Wow! What a year!
2019 has definitely been quite a big year of personal and professional opportunities – and lets be honest – quite a few big challenges. With everything this year has brought with it, I feel so very grateful for all of the lessons and for the support of the people around me. As this tea business turns 2 years old on the 16th December, I can’t help but feel like its birth has been both incredibly fulfilling and at times pretty exhausting. As small business owners, we don’t often speak of the challenges we face. But as you can imagine, behind this little House of Tea, there is only one staff member: me! I do all of the herbal blends by hand, all of the packaging, managing, supplying, ordering, selling, wholesaling, advertising, marketing, social media, bookkeeping, administration… and, well you get the picture, the list goes on and on.
I am proud of what I’ve achieved so far and I’m very thankful to you for supporting me and making this dream come true. Beit e’Shai wouldn’t be here without your continual support.
This year I have traded at various markets, hosted a beautiful fundraising Tea Salon to support Palestinian farmers, facilitated a number of workshops, tea ceremonies, had a few catering jobs including the heartwarming Black-Palestinian Solidarity Conference, took part on my first ever trade show at the Melbourne Tea Festival, had a PopUp Teahouse at the Immigration Museum for Khalil Gibran’s exhibition and expanded the Beit e’Shai Stockist family to ten clients. It’s been HUGE. And I am full of gratitude.
This month, I will be celebrating these achievements with a few of my talented friends by bringing you a PopUp Teahouse + Gallery at 369 Lygon St. East Brunswick. For one weekend only, we will gather to celebrate the end of 2019 and welcome 2020. There will be an Opening Night to celebrate our 2nd Birthday, at my friend Liam’s new PopUp and Studio Space on Friday 13th December, with drinks available by donation to support Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network. On Saturday 14th Dec. I will host a Full Moon Tea Ceremony, and throughout the weekend there will be a lineup of incredible local artists, designers and creatives offering you a conscious Christmas shopping experience. And most importantly, an opportunity to catch up and celebrate before the year ends! Read below for more details.
PopUp Teahouse + Gallery 13th-15th December 2019
Beit e’Shai turns two! Join us for a weekend of partying, tea ceremony, art, designer clothing and other treats as we gather to celebrate the end of year with our friends and family, while we support some of Melbourne’s vibrant local artists, artisans and small businesses.
Our PopUp Teahouse and Gallery will be open for trade on Saturday 14th Dec. and Sunday 15th Dec. from 11am – 4pm (both days). On display we will have artwork by Vanessa Aloia, organic herbal teas by Beit e’Shai and various treats from our friends R E M U S E, Jessica Gannaway, ChiandKo Jewellery and Recycled Design and more, giving you the perfect opportunity for conscious Christmas shopping. Join us on Friday 13th Dec. for the Opening Party 6pm – 10pm. For more information visit the Facebook page at this link.
In other news…
- The Last Full Moon of 2019
Cost $25. BIPOC free. Auslan interpreter available upon request, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Spaces are limited, please pre-book this link: https://www.trybooking.com/BGUTE
or send an email to email@example.com to book/enquire.
- Private Nutrition Consultations and Reiki Sessions
In 2020 I will moving my private practice work to Oshun Yoga in Reservoir and will be available for these 1:1 consultations on Fridays only, with some early evening appointments for those who work 9-5.
- Online Store Christmas Shopping
Please be aware that if you are planning to shop online for Christmas gifts, be sure to place your orders no later than Monday 16th December 2019 to receive them in time for Christmas. Beit e’Shai uses Australia Post, so get your orders in early to avoid delays. To visit the Online Store, visit http://www.beiteshai.com
Here are my market movements this month:
- This Saturday 7th Dec I’ll be at my regular spot at CERES Brunswick, trading at the CERES Makers and Flea Market from 9am – 2pm.
- Friday 13th – 15th Dec. the PopUp Teahouse + Gallery will be open for trade from 6pm – 10pm on Friday night during our Opening Party and from 11am – 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
- Saturday 21st Dec I’ll be back at CERES Brunswick, trading at the CERES Makers and Flea Market from 9am – 2pm. This will be the last day of trade for 2019.
I will be taking a break from 22nd Dec. 2019 until 8th Jan 2020. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continual love and support. I feel humbled and grateful for the opportunities and blessings I receive that allow me to do what I love.
Someone once told me “there are years for sowing and planting, and years for harvesting” – and just as the natural cycles go, the seasons, the moon and sun cycles for example, this year has reminded me that life itself is an ongoing creative cycle. A cycle of birth, growth, full bloom, harvest, decay, death, rebirth, growth, full bloom, harvest, decay, death and so on. It has taught me to be patient. To be present. I have learnt to love every part of the year for its teachings. Every part of the cycle for its blessings. To love Winter and not long for Spring impatiently. Because after Winter, Spring will naturally come.
I have a feeling next year will bring along beautiful creative adventures, art projects, connected private practice work and a steady flow of herbal abundance, as the lessons and blessings continue from the plants I work with. These plants, my teachers.
I wish you all a happy and safe new year. I hope you celebrate your creative cycles, in whatever stage you may be, and that you are surrounded in love with friends, family and community with a constant flow of blessings.
I would absolutely love to see you at the PopUp Teahouse + Gallery at 369 Lygon St. in East Brunswick for a hug before I take myself on a camping trip along the East Coast to rest, hug trees and learn from the ocean and waters.
With love and gratitude, Rasha x