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 re-connection.
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
*inspires creativity and innovation
*improves mental clarity and focus
*accesses inner guidance and wisdom
*aids in attaining inner balance and a sense of wholeness
Ceremony is 2 1/2 hours. Sharing with the group post ceremony, deepens 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, and drinking electrolytes, is advised as cacao is a mild diuretic and detoxifier.
Medication contra-indicators: 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 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. Bolsters and blankets are provided. 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 in your work, life or relationship; inner re-connection and healing; or deeper connection with Spirit or your ancestors. Opening to receive the gifts of IxCacao, the Goddess of Chocolate, is the key to a profoundly beautiful experience.
Nicole Gnutzman is a certified Soul's Path Coach, who guides her clients to find their soul gifts and path, and access their inner wisdom, through ancient Mayan practices and cacao ceremony, animal spirit guides, and dreamwork. 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 lives in Sausalito where her soul is nourished on the beach and in the redwoods.