Almost 6 years ago, I was first introduced to cacao ceremonies during one of my stays in Bali. Later on, I learned more about this peace and unification ritual which was used back in Central and South America by the ancient tribes.
Whenever they would feel to grow distant from nature – their own nature, their tribe or distant from living life in harmony with Mother Nature – a ceremony was summoned. Drinking the cacao purely, poured with hot water only, then allowing silence and stillness for the medicine to alter a sense of open-heartedness through a release of dopamine and serotonin. Letting the medicine move fully through body, mind and soul by moving and expressing our bodies, hearts and voices.
Today, the ways and rituals of drinking cacao are as creative and diverse as the colors of the rainbow. My personally preferred way of sharing cacao is to combine it with meditation, sound and songs. Using the cacao to open the voice and strength the connection to our heart which results in a different experience of singing – as it is not any more all about how it sounds, but a mere expression of vulnerability, trust & joy. Celebrating life and the things one can take for granted so easily in the busy-ness of everyday life.
Cacao is more than hot cocoa - it is medicine for the heart.
The original name “Theobroma cacao” which means food for the goods already suggests that cacao is quite special.
Drinking cacao in a ceremonial way is different in many ways: Not only is it way stronger and more concentrated, but also is it altered through blessings – by the frequencies of Tibetan bowls, mantras or prayers.
Supported by the research of Dr. Emoto who showed the structural change of water molecules depending on different thoughts, you can literally bring your intention into your cup of water or even cacao.
Ingesting and embodying the highest qualities that we all wich for ourselves and others – health, love, balance, connection..
Participating and guiding ceremonies have become my alternative way of praying without needing a church – of celebrating without needing a birthday and of practicing self-love – just because.
Learning more about the art of holding ceremony
Cacamo cacao is a high quality brand distributing cacao grown and harvested in Bali which I can highly recommend. Please ask for my affiliate link to receive a special discount. Operating from the Netherlands, you can easily order it in Europe and support this little brand which is not only sharing the cacao from Bali, but also hosting online dance cacao ceremonies and offering trainings on how to safely conduct a ceremony.
And I am very honored to announce that I am part of their training as a guest speaker, holding a workshop on the topic of sound healing – if you’d like to learn more about that, feel free to contact me.
Cacao - step by step: From the tree to the delicious cacao drink
*The Theobroma cacao tree originally grew in central and southern America. Today it is planted all over the globe (also in Bali).
This is how a ripe cacao fruit upon harvest looks like. The white flesh contains the precious beans.
*After cleaning the beans they are dried and sometimes also roasted. Shredded cacao beans produce cacao nibs, which are bitter and can be consumed as they are.
*After turning the cacao beans into a powder or a cacao mass, you can prepare medicinal cacao by adding water, herbs, spices and plenty of blessings. Producing a quite strong and magical liquid..
Bali cacao ceremonies are beautiful, fun and yet profound. An experience that can gently open your heart, fill you with joy, release negative emotions and energies, calm your thoughts and lead you to believe in your life purpose.
Guided by my beautiful friend Luciana Mesquita and usually hosted at the stunning grounds of the Pyramids of Chi in the heart of Ubud, Bali – but also extending its reach internationally through regular online ceremonies in both, English and other times Portuguese language.
Luciana is a Brazilian theta-healer, musician and cacao ceremony facilitator. She is considered to be the “Cacao Queen” of Bali. Her ceremonies have touched the hearts of thousands of people from all around the world.
Each step of the journey is done with music that has the power to transform the vibration of our body and mind. And so does the Cacao, with its heart opening properties. Together the two bring us to a state of bliss.
You can experience:
- Love and compassion with yourself and others, feeling of belonging
- Release of blockages, pattern recognition, reprogramming your subconscious
- Relief from emotional pain
- Connection with your truth, essence and purpose
- Silence of mind, peace in your heart
- Enhanced creativity and clarity
I hope all of this information will inspire you to attend a cacao ceremony and make your own experience.
Have a look for the next online cacao ceremony which I host every 3-4 months online or you may also request your own ceremony as treat to yourself.
Of course we can always include a personalized ceremony in a retreat (online or in person).