There are many different ways to do cacao ceremonies, but all involve creating a meditative atmosphere, and working with the powerful energies of the cacao plant to facilitate an inward journey of reflection, that leaves you feeling freer and lighter within yourself.
At The Raw Chocolate Shop, we share the Cacao Ceremonies run by Kate Magic of Raw Living. Kate has been working with cacao since 2004, when raw cacao beans first became available in the UK. She has introduced thousands of people to the magic of raw chocolate, through her cakes, chocolate bars, recipe books and events. She has held hundreds of classes and workshops around the world in her work as a raw food educator, and loves to bring people together in a safe and nurturing environment, to gently hold space for them to step into their magic.
Kate began holding cacao ceremonies in 2019, and has since facilitated them in many different forms: online and in real life, for couples and for groups as big as 20. They can be as short as 2hrs or as long as 8hrs, and can be held as stand-alone events, or as part of a retreat or team-building day. They always include a gratitude circle, some gentle yoga, and a long savasana and meditation. Depending on time and group size, they may also include intention setting, visualisation circles, self-love celebrations, and affirmation creation. Online sessions include a PDF when you book with full instructions of how to make your cacao drink.
Cacao ceremonies do not have any negative side-effects. They are suitable for everyone. Some people feel very relaxed and blissed out afterwards, others are energised and creatively inspired. If you are sensitive to the stimulating effects of cacao, you do not need to drink the full cup to get the benefits of the ritual. It helps to eat lightly before the ceremony, to avoid feeling nauseous. Drink lots of water afterwards, and if you’re going to eat, make it a large green alkalising salad.
Check the shop to see when the next Cacao Ceremony is! If you have done one before, then you will know how beautifully healing they can be. And if you are new to them, then we highly recommend trying out this increasingly popular and fun way to spend an evening or afternoon.