My connection to Cacao...
My heart chose the medicine of the cacao long time ago. For years I learned to cook it and use it in a respectful way to the Mayan traditions from Mexico and Guatemala.
In my travels I also lived with budists monks in a Monastery in Thailand, studied yoga in India and education in Nepal. I learnt so much about meditation from the Asian traditions.
Finally, for now, I met Miss Lanae Saan Moonwalker, a Native American elder, my teacher, my grandmother, my friend. She tought me the Moonwalker ceremonial process and gave me her blessing to do ceremonies using her teachings.
I work only with cacao that i know where it comes from and how it was processed. It is of the Criollo and fermented variety, the highest possible quality. It comes from Tabasco, Mexico, from the land of Alma Delia, the winner of the First Prize of the Mesoamerican Cacao Contest Friendly to Biodiversity: https://cacaomesoamericano.org/home/ and processed with much love by the hands of Mariana and Romi from: ChanChan.CacaoCafe
In my ceremonies I bring together all the different traditions that I´ve learned from. The cacao is a medicine that goes right to your heart to open it. In the ceremony I create a safe and sacred space for everyone to explore what´s inside us guided with my music and voice.
The core of my ceremonies is a guided journey to your childhood through the emotions. It´s like an x-ray for your heart. We open it and explore what´s in there. What are the things that are alive in your heart but your mind is trying to hide. We don´t think, we feel. We are free to explore and to express.
I remember one of the Guatemalan elders telling me "You know, when I was a kid there was no depressions or anxiety in Guatemala. There was cacao. If there was a conflict in a family Grandma would sit both sides down with a cup of cacao in front of them so they could open their hearts to solve it". And this is exactly what we do in a cacao ceremony.
Normally we "think" about our problems using the mind but very rarely we "feel" them with the heart. We don´t use to connect with our emotions and just feel what´s in there. The cacao is the key that can open many doors that your mind can´t even imagine that they exisits. It´s a gentle medicine that helps you connect with your deepest emotions. It´s an amazing opportunity to face them and finding the tools to heal your heart and your connections with others around you.
Everything I do it´s donation based. Normally I suggest an ammount but I always leave a box at the end and people put in it what they can offer and that is not a burden. Money will never be a barrier for anyone to come to my ceremonies. Also, from every ceremony always 1/3 of the donations I get goes to some of the communities or teachers that I learned from. None of them ever asked for money, they did it from their heart, so I think that if I make money with their teachings they have to receive part of it.
The ceremony can be for healing (max 15pax) or for celebration or community (no limit).
It´s the same process but one to one. This makes it easier to work specific topics that you feel you need to. I will create a safe space for you to explore and express any emotion that would come up.
The process that people go through in an individual ceremony are huge sometimes. I can use also Reiki and other healing techniques if neccesary.
Again, it´s always donation based :)
Cacao and Yin Yoga
The Cacao has a strong feminine energy. Just like Yin Yoga. That´s why they work so well together. They complement and reinforce each other. Even when they come from different traditions they are the perfect combination. The Yin Yoga will help the energy of the cacao to flow and the cacao will open the yin meridian.
In this session we will drink the cacao in a ceremonial way and after a short meditation we will start our Yin session. The cacao goes directly to your heart chakra to open it and soften it so in the Yin Yoga time we will follow asanas related to the heart or the liver meridian. The heart for obvious reason and the liver because when balanced represents Kindness. And that´s what the cacao is and makes us feel so it helps balancing this meridian too.
Then we will enjoy our closing meditation and integration resting in Savasana while listening to the drum and the singing that I would channel in that moment to help you and guide you in your journey.