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Cacao Foundations 101 Course

Curious to work with ceremonial cacao but not sure where to start? In this foundational course you'll discover:

  • How to prepare cacao at different dosages
  • Cacao's health benefits
  • Cacao's origins and mythology
  • How cacao is made from the farm to the cup
  • How to create your own personal cacao ritual

The course is an interactive learning journey that takes place over 19 days. Each day after you begin, you'll unlock a new lesson for the day. The course is self guided, and completed in your own time frame. 

Lessons include journal prompts, guided meditations, and daily cacao rituals, helping you anchor in positive wellness habits.

You can purchase just the online course, or bundle it with a discounted price on our best selling Variety Case which includes all the cacao you'll need for the course.

Want to go even deeper with a 12 week cacao ceremony facilitator course? Registration opens December 4th 2023 and the course begins January 8th 2024.

COURSE ONLY

Includes just the online cacao course, you can use any cacao that you'd like (you'll need 12 servings).

COURSE WITH CACAO

Includes the course + our Variety Case: 12 single-serving packets of cacao that accompany the course.

Includes 1oz packets of: Boundless Belize (1), Connected Colombia (1), Glowing Guatemala (2), Mystical Mushroom (2), Oaxacan Spice (1), Tantric Rose Blossom (2), Thriving Tanzania (2), and Vibrant Vitality (1).

This bundle gives you 20% savings on our Variety Case and free shipping.

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What To Expect From This Course

This foundational course is 19 days long and includes key information about cacao, self-reflection prompts, and guided meditations. The course is hosted on our online learning platform. Once you purchase the course, you'll receive an email inviting you to create your account for the course. You'll want to designate about 10-15 minutes per day for each lesson.

Here's what the course covers:

  • Week 1: Learn the basics of cacao including: history, mythology, health benefits, etc.
  • Week 2: Drink cacao daily with guided meditations, learn how to prepare cacao at different dosages, creating a relationship with the spirit of cacao
  • Week 3: Working with cacao to ease anxiety, embody gratitude, and create your personal cacao ritual

This Course Is For You If...

☑ You've been wanting to try ceremonial cacao but need guidance on how to prepare it and work with it

☑ You already love cacao but want a Cacao 101 education

☑ You'd like support in creating your own daily cacao ritual or connecting to the spirit of cacao

☑ You've experienced the health, mood, and energy benefits of cacao and want to learn more about this amazing plant ally

Cacao 101 Course Reviews

10 reviews
  • Olivia P.
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    2 months ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Great background info

    Lots of helpful learnings and makes me even more interested in my daily cacao ritual.

  • Barbara D.
    Verified Buyer
    2 months ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Love the course

    I like that the time in the beginning is spent on history and culture before we start to learn about and build relationship with the plant spirit. I recommend this course to anyone who is seeking this medicine in their life.

  • Advie N.
    Verified Buyer
    2 months ago
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Wonderful Expeirience

    I truly enjoyed the course, The information was not overwhelming and I would recommend this course to anyone who is curious about cacao. My favorite part of the course were the meditation and journaling prompts which helped me connect. Thank you for offering this beautiful journey.

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  • Ridiculously delicious

    Ridiculously delicious

    The richest, most decadent flavors and smoothest, silkiest textures from the highest quality cacao.

  • Good for your health

    Good for your health

    Supports mood, energy levels, heart and brain functioning, and boosts creativity. Oh and there's zero sugar.

  • Coffee replacement

    Coffee replacement

    No more jitters or indigestion. Cacao provides a gentle energy boost that sustains you throughout the day.

What Makes Our Cacao Ceremonial-Grade

Ceremonial cacao refers to the quality and source of the beans, the process of making the cacao, and the intentions and ingredients that go into it. Our cacao is:

  • Respected as a medicine
  • Comes from native seeds from local heirloom nurseries
  • Organically grown in agroforestry projects, primarily on family farms averaging 2 acres in size
  • Grown in a cooperative model, paying an average of 40-220% above the commodity price, which provides better livelihood for farmers and communities
  • Purchased directly and handcrafted at our factory in northern California
  • Blessed throughout the entire making process with love and intention for healing
  • Lightly roasted, maintaining the healthy beneficial compounds of the cacao beans. This allows one to access expanded states of consciousness and increased vitality levels by connecting with the beneficial compounds of high quality cacao
  • Consumed intentionally with ritual, often to connect more deeply with yourself and others.

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Ethical Trade Regenerative Agroforestry USDA Organic Sugar-Free Third Party Metals Tested Vegan & Keto GMO-Free & Soy-Free

Answers to Frequent Health Questions

What are the Nutrition Facts?

Boundless Belize, Connected Colombia, Glowing Guatemala, Thriving Tanzania:

Mystical Mushroom Cacao:

Oaxacan Spice Cacao:

Tantric Rose Blossom Cacao:

Vibrant Vitality Cacao:

Is Your Cacao Tested for Heavy Metals?

