Cacao is the medicine of the Heart. Its qualities literally raise our
vibration. As the powerful and subtle energy of cacao enters the body, it
helps to remove, release and transform any blocks.
“The alchemy that came out of this ceremony has filled my heart with gifts of love, honouring and belong so that I can remember all that I am and show up as the best version of me throughout the coming year!”
“Annabelle made us feel so special and was very skilled in helping people express themselves when struggling. I really liked how you work on being just who you want to be without apology and I’m sure you will touch many souls and help many people with your gentle honesty. Thank you”
“I feel at peace; with clarity and an open heart. I feel connected with my ancestral beings within the space you created. Thank you for your energetic vibrations, I feel raised and whole again”
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
What is cacao?
My Intention in Working with Cacao
I work in ceremony so that the space is a container for healing, using various shamanic tools, music, oils, and visualisations. There is also time for verbal sharing so that everyone can connect with their truth and with each other. In this way, we co-create a space that is authentic, healing, creative and inspirational. We work with consciously chosen intentions and allow the Cacao to work in alignment with your wishes for your journey – you can go as deeply or as gently as you want.
My intention is that you leave a Cacao ceremony altered in some way for the better, lighter, more connected and able to meet the world with your heart leading the way.
How I offer this work
Cacao brings heart to whatever it is you are experiencing and wanting to create. In my life, there is not a space that I haven’t brought Cacao’s intelligence to, to help shine the lights of guidance, insight and direction while assisting myself and others to remain connected with self, heart and truth.
I offer Cacao ceremony in the following settings:
- One-to-one sessions
- Celebrations of conscious unions, such as marriages, handfastings and bridal blessings
- Even business meetings can benefit from this medicine.
I also use this medicine alongside other modalities such as the Kambo, where the cleansing protocol becomes part of a bigger journey. I can assist you in meeting the powerful Plant Medicines of Essential Oils, where I introduce the natural pathways to living in a non-toxic home and using nature’s medicine cabinet so that you can take back your power to create health and happiness.
To book a Cacao ceremony or a one-to-one session, please get in touch here. Read on to find out more about the origin of Cacao, the process of working with it, and the results you can expect.
Where does Cacao come from?
It’s no surprise that chocolate is so popular in the Western world. We took what was once a native medicine used to heal and expand the heart and corrupted it out of its ceremonial context, using the cheaper, less pure ingredients of the plant alongside chemicals and refined sugars to create a drug rather than a medicine.
So many of the original ways and medicines have been corrupted and lost in our modernisation that we no longer feel connected to our lands or our ancestors and we lack the right tools in our communities to facilitate peace, harmony and creation. The resurgence of Cacao points to the fact that our species needs to connect with each other more than ever – and healing always starts within.
I use 100% pure ceremonial grade Cacao from independent Ecuadorian farmers which I infuse with herbs, oils and coconut nectar. Every part of the process is in integrity: using chemical-free lands, supporting the farmers who harvest with traditional methods, and keeping the cost of Cacao sustainable so that it’s available to buy and use. You can purchase our Cacao from our shop Garden of Alchemy Cacao
During the ceremony, we drink this health-enhancing elixir together, allowing about 20 minutes for it to take effect. The effects last a few hours but the insights and teachings from Cacao can stay with us forever. We work with intentions and themes that guide the path of the medicine and maintain our awareness of the process. A ceremony can last between 1 – 4 hours, depending on the nature of the intention.
The process of working with Cacao is a beautiful synergy of higher frequencies. Its soft nurturing qualities bring a sense of abundance and energy to each ceremony. Internal conflicts can be resolved with the penetrating truth that this medicine carries. Cacao brings wisdom to our consciousness so that we can process and heal without struggle and suffering.
The effects of Cacao are ever-expanding and awe-inspiring and I have had the pleasure of seeing this medicine work in a myriad of ways:
A warm welcome to this journey
Every process starts with a calling. A calling is when your being literally resonates with the idea of Cacao, hearing it mentioned, or the sound of the word. It is the Plant Kingdom inviting you to connect to your true nature with the help of its interconnected intelligence.
If you’re being called, either through curiosity or the intelligence of your intuition, to experience Cacao – follow that inner voice. I promise it won’t let you down. I have nothing but gratitude and love for this beautiful heart-centred medicine that continues to permeate my life with purpose, connectedness and love.
If you have a project, idea, baby blessing or some other event that you feel needs witnessing, ceremony, love and connection, then please get in touch to create your personal Cacao Ceremony. If you feel called to work with Cacao, you can also come for a one-to-one with me or choose to attend one of the group ceremonies I offer.
Delicious ceremonial cacao recipe
42-48 grams Garden of Alchemy Ceremonial Cacao
200-250ml of water, Garden of Alchemy Heart Dreams Tea or other herbal teas(don’t boil, or let it cool down for 20 minutes if you do).
2-3 teaspoons of Coconut Sugar
1-2 Drops Essential Oil(We recommend doTERRA Essential Oils as it is regulated for internal use.)
Spices (Cayenne, ginger, black pepper, salt etc.)
Dried Rose Petals, Super Food etc.
Be creative, but keep it simple. Don’t overload the Cacao with too many different medicines.
Collect all your ingredients, clear your environment, smudge, light a candle. Close your eyes and take some deep breaths.
Allow your mind to call in the people who will be drinking the Cacao. Follow Your intuition on creating the Cacao with regards to ingredients, consider the purpose of the ceremony.
Cut the cacao into small pieces. Heat the water or tea. If making tea, allow the tea to really seep before you use it.
