WHAT IS A CACAO CEREMONY?
"...ritual and ceremony are sacred technology that heals, enables us to understand our life purpose, and reconnects us with our inner sacred feminine..."
- Katalin Koda, Fire of the Goddess
In modern western cultures, we seem to have lost the connection to the sacred in so many ways; a ceremony can offer us a space to begin to reconnect to our natures as living beings on the Earth, healing our relationship to ourselves, each other and all that is sacred and alive in nature. In ceremony, we step away from everyday life and into a sacred, held space for a few hours, where 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.
Traditional cultures around the world recognise the power and value of creating ceremonies, and some of these centre around the power of ingesting special plants and communing with "plant consciousness". This is not a recreational or hedonistic practice but a ritual, intentional way of mindfully, respectfully consuming a plant to develop a kind of personal connection to its energy, and receive its wisdom.
In a cacao ceremony, we are consciously, ritually connecting with the energy of cacao, an ancient sacred feminine plant. Working with a sacred plant in ceremony, we are calling on the spirit, the energy of this particular medicine.
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE CEREMONY?
I won't go into too much detail because it's best to come with few expectations!
I work with small groups of women in my public ceremonies, and also offer private one-to-ones and small groups. (I only work with women in ceremony), so if you come to a group ceremony, we begin by sitting in a circle.
After the opening & introduction, each participant shares their intentions, we drink the cacao together, invoking the spirit of the plant through some simple rituals, and then you will lie down, close your eyes and be guided on a deep inner journey. This is an opportunity to shift into a more intuitive, receptive state of awareness in which you may connect more deeply with the spirit of the cacao and receive her wisdom and assistance. (This style of cacao ceremony owes much to traditional plant medicine ceremonies of the Amazon -see below) After this, you'll be brought back gently and given time to process through journaling, and also through sharing with the group in a closing circle.
A TRADITIONAL APPROACH TO PLANT MEDICINE
My ceremonial experience & training is with cacao rather than any other master plants, and so the only type of ceremonies I offer are working with cacao. However, my training, initiation and ceremonial style are derived from Amazonian plant medicine traditions (although cacao was not traditionally used there as an ally for inner journeying). I was initiated as a cacaoista by a plant medicine teacher whose own apprenticeship/lineage was in traditional Amazonian plant spirit shamanism. The cacao I was initiated with was ceremonial-grade, Criollo variety cacao, cultivated and harvested by Ashaninka indigenous communities in the Western Amazon; this is the same cacao I work with now. (Learn more about my path here.)
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