THEASOPHIE, tea wisdom.
Theasophie is a tea organization located in the tea complex of southwest China, the botanical and cultural heartland of tea. We participate in an oral transmission of tea constituted from a rich network of ancestors, farmers, producers, scholars and drinkers. We also promote text-based research and writing deriving from a diverse yet holistic body of literature pertaining to all things tea. Among our interests are environmental & human health; social / ritual / body practice; spiritual ecology.
SU YIMU 苏玉亩 was born and raised in Mangjing Village, Jingmai Mountain into a line of succession that goes back to the beginnings of tea culture. She has apprenticed in artisanal tea production under her father, Bulang herbalist Su Wenxin, for over a decade. BRIAN KIRBIS 柯瑞安 was born into a lineage of foresters and farmers and is trained in environmental and medical anthropology. He has conducted independent research through affiliation with Yunnan University’s Museum of Anthropology and simultaneously apprenticed under Chen Jian of Yunhaizhidian 韻海之巔 since 2006.
Brian and Yi Mu are committed to the path of tea as an ancestral inheritance and as an embodied practice of Spiritual Ecology. They travel extensively throughout China and the United States sharing their Garden to Gaiwan model of tea culture – a farm-to-table, local to global ethos of transparency from original ecology to craftsmanship, storage to selection, brewing and appreciation.
Brian & Yi Mu