Friday 16th February, 7-10pm (please arrive 6.45 to get settled)
£30 unwaged/students/OAPs (use promo code UBSOAP)
Would you like to connect with your own self-love or your inner Valentine? Lets truly connect with hearts and chocolate in a sacred way. Join us for this heart opening and sensual women's ceremony where we will enjoy cacao, body meditation, sound and movement.
With Valentines Day upon us, this is a great opportunity to connect with our hearts and Cacao «the heart medicine» to cultivate self-love. We will explore how love begins with ourselves and by taking this time to go within, we can fill our cups so that we have more to give to others. In a circle of women we can go much deeper and honour the connection between our heart, womb and yoni. Celebrating this connection can allow us greater access to our own inner voice, creativity, sexuality and wisdom. We can release blockages that we may hold in these areas and allow the bliss of our own being to unfold.
Cacao can really open us to the feeling of bliss, it contains Anandamide which is a neurotransmitter produced in the brain that binds to the THC receptors. It’s been called the “bliss molecule,” aptly named after ananda, the Sanskrit word for “joy, bliss, or happiness.” Anandamide can also help with movement,motivation and memory as well as being important in pain reduction and increasing fertility.
About the medicine
Ix Cacao is known as the food of the gods and has been used by Mayan, Aztec and Inca tribes for thousands of years for ceremonial purposes. As a potent healer, this medicine helps us to connect with our inner wisdom and creativity so that we can dissolve our own blockages and create new pathways into being. Cacao is particularly helpful for heart and womb activation, opening up the channels between to create a new relationship. Ix Cacao brings us into our bodies and can help us open up to sensuality and pleasure more deeply.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding it is very healthy and a potent time for you and your baby, a smaller dose is recommended. Your baby will tell you :-).
Contraindications: This medicine does not mix well with anti-depressants or anti-pyschotics. Please contact Louise at [email protected]
if you have any conditions such as heart or blood pressure.
To prepare the physical body some preparation and cleansing is recommended. This will mostly involve refraining from junk food, dairy, alcohol and caffeine for 24hours before and after the ceremony. 3 days before and after is ideal to get the very most of the benefits of this medicine as it can work much deeper into your system and allow for greater long term benefits.
It is also advised if you can plan for a restful evening after the ceremony, although it won't affect your daily activities, there is still some processing happening at a physical and emotional level for a few days.
Also consider your intention for this ceremony, what do you wish to invite in, let go of or ask help with? Intentions are very useful tools for communicating with plant medicine and creating an anchor for us to focus throughout the ceremony. It can be precise or unpolished, just give it some thought and if it comes in the moment, that is fine too.
Louise is a highly intuitive and dedicated medicine woman who works predominantly with plants and energy healing to promote healing on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. Fully qualified as a Shamanic Practioner, Reiki and Thai Massage as well as receiving many initiations through plant medicine and Shamanic work.
She has travelled to Peru, Brazil, Guatemala and Mexico, beginning the journey of blending her training through South American Medicine with continued exploration of her deep roots in Celtic Traditions. This particular path connects spirits, ancestors, plant medicines and lands together in order to facilitate an accelerated approach to healing and ceremonial work. In this time of rapid change and the impact on the earth as well as its inhabitants, a new approach is needed that is infused with the great wisdom of these ancient traditions.