A Restorative Evening with Cacao
with Nicole Gnutzman
Our luscious new cacao offering: Restorative Cacao Ceremony featuring a gentle Guatemala ceremonial cacao from a local chocolatier, Firefly Chocolate, which provides a soft, sweet inner journey accompanied by a special sound bath healing playlist. This journey with cacao will restore you just in time for Friday and the weekend!
Cacao medicine journeys are a deeply somatic, dreamlike experience that connect mind-body-spirit-soul, while facilitating an inner sense of renewed inspiration, clarity, and inner reconnection.
This practice honors shamanic tradition and wisdom 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
*reconnects you to your inner world
*accesses inner guidance and heart wisdom
*restores inner balance and a sense of wholeness
*inspires creativity and innovation
*improves mental clarity and focus
This evening ceremony is 1.75 hours, a slightly shorter but still powerful version of our Saturday series.
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, 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 ceremonial Tantric Rose Blossom cacao blended with spices and raw honey.
What to bring: For your journey, bring a yoga mat, blanket (pillow optional) to create a cacao cocoon as we lie down on the floor for a good portion 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 for self care and nurturing; inner reconnection and healing; or deeper connection with Spirit, loved ones or ancestors. Opening, allowing and receiving the gifts of IxCacao, the Spirit of Cacao, will create a profoundly beautiful experience.