crisis intervention.  Often there are resources within your community or campus to help assist with crisis intervention like Each Aggie Matters at UC Davis or NAMI Yolo County for residents in the community of UC Davis.

Crisis Prevention or Intervention

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Sometimes we have those moments where we are overwhelmed and don’t know what to do.  Suicide can often cross our minds in these situations and this is a resource available to anyone that needs support.

The Trevor Project

This resource is geared specifically to members of the LGBTQ+ community who are experiencing moments of crisis.

National Alliance of Mental Illness

NAMI has a great deal of tools to support your mental health.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

An organization dedicated to bringing awareness of suicide and support to those affected by suicide.  There are local chapters that have activities for the community.  This resource is helpful for those that know someone in crisis, too.