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Exclusive: Ready to learn how to be a matcha master? Candice Kumai wants to school you

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If you follow Candice Kumai—a Top Chef alumnus, healthy recipe concocter, and six-time author—on Instagram, you’re undoubtedly seeing her galavanting through tropical lands, whipping up drool-worthy creations in her kitchen, and essentially living the wellness dream. But besides being uber accomplished, the Well+Good Council member is also the type of girl that you can invite over to your messy apartment for matcha and talk to for hours.

Now, she’s actually giving her followers the chance to hang out with her IRL—and make meaningful connections with other like-minded people in the wellness world. Kumai will be traveling across the country hosting “matcha master classes,” AKA matcha tutorials, cooking workshops, wellness panels, and all-around high-vibe experiences.

Besides hosting the events in New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Austin, and Honolulu (check out the full schedule at, one of the stops she’ll be making is in Palm Springs, CA, when she’ll be co-headlining Well+Good’s first-ever retreat. Her friend and fitness expert Charlee Atkins will also be there to give you a kick-ass workout.

Whether you want to hang out with Kumai, perfect your matcha making, or just make some new friends who are as wellness-obsessed as you are, it’s bound to be a great time.

In the meantime, here’s why the cult-fave green tea is good for you and some ways to incorporate it into your life.