Winter Solstice Cacao Ceremony


Wed Dec 21 2022 at 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm


7887 Soquel Drive,Suite E,Aptos,95003,US | Soquel, CA

Gathering to celebrate the return of the light, we call upon the cacao medicine to open our hearts & welcome more light into our lives.
Winter Solstice celebrates the return of the light after a long period of darkness. The days have been short and the nights long. As the darkness begins to receed and the light begins to grow, we gather in this time to ground and direct our hearts and intentions. Together, we can cultivate a shared sense of hope and inspiration for the lighter days to come. We will be using cacao medicine to open our hearts, sound to soothe our nervous systems, and breathwork to take us deeper into our experience.
A one million-year-old teacher, Cacao Theobroma has played an integral role in the development of ancient civilization. Today we know it only as heavily processed chocolate, but Cacao's roots go so much deeper. The history in its native land (Mesoamerica) is rich with the cacao bean. Once worth more than gold, it was regularly exchanged as currency and a gift during weddings, rites of passage and communal gatherings. We find often that mythology and creation stories in these communities acknowledge cacao as a revered source of godliness.
Cacao is a teacher to our own innate guide.
In its natural state, cacao works with the body like a key, opening the doors to who and what we are, allowing us to fully feel what is happening inside, while offering the opportunity to re-direct and attune our lives. Connecting to the spirit of Cacao fosters a consciously inspired state of being where we can set new goals, direct intentions and clear away old, outdated habits and thought patterns.
Cacao is a medicine first. Healing the heart and one's connection to the heart of the earth. These traditions have been graciously carried by the Indigenous peoples of Central America for thousands of years. It is with respect and humility that we continue these sacred practices and gather to commune with the heart.
Ceremonial Cacao prepared with high quality beans allows the neurochemicals contained in the carrier oils (cacao butter) to become particularly active within the body. Blood flow is increased to the brain, heart and skin, emphasizing sensation, nourishing the body and enhancing focus. Rich in feel-good compounds, cacao contains the neurotransmitters serotonin, tryptophan, and dopamine which assist with the feelings of well-being, combat stress and anxiety, and contribute to motivation. Cacao also contains the neuromodulator phenylethylamine which helps the body create feelings of excitement and euphoria. One of the highest sources of Flavonoids (anti-oxidants) and magnesium on the planet, cacao is extremely beneficial to heart health and reducing blood pressure.
We come together in a safe space and share a strong brew made from ceremonial Cacao, local honey, cayenne (or other chilies) and a blend of spices unique to the gathering.
Fostering deep relaxation, inspiring a peaceful state of being, and enlivening joy by bringing us into the "Bliss Body" or the Anandamaya Kosha.
Jesse Eppinger will share teachings and stories of the cacao medicine. You will be guided through conecting with and drinking your cacao in a ceremonial way, making each sip count as you drop into your prayer. Jenna and Jesse will guide the group on a journey using meditation, sound, and breath to open our hearts and learn from sacred cacao, the plant given to human-kind when we found ourselves out of balance the natural order and harmony of planet Earth.

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7887 Soquel Drive,Suite E,Aptos,95003,US, Soquel, United States

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