Cacao Ceremony Facilitators
Since ancient times, cacao has been used ceremonially to connect with that infinite presence of love and creativity that is innately within us. While traveling in Guatemala in 2009, Ananda had a profound experience with the spirit of cacao. He went on to connect with a cacao shaman in Lake Atitlan who shared with him his way of holding cacao ceremonies and to how to connect with the spirit of cacao. Upon Ananda's return to the states, he began feeling the calling to share ceremonial space with this special cacao he brought back from Guatemala.
The concept of regularly holding cacao ceremonies did not fully germinate until Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda came together in partnership in 2010. Jaya Lakshmi had a long history of doing ceremonies in Hawaii and on the mainland, mostly with the Grandfather medicine. When Ananda shared with Lakshmi his developing cacao ceremony offering, she was very moved by it. They then set forth to create their own unique cacao ceremony and began sharing this on their tours, primarily in their Altar of Love Weekends, festivals and their retreats. To date they have held over 100 ceremonies all over the world, primarily on the west coast of the USA and Hawaii, and continue to share the beauty of cacao and the heart.
Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda's cacao ceremonies are a coming together to open the heart, express creatively and rejoice with the spirit of the cacao. Accompanied by their heart songs and prayers, the ceremonies are a time to express gratitude for the cacao spirit and allow for that spirit to blossom infinite possibilities within each of us. The ceremonies are a wonderful time to learn about cacao’s origins, history, heath benefits and energetic/spiritual qualities. They are also a beautiful community building experience. The cacao that Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda use for their ceremonies is a very special cacao from Guatemala that a shaman personally has selected for it’s energetic qualities.