Cacao Alchemy Level One
5 Week Online Course
November 13th to December 13th 2019
Would you like to connect to the spirit of Mama Cacao and explore how to work with her within your own practice and ceremonies? Perhaps you have already been introduced, but wish to go deeper by cultivating an authentic relationship with and open up to new ways to work with this Powerful Plant Teacher? Are you a practitioner or therapist who would like to explore working with plant medicine alongside your existing practice?
This is your invitation to join with Mama Cacao and co-facilitated with Firetree, going into exploration and communion with Mama Cacao. In this Cacao Alchemy Level One training you will learn how to connect with this sacred plant medicine in your own unique way, developing your gifts and offering you the foundation to share with friends & family. This course will enable you to weave with Mama Cacao into your own practice as a facilitator, healer, therapist, bodyworker, yoga teacher, art therapist, breathwork facilitator, massage therapist and more. As you open up to tending to the soil, laying the foundations from your own practice and seeds to be sown for a blossoming of a beautiful relationship with this love medicine.
Mama Cacao is known as being “Love Medicine” and also a powerful bridge between the spirit world and physical world through which we can open to the portal space of the heart chakra. She can help us to “soften the edges” of our ego mind and connect to deeper listening to spirit through our own heart, body & soul. This course will help you to develop authentic relationship with and way of working with Cacao that is uniquely yours, within the context of integrating into everyday life. With purity of heart, intention and relation she can bring beautiful healing, insights and transformation into our lives and those that we hold space for.
Coming into the heart(h) is a metaphor for coming home into our heart fire, our home and so it is a great privilege to be able to connect with Mama Cacao in this way from our own homes. Working within our own rhythm and schedule as well as the unique design of this course to include self-care at the heart of it. This is the perfect container for us to drop in with the inner and outer landscapes, moving away from a very “yang” way of I must learn or do a course/training into the “yin” way of exploring and deepening, opening and receiving for the teachings or inspiration to come through. This course lays the foundation for you to explore in your own time which is the key to entering into authentic communion with Mama Cacao. This way if you do decide that you wish to work with ceremonial cacao sacrament in ceremonies, part of existing offerings or a helpful guide into new offerings you will be ready for the next level of guidance to come through.
What to expect
Learn about ceremonial cacao, its medicinal properties, benefits and contraindications
Begin to connect & develop relationship with this plant teacher
Open up to your full capacity & potential by working with Cacao
Dropping the layers of patterns, blocks or ego that are in your way
Cacao Alchemy: How to prepare Cacao & the art of sacred space
The art of surrender & deep listening, letting go of agenda and operating from the heart
Connect to the Earth & why Mama Cacao is an important messenger at this time
Bringing the gifts of ancient medicine & ritual into the modern world
Experienced Guidance & Energetic Container with Firetree throughout the course
What you will receive
Weekly Live Zoom Calls (these are recorded so don’t worry about missing live sessions)
Dates: 13th Nov, 20th Nov, 27th November, 4th December, 11th December
Time: 7.00pm-8.00pm GMT/2:00pm-4:00pm EST
3 x Live Online Cacao Ceremonies facilitated by Firetree (recorded for you to connect in your own time)
Dates: 15th Nov, 26th Nov, 13th Dec
Time: 6.30pm-9.00pm GMT/1.30pm-3-4pm EST
A Facebook group to include all participants for sharing & community
A Guided Meditation for each week for you to absorb in your own time
Written, audio & video resources
Music playlists to assist in exploring journeying, sound & movement
Sacred transmissions & rituals held by Firetree
COURSE CONTENT & STRUCTURE
We will journey together in one lunar cycle, working with Mayan astrology and the ways of the feminine from 13th November to the Full Moon on 13th December. Working with this alignment is a potent container for receiving transmissions, connecting to our own internal rhythms as well as the cycles of time & natural law. Opening on the first day of the waning moon with the day of Yellow Resonant Seed and coming to completion on the Full moon, Friday 13th on the day of White Spectral Wizard.
Week 1: Sowing the Seeds
Week 2: Nurturing the Wisdom
Setting Intention & Opening Space to connect with the Spirit of IxCacao
Mythology of Cacao in Ancient Mayan, Aztec & Incan Cultures
Understanding the Nutritional Properties & Benefits of Ceremonial Cacao
Preparation of Ceremonial Cacao, Ritual Space & honouring natural law
Week 3: Cultivate the Connection
Week 4: Sacred Alchemy
Cultivating the Heart Fire & Personal Practice rooted in Self-Love
Coming home into the body space, nurturing & honouring the feeling sense
Opening to our own intuitive flow & nature, trusting ourselves & the guidance of Mama Cacao
Sacred Alchemy through owning the shadow, opening to bliss & working with other plant allies
Week 5: Receiving the Gifts
Receiving the transmission of our unique gifts, way of working with Mama Cacao
Honouring Gratitude as a pathway to receiving the gifts of life
Guidance for sharing with others (friends & family)
Closing the Space & the practice of Integration into Modern Life
Plant Master Teacher
Ix Cacao is known as the "food of the gods" and has been used by Mayan, Aztec and Inca tribes for thousands of years for ceremonial purposes. As a potent healer, this medicine helps us to open our hearts, connect with our inner wisdom and creativity so that we can dissolve our blockages and create new pathways into being. Ix Cacao brings us grounding into our bodies and can help us open up to feeling and sensing more deeply. Mama Cacao is a very feminine and creative medicine so she will help us to explore in a soft yet powerful way.
