cacao ceremonies

  • psychoactive superfood.

  • legal heart medicine.

  • master plant teacher.

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“A warm mug of cacao is like a hug from the inside.”Rob Calcutt
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    what is it?

    Cacao is a psychoactive superfood and a key ingredient in chocolate. She’s also a master plant medicine, alongside the likes of Ayahuasca, San Pedro and Cannabis. 

    She is consumed as a warm, medicinal drink during ceremony, to calm the mind and activate the emotional, heart centre.

    Cacao ceremonies have been practiced for thousands of years, dating back to Mayan and Aztec traditions in Central and South America.

    where do you get it from?

    I use ceremonial grade cacao, direct from the Asháninka tribe in the lower Amazon basin of Peru. It’s 100% raw and organic with no slave labour, processing or genetically modified crap. 

    what are the effects?

    Many participants report a deep relaxation and palpable expansion around the chest area (a bit like having a huge hug), which shows you where you may be resisting or holding onto painful experiences and unhealthy behaviour patterns. 

    learn more.
    See studies on the health benefits of cacao here, or find out more about ceremony here.

    is it legal?

    Yes, thank Goddess! Cacao is effectively the last master plant medicine standing in the West. She’s been hiding away in chocolate since the 16th century, hence avoiding all the legal scapegoating.

    Psychoactive substances, including magic mushrooms, cannabis and DMT are illegal under UK law, yet loopholes exist for mainstream substances such as alcohol, tobacco and caffeine.


    Rob completed his Cacaoista apprenticeship with Rebekah Shaman and Ritual Cacao.

    “The secret is embracing flow, not attaching to states. Diving into the shadows can be fun too!”
    Rob Calcutt
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    how is it done?

    My ceremonies are generally tailored to groups. They are suitable for newbies, with no clue about shamanic ceremony, to the experienced among you, who are ready to sink into your inner wisdom, beyond patterns of conditioning.

    get a grip – it’s just a cup of hot chocolate!

    Cacao contains similar psychoactive properties to marijuana. When ingested, she triggers a cascade of brain chemicals which mimic the feeling of being in love.

    Some even receive visions or go into an intense dialogue with the medicine. It’s not uncommon to emerge with a clear set of directives!

    does it have psychedelic effects and will I start purging?

    Nope. There are no known risks, so you can drive and operate fancy machinery under her influence.

    She’s an extremely subtle and gentle plant to work with; perfect for city environments and those fearing the ayahuasca route to healing.

    Cacao will allow you to access deeper states, for a longer period than is possible without the medicine – it’s a great tool for journeying and meditation!

    how should I prepare myself?

    The best way to work with cacao is without any expectations. All that’s required is a willingness to show up, along with a readiness to meet the medicine half-way.

    If you want to dive-deep, complete surrender is key and the responsibility to create lasting change is yours.

    “I’m still processing some of the themes from my cacao ceremony, three months after the fact!”Emma

    show me the science!

    Cacao is one of the most powerful superfoods around, with 40-times more antioxidants than blueberries. It’s also the primary source of magnesium on the planet. Low levels have been associated with depression and high blood pressure as well as a number of chronic diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, type-2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke and ADHD.

    Ingested, it triggers a cascade of neurotransmitters including Phenylethylamine (PEA), the rich, sensuous chemical we naturally produce when we fall in love. Then there’s the bliss molecule, Anandamide, which contains similar psychoactive properties to marijuana.

    Scientists just discovered she contains the ‘bliss molecule’, anandamide (derived from the Sanskrit word ananda, which means joy, bliss and delight).

    I’ve hand-picked a range of clinical studies for various health conditions here.

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    I offer a free, 30-minute consultation, to explore your circumstances and answer any questions.