The Zen Bear Honey Tea Story

Zen Bear Honey Tea

Owners Frank & Lisa Ferrel

Zen Bear Honey Teas are a gently infused herb, spice, honey and tea mixture designed for glowing health and exquisite taste. Each flavor has a balance of guiding and supporting herbs and spices which enhance honey’s own benefits.

Zen Bear Honey Tea is a Maine family company. We try to have a light step on the planet by using locally foraged and farmed herbs and honey whenever possible. Our non-local ingredients are organic and free trade as much as available. And our promo and packaging materials are recycled.

Most of all our mission is to provide a sense of comfort, well-being and happiness which we believe radiates out to raise our shared sense of peace and gratitude. If this sounds like a tall order, don’t worry. Just enjoy your tea.


Zen Bear Honey Tea is the result of years of study of the healing powers of herbs and honey. The creator of Zen Bear Honey Tea, our nephew, is a certified Acupuncturist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine. His explorations of the qualities of herbs, and their effect on the body and mind led him to create a group of golden taste treats that bring delight as well as the benefits of honey and selected blends of herbs.

Zen Bear Honey Tea, LLC is a Maine family business based in Bath, Maine.

In Oriental medicine, honey is hypotonic, meaning it draws out. It is this property of honey which makes it the perfect medium for drawing out the herbal essences and the energies of spices, and imbuing itself with their qualities.

The healthful benefits of honey and herbs are combined in flavors that are sure to delight every palate.

As always, Zen Bear Honey Tea is made with pure honey and the finest herbs and spices.

Note: Zen Bear Honey Tea is a honey treat for enjoyment, and is not meant to treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition.


Meet Our Team

Our staff is multi-talented and brings more than just production skills to the table.

Lisa Ferrel, CEO

Lisa earned degrees in sculpture and horticulture, and holds a National Certificate of Apiculture from the British Beekeeper’s Association. She founded Zen Bear Honey Tea in 2014 following her retirement from Maine’s Chewonki Environmental Foundation where she was one of the culinary staff, following a family tradition – Her grandmother taught cooking at the Famous Fanny Farmer Boston Cooking School. In 2018 she was received the SCORE Encore Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  Her favorite flavor is Radiant Rose. She loves the idea of radiating joy and well-being.

Frank Ferrel, COO

Frank’s background is in music, art and journalism. He’s worked as a commercial fisherman, broadcast journalist, performing musician and documentary film producer. He is perhaps best known in musical circles as a master fiddler, having recently been inducted into the North American Fiddler’s Hall of Fame. Frank’s favorite flavor is Enlighten Mint, and loves it as a cold summer drink.

Matt Ferrel, Production Manager and Sales

Matt is our talented multi-media artist and recipe guru. He is a talented video producer, theater set designer, and musician having studied at the Massachusetts Art Institute and the New England School of Communications. His award-winning, New Sunrise tea is a stable in our product line and Matt’s favorite flavor.  He was raised with an enduring love and reverence for food and has worked in kitchens and front-of-the-house for many fine restaurants throughout New England. Matt currently lives in Portland, Maine where he shares his passions for music, art, theater and food with his son Chester who also helps out from time to time.  Matt’s favorite honey tea flavor is New Sunrise. Chester likes Mocha Chaga.

Ariel Ferrel, Production & Product Development

Ariel knows herbs and she knows which ones are good for you, like the ones she combined to create our award-winning Blue Moon Honey Tea, also her favorite. She is a talented artist and clothing designer having studied at both the Massachusetts College of Art and Maine College of Art. She is also mom to three wonderful boys. Look for her on Instagram @faylow.

Ian Ferrel,  Production & Sales

Ian loves to climb, and as a licensed arborist he has the perfect job to find us all the birch-loving chaga we use in our Mocha Chaga Honey Tea. When he’s not climbing trees or playing lead guitar in his band, The Cups, you’ll find him anywhere there’s a good surf, be it on the coast of Maine or at Surfer’s Beach on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas.

Lisa Redfern, Production and Logistics

When she’s not working for us, Lisa performs as a talented singer songwriter with numerous albums to her credit. She lives with her sweetheart, two teenage boys, and two black & white dogs in a Victorian fixer-upper on the coast of Maine. She likes classic movies and black licorice. Her favorite flavors are: Bee-ing Better in the morning, and Nocturnal Nectar in the evening.

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Liz Conlin, Production and Sales

Another artist in our midst, Liz graduated from the Maine College of Art majoring in sculpture. Liz learned to make chocolates from her grandmother and loves using Mocha Chaga in her home made truffles.

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