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International Day of Cacao Festival

Sunday 1st December  10am-8pm
Brady Arts & Community Centre,
London E1 5NU

love chocolate?

We’re delighted to announce our next upcoming event
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This is going to be a day long festival extravaganza, celebrating raw cacao & chocolate in all its manifestations. The menu will include nearly 10 hours of ecstatic dance, Cacao Ceremonies, Conscious Connection with Helen Thatcher, Contact Improvisation, Kirtan and Sound Healings. Workshops on chocolate yoga, Cacao and Sex, Cacao as a sacred medium, Cacao and Healing, Drumming Circle by Somesh, Cacao and visioning. Presentations from a Chocolate Shaman and on The Science of Chocolate, Holistic massages and therapies, stalls, raw chocolate market and products, in-house cafe.

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What To Expect?

Conscious Dance

Ecstatic Dance with famous DJs & Live Accompaniment, Conscious Connection Dance, Contact Improvisation & 5 Rhythmns inspired Return to Eden

Cacao Ceremonies

Sacred Cacao Ceremonies, Cacao & Visioning with Master Facilitators.  

Talks from experts on Chocolate

Amazing presentations on Cacao as a Sacred Medium, The History of Cacao, Cacao as a Healing Medium, The Cacao Renaissance.

Amazing Workshops

Orgasmic Cacao Breathwork, Drumming Circle, Gong Bath, Kundalini Yoga, Cuddle Lounge.

Conscious Christmas Market

Raw Chocolate Artisans, Organic Ethical Market, Alternative Cacao Gifts

Sacred Live Music

The English Rose Collective, Multiple Kirtan Sacred Chanting Circles. 

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Schedule

10.30am Opening Ceremony with Open Mandala

11am Cacao Ceremony with Deya CacaoAmor & Dance Medicine with DJ Pixi Pete & Live Drumming with Eliot

1.15pm Kirtan & Medicine Song Band The English Rose Collective

2.30pm Cacao Ceremony & Movement Medicine – Mira Khanya

4.45pm Ecstatic Dance with Renée Lacroix & Sound Healing – Lucy Lock and Lalia Alia

7.45pm Closing Ceremony with Open Mandala

11am Kirtan – Michelle Crozier

1.15pm Kundalini Yoga – Maria Björnberg

2.30pm Orgasmic Cacao Breathwork – Jem Ayres

3.30pm Contact Improvisation with Stone RedFire

4.45pm Drumming Circle – Somesh De Swardt

6pm Conscious Dance Journey & Yoga Nidra – Return to Eden Gatherings

12.30pm History of Cacao Talk with Deya CacaoAmor

2pm Cacao Renaissance Talk with Joanna Pardhy Casey

Why Cacao?

What is Cacao?

Seeds from a small tropical American evergreen tree, from which cocoa, cocoa butter, and chocolate are made.

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he tree that bears cacao seeds, which are contained in large, oval pods that grow on the trunk.

Cacao as Medicine

Long regarded as a food treat, cacao is now used by some people as medicine

Cacao seed is used for infectious intestinal diseases, asthma, bronchitis, and as an expectorant for lung congestion. The seed coat is used for liver, bladder, and kidney ailments; diabetes; as a tonic; and as a general remedy.

Raise Your Vibration

The spirt of Cacao was one of the most revered of the ancient mayan deities. They called Cacao “The water that runs through the heart”. Chocolate is a sacred medicinal psychoactive plant and Theobroma or cacao actually means the “food of the Gods”.

EXPERT WORKSHOP LEADERS

Meet The Dream Team

Samuel Halter

Samuel Halter

Managing Director Open Mandala

I connected powerfully with the potent medicinal potential of Cacao through my passion for Dance in particular Ecstatic Dance. I became more and more aware over time of Cacao’s heart opening qualities and it’s amazing multifaceted potential. I saw the different benefits people were gaining from Cacao with my friends and the wider community. I realised this is an amazing plant, that needs to be celebrated and publicised so people can enjoy its benefits more widely.

