For Polly Simpkins, the Cup of Karma Project is all about telling one’s life story, over a cup of tea.

“This is a time to really celebrate your life, and these talks articulate the importance of our loved ones,” she said over a cup of piping hot, fair-trade tea. “The people who inspire us, and the people who teach us. It’s not about the perfect life or the perfect profile; it’s really about coming to the microphone and telling your story.”

Last July she began hosting a series of Tea Talks, where for each gathering she selects five speakers to share a personal story. Past stories have incorporated both visual and musical components. Attendees and storytellers sip fresh tea and munch on baked goods, all homemade by Ms. Simpkins herself.

“I get such a sense of inspiration when I bring people together, especially on this Island,” Ms. Simpkins said. “It’s like a tapestry and everybody is a different fabric.”

Ms. Simpkins will hold a number of talks this summer at various locations around the Island, from Camp Jabberwocky in Vineyard Haven to the Yoga Barn in Chilmark.

The next talk is Saturday, June 18, at 3 p.m. at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, 59 School street, Edgartown. The event is free.

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