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"I went to a Bliss & Gratitude ceremony with Dana. It was such a meaningful experience! Dana is an incredible leader. She holds the space so well. She is so genuine and in tune with the group. The ceremony was a great way to carve out two hours for myself. I was able to connect with myself and other awesome ladies. We drank cacao, we explored different parts of our selves through oracle cards, we moved, we wrote, we shared... I left feeling so good afterward! Thanks Dana, for creating such a beautiful ceremony! I'll definitely be back!" ~Jayne
Bliss & Gratitude is a combination of a Cacao Ceremony and a Despacho Gratitude Ceremony. If you have never participated in one of these, I welcome you to come experience the magic for yourself. All you need to do is come with the willingness to open your heart. It really is that simple.
A Cacao Ceremony invites you to move deeply into your heart and connect with yourself in a way that awakens self-love. Together in ceremony we will drink cacao sourced from traditionally produced cacao, grown by farmers in Guatemala, produced ethically, sustainably and in fair trade. Cacao awakens the creative and vital energies of the body when used in a ceremonial way. Participants often describe feeling as if their heart is literally opening like a flower.
The idea of a Despacho Gratitude Ceremony is simple; you say thank you. You say thank you for as much as you can think of. And then you keep saying thank you until you feel like you could say thank you for hours. It is medicine for the soul.
Cacao is what chocolate is made from. It is the seed of a tropical fruit known as Theobroma Cacao.
Cacao is the pure form of chocolate. Most chocolate has milk added which interferes with absorption and inhibits the feel-good effects. Additionally, the processing that chocolate undergoes further diminishes the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Cacao contains the neurotransmitters serotonin, tryptophan and dopamine -which help promote feelings of wellbeing.The alkaloids, neurotransmitters, neuromodulators, vitamins and minerals specific to cacao have a particularly nourishing effect on the human body. When you consume cacao prepared for ceremony, all the mood enhancing neurochemicals in cacao activate; there is increased blood flow and nutrition to the brain, heart and skin, awareness and focus is heightened, and sensations are intensified.
Although it is often associated with formality and religion, a ceremony is really a set of tasks done to mark or celebrate an occasion. We're all familiar with graduation and wedding ceremonies, but the way you take a bath can be a form of ceremony.
This event is not associated with any religion or belief system.
A ritual is simply an act of presence that can be applied to any task. For example, it can be the way that you prepare your coffee in the morning or how you celebrate your birthday. What is important is the presence or the mindfulness with which you do the task. I love ritual because this shift in consciousness can make even the most mundane tasks feel like magic.
The Despacho originates from the Q’ero Shamans in Peru. It is often the first thing done to bring healing-no matter the condition or desire- whether it be to heal from losing a loved one, to welcome a new soul to the earth, to honor a birthday, to heal from a break up, to call in love, to start a business, to experience physical healing, etc…
Each attendee will have their own unique and personal experience. I personally believe that much of the malaise we as a society experience today can be attributed to our fast-paced lives and the absence of ritual and ceremony. After having participated in this ceremony I frequently hear from attendees, "That's exactly what I needed." I invite you to see if that's true for you.
"I am without words to describe the soul gift given me by Dana W. through the recent Cacao & Gratitude Ceremony. A tender, soulful experience facilitated with insight, empathy, wisdom, and grace."