I began Open Mandala to create conscious community events. These include Meditation, Yoga, Kirtan, Ecstatic Dance, Conscious Parties, Self development workshops including the Golden Mandala Approach, Conscious Products launches, Authenticity training, Cacao events, Sound Healing and visioning workshops. Open Mandala has continued to grow and evolve with this event offering the largest Cacao themed celebration in Europe to my knowledge. I believe in aligning heart, mind and passion. These are the key to manifesting happiness in life and I expect this festival to be a joyous celebration. The rich broth of delicious offerings and inspiring amazing facilitators promises to expand horizons, break new ground for Cacao and broaden the Open Mandala family.

Deya CacaoAmor

Deya CacaoAmor

Cacao Soceress

Deya was born in Ecuador and has lived in many places around the world. She is a Cacao Sorceress, Yoga and tonic herb enthusiast, workshop facilitator and Nature’s advocate. A Cacao Sorceress listens and responds to the call of the Spirit of Cacao; sharing messages of joy and freedom. Is one who respects and appreciates nature, the fertile soil in which the Cacao Tree grows.
 Deya is a content creator, sharing her journey she inspires others to live their dreams. She offers an online training called Thriving in your Alignment with Cacao and Ceremony. She also works with a cooperative in Ecuador exporting ceremonial grade cacao, aiming to help and protect biodiverse farms and the people who care for them, whilst providing premium quality cacao to the world. 
 
 She experienced the power of Cacao in Palenque, Mexico in 2012. In 2013 she studied with Cacao medicine people in Mexico. She has been sharing Cacao in Ceremony in the Americas, Europe, India, Indonesia and Australia. She is passionate about bringing awareness of the nutritional and emotional benefits of Cacao, as well as mindfulness towards nature, ourselves and our community. Deya believes in the power of the plants, meditation, breath and ceremony, to expand human consciousness, co-creating a world where nature and humans coexist in love and harmony.
Brailla May

Brailla May

Creative Director Open Mandala

Brailla May is a multi talented
Conscious Event CreatrixGraphic & Web Designer, Natural Voice Practitioner & Women’s Circle Facilitator.

Brailla has been singing and dancing in communities all her life. She loves to gather people together to uplift their spirits through heart opening activities, whether it’s singing in harmony, dancing with cacao to existence or sharing in nature around a fire from
the heart.

Brailla designs for heart centered businesses, helping them to birth their gifts into the world to support others.

Brailla leads Natural Voice Community Choirs and Heartfelt World Music Singing.

We are so looking forward to welcoming on you on a truly special day dedicated to the mighty cacao bean. May it lift your winter up and fill you with joy! Can’t wait to see you on
the dance floor!

Mira Khanya

Mira Khanya

Movement Medicine

Mira Khanya is a Movement Medicine teacher who intuitively weaves from the rich tapestry of her experience as artist, therapist and dancer. She creates a safe space for you to drop into the wisdom of your moving body, awakening to the truth of who you are and what really matters. For her the freedom and creativity of the dance is a way into healing on a personal, relational and community level. A space where collectively we can experience the transformative power of the dance, gather resources and dedicate the energy we generate out into the world for the benefit of all. Mira teaches Movement Medicine classes, workshops and women’s circles in the UK and abroad. Her deep love of ritual is rooted in the way she facilitates her classes and she also offers regular Movement Medicine Ceremonies. 

 

Mira Khanya is a Movement Medicine teacher who creates immersive dance meditations for you to drop into the intelligence of your moving body and connect to the transformative power of the dance. A way to release and replenish, gathering resources and inspiration. A space where we can awaken to the truth of who you are and what really matters, while deepening connection to each other and the wider web of life. 
Renée Lacroix

Renée Lacroix

DJ & Founder of Ecstatic Dance UK

Canadian-born Renée has quickly built herself a name amongst the conscious dance scene in London and internationally, first as event producer then as DJ. Like many, she started DJing in her bedroom after a handful of YouTube tutorials and now has gigs in London, Paris, Lisbon and Bristol. As an avid traveller and a classically trained pianist, her sets will make you travel around the globe with a sophisticated tapestry of world electronica and neoclassical.
Ecstatic Dance is free-form dance practice inviting people to connect to themselves and to others through music and movement. It takes place over a 2-hour live DJ set, during which you’ll be guided through a musical journey, inviting you to move however you wish, the only guidelines being: no talking, no intoxicants and no phones. There are no steps or choreography, simply an invitation to step out of your comfort zone and let go. We’ll start with a short facilitated warmup before leaving you do your own thing to the rhythms of global bass and
world electronica.
DJ Pixi Pete

DJ Pixi Pete

Ecstatic Dance DJ

Let me invite you on a Journey. I am an Ecstatic Dance DJ and General Joy Ambassador for Fun and Smiles. You’ll soon discover that I have a love for many genres and attempting to weave a seamless journey through them, to create a what are called Waves. I enjoy this because to me, Dance is a medicine and because of the positive changes that dance has helped me in, I want to spread to the world. 

