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Sacred Cacao Ceremony with Gong
October 29, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Autumn is a wonderful time to let go of things that no longer serve us, cleanse, and purify the body, preparing it for the upcoming winter month of cold and darkness. In many ancient traditions, including pagan, shamanic, yogic, Ayurvedic, and others, autumn, and spring were seen as crucial times of the year to re-assess, rebalance, cleanse and detox, preparing our bodies for upcoming months of summer abundance, or winter coldness.
In our event, we will combine the benefits of a cacao ceremony with a gong bath, facilitating the feeling of relaxation and heart-opening, but also helping you get rid of things that no longer serve you, cleanse and purify your body and mind, and realign you with your true self, helping a smooth transition into colder, darker months to come.
We believe that in our cacao ceremonies, we use one of the finest quality raw fair trade ceremonial cacao, which is grown organically and traditionally by Ashaninka Tribe in central Peru. Money from the cacao sales goes to helping the local community of Ashaninka Tribe, as well as protection of Ashaninka Tribe land. We believe it is important to ensure that cacao in our cacao ceremonies is as pure as possible, and grown specifically for being used in sacred cacao ceremonies, to ensure the best result possible.
Cacao (chocolate in its raw form) is a powerful plant medicine, used in sacred ceremonies over South and Central America for thousands of years. The cacao tree originated in Central America and parts of Mexico and was consumed by pre-Columbian cultures, including the Mayans, in spiritual ceremonies. It is an amazing tool for gently opening up the heart and reconnecting us with our highest self, opening us to hearing our heart’s messages. It can also be used as an effective tool for healing heart-related emotional issues, and opening oneself to the feeling of love, self-love, compassions, and connection with everything around. Cacao can help us “switch” from the distractions and worries of the outside world, going deeper inside oneself, rediscovering one’s true self and helping the healing of past and present issues, as well as re-aligning with one’s true self.
Cacao has many documented health benefits. It has a rich source of antioxidants, including flavanoids, which are believed to have an anti-aging effect, can help cardio-vascular health, and improve blood supply to the brain, facilitating learning and memory. Cacao might also help reduce blood pressure.
In our event, we will combine the benefits of sacred cacao with the benefits of a gogn bath.
Our sound experience is designed to give you a truly deep sense of relaxation. We hope you will feel as we do, and experience a beautiful tranquil feeling. Guests at our events report feeling much calmer after the sound experience.
During our sound experience sessions, we use different instruments, such as rattles, crystal bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, drums, gongs and others. We use a variety to help maximize the effects and also make the events more interesting and exciting for you!
We believe that the sound combined with sacred cacao can allow oneself to go deeper inside, reconnect and align with one’s higher self, and release things that no longer serve oneself.
Please, see below the general outline for the session.
We will start with an introduction into cacao, its benefits, and uses, as well as why and how we got drawn to work with this plant medicine, followed by a short introduction by each of the guests.
We will then do a grounding meditation to reconnect with the energy of the Earth, accompanied by the sound of the gong. We will finish meditation with the group sharing.
We will then proceed into silent drinking of freshly-prepared sacred cacao. Once we all finish drinking the cacao, we will then lay down comfortably on the yoga mats. Olga will lead the group into the guided meditation to reconnect with one’s higher self and the spirit of cacao. The meditation will be accompanied by the sound bath to deepen the experience.
After the meditation, we will do a group sharing, followed by the re-grounding Earth meditation.
We will finish our event with group sharing and gratitude to Mother Earth, the spirit of cacao, and sound medicine.
At the end of the session, there will be time to ask questions and have a chat over a cup of free organic herbal tea.
Single Ticket: Early Bird Price (up to 2 weeks before the event) – £32. Normal Price – £35.
Concessions (students, pensioners, benefit recipients): PLEASE, CONTACT US FOR MORE DETAILS. We will ask for evidence of eligibility.
HOW TO BOOK A PLACE:
To guarantee your place, we ask you to RSVP YES on Meetup and pay via Paypal. If you are unable to pay via Paypal, please, contact us via Meetup messages, or by filling in the Contact Form on Contact Us page on our website holistichealingtherapy.co.uk. “RSVPS CLOSED” means that all places for the event are currently booked. You can also pay at the door on arrival. Please, let us know you are coming by contacting us prior to the event.
Please, be aware that WE ONLY REFUND THE TICKET PRICE NO LATER THAN 72 HOURS (3 DAYS) BEFORE THE SCHEDULED EVENT STARTS. Please, contact us if you need a refund (please, note that Paypal charges will be deducted from the refund amount). PLEASE, KINDLY NOTE THAT WE DO NOT ISSUE REFUNDS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE.
WHAT TO BRING:
We provide yoga mats, blankets, pillows, and eye masks. We advise you to bring a bottle of water.
ADVISE FOR BEFORE AND AFTER THE EVENT:
We advise you to eat light before the event and drink plenty of water before and after the event. Water can help facilitate the detox process. We also encourage you to wear loose fitting clothes for your comfort. It is advisable to eat as little as possible before the event, or, if possible, abstain from eating 3-4 hours before the event to facilitate the effect of the cacao.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
We kindly ask anyone attending the event to read our TERMS AND CONDITIONS. Please, be aware that by clicking “RSVP YES” and paying for your ticket, as well as coming to the event and paying there, you confirm you have read and agreed to our TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
Minors: Please, be aware our sound events are aimed at adults due to the profound nature of sound therapy. We ask that 16 and 17 years olds are accompanied by adults (guardians or parents), and we will need a written consent letter from their parent/guardian. We can not admit anyone younger than 16 years old (sorry!).
Medical conditions/prescribed medications/pregnancy: We advise those in the first trimester of pregnancy to abstain from our events. If you are pregnant, please, inform us before the event. If you have any medical conditions, are on a prescribed medication, are pregnant, or have any concerns, please, see your GP and inform him/her about attending our sound therapy sessions, this will allow your GP to give appropriate advice. If you currently experience or have a history of serious health issues (including mental health issues, operations, medical procedures, seizures, implants, special needs), please, inform us before the event.
Allergies: if you have any food allergies, or think you might have a cacao or nut allergy, please, see your GP before the event to check if this event is suitable for you.
If you have any questions, please, contact us by Meetup message or by filling in the Contact Form on the Contact us page on our website: www.holistichealingtherapy.co.uk
We hope to see you at our event!
Gary and Olga
Holistic Healing Therapy