Diya Drea. Cacao Love Facilitator, Yoga Instructor, tonic herb enthusiast, traveller and nature lover. I learned of the medicinal powers of cacao and ceremony in Palenque, Mexico in 2012. Since then I have attended many ceremonies and studied with cacao medicine people in Mexico. Since 2014 I have been sharing cacao in ceremony at a number of festivals and private circles in Mexico, California and the UK.

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An Indigenous myth tells us whenever the balance between humans and nature becomes threatened, cacao comes from the rainforest to open people’s hearts and bring the Earth to a state of harmony.

“When humans participate in ceremony, they enter a sacred space. Everything outside of that space shrivels in importance. Time takes on a different dimension. Emotions flow more freely. The bodies of participants become filled with the energy of life, and this energy reaches out and blesses the creation around them. All is made new; everything becomes sacred.” -Sun Bear, Chippewa teacher and author

We will gather and create a safe space for a wonderful heart expanding journey. By drinking sacred Cacao we relieve ourselves, connecting deeper to our body, soul and the Earth. So that we may love and accept ourselves and others, without limits, judgements or attachments. Come and expand your joy and love with us!

Theobromine Cacao is one of the most nutrient rich foods in the world! Aids in longevity and has many cocoa workshop 1powerful antioxidants. Theobromine dilates blood vessels, relieving stress on the heart, and sharpens your mind. Cacao has the highest magnesium content of any known food. Magnesium relaxes the heart, muscles, cardiovascular system and mind. Helps reduce insulin resistance and can aid in weight loss. Cacao’s Theobromine, alongside magnesium and its many other chemical constituents, alleviate the nervous system. The tryptophan and tryptamine serotonin present in cacao, make it a natural antidepressant. Cacao is the only food plant found containing Anandamide (from the Sanskrit word Ananda meaning “bliss”). Anandamide is known as the chemical of happiness, an endorphin our body produces, giving us feelings of euphoria. Cacao increases levels of the amino acid tyrosine, which in turn creates dopamine, the neurotransmitter released during orgasm. Cacao also contains abundant Phenethylamine, a class of biochemicals that our body produces when we are in love. In’Lakesh

For the ceremony, I prepare the cacao in spring water previously infused with cinnamon and other herbs. Sometimes I add other superfoods such as Lucuma and Maca. I prepare a drink containing between 20 and 40 grams of cacao per person. We set our personal and ceremonial intentions and drink the cacao elixir. What comes next depends on the energy of the room, and spirit’s guidance. Sometimes we will do some gentle yoga asanas or dance, other times we sing songs and poems, I guide a heart breath meditation, we paint, we share. It is a moment of love and celebration.

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