ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP
With the energy of summer coming to an end we now welcome this meaningful time of year known as the Autumn Equinox. This spiritual cycle is a time of connecting to our inner cycles and this one being of harvest, the harvest of our intentions, our efforts and the path that we set out at the beginning of the year. Indigenous cultures recognized the earth-based wisdom and understood that the four focal points of the year: the Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, and Autumn Equinox are significant times on our spiritual path. Join Co-Founder Chelsey Charbeneau and guide Jacqueline Maitland in this beautiful ceremony.
Cacao is an ancient plant with many healing benefits, mostly associated with the heart. Cacao increases the energetic field of our hearts, and when we join together, the field is amplified and woven together with multiple hearts in the room. Whether you’ve heard of cacao ceremony before, experienced one or many, or even if you have no idea what to expect, all are welcome. This is a space to try something new, connect, open your heart, and feel alive.
We will be using ceremonial grade cacao from Ora. 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/
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.
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.
Friday, September 23rd
6:30 to 7:45pm