Sun, 11 Jul | Napier

New Moon Cacao & Free Movement Exploration

in Napier, Hawkes Bay
New Moon Cacao & Free Movement Exploration

Time & Location

11 Jul, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Napier, 32 Main Street, Hospital Hill, Napier 4110, New Zealand

About The Event

This is a special offering to warm our hearts in the midsts of winter and to plant an intention for wellbeing under the new moon of July.

Join us and dive into new found aliveness and depth. Shake off the winter sleep and charge your body and soul with joy. Let yourself be guided into a free form movement meditation, fuelled by some good tunes and a cup of ceremonial grade Cacao.

No experience in dance, movement or yoga required - if you have a body, you can move it.

~WHEN & WHERE? 11th July 2021, 4-6pm at The Wellness Sanctuary, Napier

~ HOW TO BOOK?~ Cost is $35 p.p. Please note your payment will confirm your spot (not just your registration). To book, send an email to hello@wellnesssanctuary.co.nz and payment to: Wellness Sanctuary 12-3144-0257538-00

~ New Moon ~ The new moon represents the start of a new lunar cycle and occurs approximately every 29 days. A new moon symbolises new beginnings. One can use the energy of a new moon to achieve goals or to start a new project. It's a great time for a reset, to reflect back on old goals and set new ones. This magical time is the perfect opportunity to start anew.

~WHAT IS A CACAO CEREMONY?

The tradition of drinking ceremonial cacao originates in the ancient culture of the Mayas in Central America, who called it "ku-ku", "above sacred". It was believed to carry the spirit of Fertility and Abundance. The Goddess of chocolate, Ixcacao, was also known as the "Queen of Love and Pleasure". In a ceremonial circle we will share a cup of bitter delight and allow it to awaken our Heart and soul.

~WHY IS MOVEMENT HEALING?

One of the best things one can do for their health and overall wellbeing is to move. To move freely you don't really need to know any special steps or movements, you don't need to follow anyone or to even "have a sense of rhythm". You can flow with an impulse that comes from within and is most natural. You can observe how children form a very early age recognise music and feel the urge to move. Allowing the body to move freely and following its inner voice and needs has many healing benefits, among which: - Giving People the Ability to Express Emotions - Stress Relief - Increased physical and Gross Motor Skills Development - Improved confidence and Self-esteem - Encourages Creativity and Imagination - An increased sense of vitality - An awakening and renewal of one's life energy ... and so much more Join us and explore the freedom to move like nobody's watching - because nobody will be! This will be a supportive environment of zero judgement in which all of You is allowed, in your unique authenticity of expression. Or just relax and let Cacao move through you!

~WHY IS CACAO A MEDICINAL PLANT?

Cacao is an aphrodisiac, mood enhancer, and antioxidant that protects the heart and is densely packed with nutrients - proven to be the most pharmacologically complex food in nature! It can improve your memory, reduce heart disease, shed fat, boost immunity, and create loads of energy. Cacao contains the neurotransmitters responsible for feelings of wellbeing, as well as anandamide, known as the bliss molecule that leaves us feeling blissful and euphoric, moderating pain perception, as well as assisting in regulating appetite and mood. When high quality beans are prepared for ceremony, all the mood enhancing neurochemicals in cacao become particularly active. It increases blood flow and nutrition to the brain, heart and skin, and the whole body is nourished. Sacred Cacao ceremony participants report heightened awareness, focus and intensified sensations. Cacao healing for the body, but also for the soul and spirit as it is heart opening and an amazing meditation aid.

~WHAT MORE IS REQUIRED?~

For your comfort during the session, please wear loose and comfortable clothes. Bring a cushion to sit on for the cacao circle. Bring a water bottle. Drink a lot of water before and after ceremony to avoid dehydration and don't eat for 2-3 hours prior to coming.

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Facilitated by Radha Iveta

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 only best quality ceremonial cacao by chocolate shaman Keith Wilson. https://www.heartawakening.org/