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137 Kitchener Road

137 Kitchener Road

Auckland, Auckland 0620

New Zealand

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An evening of education, connection, indigenous knowledge, and demonstration of using ceremonial cacao as a ritual for everyday life.

About this event

We all have connected with cacao at some point in our lives, as everyone surely has eaten chocolate. But cacao is much more than just chocolate and has a history dating back 5000 years as a sacred ceremonial plant medicine. For the indigenous people of Peru and central America cacao is a sacred and special plant used in ceremony, connection and spiritual development.

In this workshop we will take your connection with cacao to the next level and teach you about ceremonial cacao and the ancient sacred traditions surrounding its use.

We will then journey you through the culture of cacao in South America. This will be followed by the traditions, uses, spiritual significances and the neuroscience and biochemistry of the plant. Finally we will demonstrate and share how to prepare ceremonial cacao in different ways and how you can create your own ceremony and sacred space at home.

Hosted by Tamsin Kaufman - holsitic health coach, student naturopath, herbalist, and educator of Medicinal plants. Tamsin is part of the team of Seleno Health as Culture and Brand Ambassador. Tamsin will inspire you to connect to your elemental roots and cultivate gratitude for Mother Earth – the provider of all medicine.

Learning objectives:

• The origins and history of cacao

• The sacred traditions and significance of cacao

• The medicinal benefits of cacao.

• Quality markers, differences between beans, paste, powder and butter.

• Creating a sustainable future for cacao

• Creating your own cacao ceremony

• A practical demonstration of cacao:

- Tasting the different cacao products a journey from cacao pod to powder

- How to make a traditional elixir – things you can add (maca, mushrooms, rose, spices, herbs and more)

- Using traditional vessels, molinillo’s and whisking cacao

- Demonstration of a traditional ceremonial cacao drink, a modern ceremonial creamy elixir and a cacao butter non-chocolate elixir. - Sampling and tastings

Duration: 1.5 hours, includes a ceremonial creamy elixir and a white chocolate elixir.

Bookings essential - pre sales $15 - door sales $25

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