We’re excited to welcome guest facilitator, Elise Tassell, to the Yoga Quota studio for a magical and transformative evening!
She will be hosting a Cacao Ceremony on Sunday, April 29th from 6-8pm.
Ceremony is a time set away from our busy lives, to pause, to be, to connect. There will be opportunity for sharing, to witness and hear each other as part of a community. We will drink the highest quality ceremonial grade cacao together, to assist us to open our hearts and connect more deeply to ourselves and to others.
Today on the blog, we’re sharing some information about Cacao provided by Elise to build up the anticipation of the event!
Effects & Benefits of Raw Cacao
(just some of them…)
Cacao: A short History
Human use of the Cacao fruit can be traced back via archeological evidence to 2,000 BCE. The 'Olmecs' of Mexico were likely the first civilisation to use cacao.
The Mayans came after, they used it as a central part of their civilisation, as well as in ritual. Cacao beans were used as currency and there were Cacao Gods.
The Aztecs rose after the collapse of Mayan civilisation. Inheriting the Mayans use of Cacao, they also used it ritualistically and it was associated with wealth, prestige & nobility.
Hernan Cortes was the first to bring Cacao to Europe. He arrived in Mexico in 1519 & took the Aztec emperor Montezuma hostage. Rumours stated that Montezuma would drink up to 50 cups of cacao before visiting his harem. When political turmoil caused Cortes to return to Spain, amongst other precious goods, he bought back Cacao beans!
Cacao was traditionally mixed as a drink with water and seasoned with chilli. In the west we have since added milk, sugar and many other processes to make the 'chocolate' that we know today. Sadly this process results is a loss of the key nutrients & enzymes that make raw cacao so potent and powerful!
If you’re in or around Oxford, please join us for this evening of excellence!
Sunday | April 29 | 6-8pm
This Ceremony falls on the full moon and Lunar Beltane. It will be themed around the closing of one lunar cycle, and the ending of the spring. We will dance under the energies of the full moon, let go of the old and call in the new season of Summer!
We will go on a dance journey through the elements, Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Ether, with music to guide and support. You will be encouraged to explore your bodies in new ways, to assist you to unwind the effects of the past & to come into an embodied present moment. There are NO steps to learn, no prior dance experience necessary, no way to get it ‘wrong’ . All you have to lose, are your inhibitions!
Suitable for Everybody
£25 - 10% off for students & yoga teachers
Book the Cacao Ceremony here.
Naked Chocolate – David Wolfe & Shazzie 2005
Raw Magic Superfoods for Superpeople – Kate Magic 2012
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