Inspired by the power ceremonial cacao provides in HEALING, CREATIVITY and CONNECTION Lani offers cacao ceremonies and cacao facilitator mentoring. Lani’s call to work with the spirit of cacao came while she lived in Guatemala receiving training and guidance from a cacao shaman. 6 years later she continues to work personally and professionally with this beautiful medicine and shares it in many different ways. See our EVENTS page for our current group gatherings.
What is a cacao ceremony? We come together to drink a creative (28grams) or ceremonial (42 grams) dose of ceremonial grade cacao, prepared from cacao grown in the rain forests of Guatemala and selected by a chocolate shaman through his connection to the Spirit of Cacao.
Cacao is chocolate in it’s original unrefined form. We love chocolate because it tastes incredible. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg of this superfood. In it’s original form it’s now also known for it’s long list of benefits for the mind, body & heart:⠀
* Full of magnesium for a healthy heart, brain & relaxation of muscles⠀
* High in antioxidants to help defend against free radicals that cause tissue damage⠀
* Highest plant based source of iron⠀
* A natural mood elevator – containing phenylethylamine (PEA) – nature’s own anti-depressant.⠀
When we sit with cacao in Ceremony we also bring in the wisdom and beauty of plant medicines. We begin to see plants as living beings, as highly aware, having feelings and as having a wisdom to share with us that helps us to reconnect with our own innate wisdom and intelligence. ⠀
“I believe the magic of the most beautiful heart centred teachers – particularly plant medicines is to reveal to you the gifts that already lay inside of you. To help you appreciate the subtleties of this beautiful life.” ~ Lani
During each cacao ceremony we set an intention to allow this beautiful gentle plant based medicine to help us:⠀
~ open us to our creative potential and⠀
~ connect in with our natural state of ease and relaxation.⠀
~ connect with our heart,⠀
~ reveal warmth and joy at our very core
If you find yourself sometimes lost in the loop of the overthinking or anxious mind or suffer from tension in the body that just doesn’t want to let go – cacao is a great way to invite in relaxation, calmness and a sense of wellbeing.⠀She is also a powerful tool for focussing and gaining clarity in creative projects and team connections.
Inviting the Spirit of cacao to join us on a journey into the Heart. Through group practices and silent contemplation we allow the cacao to help us explore the mind body connection.
We believe in chocolate heart alchemy and the support cacao provides you to connect with the wisdom of your Heart. She is an incredible tool for creative works, team building, meditation, conflict resolution, emotional processing, journeying, therapy, group facilitation, sound healing, kirtan and coaching…in the words of our chocolate shaman:
‘she is truly helpful, a major facilitator from inner change and play – to outer creativity and productivity, all with a heart-centred focus.’ ~ Keith Wilson
What is ceremonial grade cacao? Our Chocolate Shaman Keith is led by the spirit of the cacao (or the chocolate spirit as he calls it) to the highest grade ceremonial cacao, giving the cacao a spiritual dimension not found in other cacao. Picked and processed by hand to ensure the spirit and healing properties of this sacred plant medicine remain intact. Ceremonial cacao is an ancient plant medicine, a wisdom keeper, a teacher and facilitator. Gently she will guide you to the door of the heart, but she won’t take you anywhere you don’t want to go, simply inviting you to join her for a journey through the veil and into the light.
An indigenous myth tells us whenever the balance between humans and nature becomes threatened, cacao comes from the rain-forest to open people’s hearts and return the planet to harmony. In one of our chocolate shaman’s early communications with the cacao spirit, She referred to cacao as “The Food for the Shit”. Keith’s Cacao has the quantity and balance of compounds and energies to properly support the cacao spirit in partnering with you.
Why do we combine cacao with yoga & meditation? Cacao is rich in antioxidants. This super food increases the blood flow and tissue oxygenation, opening the heart and giving clarity and focus of the mind. Cacao also contains over 300 compounds including magnesium, a muscle relaxant associated with feelings of calmness. Combining cacao with yoga poses we begin to explore the incredible intelligence of our bodies in healing.
What sort of yoga will be practiced during these sessions? Classes will be a gentle fusion of yin and hatha yoga with different themes depending on the season. Focussing on long, slow movements maintaining awareness of the breath and Heart. We invite the spirit of cacao to support us in releasing stress, tensions and anxieties in the mind, body and Heart and to help us connect in with the full potential of our creativity.
Who is your facilitator? Lani is a lover of ceremonial cacao and the power of this gentle heart medicine. Dedicated to a life of inner enquiry, service and embodiment she has a curiosity for truth, nature and sharing the wisdom of the Heart.
In 2012 while travelling overseas she found herself living in Guatemala sitting many cacao ceremonies with a cacao shaman. A love affair began and she lived in the very beautiful Lake Atitlan on and off for the next 4 years and her journey with the spirit of cacao connected her to something very beautiful – the richness of life lived from Gentleness. Kindness. Sweetness.
“Her presence and her gentle hand holding mine is always present. I believe she stays with me because She helped me wake up to something so beautiful in me – the richness of life lived from Gentleness. Kindness. Sweetness. She helped me to Allow life to truly touch me and to connect with my own innate creativity and wisdom.”
Now 6 years later she lives in Perth and shares her connection to cacao with others in group ceremonies and private sessions and is part of an international group of cacao practitioners studying under the guidance of the chocolate shaman. Her passion is supporting others to find their unique connection to the spirit of cacao. With a passion for embracing life in all its beautiful humanness Lani gently guides her students on a deep journey through the body into the Heart.
Her style of yoga and her connection to the cacao spirit are an authentic, powerful mix that takes everyone deep into what they need in the moment.
Qualifications: Lani holds a 500-hour RYT Certificate as a Hridaya Hatha Yoga and Meditation instructor and a 200-hour RYT Certificate as a Yin Yoga instructor. She has studied Grief, Loss and Trauma counselling, Women’s Embodiment Practices, Yoga for Trauma, Art of Feminine Presence, Sacred Sexuality and Tantra.
Know the spirit of cacao will play wherever she is called so if you have a special event or idea in mind contact Lani directly on 0434 748 758 to see what magic wants to be woven!