A Restorative Evening with Cacao
with Nicole Gnutzman
Cacao ceremony is a deeply restorative, meditative experience that connects mind-body-spirit, while facilitating an inner sense of renewed inspiration, clarity, and reconnection to self.
Cacao has an ancient history of opening people to the wisdom of the heart. The ancient Mayan word, Chokolaj, which means “drinking chocolate together,” reflects how integral cacao was to the lives of the Maya. They believed the cacao tree to be sacred and honored cacao for its ability to connect them to self, community and spirit through ceremony.
Nicole's sacred cacao ceremony honors wisdom practices by calling in the life force energies of the Directions and Elements, Spirit Animals, Star Beings and Ancestors. After you drink the cacao, which is pure, raw ceremonial cacao from Guatemala, hand selected and blessed by a shaman, and sweetened with honey and spices, you deepen into the experience through a guided visual meditation that supports inner connection, and allows you to fully relax and journey with the sacred music that follows.
This gentle healing journey
*inspires creativity and innovation
*improves mental clarity and focus
*accesses inner guidance and wisdom
*aids in attaining inner balance and a sense of wholeness
The evening ceremony is 1.75 hours. Sharing with the group post ceremony, deepens inner connection, and creates a sense of relationship and community, so we include 15 minutes at the end for that deepening.
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, and drinking electrolytes such a coconut water, is advised as cacao is a mild diuretic and detoxifier. Eating whole, grounding foods to break fast is recommended.
Medication contraindicators: Cacao is not recommended for people who are taking heart medicine or anti-depressants or have high levels of anxiety. 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. If you are sensitive or allergic to any of the ingredients, please let me know ahead of time and I can prepare a special drink just for you.
What to bring: For your journey, bring a yoga mat (bolsters and blankets are provided) to create a cacao cocoon as we lie down on the floor for most 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 in your work, life or relationship; inner reconnection and healing; or deeper connection with Spirit or your ancestors. Opening, allowing and receiving the gifts of IxCacao, the Goddess of Chocolate, is the key to a profoundly beautiful experience.