The Cacao Came Calling
I started my Cacao Ceremonies in Uk in February 2013. I had just completed my 14 year apprenticeship in the Peruvian Amazon with my Shamanic teachers, and for the first time I took Ayahuasca outside of Peru, in Palenque, Mexico in Dec 2012. In that ceremony the Ayahuasca told me that my next mission was to find Cacao and bring this plant medicine back to the West to use it in Sacred Ceremony just as I had been doing with the Ayahuasca.
I travelled to Guatemala where I heard there was chocolate, and on the banks of Lake Aticlan, in the centre of the country, I found pure Ceremonial grade Cacao. I gave away all my belongings and packed my rucksack with 21 pounds of Guatamalan Cacao and headed back to the West. No one was doing sacred plant medicine ceremonies using Cacao in London, so I had to dive into the deep end and start my Cacao ceremonies based on the principles I had learned during my Ayahuasca ceremonies.
I have been a pivotal and vital part of the Cacao movement that is now sweeping across the UK. Many practitioners are using it as an addition to what they offer, be it sound healing, movement, dance, yoga, psychotherapy. It is a versatile plant medicine that brings a depth of healing to any modality.
However, I work with it in it's traditional form and take people on a Shamanic journey to meet the Cacao Spirit so you can find their own inner answers, clarity and guidance.
During the last six and a half years I have seen thousands of transformations and I'm always so amazed at the healing power of Cacao. Each ceremony is completely different so I enjoy the varied experiences and its an honour to watch people deal with their issues in a loving, peaceful and calm way.
As more people become aware and open to exploring new ways of feeling better, and the desire to reconnect to nature, I see the use of Cacao in sacred ceremony growing and becoming more mainstream and acceptable, connecting community and consciousness.