WHAT IS A CEREMONY?
By taking part in a ceremony or ritual, we are letting our unconscious know that we are ready to strengthen, deepen or perhaps simply initiate a connection with the hidden parts of ourselves.
These practices carry us beyond our analytical ego and allows us to commune within the vast ocean of our internal landscape. When centred in the heart, ceremony and rituals become a way to deepen the connection with the natural spiritual and psychological healing resources available to us. This is where the power of intention comes into play. Setting an intention brings focus to the ceremony and clarity to the line of communication with the subconscious. It is this part of us that governs our core beliefs, attitudes, our health, and responses to the world, and it is here that ritual and ceremony can deepen positive desired change in your life. With ceremony we have a power to facilitate understanding, growth, and deep healing transformation.
what happens at a cacao ceremony?
I work with cacao in a number of different ways depending on what each specific ceremony calls for. Its subtle yet tangible effects complement and support a wide range of inner work including intuitive dance, meditation, breath work, sound baths, yoga and even simple Moon Circles. My cacao ceremonies are most often conducted in London at either New Moon or Full Moon.
What is cacao?
Cacao is a wonderfully healing plant medicine that has been used in ritual and revered for thousands of years for its medicinal and aphrodisiacal properties. It is the purest form of chocolate you can consume. The cacao fruit tree produces cacao pods which are cracked open to release cacao beans that can be blended into a paste. This paste forms the basis of the brew that I prepare for my ceremonies. Energetically, cacao opens the heart chakra which in turn allows us to connect more deeply with ourselves, each other and all of creation from a place of love and with compassion.
The Latin phrase for cacao is 'theobroma cacao', which literally translates as 'food of the gods', and ancient Southern American civilizations valued it so highly that the beans were used as a form of currency leading to the Spanish referring to cacao as 'black gold'.
The Aztecs referred to it as ‘heartblood’ because of its healing effects on the cardiovascular system. The cacao bean contains over 300 active chemical compounds; it is a powerful antioxidant, is the highest plant source of iron and is full of magnesium which aids effective energy release. It also acts as a natural anti-depressant containing neurotransmitters that stimulate the release of anandamide (the bliss molecule), serotonin and endorphins in the brain - all of which are most commonly released when we are in love or experiencing the pleasure of sex.
Dancing in sacred ceremony with Omotayo is a very special, healing, expanding and fun experience. She knows how to create that space where kind transformation can really happen, through loving presence, wise guidance and the magic of cacao.
As a natural sceptic and the very idea of a cacao ceremony being a rather esoteric concept, I felt I was making a leap into completely unknown territory. The sharing circle at the beginning of the ceremony when the cacao is consumed and where everyone offers their motivation and intention for being there was the perfect precursor as it drew the previously unconnected group together. Hearing everyone speak was reassuring as it created the sense of a safe environment for expression with no appetite for judgement. I felt an instant bond with everyone in the group even though our reasons for being there may have been wildly different. The one thing we all had in common is that we had individually made the decision to attend the ceremony in the first place, which was quite profound to realise.
Omotayo lead the group with charisma, enthusiasm and authority with the perceived focus being release, encouragement and unbridled fun. Highly recommended for both the curious and experienced alike. This sceptic is now something of a convert.
I'm still buzzing from a beautiful cacao ceremony. Omotayo held an amazing space where everyone felt safe to create & share. Beginning with a warm up dance to help the group connect we then sat in a circle to drink cacao & set our intentions for the evening led by some beautifully crafted words from Omotayo. The 5 elements dancing was fun & the ceremony finished with Omotayo singing. A truly unique evening and one I would recommend to everyone.
I attended a dance ceremony a couple of weeks ago with Omotayo and Mollie (Unmind) and I have to say it was a truly magical experience that has contributed to a special time of personal transformation for me. Their choice of setting was impeccable - Reva Yoga is exactly the kind of blissful, inspiring space you hope to step into for your first ever cacao dance ceremony. The ceremony itself was clearly planned to a tee but still with room for joy and spontaneity. Both Mollie and Omotayo's knowledge of cacao on both a spiritual and biochemical level really primed me for the experience. Doing an hour of yoga with Mollie first after taking cacao together is an AMAZING way to get into your body, and both ladies came out with ideas and sentiments that really helped me to feel the purpose and the significance of the ceremony. Finally we flowed seamlessly into dancing, and Omotayo's choice of music was diverse, fluid, and perfect.
I took part in Ty and Annabel’s Cacao Ceremony in Shanti Vida’s Day Retreat, in Barcelona. I came with no expectations, but left with a very warm feeling in my heart. Every part of the ceremony was curated with a lot of love and care, and Ty harmionously guided us thorughout all the process. From setting our intentions, drinking the cacao, to singing and dancing together, made us connect with ourselves and with the others, reveal and express our true self with no fear. The beautiful music and Ty’s soothing voice accompanied us and encouraged us to flow. It was a wonderful magical experience which I absolutely recommend and would definitely repeat myself.