Cacao Ceremony Preparation

Preparation

In the days before our ceremonies we can use our creative visualisation potential to make the circle stronger and the medicine more profound by imagining ourselves in the circle together with intention for connection, surrender and openness to what wants to come forward.

Please prepare your body by planning to eat just lightly before the event or leave a completely empty stomach (do not worry the cacao will bring you plenty of energy) and choose vegan, gluten free food where possible, with no caffeine nor other stimulants, nor alcohol before as the cacao is a powerful cardiovascular stimulant.

The Promise of Cacao

We will connect together with the guide of Cacao.

She adapts to the needs of each person and helps them to connect and feel openness in their heart. She offers a deep journey of healing our pathway to love and brings immense clarity of mind and profound insights.

She is said to reveal patterns, cultivate self-love, forgiveness, increase consciousness and support us in our path and personal growth.

In Western culture we’re not used to seeing plants as sacred, working with their spirit, nor allocating them certain powers. We are blessed that Cacao is now being quite widely offered as a medicine for connection and restoring our true humanity in the west.

Physiological Benefits of Cacao

Benefits are found in the neurotransmitter modulating agents that act as natural antidepressants. Its high valeric acid content blocks the stress hormones, while triggering the release of dopamine, anandamide and the endorphin phenylethylamine, all of which are known as the ‘bliss molecules’.

Cacao also contains the essential amino acid tryptophan, which increases production of serotonin, an important brain chemical that helps us remain positive and happy. These neurotransmitters also remain in the bloodstream longer after ingesting cacao, creating a natural antidepressant benefit, while the theobromine and caffeine content boosts energy levels and relieves fatigue.

The caffeine content is actually very low and it is the theobromine content (which translates to ‘food of the gods’) which increases energy. It is a cardiovascular stimulant rather than a nervous system stimulant (as in the case of coffee).

Cacao is the number one antioxidant food in the world, coming in with 15 times more of these awesome flavonoids than blueberries. These precious antioxidant flavonoids help in trapping damaging free radicals and heavy metals, clearing up corrupt cells from the system and supporting detoxification, as well as aiding in the optimisation of blood function and fortifying blood vessel and artery walls. This helps to improve circulation, supports the heart muscle and regulates blood pressure.

Cacao is packed with essential vitamins and minerals, including being a top source of Magnesium, Manganese, Sulfur, Iron, Zinc, Potassium, Copper and Chromium in its raw state.

Precautions

Its best to consult your physician before booking a ticket if you are : Taking Antidepressants, taking hypertension medication, if you are Pregnant (it is likely still safe to consume ceremonial cacao but at lower doses) and if you have a heart condition.

What to Bring

  • Wear layers to keep you warm and clothes that you can move around in. Especially as for some of our events we may be OUTSIDE.
  • Blankets for lying on and one to put over you. Cosy comforts.
  • Plenty of water as we get more thirsty than usual with Cacao.
  • A journal to note down any insights etc