Long ago in ancient Meso-America, the Mayans regarded cacao as a sacred medicine, primarily using in ceremony and a means to communicate with the gods.
Cacao is a valuable plant medicine that has abilities to support psychological and physiological health, by using it in a ceremonial setting it has potential to release stresses, open the heart and introduce a calm, mindful state. Also where there are no distractions, you are allowed to connect with cacao's energy, noticing the subtle effects it is having on your self. The ceremony provides a state where one can express themselves creatively by singing, dancing, playing and letting the inner child out!
The idea to start producing cacao chocolate was sparked whilst traveling through Peru, where I traveled to in order to further my knowledge of yoga and holistic health.
One day I was invited to a cacao ceremony, where pure 'ceremonial grade' cacao was served in a sacred environment. Part of the ceremony a meditation allows a deep introspective journey, where healing work can take place, releasing negative emotions and emotional blockages.
After this beautiful experience, I was blown away by how this type of cacao had the potential to taste delicious and have incredible effects on the mind and body. Upon returning home I went on a search for the highest quality cacao beans I could find to create the same experience and share it with friends and family. I then combined the cacao with a variety of herbs and botanicals to create a synergistic effect.
Whenever I drink cacao I try to integrate aspects of the ceremony into the experience, making sure I have enough time without distractions to sit down and mindfully be aware of the taste, texture, how my body is feeling and how the energy of the cacao is working with my self.