Polly has been bringing people together in creative ways her entire life. From the moment her grandma Catherine sat her up on her knee and they shared tea in little pink tea cups, Polly was hooked. Ever since, she has loved tea parties in many forms and the celebration that comes with being in the company of true family, friends and like minded souls. Polly comes from many generations of island souls who have found their special place on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Gathering people together, drinking tea and sharing stories on the Vineyard is a dream come true for her, and she is grateful every day to live on the beautiful island she loves surrounded by the sea and her wonderful family, which collectively represents three generations under one roof.
When she was 23 Polly had a conversation with a man on a train that changed her life and the way she saw others in her life in a very profound way. She began to see the people in her life as teachers and strung a necklace of beads to symbolize each teacher in her life. She then traveled on a meaningful pilgrimage to India after her mother's death where she spent time working at Mother Teresa's Home for the Dying (Kalighat) in Calcutta, and also spent time in the Himalayas surrounded by tea fields. Upon her return Polly created a tearoom called "Soul of the World" in Bridgeport Connecticut that was dedicated to art, music and writing and shared her tearoom with other like-minded souls for many years, where she also offered unique interpretations of tea and it's magic ability to bring people together.
The Cup of Karma Project today is a culmination of her appreciation for the connection and profound influence we have on each other's lives as well as her love for tea and how it brings people together all over the world. In an effort to study and document what inspires and moves people in their relationships and in the world, Polly has been hosting pop up Vineyard "Tea Talks" which will come to a close on September 10th, 2016 where she has recorded almost 50 now archived stories of inspiration. Polly is also working on a pilot curriculum for schools to help incorporate the themes of gratitude and honor of relationship into student's lives. She dreams of sharing the Cup of Karma philosophy around the world one day soon, but for now she is celebrating the concept one story at a time.
Polly holds an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism from Drake University and a Masters in Education from Columbia University. She is a Reiki Master, true existentialist and lover of all things that help people love and connect with those around them. More than anything she believes the world needs more gratitude, respect and honor for each other and for the incredible human bond we all share.