WHAT IS CACAO
Cacao ceremonies originally served as religious rituals for the ancient Native Mesoamerican cultures and its scientific name is Theobroma cacao, Greek for "food of the gods.” The cacao tree is native to regions in Central and South America. Originally discovered by the Olmecs in 1500 B.C. and a staple in the Mayan and Aztec cultures for over 4,000 years ago.
Cacao is a true superfood, containing more antioxidants than blueberries, in addition to a good amount of iron, calcium, and magnesium. Cacao is also the reason dark chocolate is considered to have health benefits—it's a notable source of flavanoids which may have beneficial effects on cardiovascular health, and theobromine, a bitter alkaloid similar to caffeine thought to boost moods and energy. Consuming cacao can help with issues such as depression, stress, blood pressure and heart health. Humans have considered cacao a sacred plant for thousands of years. Now you can join the modern rediscovery of this plant and experience the benefits for yourself.
When consumed in sufficient quantity and in the right setting, cacao is a powerful catalyst for all types of inner work. In a cacao circle, we work with this plant medicine to support our healing & growth.
ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP
Whether you are new to this ancient practice or have participated many times before, this is a space for all, to connect, open your heart, and be of support. Every circle is different and the intention varies from circle to circle. We will drink cacao and offer tools for rejuvenation and self-discovery as well as an opportunity to connect with our higher selves. Every circle involves breath-work, meditation and sound.
We will be using ceremonial grade cacao from Firefly Chocolate, making the warm cacao beverage ahead of time. Each person is asked to bring their own vessel to drink from; all other materials will be provided. Learn more about firefly and their cacao sourcing here https://ceremonial-cacao.com/pages/what-is-cacao-ceremony.
This gathering will be led by Chelsey Charbeneau (co-owner 0f Breathe, meditation guide and trainer, and yoga therapist) and Emily Oritz (Meditation and Yoga Instructor and Doula), and will begin with a clearing of energy, intention setting and grounding to Mother Earth.
Note: if you are pregnant it is not advised that you drink cacao unless you already have a cacao practice. For all others, as with any healing practices, make sure you drink plenty of water before and after ceremony.
Friday, August 13th from 6:30 to 7:45pm