Ceremonial Grade Cacao – Your Everyday Entheogen
Written By Kristin Allan and Tanner Ellingson of Cacao Connection
Has the magic of cacao ceremony found you yet? If you haven’t already heard the buzz on the street about Ceremonial Grade Cacao (CGC), well, it’s only a matter of time. The following is a tale about how CGC came into our lives and assisted us in becoming who we are today.
In the summer of 2014, when Tanner’s mom, Cori, returned from Guatemala, she gifted us a bag of Keith’s Cacao beans. She advised us, “Eat a few of these beans every day. But I’m warning you, they’re a TRUTH serum!” I’m sure we rolled our eyes when she told us that. Now, four years and about 100 cacao ceremony facilitations later, we are still amazed at the subtle yet powerful shift that is possible when working with this plant medicine.
We attended several of Cori’s cacao ceremonies that summer and were blown away by the authentic, heart-centred sharing that happened in just a few hours. We never intended to or could have even dreamt that we would be hosting cacao ceremonies of our own until a wonderful Chilean couple encouraged us to host a ceremony at the hostel we were staying at in Mexico.
“Us? We don’t know how to do that sort of thing!” we responded. Well we did it anyway, stepping way outside of our comfort zones and taking a page out of the “fake it ‘til you make it” school of thought. I’m sure it was a little rough around the edges, but week after week, people returned for more heart opening magic. That is, until we packed up our car and left the hostel, driving straight to the original source of CGC at Lago de Atitlan in rural Guatemala.
We had heard from Cori about a man named Keith who hosts cacao ceremonies in a small village on this lake. After two epic days of driving we arrived at a sparkling lake nestled between three volcanic peaks. We intended to stay for only a week, however, after just a few days, the magical energy vortex of the lake, along with several profound cacao ceremonies had totally captivated us.
For two months we lived right around the corner from Keith, the man affectionately known as “The Chocolate Shaman” by his students. We attended his ceremonies and had plenty of our own personal experiences which resulted in us both agreeing that Keith’s CGC was too good not to share with the world. We pitched our idea of sharing ceremonies back home in Canada to Keith and he said, “Follow your bliss!” When we drove away from the lake, in May of 2015 we loaded up as much cacao as our trusty little VW Jetta could hold.
Little did we know that we would someday be known as the “chocolate ceremony people” here on Vancouver Island. We host these ceremonies to bring people together in a conscious way, to counteract the wave of separation that is affecting humanity. Every community desperately needs someone willing to hold space for meaningful conversations and connection. Ceremonial grade cacao, brewed with loving intention, is the perfect plant medicine to facilitate this type of heart-centred connection. We are among the first to promote the use of CGC as an antidote to the depression, anxiety and dis-ease that is all too common in our society.
CGC is carefully processed to retain as many of the beneficial compounds as possible. CGC contains compounds that enhance the physical, emotional and psychological well being of humans. CGC is one of the BEST food sources of magnesium and antioxidants, both of which are crucial for optimal health. On a spiritual level, cacao belongs to a group of plants known as entheogens. This means that CGC has the potential to awaken the connection to the Divine that lies deep within you.
We are part of a growing team of global Practitioners sharing Keith’s Original and World’s Finest Ceremonial Grade Cacao. Our Mission at Keith’s Cacao is to return the use of CGC to the world! We cannot do this alone and we need your help. We have developed an online facilitator-training program designed to prepare you to hold space for your community. In our program we share with you everything we’ve learned from sitting with hundreds of people and sharing hundreds of pounds of CGC.
If you feel called to incorporate Keith’s Ceremonial Grade Cacao into your personal life, or if you are called to explore the possibility of becoming a cacao ceremony facilitator please visit our website at www.cacaoconnection.info Facebook: Cacao Connection. Instagram: @cacao.connection
“My experience with Cacao Connection was life altering and came at a time in my life when I needed the healing most…” – Heather, Victoria, BC, Canada