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Cacao & Sound Ceremony
May 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
2pm on Sunday 22nd May at St Peter’s hall
This is a collaboration we absolutely LOVE and are excited to bring back to the Wellington & Kapiti coast community!
~ Limited tickets available – please purchase via website
Please bring cushions and a yoga mat/ blanket to lay or sit on
~WHAT IS A CACAO CEREMONY?
A cacao ceremony is a safe intentional space of connection with self, with the healing wisdom of nature and with community. The tradition of using cacao for ceremony and as a spiritual practice is related to the cultures of the Mayas, the Azteca and the Olmeca peoples in Central America where it was believed to carry the spirit of Fertility and Abundance.
In a circle we will offer a ceremonial dose cup of Guatemalan cacao and allow it to awaken our Heart and soul for all there is to be seen and met in great Loving Presence.
Every ceremony is completely unique and different, sometimes quiet and contemplative, sometimes joyful, an authentic journey into one’s own Heart, real and raw.
~WHY IS CACAO A MEDICINAL PLANT? Cacao is an aphrodisiac, mood enhancer, and antioxidant that protects the heart and is densely packed with nutrients – proven to be the most pharmacologically complex food in nature! It can improve your memory, reduce heart disease, shed fat, boost immunity, and create loads of energy. Cacao contains the neurotransmitters responsible for feelings of wellbeing, as well as anandamide, known as the bliss molecule that leaves us feeling blissful and euphoric, moderating pain perception, as well as assisting in regulating appetite and mood. It increases blood flow and nutrition to the brain, heart and skin, and the whole body is nourished. Sacred Cacao ceremony participants report heightened awareness, focus and intensified sensations. Cacao healing for the body, but also for the soul and spirit as it is heart opening and an amazing meditation aid.
~ SOUND HEALING Vibration is at the core of all life with sound being an integral part of the human experience throughout all ages, whether that be as a means of communication or created as music. This vibrational form also has the power to alleviate physical pain, shift emotional and psychological states and re-align us with our natural frequency, bringing about healing, harmony and connection. Yee Ley uses her voice and an array of specially selected instruments to create soundscapes lovingly crafted to nourish your entire being. Soundscapes are intuitively created using the finest selection of crystal bowls, chimes, harp and voice and more.
~WHAT IS REQUIRED? Please wear comfy clothes and bring a cushion or a blanket to make sure you’re relaxed and comfortable. Drink a lot of water before and after ceremony to avoid dehydration and avoid eating 2 hours prior.
Facilitated by Radha and Yee Ley
Radha was among the first people to bring cacao ceremonies to New Zealand. She encountered the cacao plant in ceremonial context in 2012 while living in its native lands of Central America for several years. It was love at first sight and her relationship with the spirit of this super food grew as she learned how to prepare the rich cacao drink from the tree to the cup. Having participated in various ceremonies facilitated by shamans, healers or friends in Mexico, Guatemala and Peru, Radha started facilitating ceremonies herself in 2014 in Europe. An experienced space holder being a yoga teacher and a retreat facilitator, she loves sharing her passion for community, authenticity and self-knowledge in combination with the cacao spirit. Radha serves the original ceremonial cacao from the magical lake Atitlan in its native land of Guatemala (Central America), by “chocolate shaman” Keith Wilson.
Yee Ley Lau is a weaver of sound, intuitive healer and facilitator of possibilities, who will contribute with a soulful sound bath. Yee Ley uses her voice and an array of specially selected instruments to create soundscapes lovingly crafted to nourish your entire being. Sound scapes are intuitively created using the finest selection of crystal bowls, chimes, harp and voice and more. http://www.yeeleylau.com/