For the last two years, we have integrated cacao into our daily lives, adding ceremonial cacao to our daily rituals, often setting intentions and sipping our cacao with intention to begin our mornings. We often bring cacao into our community events, starting women’s circles with group intention setting. 

It is an honour to share space and experience the power of connection over a cup of ceremonial cacao. There is great potency when we set our intentions in a group and as a group.

This tradition has been used for centuries to help foster a deeper connection to oneself, to others, and to the natural world. We can use it as a way to bond and support one another and grow stronger together

There’s something special about sitting down with a group of people, with a warm mug of ceremonial cacao in hand, and feeling our hearts open and those walls come down. As we sip on this plant medicine we are invited to let go of our worries, our fears, and our judgments, and to simply be present in the moment.

And as we connect, we find that we are far more similar than we are different. We share experiences, emotions, and struggles that are all too familiar. And in that shared experience, we find a sense of unity and understanding that can be truly transformative.

Whether we’re navigating the ups and downs of parenthood, struggling with our professional ambitions, or just trying to live authentically in a world that often seems at odds with our desires, we can find comfort and support in the community around us.

As we sip our cacao we recognize cacao as a plant medicine, we hold reverence for the plant and are open to the deeper guidance, or spirit that it may hold.

Setting an intention is a deeply personal and transformational practice. Trust yourself and allow your intuition to guide you as you set your intentions and bring them to life.

Some examples of intentions that we integrate into our daily rituals are

– To release self-doubt and step more fully into our power
– To connect more deeply with our intuition and inner wisdom
– To cultivate greater compassion for ourselves and others
– To invite more joy and playfulness into our lives
– To heal from past hurts and embrace a more authentic version of ourselves
– To create more abundance and prosperity in all areas of our lives

In your own rituals, as you hold your cup of cacao to your heart. Think of its journey from bean to cup, from a small family farm in Alta Verapaz Guatemala and then lovingly prepared by the Ruk’u’x Ulew Roo-Koosh-Oohh-Leh-U  (Heart of the  Earth) Mayans women’s collective in Lake Atitlán. The cacao beans are fermented in small batches, sundried, lightly roasted over a wood fire and then peeled by hand. Take a moment to set an intention as well as sip with intention.

October is a beautiful and powerful month to get together with friends and community and use the potency of group intention setting and open our hearts as we move into these cozy, winter months.

Have a beautiful week!

Xo Simone and Caitlin