Gather @ The Cacao Studio | Chocolate Making & Ceremony in Occidental, California


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Friday Oct 4 - Sunday Oct 6, 2019

Camp nestled in the Redwoods with us for two nights & three days as we immerse ourselves in chocolate making & ceremony.

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We will learn the ancient tradition of stone grinding chocolate by hand, share cacao ceremony around the fire and visit the Firefly Cacao Studio to see the alchemical process of transforming beans to cacao discs.

We will enjoy organic locally sourced home-cooked meals, a visit to The Grove of The Old Trees, and receive the simple magic of gathering in community, communing with nature and sharing many cups of cacao together.

This land, native to Southern Pomo, Miwok & Graton Rancheria peoples is beautifully stewarded and you will feel as if you are visiting a friends' home, rather than being at a formal retreat center. There is a mineral water hot tub with an outdoor shower on the premises, and all of the water is from a spring that is UV filtered. The space is completely private, with a yoga studio and acres of redwoods to explore and commune with.
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Day 1- Friday Arrival in the afternoon

  • 5:00pm Orientation
  • 6:00pm Dinner
  • 7:30pm Opening ceremony in tipi

Day 2 - Saturday

  • 7:00-8:30am Yoga
  • 8:30-9:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30-12:30 Firefly Cacao Studio Tour - See how cacao is made & fresh cacao tasting! 
  • 1:30-2:30 Lunch
  • 3:30-5:30 Redwoods Cacao Walk @ Grove Of The Old Trees
  • 6:30-7:30 Dinner 
  • 8pm-10pm Outdoor or Tipi fire ceremony

Day 3 - Sunday

  • 7:00-8:30am Yoga
  • 8:30-9:00 Light breakfast
  • 9:30-12:00pm Morning cacao ceremony & stone ground chocolate making
  • 12:30-1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30-3:30 Departures
    Price: $488 - all meals & cacao included
    You will need to provide:
    - Your own camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, etc.) We have pads that you can use if needed.
    - Your own transportation (we can connect ppl for carpooling if there is interest!)

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