What is a cacao ceremony and what are the benefits?
The cacao bean is what chocolate is made from but the chocolate that most of us know and love has small amounts of cacao and lots of milk and sugar and is highly processed.
During a ceremony you will be introduced to a ceremonial grade cacao, which is not like consuming dark chocolate, or even raw chocolate.
Our cacao is sourced from small farmer co-ooperatives in the Peruvian Andes, it’s very bitter (we add a little sweetness to balance it) but the depth of flavour is truly amazing. You will start to feel excited just by the smell and it will be prepared for you with love and intention.
What I love about this as a nutritionist is that it’s naturally high in iron, magnesium, B-complex vitamins and anti-oxidants.
Cacao has been used in ceremonies for thousands of years and is used as a heart opening medicine. It is used to help to heal the mental, physical and spiritual body. Physically it increases blood flow to the brain by 30-40% when taken as ceremonial dose and also increases the oxygen levels in blood by around 20%.
It’s effects are subtle and profound, you can safely experience awakening, revelation and inner healing. Intentions are set and once consumed, euphoric states are unlocked, negative emotions are released and we are able to connect to ourselves and the loving energy in our body.
In TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) it is said that Summer is related to the organ of the heart and bitter flavours support the heart. Therefore, you can support the heart at the optimal time of the year when consuming cacao in Summer and then you receive it’s most powerful effects.
During a ceremony we sit in a circle, set intentions, listen to heartfelt music and share as a group. It is the most wonderful way to connect, release, uplift you and realign you with who you truly are.
So come and experience a cacao ceremony this Summer in either August at a wonderful weekend retreat, connecting with nature at Athena Herd in Kent, on 2nd and 3rd of August. If you prefer a Women's day retreat, Unstoppable Energy are running an event on 15th September in Tonbridge, Kent.
Why not book some time for you today.