Travelles Between the Worlds
Embodying the Sacred Cacao Ritual
Discover the history of mesoamerican cultures such as the Tolteca and Maya through the embodiment of their sacred myths around cacao
What is Travelles Between the worlds Embodying the Sacred Cacao Ritual?
Travellers Between the Worlds is a four modular program I designed to pass the oral tradition of the cacao plant medicine, following the ancestral ways of the Yokot’an Maya of Tabasco Mexico, passed to me from a Maya Elder and Ax’ Mein (Cacao Guardian) Efren Hernandez Maldonado.
My aim is to transmit the importance of this tradition by Embodying the Sacred Cacao Rituals and wisdom of these agrarian cultural communities embarking in to a journey through somatic shamanic journeys (entering in to altered states of consciousness through somatic movement)
The purpose of the program is to pass the oral tradition and to actually live it; to awaken the seed living inside you of the original cacao intention and mission on Planet Earth, which is to open the heart portal and to awaken our earth bodies, because when cacao is approached with respect has the potential to change your whole life.
This is an in-depth program that can be taken as a way of navigate and ignite your own inner journey helping you to connect with the tap root tradition of this medicine and the spiritual dimensions of life, as well as to enhance your cacao offerings
4 modules of £95 each Dates below
TRAVELLERS BETWEEN THE WORLDS Overview
4 modules of 13 days each, spaced between 6 to 8 months.
Every module will initiate with a 4 hour Zoom session 16:00 – 20:00 pm (UK time) Following with 12th days of self-study meditating with cacao + couching throughout your process
In total, 52 days with Cacao. Four modules of 13 days with a two or three months of rest period.
Why 13 days? the number 13th is a sacred number in the Cholq’ij Maya calendar. Something we will learn on this program
Module One. Friday 26th April 2024
Module Two. Sunday 30th June
Module three. Sunday 15th of September
Module Four. Sunday 15th December
travellers between the worlds program
Each session will include: The Toltec and Maya myths, and legends around cacao, guided somatic meditations to help you embody the tradition, as well as knowledge of the types of cacao, the reason it is used in ceremonies, and recipes, including the importance of asking permission to the Spirits and Cacao Guardians, opening and closing prayers and songs, embodied shamanic journeys, with detailed study materials such as PDF presentations and a workbook for each module. After the initial four hour zoom call on each module, will follow a period of 12 days of self-study drinking cacao daily, reflecting on the material learned during the call, this might take the form of journaling, meditation, prayer, or reflection around the work with each of the four guardians, including as well what intuitively arises within the participant through working with the cacao medicine; in dreams, life experience and the many possible ways the Spirit communicates to the student through the elements, spirit animal, plant kingdom and the rest of the natural world. Throughout the 12 days of self-study, the student will be supported with coaching and guided meditation instructions, and with ongoing Q&A group contact.
Module 1: Cacao Medicine as a Resource
Friday 26th of April, 16:00 – 20:00 + 12 days of self-study & couching
- Why cacao is a somatic resource?
- Cacao as medicine for soul retrievals
- Why we set up intentions during a cacao session?
- What is cacao a medicine?
- Mayan and Aztec Cacao etymology
- Cacao Deities
- History of cacao origins
- Cacao benefits
- Cacao categories & characteristics
- Some considerations when drinking Cacao
- Your Chilq’ij Mayan birth sign.
- Your Tonal sign in the Aztec Calendar Tonalpohualli
Ritual: The Legend of Quetzalcoatl, Toltec Cacao Origen Story.
This is one of the oldest stories from the Mother of all Mesoamerican cultures, the Olmecs. This story recounts the origins of Cacao from the Olmec/Toltec oral Tradition, which is re-told in the prayers of the Chontal-Maya communities in Tabasco, Mexico during their agricultural ceremonies. Marcela will take you into to a journey to embody this ancestral Toltec story. This myth will ignite within you the original mission of Cacao medicine on planet Earth and understand why Cacao medicine is now re-emerging at this time.
Module 2: Cacao and Corn the Seeds of Origin
Sunday 30th of June + 12 days of self-study & couching
- The Sacred seeds: Corn and Cacao
- Why Corn and Cacao are important to Maya cultures
- The dual spirit of Cacao
- Cacao in rites and festivals
- Physical benefits of Cacao
- Cacao properties
- What does Cacao contain?
- Cacao and modern slavery
Ritual: The Maya Emergence Myth
Corn has always been sacred across all America indigenous cultures, and for a link to cacao, it’s worth exploring the sacred Mayan text called the Popol Vuh, the book of the creation story, which states that to create humans The Maker and The Creator used corn to create the body and cacao to give it spirit. The connection and symbology of these two plants for the Maya are intrinsically related. In ceremony they hold many meanings and associations that we are going to explore and hopefully embody. This ceremony is special to plant the seed of change as it is a death-rebirth celebration and the initiation of our hero’s journey
Module 3: Ancestral Maya Agriculture
Saturday 15th September + 12 days of self-study & couching
- What is ancestral Maya Agriculture?
- Whom is a Cacao Guardian?
- Sacred cacao biodiversity
- Cacao flower & Pollination
- In the Cacaotal
- The Cacao ancestor
- The Guardians of the Cacaotal
- Sacred animals of the Cacaotal
- Types of ceremonies and rituals
- How to name your Cacao offerings
- Cacao dosages and considerations
Ritual: The Legend of Ixki’k
This ritual will be an entrance to understand the high degree of ethical perfection of agricultural societies, by embodying the long-lost agricultural cacao ceremonies performed once a year in the cacaotal in the Yokot’an Maya community of Tabasco. These are the ceremonies of asking for forgiveness to Mother Earth in June, and the harvest Ceremony of gratitude in November.
Module 4: Cacao, Recipe of Rebirth
Sunday 15th of December+ 12 days of self-study & couching
- Cacao presentations
- What is the alkali process?
- Cacao as a currency with the Mexica
- Cacao biodiversity
- Cacao varieties
- Relationship of Cacao and monkey
- How to cut a Cacao pod
- Names of all parts of the cacao cob
- Cacao process
Ritual: The Legend of the Hero Twins
The act of processing cacao beans from; fermentation-drying, roasting, peeling, grinding and pouring them in to water, is not only a cooking process but also is a symbol of rebirth and power that parallels the stages of cacao processing with the legend of the Hero Twins defeating the trials and tribulations of the Underworld Lords and their self-sacrifice act to be reborn as two fish, subsequently becoming the sun and the moon. Cacao is thus a spiritual food deeply connected to the identity of the Maya. On this ceremony we will embody the Cacao Process.
I am a Medicine Woman, I work with the medicines of Cacao, Sweat Lodge and Movement Awareness. I am a Movement therapist and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (in training).
I recover the memory of the traditional cacao ceremonies studying with the Cacao Guardians of the Maya Chontales tradition in the state of Tabasco Mexico, such as, Grandfather Efren a Cacao Guardian and my Cacao Mentor (in the photo) and Maru Albor Bibian my Cacao Teacher
I have been living in the way of ceremony since I was very young through the sacred Red Path, my teacher Rogelio Villa-Lobos Jaguar guided me and taught me the art of therapeutic sweat lodge.