Our cacao has been lab tested for safety and meets comprehensive EU standards for absence of heavy metals. In particular all our cacao tests below detectable thresholds for lead, and all our cacao tests below government mandated limits for cadmium. We actually test for 68 different heavy metals, but our focus here is on lead and cadmium as those are of most public discussion.

So why is our cacao so much safer than other chocolate products out there? 

Let’s look at cadmium specifically. Cadmium uptake is dependent on many variables, including cacao genotype, cacao tree age, and other trace metals present in the soil. Notably, the more depleted the soil is of other beneficial minerals such such as Zn, Ca, Mg, and Mn, and the younger the trees are, the higher the Cadmium uptake is. Because our cacao sourcing is focused more on quality than quantity, it is not farmed as intensively as the majority of global monoculture cacao production. Rather, our trees tend to be older and within polyculture agroforestry systems with rich soils - all factors that reduce cadmium uptake. The permaculture practices that our farmers use also regularly replenish the soils. So really, cadmium uptake has a substantial amount to do with farm management practices.


It’s also interesting to note that cadmium is first accumulated in leaves, then cacao pod shells, then cacao beans. Proper handling and shelling of cacao beans can remove the husk, which has a higher concentration than the edible part, the bean. We take great care in our cracking and winnowing process to remove as much shell as possible, which also reduces cadmium concentration in the final product. With our recent factory upgrade, we actually acquired a cracker and winnower that is a state of the art German design, used in the chocolate industry for over fifty years! This results in the cleanest cacao nibs possible.

Are there any Contradindications?

We believe cacao has potential as a holistic therapy for depression, and we have encountered the effects of cacao during depressive episodes to be uplifting and stabilizing. It is our sincere hope that someday cacao could become a part of a clinically proven method for treating depression naturally, or as a method for assisting people in reducing their dependence on powerful pharmaceuticals. 


Because cacao is contraindicated with SSRIs, many people struggling with depression cannot take cacao because of the SSRI’s they are medicating with. There is potential that people may be able to partially reduce their SSRI medication intake and supplement with ceremonial cacao, however medical studies on this need to be done to establish a verifiable protocol. If you are a medical practitioner and would like to collaborate with us on such a study, please let us know! Because pharmaceutical SSRIs have many side effects and ceremonial cacao is beneficial in so many other ways, we are hopeful that such a protocol would greatly benefit the lives of many people struggling with depression and other mood disorders.

What Minerals Does Cacao Have?

Consuming cacao can replenish minerals vital to our body. Magnesium is chronically deficient in the majority of western diets, and cacao is the highest naturally occurring source. Magnesium is used in all key brain functions, especially memory and concentration. It is also beneficial for the function of the heart, acting to relax blood vessels and decrease strain. Besides magnesium, cacao is also the highest naturally occurring source of chromium, and also high in copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, sulfur, iron, and phosphorus.

How Does Cacao Affect Mood?

Many ceremonial cacao lovers report a notable impact on their mood. There is substantial science that explains why ceremonial cacao is so beneficial. Pure cacao contains beneficial neurotransmitters and neuro-modulators already present in our brain. It also contains reuptake inhibitors that block the pathways that our bodies normally use to break down and recycle these beneficial mood altering molecules, so the good mood lasts for longer. In the long term, regularly working with ceremonial cacao can have therapeutic health benefits, including creating new neural pathways that change our daily experience to include more joy, love, and connection.

Top Molecules in Cacao

Some of the top mood altering molecules in cacao include:

Anandamide is commonly referred to as the bliss molecule, and is associated with the runner’s high effect. It is actually the first endocannabinoid to be discovered, and it is well known for moderating pain. Cacao also has N-linoleoylethanolamine, which is the reuptake inhibitor for anandamide.

Phenylethylamine (PEA) - Helps with excitement, alertness, attention. Gives the perception of time slowing down.

Norepinephrine is commonly referred to as the joy molecule. It is both a neurotransmitter and a hormone,

Serotonin - Helps with wellbeing, and creates resistance to stress. Cacao also has MOA inhibitors that inhibit reuptake of serotonin.

Dopamine - Gives feelings of motivation and pleasure. Cacao also has MOA inhibitors that inhibit reuptake of dopamine.

Due to these molecules and many others, when you drink ceremonial cacao you may feel expansive, blissful, connected to self and/or others, inspired, connected to your intuition & vision, connected to spirit, grounded, emotions arise, and the movement of stuck energy. You can also experience increased blood flow, mood elevation, and a more expanded state of consciousness. Cacao is a vasodilator, meaning your blood vessels and muscular systems relax. When working with ceremonial doses of cacao, blood flow can increase by up to 30%, meaning that more blood (life force energy) is moving through your body and nourishing all of your systems.

CONNECTED TO THE SOURCE


FROM FARM TO CUP


Our hearts have been opened and our lives have been transformed through intimate contact with cacao, one of nature’s greatest healing medicines. We hope in our relationship with you, you will receive many gems of wisdom compiled from countless hours in the field, that we hope will deepen your practice, connection and life.

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