WHAT IS A CACAO CEREMONY?
In a sacred ceremony, we step away from everyday life and into a safe, held, sacred space for a few hours, so that we can journey deep within and connect to our inner voice, receive intuitive guidance and release whatever "stones" we may be carrying in our inner bowl, weighing us down & blocking the flow of our vital energy, our life force.
In a cacao ceremony, we do this with the assistance of cacao, an ancient, sacred, gentle yet powerful and loving plant medicine whose use in sacred ceremony and assistance in inner journeying dates back thousands of years to the ancient Olmec and Mayan cultures of Mesoamerica.
In modern western cultures, as we long to heal ourselves, reconnect to spirit and honour the sacred in nature, there has been a surge of interest in plant medicine ceremonies. I share the heart-opening medicine of cacao with the intention of helping you reconnect to spirit and intuition through this most gentle, loving, safe and legal plant medicine and a guided shamanic journeying process.
What I offer is, in essence, a traditional plant medicine ceremony, using traditional shamanic journeying techniques, in partnership with the plant spirit. Cacao is not tacked on to other activities: her medicine is at the very centre of the whole ceremonial experience; it's all about communing with the cacao and receiving her healing, wisdom and support.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A CACAO CEREMONY?
I won't go into too much detail because it's best to come with few expectations! And you'll be given all the information you need to prepare when you book your place...
But, in short - I work generally with small groups of women in my public ceremonies (12 people max to keep an intimacy, and in a post-Covid world physical distancing will most likely mean smaller groups.)
We'll sit in a circle and after my introduction & opening, you have a chance to state your intentions, we drink the cacao together, invoking the spirit of the plant through some simple rituals, and then you will lie down and be guided on a shamanic journey for approximately 90minutes; after which you'll be brought back gently, given time to process through journaling and then sharing one "gift" you received from your experience with the group in a closing circle.
In reality, you will be continuing to process after we end the ceremony, so I recommend giving yourself time alone and in a tranquil setting for the rest of the day if possible, rather than going out & socialising/drinking etc! That way you can continue to receive insights; often these also come during sleep.You will also receive a post-ceremony email from me, with some aftercare & other info too - I usually send it out the same evening.
Learn about Cacao's ancient and more recent story as a spiritual superfood here and learn more facts about theobroma cacao here
"What a powerful and enriching experience! Feel very blessed to have been there...The ceremony was an extremely nurturing and powerful process within a safe, beautiful group of women. You held and supported us as a group with such grace, it was a truly empowering and life-changing experience." - Sarah
" Big thank you for an amazing experience. So rewarding to have a safe place to share honestly without judgement. Good to have time to reflect...It felt very positive and gave clarity to thoughts. Personally I feel I gained a great deal from Saturday's cacao ceremony." - Rachel