Many sensitive people feel called by Cacao and hear the gentle voice of Mother Nature through her offerings. To us, Cacao is not only chocolate, but a consciousness and intelligence. We honour Cacao as a teacher and keeper of ancient, sacred wisdom and acknowledge her as a feminine force. Being guarded by Elders, Cacao seems to offer a ceremonial centre to reconnect with the invisible harmony.
We recognise that cacao carries within a powerful medicine that nourish the soul, expand the mind and connects the human heart with the heartbeat of life itself. The Cacao Mother invites us to remember that we are part of the earth, of nature, the stars and the cosmos and in relationship with both the living and the spiritual world. Cacao is teaching a sacred reciprocity, that of taking and giving thanks in return.
What was given to us, we give back; in free resources, online programs and in-person teachings. In our worldview, ecology, economy and spirit are interwoven. We acknowledge Cacao's gift to awaken a deep heart intelligence and take a stand for sacred Cacao. We share earth rooted wisdom on how to respectfully invite the Spirit and be in ceremony with Cacao while opening to the sacred origins.
We love Cacao and thus have created an entire universe around the Spirit. In the following we present the four important pillars of our work - our work and service is anchored in Nutrition & Science, The Global Market, History and the Cacao Ceremony. We encourage you to get acquainted with these pillars and be aware that they will support your understanding as a groundwork for the ritual experience with the Cacao Spirit.
In resources we go deeper and share useful information around ceremonial Cacao. We think that everyone should know how to prepare a ceremonial Cacao with intention and be inspired by the incredible alchemy that Cacao offers. To us, Cacao has a personality and we like to call her the Cacao Mother and Mama Cacao.
In the past years we have created a number of foundational and deepening courses. Most of our courses are offered online. This gives you the possibility to download the pre-recorded audio materials to your devices, print the workbooks and to sit under a tree when you listen to our teachings. Study in your own pace and rhythm. Here you can read more in detail how the medicine trainings are structured and what they include.
One of the most beautiful gifts we have received from working with the Cacao spirit is to strengthen our roots and honour the land where we live, which is Germany and Europe. Over the years, an important reconciliation has taken place. Today, we are building bridges between Central America, where the Cacao spirit was mainly revered, and the spirit, plants, and traditions of Northern Europe. The plant kingdom here is full of variety, power, and magic.
We love to connect with local herbs, and find the herbal collection of our dear plant sister Simone rich and powerful and trust her way of ceremony. Two of our favourite mixes are Aurora & Freya. I, Serap, prefer to work with a stove and candle, under which the herbs and flowers gently emanate their powerful essence and fragrance. Working with local plants support me to anchor myself in the land I live on and at the same time build a bridge between the many different cultures within myself.
"As an herbalist, the love for plants is my heritage, my Grandmother Charlotte Meentzen founded one of the first herbal beauty companies in Germany. With Fiber&Heart® I express an interest in the natural way of life, cultivating effective solutions to connect humans with nature ... all is handmade in Germany." – Simone Meentzen
Casa Cacao and Cacao Mama have been friends and co-creators for almost a decade and have shared important stations along our cacao journey. We at Cacao Mama love Sofia's creations and recommend her for chocolate making à la Chocolat!
"My relationship with Cacao started because I wanted to make raw chocolates without milk and sugar that taste delicious and keep the Cacao´s properties so that the body can assimilate them. I managed and created Casa Cacao for that in 2015."
Sofia loves to share how to transform cacao beans into chocolate and guides everyone who feels like doing the same. In her raw chocolate workshop, you will be using all your senses while learning about Cacao and how to make raw chocolate. Casa is the house, so you'll meet Sofia @home (either at Sofia’s home in the Uckermark or your own kitchen) as this is the place you can relax and learn by putting directly into practice what you hear and see. While creating your chocolate, you will talk, laugh, live, and spend a heartfelt time with Sofia. You will be giving all of your energy to the chocolate - lucky ones who will receive and eat it! First, you will taste what you've created, and then you can give these treasures to your beloved ones.
DIY Raw Chocolate Workshop with Sofia here
Cacao can be lovingly combined with yoga, dance, sound, body and womb work, shamanic journeys, and wo/men's circles. Each healing art requires a unique setting which may raise questions about quantity, timing, logistics or cultural appropriation. Serap invites experienced teachers to join her IN CIRCLE and share their expertise, vision and how they combine Cacao respectfully with a traditional and modern healing practice.
In Ceremony is an offering of Cacao Mama's heart; a twelve-edition mini-magazine that we create along the ancient European wheel of the year. Our journey has started with Imbolc and every month we tune into the currents of our time, honour the past, peak into the future and create a bridge to the many ways of Cacao. We share treasures from Cacao Mama's apothecary freely and invite you to be in Ceremony with us.