52 days with cacao
Embodying the Sacred Cacao Ritual
Discover the history of mesoamerican cultures such as the Mexica and Maya through the embodiment of their sacred myths around cacao
What is the Embodiment of the Sacred Cacao Ritual?
Is the study and transmission of the wisdom of the Mexica and Maya oral traditions, through the embodiment of the culture and mythology around our sacred Cacao plant medicine, through somatic movement explorations of what we call shamanic journeys.
This could be an immersion of 4 days, or an in-depth program of 52 days drinking cacao, which can be taken as a way to navigate your inner journey with this sacred plant, it can help you to connect with the spiritual dimensions of life, as well as it can give you the tools to be able to do your own Cacao Rituals
4 days immersion
Price £160 / Early Bird before 1st August £140
52 days with Cacao
Price £560 / Early Bird before 1st August £495
Monday 5th of September to 19th of November
Just open for 8 paces
4 modules of 13 days each.
Every module will initiate a Monday with a three hour Zoom session in the afternoon 18:00 – 21:00 pm (UK time) Following with 11th days of self-study. The last day of the 13th days period we will be integration day, with a Zoom call of 2 hours 18:00 – 20:00 pm. Following with a week of rest.
In total, 52 days with Cacao. Four modules of 13 days with a week of rest in between each module.
Why 13 days? the number 13th is a sacred number in the Tzolkin Maya and Aztec calendar.
First 13th period
Monday 5th September – Saturday 17th September
Second 13th Period
Monday 26ht September – Saturday 8th October
Third 13th Period
Monday 17th October -Saturday 29th October
Fourth 13th Period
Monday 7th November – Saturday 19th November.
Each session will include:
The Aztec and Maya history, myths, and legends around Cacao, guided somatic meditations to help you embody and lead traditional Cacao rituals, 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 zoom call of each module will follow a period of 13 days of self-study drinking cacao daily, reflecting on the material learned on 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 these self-study and practice modules, the student will be supported with coaching and guided meditation instructions, and with ongoing Q&A group contact.
On the final day of the 13th day will be a second zoom call of 2 hours to integrate the experience and sharing circle, taking place on Saturdays.
The last module will be guided by Maru Albor Bibian, who has been working extensively with the sacred Cacao medicine. She carries first-hand the transmission of the Maya Oral tradition from her teacher, GrandFather Efren.
I am a Medicine Woman, I work with the medicines of Cacao, Sweat Lodge and Movement Awareness. I have 20 + years teaching movements such as dance, yoga and Pilates. I am a Movement therapist and a Somatic Movement Educator.
I recover the memory of the traditional cacao ceremonies studying with Maru Albor Bibian, she taught me the ways of the Maya tradition and make me remember the sacredness of this practices through her undivided love for the cacao plant and the Cacaotales she visits in Tabasco Chiapas.
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.
I have had the honour to follow the wisdom of the Mexica oral tradition through my teacher Teotecpatl Santin-Martinez, I found in his talks, stories and teachings an incredible aliveness of our Sacred Traditions.
Maru Albor Bibian
Is a medicine woman, she facilitates ancestral medicine ceremonies with Rapé and Cacao. She is an energetic therapist working with reiki and chakra balancing, as well as she does group and one-to-one healing sessions, as well as women circles with medicine songs and prayers. She lives in Mexico City.
Maru has been learning the traditional ways of relating with cacao from Grandfather Efren Hernandez Maldonado, a Maya elder from Tabasco Chiapas, he leads seminars around Mexico in how to grow Ceremonial Cacao taking care of the precious and sacred Cacao plantation biodiversity. Both together lead conferences and ceremonies in Mexico and Chiapas.