LOVE IS THE MAIN INGREDIENT
I began my journey with cacao in the volcanic jungle of Nicaragua, learning to harvest and prepare the cacao beans as a medicinal elixir. From the high jungle of Peru, to Bali and to Thailand, I have trained with many maestras and priestesses in the art of cacao preparation and ceremony. A little bit of heat, a little bit of spice, a little bit of sweetness, some flowers, and a lot of Love in the form of song and prayers are what I like to infuse with this sacred bean.
THE ELIXIR OF THE GODS AND GODDESSES
Cacao has been used for thousands of years and is believed by the Aztecs to be a gift from the gods to help the mortals to share Divine wisdom and love. Cacao contains the bliss molecule anandamide which is derived from the Sanskrit word "ānanda" meaning joy, which is our inherent state of Be-ing. This molecule helps us to remember our natural state of Divinity, which is joy and bliss. Cacao also contains theobromine, which has positive effects on the cardiovascular system. There have been a multitude of studies on the science of raw cacao as a superfood. I use locally sourced raw cacao paste which is the closest you can get to the actual raw bean. It contains all original fats in the bean, which I consider crucial in the medicinal elixir. I source primarily from Bali, Guatemala, and Peru and directly from farmers whenever possible.
PRIVATE OR PUBLIC EVENTS
I have served cacao all over the world in private sessions with one to two participants as well as public events with more than 100 participants. Guided cacao ceremonies are tiered to the venue, the group, and the event. I have used laughter yoga, medicine songs, shamanic prayers, Sanskrit mantra, the harmonium, breath work, and more to invoke the desired mood for ceremony. Cacao ceremony is ideal for kirtan, ecstatic dance, song circles, and any ceremonial event in which opening the heart to greater Love and the Self to greater bliss is needed. Cacao can help fuel a dance journey and it can also serve in tantric rituals, romantic interludes, meditation, and prayer to deepen your experience. Thanks to my expansive backgroud, I can work with you to design a cacao blessing that is unique to your special needs.
ALTARS AND AMBIANCE
Creating an altar is essential in any cacao ceremony. Honoring the elements, the four directions, animal spirits, and the land are very important to me when preparing an altar. I prefer to use local "ingredients" that come from the area where ceremony takes place. Flowers, plants, crystals, shells, rocks, and other found items may find their way to the altar. I may use oracle decks, musical instruments, feathers, murtis (or statues), candles, and tapestries to create the desired mood and effect for our sacred prayer. It's not unusual to see me barefooting about an area, cutting leaves and collecting branches! Creating sacred space is an art and is something I have been doing in one form or another, as a party/event planner, restaurant owner, kirtan wallah, yoga teacher, and workshop leader for over twenty years. It brings me great joy and I am happy to work with you to help you create your desired atmosphere.
CO-CREATION AND COLLABORATION
I am a big fan of working with others! I have collaborated with DJs, Yoga teachers, medicine song leaders,shamans, sound healers, kirtan wallahs, festival and event coordinators, women's groups, and full bands to create an unforgettable experience. I have led events that brought participants to tears, fully opening their hearts so they can see through the eyes of pure love and dance to their heart's song. If you want to dive deep, I'm standing on the platform, my hand is holding yours...let's plunge into ecstatic bliss with Madre Cacao as our ally, gateway, and guide. Here I am with Pablo Gascon, founder of Yoga Beats, leading a guided movement after the invocation.
HONORING THE ELEMENTS
As a Priestess of the Earth and Sky, I work alchemically with the elements. The fire in the sun infuses into every cacao bean to activate our electric bodies and illuminate our Divinity. The fluidity in the water, from the rain, helps us to activate our own Divine nectar and slip and slide into bliss. The bitter earthy taste, which collides with the water molecules in our saliva, activating the bliss molecules and turning to sweetness. We harness the wind and breath of the trees and the Madre Cacao through our own breath. Jai Maa!
GRACIAS POR TU MEDICINA!
My infinite gratitude for this magic medicine, which has helped me to remember the Goddess within. Infinite gratitude to this magic medicine, which invokes and awakens the elements in my body, the fire in my spirit, and my heart's song. Infinite gratitude for this inner tuning, this deep healing, this profound opening.
Haux, Amen, and Aho!