with Nicole Gnutzman
Elemental Cacao Journey: Water Energy
Cacao ceremony is a deeply somatic, dreamlike experience that connects mind-body-soul-spirit, while guiding and enhancing your life path. This guided journey, focused on the element Water will connect you to its energies–flow, intuitive guidance, and deep messages from the soul. You will feel more connected to your emotional center and guided by the flow of life.
Cacao has an ancient history of opening the Mayan people to the wisdom of the heart, which taught them to love, protect and feel deeply connected to all beings. Drinking cacao in ceremony allowed the Maya to honor its sacredness and connect to their deeper self, community and spirit. And now you too can experience the gentle medicine of Mama Cacao to heal your own heart.
This sacred cacao ceremony honors Mayan tradition and wisdom by calling in IxCacao, the goddess of chocolate, and the life force energies of the Six Directions and Four Elements, our Spirit Animals, Ancestors and Star Beings. After you drink the cacao, which is simply pure, raw cacao from Guatemala sweetened with honey and spices, you deepen into the experience through a guided elemental meditation that supports inner connection and allows you to fully relax and journey with the sacred music that follows.
Cacao ceremony is a gentle, meditative inner journey that
*inspires creativity and innovation
*improves mental clarity and focus
*accesses inner guidance and wisdom
*aids in attaining inner balance, connection and healing
Our ceremonies are held in a beautiful, soul-filled space that allows for optimal relaxation in a small, intimate group setting. You will have space to breathe, create a cacao cocoon and be in your comfort zone.
How to prepare for ceremony: For optimal effect of the cacao, it's best to fast for 3 hours before and partake lightly of caffeine and dairy for the day. Hydrating with water, before, during and after ceremony is advised as cacao is a mild diuretic and detoxifier.
Medication contraindicators: Cacao is not recommended for people who are taking heart medicine or anti-depressants. If you are taking one of these medications, you are always welcome to join us in ceremony without cacao. It is a beautiful experience all on its own.
What we’ll be drinking: A warm cacao elixir of raw ceremonial cacao from Guatemala, blended with cardamom, ginger, a hint of chile pepper and raw honey.
What to bring: For your journey, bring a yoga mat, favorite blanket and pillow to create a cacao cocoon as we often lie down on the floor for part of ceremony, a bottle of water, and a journal and pen. If you’d like to bring a crystal or mala or other sacred object to have with you or place on the altar, please do.
Intention for ceremony: You may wish to take a moment to reflect on your intention for ceremony: it could be a desire for clarity or guidance on something in your work, life or relationship; deeper connection with your inner wisdom or spirit guide; or a deep, inner healing journey. Making your intention explicit, connecting it to the energy we will be calling in for ceremony, and opening to receive the guidance of Ixcacao are the keys to a profoundly meaningful and beautiful experience.
**Please note: because of the special preparation required for this ceremony, please register by the end of the day on Friday if possible please, thank you!**
Enjoy a personal Shamanic Journey with Nicole prior to your Cacao Ceremony experience, or book a journey independently of the event.
Journeying to bring answers back from spirit animal guides or teachers is an ancient shamanic practice. In these drum journeying sessions, Nicole will journey on your behalf, ask her spirit animal or teacher the question you are seeking an answer to, and will bring back and share the answer and insights with you. All you need to do is relax and wait for the answer.
Bring an intention about something for which you would like to receive an answer. You may ask an open-ended question in the form of a “What," “Who," “Where,” or “How" and in the present tense (no future or past and no “When’s" as that's in the future too). Here's an example: “What should I be focusing on right now in my work?” Closed-ended "yes/no" questions are not recommended as the richness is in the details of the journey. And the question must be about you, not another person unless you have asked for their permission (the spirits have a deep sense of ethics).
*If you book a shamanic journey we will be in contact via email to schedule the session between 11am and 3pm (before the Cacao Ceremony)