I spent several weeks this past July attending the Oxford Choral Institute at St. Stephen's House, Oxford. There were twelve hours each day of incredible classes and music making at the highest levels of the art. Every day at 4:00 everything came to a screeching halt for thirty minutes for tea time. There was also iced tea, coffee, and a pastry. This was an important time for the gathered academic community to just "be" together, and the learning certainly stretched into the tea time. It lasted 30 minutes, then it was back to class and practice. One of the most important things I returned home with, in addition to the "academic" ideas was a new appreciation for taking time out of the day to rest, refresh, and regroup. One of my resolutions for the coming school year is to keep a tea time myself. Does anyone else do this? Tell us about your experiences.