Open your heart, connect to the Spirit of cacao and feel your heart open and soul awaken
with Nicole Gnutzman
Cacao ceremony is a deeply somatic, dreamlike experience that opens our hearts, takes us into our bodies and connects us to Spirit at the same time. It is a profoundly healing journey. **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!**
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 Mayan community and their connection to Spirit. The Maya believed the cacao tree to be sacred and revered cacao for its healing and initiation through ritual, its energetic and aphrodisiac properties, and its ability to connect them to their deeper selves and Spirit.
Nicole Gnutzman, our cacao ceremony guide, lives here in Sausalito. She has trained as a cacao medicine carrier and has been working with (and learning from) cacao for several years in personal, individual and group ceremony. Nicole is also a Soul's Path Coach, who guides people to find their soul gifts and path using ancient Mayan practices, animal spirit guidance, dreamwork and whole person coaching.
Her cacao ceremony, which honors Mayan tradition and wisdom, begins by acknowledging the Mayan Day Sign of that day, moon astrology and inspiration from Spirit; and then she shares Mayan prayer to IxCacao (the Goddess of Chocolate), the Four Directions and Four Elements, our Spirit Animals, and Ancestors with us while we drink the cacao elixir. As the cacao takes effect, she leads us in guided visual meditation that supports inner connection, so we can fully relax and journey with the sacred music that follows.
The Ceremony is 2 1/2 hours. Sharing with the group post ceremony, if you are so called, deepens our inner connection, and creates a sense of relationship and community, so we include time 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 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 life or relationship, deeper connection with Spirit or life itself, or simply a deep, healing journey. You may wish to call in IxCacao specifically; she is a gentle, wise teacher and guide.