Cacao has been used as a sacred drink for thousands of years to connect with the divine. In a ceremony, cacao is used in an intentional, sacred way and respected as a plant medicine. It is a powerful catalyst for healing work.
Medicine of the heart
Cacao helps us to journey within, connect to our heart, reveal patterns, cultivate self-love, increase consciousness and supports us in our path and personal growth. It does not create things that are not there, but rather is a catalyst for these processes. It is known as a heart-opening medicine that helps to expand insight and awareness.
In Western culture we’re not used to see plants as sacred, work with their spirit or allocate them certain powers. There is a lot we can learn from plants and knowledge from native cultures.
Ceremony with an intention
Ceremonies can be held in different styles, for example with meditation, dancing, sharing, singing, a sound journey or a mixture of these. There is no formal rule, but your intention is a powerful element.
Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish between intention and expectation, but the difference is crucial for healing work. An open-minded attitude to listen to within and not trying to want a quick fix. Magic often happens between the lines.
It is good to know that most knowledge about traditional ceremonies by native cultures like the Maya and Aztecs has been lost. Modern ceremonies draw a lot of inspiration from old cultures, but are a mix of different practices. This often makes it more accessible and easier to connect to. At the same time the goal is not to copy ceremonies from different cultural backgrounds. Luckily the spirit of cacao is going strong and is worked with by beautiful people. You can explore these healing properties of cacao in ceremony and by yourself.
If you want to join a cacao ceremony you can check our planned events or we happily connect you with beautiful ceremonialists. We organize different events with cacao, like meditations, yoga, ceremonies, microdosing, kirtan, and concerts. Coming together and sharing with community is a powerful ancient practice and rituals.
Ceremonial Grade Cacao
The quality of cacao is an important part to do healing work. Ceremonial grade cacao is not only active and high quality, but also grown, handled and processed with great care and intention.
All our cacao is ceremonial grade quality, grown on small natural farms. We do not always mention that our cacao is ceremonial grade because we want to show how you can use this quality cacao in daily life in your own rituals or enjoy the benefits as a casual drink. Feel free to ask us anything about our cacao. We’re grateful and happy to share this medicine of the heart.
Preparing a ceremonial elixer
Sharing cacao is central to a ceremony, prepared and respected as a sacred plant medicine rather than a candy treat. Preparing a ceremonial cacao with the right dose is very grateful work.
There are many different blends that can be used for a ceremonial cacao elixer. The base is 100% pure cacao with water and optional cayenne or other herbs and spices. You can select different ingredients to match the intention of the ceremony. If the taste of pure cacao is too intense, you can add some sweetener (honey, coconut sugar, maple syrup) or a dash of plant-based milk. Connecting to the plant through taste is also part of working with it.
A ceremonial dose is used to dive deeper with the medicine. In general we advise 35 to 45 gram per person, depending on your personal sensitivity and experience.
For example per serving: blend 40gr cacao with a pinch of cayenne in 150ml 70°C water.
*Drink enough water to avoid a headache or ‘cacao hangover’. Cacao has a dehydrating and detoxifying effect that is sometimes overlooked in ceremonies. Drinking water can clarify the effect, open up and detoxify.