IxCacao is a medicine that is experiencing a surge in popularity and for good reason, as in this modern world she can help us to become more grounded, centred, living more fully from our hearts and being. However, she is also a powerful healer and teacher for working through our shadow and trauma, as she works in the belly and unconscious patterns. Therefore, it is very important to honour her and develop right relationship prior to holding space for ourselves or with groups.
Medicine Woman & Cacaoista
Firetree is a highly intuitive and dedicated Celtic Medicine Woman, Earthkeeper & Energy Alchemist who works predominantly with plants, energy healing, bodywork and ceremony to promote wholeness on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. Fully qualified as a Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Practitioner, Thai Massage Therapist, Yoga Bodyworker, Forrest Yoga Teacher and Birthkeeper as well as receiving many initiations through various lineages.
Growing up in N. Ireland & Scotland, connecting to plants, animals and spirit from a very early age; from the tender age of 15 reclaiming the sacred art of ritual in modern life. She has travelled to Central & South America, blending her training through South American Medicine with continued exploration of her deep roots in Celtic Lands & Traditions. This particular path connects spirits, ancestors, plant medicines and lands together in order to facilitate an accelerated approach to healing and ceremonial work. In this time of rapid change and the impact on the earth as well as its inhabitants, a new approach is needed that is infused with the great wisdom of these ancient traditions.
My journey with Mama Cacao began in 2015 by being introduced in a Cacao ceremony with Annu Tara, followed by a Dieta and training in early 2016. I did not expect that Mama Cacao would choose to work through me in ceremonial context, however, she became a great teacher and combined with Shamanic Training she naturally flowed through my personal practice, rituals and ceremonies. I am eternally grateful for the healing and teachings she has brought and a catalyst for me stepping forward in serving my life’s purpose. I have since facilitated many ceremonies across the world and deepened my relationship with her by connecting to the Mayan, Aztec and Incan lands. My work with other plant medicines through training, initiations and dieta has only strengthened the path to allowing her teachings to come through me. It is through deep love, gratitude and passion for the Cacao Deva for what she has brought to my life that I wish to share this with others.
Exchange for Cacao Alchemy Foundational Course:
Earlybird: £283 (if booked on or before 21st October 2019)
Full Price: £333 (if booked after 22nd October 2019)
Enrolment closes 6th November 2019 (you will be sent some materials to prepare in advance)
Payment plans are available, please contact Firetree for details
Concessions: 15% Discount for Students, Over 65, benefits or low income. Discount Code: CONC15
How to Register:
Pay in full, or Payment plan with initial deposit of £111, followed by 2 more payments to be completed by 1st December
Complete registration form (to follow)
What you will need
1 x block Ceremonial Cacao (please note it can take up to 3 weeks to arrive)
Basic Ingredients: Chilli, Cinnamon, Coconut Palm Sugar, Coconut Nectar or Panela
Earth Offerings: Cacao beans, rose petals, tobacco, sage, mugwort, herbs, oats
Journal for writing notes, insights & dreams throughout the course
Altar space (This can be as elaborate as you like, or simple & portable for travel or small spaces)
Dedicated time of 3-4 hours per week, to digest the resources, time for ritual & personal practice. Allow more time if you wish to go deeper.
A NOTE ABOUT TIME:
The focus of this course is the dedication to self-care in order to open to receiving, working within your schedule so no need to stress how to manage time!
If you are a Mother, Parent, or live a busy life, you can balance this integrating as part of your daily personal practice and listen to resources as you commute, walk the dog or wash the dishes.
Make sure you dedicate time for the rituals/ceremonies as a “date with yourself and Mama Cacao)
At the weekend you can dedicate one day or part of the day for digesting materials & taking time for ritual.
Sunday is often an excellent day for fasting &/or “switch-off” from communications
One or two weekday evenings could also be another way to work with this
Please note that Ceremonial Cacao is contraindicated for those who are taking anti-depressants or anti-psychotics.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is safe, but we suggest working with half the suggested dose (20g or less).
Suggested suppliers for Ceremonial Cacao
Mayan (International Supplier): Keiths Cacao (receive discount with this link)
Mayan (EU Based Supplier): Amrita
Colombian (US Based Supplier): Endorfin Foods
Mayan (AUS Based Supplier): Chocolate Yoga
If the Cacao Paste will not reach you in time, I suggest working with a single source Cacao paste, nibs or beans from your local Health Store or online. This will not have the full benefits of ceremonial cacao but will be a good alternative.
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