"Chocolate is a divine, celestial drink, the sweat of the stars, the vital seed, divine nectar, the drink of the gods, panacea and universal medicine."
- Geronimo Piperni
My Story with Cacao
Radha is a devoted cacao lover who's worked with cacao for over a decade. She was one of the first people to start offering cacao ceremonies to New Zealand. Radha encountered Cacao served in ceremonial context back in 2012 while living in its native lands of Central America. It was love at first sight and her relationship with the spirit of this superfood grew as she learned how to prepare the drink from the tree to the cup. Radha has explored and participated in various ceremonies facilitated by shamans, healers and friends in Mexico, Guatemala and Peru, before she started facilitating ceremonies herself in 2014 in Europe and 2016 in New Zealand. An experienced space holder, she loves sharing her passion for community, authenticity and self-knowledge in combination with the cacao spirit.
Today, Radha offers public and private cacao circles, one month online cacao immersion program and yearly in-person facilitation training.
"A pure heart, open to the light, will be filled with the elixir of Truth" ~ Rumi
The What & Why of Cacao
Cacao is a powerful superfood with a maximal nutritional benefits and minimal amount of calories, packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is at the top of the list of super foods and contains about 50% good fat which boosts the metabolism and offers a boost of energy without a following crash.Cacao is the best known natural source of magnesium for a healthy heart, mental clarity and focus, bone health, carbs and glucose metabolism, prevention of diabetes and relief of PMS, constipation and anxiety.
Cacao is packed with antioxidants and is in fact the most detoxifying food available to humans. It contains Vit.A, C, E, beta-carotene, lycopene, selenium, manganese and flavanols which improve blood circulation and lower blood pressure.
Cacao contains phenyletamine, known as "the love chemical" which brings attentiveness and elevated mood and is incredibly helpful for conditions such as ADHD, PTSD and depression.
The active component of cacao is called "theobromine" and it is a gentle and long lasting stimulant, exclusively found in cacao. It is a cardiovascular stimulant, which relaxes the muscle tissue, dilates the blood and creates a state of ease and joy.
Another active component of cacao is anandomide which gives the experience of euphoria and bliss.
The intake of cacao stimulates the production of hormones of serotonine beneficial for the regulation of appetite, mood and sleep and dopamine - for movement, attention, learning and emotion.
All of these are reason for cacao to be:
- a powerful aphrodisiac
- a mood enhancer
- an antioxidant
- protects the heart
- densely packed with nutrients
- proven to be the most pharmacologically complex food in nature!
- can improve your memory
- reduces heart disease and shed fat
- boosts immunity
- cuts through the mental clutter, enhancing focus and concentration
- enables you to hear your heart
- enhancing self-expression, creativity and connection
- creates a state of euphoria that makes everything seem brighter and more fun
- moderates pain perception
- assists in regulating appetite and mood
- increases blood flow and nutrition to the brain, heart and skin . - heightened awareness, focus and intensified sensations.
Cacao is equally beneficial in all areas of life, including:
- Consciousness & Spirituality
- Workplace Productivity
- Creativity and Art
- Athletics and Physical Training
- Overall Healthy Living
How to purchase & prepare
Cacao at Home
Blocks of GUATEMALAN CEREMONIAL GRADE CACAO (Keith's cacao) are available to purchase in person at a ceremony or via the Shop and can be shipped anywhere in New Zealand
If you're based outside of New Zealand, please purchase online form www.keithscacao.com with a 5% discount using the discount code kuzeva19nz34. They ship worldwide!
Here are the instructions for Cacao preparation and storage
- Sat, 09 DecHastings09 Dec 2023, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pmHastings, 208 Heretaunga Street East, Hastings 4122, New Zealandwith Radha, Erica & friends