Online Course FAQs 

Virtual Online Cacao Ceremony with Jonas and Sena

 

General FAQs

These general FAQs apply to both of our courses. Be sure to scroll down for FAQs specific to each course. If you have questions about our Payment Plans & Scholarships, see our Payment Plan FAQs here.

Q: I’ve never done an online course before, how should I prepare?

A: We know new things can be a little intimidating, which is why we wanted to offer this course live so we can interact with you directly and create a safe container for you to explore with cacao.  

Set the space

  • Ideally, you can be in a private space and dedicate this time to self-study. You can create a nourishing space with pillows, candles, and other meaningful items, or keep it simple.  We recommend having a dedicated notebook & pen for your work with cacao. Also water, tea or maybe even some cacao to sip on during class can be nice.
  • Since this will be via your laptop or phone, you will want to make sure your devices are charged or that you have a charging cord and outlet nearby. You can prop your computer or phone up in a chair or with books to allow for easeful watching and typing without hurting your neck or back. You may also want headphones. 

Q: I’ve never done an online course before... what's it like?

A: We decided to use an online format so we can connect with you via your smartphone or computer, no matter where you are in the world. The course will be offered weekly for 90-minutes, and you will have homework (or lovework, as we prefer to call it) outside of the weekly class.

You can imagine it like FaceTime or Skype video chat, but with a larger group, the ability to type in questions, and you can also turn your own video or audio off if you want privacy. Essentially, it's like connecting with a lot of awesome people from all over the world in the comfort of your own home!

Q: What is the time commitment required each week?

A: The cool thing about this course is that a big part of your homework, or what we call lovework,  will be to create ritual space to connect with yourself and cacao at some point in your day, so the course has built-in #selfcare time. In addition to the 90-minute classes 2x/week, we will provide video, reading and journaling lovework that could take an additional 30-60 minutes. Think of this as a cacao immersion!

Q: Where does this content come from? Is there a specific lineage that you have studied with?

A: We believe that cacao ritual is the art of engaging in sacred relationship with the cacao plant. In the Western context, this is a relatively new phenomenon, as people seek a deeper relationship with cacao beyond that which the “candy” chocolate industry offers. Cacao is an incredible guide for re-connecting people to their own ritual practices, as we believe that ritual is natural to all humans, and fundamental to our ability to survive and thrive in right relationship with the earth, the elements, and each other.

We do not claim any relationship between the modern cacao rituals we offer and ancient or indigenous practices of cacao ceremony. Rather, we seek inspiration by looking to:

  • Our ancestors' practices of ceremony and ritual
  • Ancient and modern indigenous world views and understandings of medicinal plants
  • Our present day connection to the ecosystems that we live in and are a part of
  • Embodied traditions of yoga, breathwork, song and dance

Sena and Jonas together developed the concept of cacao stewardship as a way to create informed cacao lovers with a grounded understanding of the history and present day context of how cacao impacts indigenous communities. The cacao stewardship framework is the result of frequent personal study with cacao for over seven years, on the ground visits with cacao farmers and cooperatives, and anti-oppression work studying decolonization and cultural appropriation.  

Q: I live in a country outside of the U.S. and the class times don’t work for me. Is there a different class time that I could join?

A: We hear you! We are offering the recorded option of the foundational course that you may watch at a time that is convenient for you. We hope to offer more class times in the future. 

Meet Cacao & Develop Your Personal Practice FAQs

Q: I really want to join this course but the time doesn’t work for me!

A: We hear you! You can still join the course even if you are unable to attend live. We offer a recorded version of the course for a discounted rate that you can select before adding the course to your cart. All of the classes will be recorded and e-mailed to you so you can watch them anytime.

Q: I’m brand new to cacao… is this course right for me?

A: Yes! This course is a foundational overview of working with ceremonial cacao. We cover the basics of what ceremonial cacao is, how it is beneficial for us, the history of it, how it’s made, the social impact it has on local and global economies, and more! One of our main intentions for this course is to familiarize you with creating your own cacao rituals. You will learn how to connect with your intuition and develop a relationship with cacao as a supportive plant ally in your life.

Even if you have a strong connection with cacao, this course will provide in-depth content around history and current traditions including footage from our stays with the cacao farming communities in Belize, Guatemala and Tanzania. This course sets the stage for empowering cacao stewards that have a well-rounded and cohesive understanding of how ceremonial cacao impacts us personally and collectively.

Q: Does this course cover how to facilitate group cacao ceremonies?

A: The foundational information provided in this course is important for anyone planning to share cacao in group ceremonies. In class 5 we cover topics such as how to know when you are ready to share cacao with others, and provide some helpful tips for getting started sharing cacao and working your way up to larger group offerings. Our level two course Steward The Medicine: Cacao Ceremony Facilitator Training is our advanced course to deepen your practice as a cacao facilitator. The first course is a pre-req for our second level course.

Q: Do I have to drink cacao to be a part of the course?

A: While it’s not required to drink cacao during our live classes, drinking cacao regularly throughout the course will help you to deepen your relationship with cacao. We will be offering homework and ritual suggestions for you to try throughout the 3 weeks.

We recommend stocking up before the class starts so you don’t run out during the course!

Q: What’s the difference between the recorded course vs the live course options?

A: For our foundational course we are offering a less involved option where you can watch the recordings of our live courses. This gives you the benefit of watching the videos on your own schedule while saving some money. The recorded option is best for you if you are a more independent learner and will be okay not asking live questions or interacting with other students much throughout the course. The live version of the course is best for those who want to engage with Jonas & Sena live to have their questions answered. In the live version of the course you also will interact with other students during the live cacao ceremony and in class. 

  

Steward The Medicine: Cacao Ceremony Facilitator Training FAQs 

Q: I really want to join this course but the time doesn’t work for me!

A: We hear you! While all of the classes will be recorded and e-mailed to you so you can watch them anytime, for this advanced level course we feel that you will receive the most out of your investment if you are able to join at least 80% of the courses live. Much of the curriculum is experiential in our live cacao ceremonies and will come from the live connections created in our classes. Stay tuned via our newsletter for our next offering of this course - we’ll be offering them once a quarter. 

Q: Do I get a certificate upon completion of this course?

A: We are not offering this as a certification program, because sharing cacao is a heart calling that only you can hear and know. Our intention for this course is to share best practices and learn from each other to raise the bar in the quality of cacao ceremonies and healing experiences people have all over the world. We (Jonas & Sena) won’t be evaluating you or judging the quality of your offerings and we envision this more as a council space for sharing and learning from each other.

Q: I’m brand new to cacao… is this course right for me?

A: We recommend our foundational course Meet Cacao: Develop Your Personal Practice, first :) 

Q: Do I have to take your foundational course before this one?

A: Yes, because the content for the second course builds on what's shared in the first course. If you feel that it will be a repeat of content for you (i.e. you've traveled to cacao farms and are familiar with the way cacao is made, understand the complexities of having a positive social impact with cacao, and have been immersed in the cacao world for a while) you can fill out this form to share about your experience and we will be in touch.

Q: Do I have to drink cacao to be a part of the course?

A: While it’s not required to drink cacao during our live classes, we will have multiple cacao ceremonies, and ritual practices that will involve drinking cacao, so it will be a large part of the course lovework.

We recommend stocking up before the class starts so you don’t run out during the course! 

Q: Do you offer the recorded version of this course like you do for the foundational course?

A: Because this course is mostly experiential in nature with a lot of in class exercises, we are not offering this course via the recorded version. You will get the most value as a participant out of it if you join us live.

 

Preparation Recipe for Online Cacao Ceremony