Either blend or mix the Cacao and water/tea adding the coconut sugar. Just before serving, add any superfoods, spices and oils. Taste at this stage.
Bless your Cacao and open your Ceremony with Prayer.
Dear cacao spirit prayer
Dear Cacao Spirit,
Please guide me to make choices from love,
to face the pain I avoid so it can be transmuted,
to make small changes towards a new more
expansive way of living.
My intention is …………….
Open my heart to Divine Love,
in partnership with cacao amor and Farmers fund charity
Garden of Alchemy collaboration with Cacao Amor
Garden of Alchemy is proud to be partnering with Cacao Amor who has sourced and collaborated with local farmers in a remote area of Ecuador. Investing in the highest quality and ethically sourced Cacao, you are supporting small farms and their families flourish. The Cacao trees are thirty to one hundred years old, free from pollutants, heavy metals and are never sprayed with any nasty pesticides. These farms are small and family run, and we make sure they are paid more than the set trading price of cacao beans.
The process is overseen from tree to bean to bar. The amazing taste and recipe of this High-Grade Cacao is created within the genetics of Cacao Fino y de Aroma – Baleo, maintaining and reproducing ancestral varieties to deliver a Cacao with unique profiles, aromas and health benefits!
For more information about sourcing visit Cacao Amor
As we believe that health starts from the source not only do we guarantee the best Cacao. For every bar sold £2 goes towards education, support and nurturing of the ecological farms. By purchasing this Cacao, you are preserving habitat and improving the quality of life of those who protect and care for it.
EVENTS & CEREMONIES
I had the best Birthday celebration of my life! For my 34th Birthday Annabelle held an exquisite, uniquely personal cacao ceremony allowing me to celebrate myself with my community of family and friends. The alchemy that came out of this ceremony has filled my heart with gifts of love, honouring and belong so that I can remember all that I am and show up as the best version of me throughout the coming year! Thank you for creating the safety for myself and my community to release into this Devine remembrance and to celebrate being alive! Thank you for poring your alchemical love wisdom and magic into the cocoa, your blessings, your song and the entire ceremony. It was Devine!
Feeling so blessed to have crossed paths with Annabelle Nicoll. I have been inspired over and over again by her widosm and her powerful presence holding space for me and others in ceremony. I have journeyed with her on the Artists Way with Mama Cacao. It was such a wonderful process of unfolding and tapping into deep pools of my creativity. I have grown in so many ways and planted so many new seeds. I highly recommend doing this course!! thank you ??✨
I attended a Sacred Cacao Ceremony with dear Annabelle. It was a beautiful space and I felt my body soften and open into a deep place during the ceremony and in the space itself. Dear Annabelle is gifted at holding space providing the safe container to express whatever is present and she offers guidance to allow us to explore ourselves. The Sacred Cacao ritual felt both nourishing and tender and I felt connected through my heart to myself and to all the other beings present. I would recommend this experience to everyone who wishes to experience a Sacred Cacao ritual in a safe space and to feel connected to ourselves and to others. Thank you dear sister, with heartfelt love and appreciation from Shanti ???
What a lovely ceremony with such a lovely group of ladies. A real treat for the senses and the soul with cacao, sound, meditation, sharing and healing. Most deeply gratifying three hours spent for a long time thank you xx
Absolutely incredible ceremony and highly recommended to anybody who feels ready for it. I felt safe and cared for all the way through.
Such beautiful work and such a beautiful experience.
Annabelle Nicoll holds an extraordinary space of deep healing and self enquiry. I feel blessed to have come here so many times and yet had such profound insights and shifts every time. Thank you!
I feel so privileged to have been part of the Artist’s Way Group with Mama Cacao and Annebelle Nicoll… Annabelle has the ability to hold a sacred space, accommodating individuals and meeting them where they are truly ‘at’. I feel the experience really allowed me to delve deep into my creativity and potential. I valued the way Annabelle created such a nurturing space for us all and gently encourages growth and self-awareness. I highly recommend the courses she offers, she facilitates connection from a place of true integrity ❤️???
I am really grateful for the opportunity to go along to Annabelles Valentines Soul Day. Annabelle created a beautiful day full of sensual delights- yin yoga, cacao ceremony, sound bath and essential oils all themed around how we care for and love ourselves. I’ve never tried Yin yoga before and loved it. Annabelle created and held a welcoming safe space and I really appreciated her attention to detail and felt very taken care of from the moment I stepped in the room. The event space itself was warm and calming and perfect for the yin yoga and sound bath. I really enjoyed that the whole approach to the day was sacred, full of ceremony and ritual- from being greeted and smudged, to the inviting circle and sharing space laid out in the room, the welcome tea, the magical altar, the meditation and intention setting and of course the Cacao ceremony itself. There was a lot of beautiful vulnerable sharing throughout the day and I felt humbled to be sat in the circle and to witness tears and laughter and for everything to be very welcome. It’s a precious thing to be able to bring a group of people together who don’t know each other and for that to happen very naturally. Throughout the day my spark of interest in essential oils was ignited and I’m going to attend Annabelles essential oils event next week in Brighton. Really grateful for this lovely experience- would thoroughly recommend it! Thank you!
I recently attended a lovely day with Annabelle, her partner and also a harpist and a yin yoga teacher. It was a day full of surprises and warmth. It was multisensory with beautiful colours, sounds, smells, tastes and sensations as singing bowls were places on us during yoga poses. Annabelle made us feel so special and was very skilled in helping people express themselves when struggling. I really liked how you work on being just who you want to be without apology and I’m sure you will touch many souls and help many people with your gentle honesty. Thank you mx
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