The Cacao Lab Journal

Florencia Fridman
Woman meditating at Cacao Ceremony

How to Integrate After a Cacao Ceremony: Ceremony Series, Part III

Integration is one of the most important parts of any experience we encounter. Just as we go through a process of digestion after a meal to absorb the nutrients, nourish our bodies and release what won’t serve us, we have must have a process of assimilation after any experience to serve our highest potential. When it comes to Cacao ceremonies this is also the case. Here we share some useful tips to use to integrate the teachings of a ceremony in the days and weeks that follow.   Ceremonies and rituals can be experiences in many different ways, and what...

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Jason Proffitt
The Simple Truths of Cacao Cultivation

The Simple Truths of Cacao Cultivation

In our journeys to see our Cacao-raising partners in Ecuador, we’ve learned an incredible amount about picking quality Cacao, sustainable cultivation methods, and the plant genealogy that separates the good Cacao from the truly great. It’s truly amazing the depth to which an interest in a particular plant can open your world to so many different realms of knowledge. Natural slope drainage techniques that use gravity to accumulate precious water during the dry season? Sure, let’s talk about it for an hour! But the thing that strikes us continually whenever we visit is the wisdom of our partners. Beyond technical...

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Jason Proffitt
Kicking Caffeine: Ceremonial Cacao as Coffee Alternative

Kicking Caffeine: Ceremonial Cacao as Coffee Alternative

Ah, the years-long battle to defeat coffee. Never had I made it more than one month off the brown stuff despite years of attempts. That month was magical. More energy, no sleepiness come lunchtime, and more often than not, an easy lull into slumber at bedtime. I made it through the headaches and the fogginess of the first week, and by the latter half of the month, I felt my body had adjusted. But, it was not to last. I missed the ritual of coffee. Tea has never particularly done it for me, and I longed for something robust and...

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Florencia Fridman
What to Expect from a Cacao Ceremony: Ceremony Series, Part II

What to Expect from a Cacao Ceremony: Ceremony Series, Part II

Cacao ceremonies are growing in popularity across the globe. What seemed like such a foreign experience for many of us ten years ago is now a journey loved by many who are looking to deepen their relationship with the sacred and celebrate life. You can now find a Cacao ceremony in almost every major city, often with many other modalities incorporated into the flow. If this is your first time reading about Cacao ceremonies or ceremonial Cacao, you may be wondering what the ceremony is all about. Although there are many ways to share Cacao in ceremony, here we will...

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