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Fri, 27 Oct



Cacao & Sound Ceremony

A special collaboration with visiting music therapist Harel Gal

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Cacao & Sound Ceremony
Cacao & Sound Ceremony

Time & Location

27 Oct 2023, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hastings, 208 Heretaunga Street East, Hastings 4122, New Zealand

About The Event

This is a special collaboration with visiting musician and music therapist Harel Gal from Israel that we are excited to bring to the Hawkes Bay community!

Treat yourself to a unique experience for your heart and your senses


27th October 2023, Friday, 6pm start at the Yoga Space Hastings

~ Limited tickets available - please purchase below 


A cacao ceremony is a safe intentional space of connection with self, with the healing wisdom of nature and with community. The tradition of using cacao for ceremony and as a spiritual practice is related to the cultures of the Mayas, the Azteca and the Olmeca peoples in Central America where it was believed to carry the spirit of Fertility and Abundance. 

In a  circle we will offer a ceremonial dose cup of Guatemalan cacao and allow it to awaken our Heart and soul for all there is to be seen and met in great Loving Presence. 

Every ceremony is completely unique and different, sometimes quiet and contemplative, sometimes joyful, an authentic journey into one's own Heart, real and raw.


Monochromatic musical instruments like Tibetan singing bowls, frame drums, monochords, and gongs possess distinctive attributes. With ancient origins intertwined with Shamanism, rituals, and healing practices, these instruments offer deep resonance and extended frequencies that profoundly connect with both body and soul. The effects of these sounds are manifold and can vary significantly from person to person and from moment to moment. Their sustained, rich tones create a resonant and immersive experience that transcends space and time.


Please wear comfy clothes to make sure you're relaxed and comfortable. 

Drink a lot of water before and after ceremony to avoid dehydration and avoid eating heavy food 2 hours prior.


Facilitated by Radha and Harel

Harel Gal is a Music Therapist (M.A.) and a musician from Israel. Harel works at HaEmek Hospital in Israel and engages in therapeutic work in various diverse settings, including a private clinic. Harel conducts workshops and courses in the field of sound therapy and explores the subject both academically and independently. Over the years, he has actively participated in conferences across Israel and worldwide, delivering lectures and workshops on this subject. In his therapeutic practice, Harel has catered to a range of populations encompassing individuals with autism, mental health issues, the elderly, as well as children and adults dealing with various emotional challenges. His therapeutic approach incorporates the utilization of Tibetan singing bowls and techniques derived from the field of sound therapy, which have become integral components of his therapeutic interventions.

Radha was among the first people to bring cacao ceremonies to New Zealand. She encountered the cacao plant in ceremonial context in 2012 while living in its native lands of Central America for several years. It was love at first sight and her relationship with the spirit of this super food grew as she learned how to prepare the rich cacao drink from the tree to the cup. Having participated in various ceremonies facilitated by shamans, healers or friends in Mexico, Guatemala and Peru, Radha started facilitating ceremonies herself in 2014 in Europe. An experienced space holder being a yoga teacher and a retreat facilitator, she loves sharing her passion for community, authenticity and self-knowledge in combination with the cacao spirit. Radha serves the original ceremonial cacao from the magical lake Atitlan in its native land of Guatemala (Central America), by "chocolate shaman" Keith Wilson.


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