Explore Sacred Cacao Medicine

to Decolonize Chocolate

Beautifully prepared guidance on how to hold a cacao ceremony and how to ethically source ceremonial grade cacao.

The medicine of Cacao taken in a meditative personal or community journey will shift how you view the Mayan origin of chocolate and your relationship with chocolate.

Learn how to source, prepare, and work with the heart-opening and perspective-shifting medicinal quality of theobromine — the core medicine in 100% Cacao — while honoring the resilience of the indigenous Mayans that grow this medicine.

Decolonizing Chocolate

Guidebook, 17 pages (PDF) $25

1 lb of cacao from Nicaragua

(small-batch, limited quantities)

$60, incl S+H

1lb Cacao plus Decolonizing Chocolate Guidebook for Cacao Ceremony

$75 for Bundle

10% of all proceeds go to

Int'l Mayan League

to the Indigenous Solidarity Fund which supports emergency funds for Guatemalans actively being thrown off their land.

The Medicine of Cacao

Thank you for supporting this regenerative, Indigenous agroforestry in Nicaragua. Your support is revolutionary (literally, the 2018 uprising here started because these life-sustaining forests were left to burn...).

I'm exploring a more consistent way to export, but at the moment, shipping from Nicaragua is very expensive for all artisans. We're able to keep the price consistent with the going price of ceremonial-grade cacao when we bring it in small batches when friends visit.

Ixcacao, the Cacao Goddess walks alongside, holding hands with us during our hardest times.

Chocolate addiction holds a rough status, especially for women. In western culture, it’s often used to cover difficult moments like PMS, feelings of loneliness or despair, or as “gifts” for the exchange of sex or matriarchal positions.

It’s bound up with sugar, which acts like a mask to cover the true medicine of cacao, the bean that chocolate is made from.

There is a deeper purpose for cacao when we shift our relationship to it.

In ceremony, we can connect with cacao in its strong medicinal state.

Cacao medicine creates a focused awareness and Flow.

Pure fermented cacao nibs are comprised of theobromine and cacao butter that act as carriers for theobromine (Theobroma literally means food of the gods) to reach our neural network and open our blood vessels and vascular system.

This opening creates receptivity to our current state for greater awareness of what’s trying to emerge.

When we resist what’s trying to emerge, it creates stress on our body, and that in turn sends dis-ease signals to our genes (epigenetics).

When we are open to what’s emerging, the Cacao can be a powerful medicine to reset our DNA and RNA. Studies confirm cacao’s healing functions reduce tumors and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Of course, combining cacao with sugar into chocolate doesn’t do this with the same effect. Sugar is a known stimulator of disease because it can create inflammation in the body. “Chocolate addiction” isn’t really an addiction to cacao (studies prove isn’t an addictive substance). It’s an addiction to sugar.

The natural state of the cacao bean allows for a unique synthesis of medicine that opens the neural pathways (yes, cacao is mildly psychoactive) thereby opening our door of perception — our third eye and pineal gland.

Having worked with this medicine for a bit now, I'm smitten with what's grown here. The ferment is perfect. Pure cacao paste, with cacao butter intact, not bitter.

This medicinal cacao is grown in small family collectives with regenerative agroforestry practices.

Add 1lb block of Cacao

(limited quantity)

A small batch of Cacao, sustainably grown in the Indigenous Collectives from the remote highland cloud forest of Nicaragua is available for a limited time at $50/lb + $10 S+H

This cacao has been specially fermented to reduce bitterness while retaining the full cacao butter and taste. Naturally gluten-free, sugar-free, paleo and vegan.

Purchase the $75 bundle and receive the Decolonizing Chocolate Guidebook to Cacao Ceremony and 1lb of small-batch Cacao.

(Best value while supplies last, US ships only)

Just want the Guidebook?

The Guidebook is $25 with 50% of funds supporting the Indigenous Solidarity Fund via Mayan League.

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I come to our work together from the intersection of on-the-ground organizing and political work; from deep training in ancestral spiritual practices and plant medicine; and from 35+ years of consciousness exploration. For nearly 3 decades I’ve committed myself to social justice work, organizing for communities of culture and serving in local politics.

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