I hold Regular events in Glastonbury, U.K and can be found bouncing around all over the South of England. Happy Dancing!

Jem Ayres

Jem Ayres

Orgasmic Embodiment Coach

Multi-talented and creative Jem is passionate about helping people to connect with themselves through the body, fine-tuning into the
subtleties of our life force, using sexual energy to fuel all areas of life.

Orgasmic Cacao Breathwork
Cacao helps you surrender to the breathe and open your heart to this
expanded experience of meeting with your sexual energy. Through
breathe, sound and movement you’ll be guided into the erotic trance state. 

No nudity, touch or partner required.  This is a solo voyage of sexual self-discovery.

Maria Varanpal

Maria Varanpal

Kundalini Yoga Teacher

Kundalini Yoga Experience

Welcome to dive into a vibrational hour, connecting to our essence through the practise of Kundalini Yoga. It will be a session where we invite every moment to be a gift, with anything that may arise. Every breath, every heartbeat, every sound, every movement,.. is a possibility to be in presence. Welcome to move and be still, create sounds and be in silence in this life exploration hour with kundalini yoga teacher Maria Varanpal. Maria is at the moment based in Spain, and also works with
sound healing. 

 Bring your yoga mat or sheepskin, and if you have a blanket for relaxation and a pillow for meditation. 

English Rose Collective

English Rose Collective

Band

The English rose collective is a fresh new devotional singing experience, after holding singing circles in Peru and Guatemala, Elian Kidd came back to found the collective with members Tom Gwilliam, Ro Ocean and Seb Juliussen and are currently running Kirtan Cacao ceremonies in Brighton bi-monthly, and events in London including devotional music from many traditions such as Vedic, Medicine traditions, Sufi, Christian and Buddhist. The use of cacao helps to open the heart to the songs and deepen the experience. They also played for the first Sufi whirling Sema in the UK and have Sufi whirling events coming up in London and Brighton playing Sufi devotional music.
Somesh

Somesh

Drumming Circle Facilitator

Somesh has travelled to the West African Countries of Guinnea, Senegal, Ghana & Gambia to find the true teachings from the authentic African master drummers. Since then he has studied with Mamady Keita (Guinea), Yaw Asumadu (Ghana), Sekou Keita (Senegal), Nansady Keita (Guinea), Dembele Sidiki (Ivory Coast) and a number of other fantastic West African drummers. 

He has a passion for teaching drumming to beginners and spreading the message of the drum through connection and inspiration in a fun and accessible way. He loves nothing more than the joy that drumming brings to young and old alike.

Ben Eyddman

Ben Eyddman

Return To Eden

Ben joined MahaDevi in 2016 as an adult yoga teacher and has since trained to work with children with special needs. Prior to that he worked for a number of large national and international charities including Diabetes UK, Arthritis Research and The National Deaf Children’s Society in a variety of fundraising roles. Ben currently manages his own fundraising consultancy ‘Transform Fundraising’ with a diverse portfolio of clients from social action, refugee, the arts, food awareness, wellbeing and international development sectors. He is trustee and secretary for a yoga organisation based in the South West. Ben leads on all MahaDevi operations and acts as the link between the Board of Trustees and the rest of the team.

Ben is a trained in Classical Hatha Yoga, Yoga for The Special Child, Yoga Nidra and Indian Head Massage.

Stone Redfire

Stone Redfire

Contact Improv

The main focus of the workshop is the essence of contact improvisation: listening and sharing. The higher level of listening of ourselves and our dance partners gives higher responsiveness to each other, bring us fluidity, and high satisfaction in connection on a deeper level. 

We will work on getting into the body, on increasing awareness, on deepening sensitivity for smallest movements and energies and lightest changes of directions. Such subtlety in listening brings us closer to the environment surrounding us in dance and gives us a very intimate connection with the dance partners. That results in quicker development of the technique within principles and fundamentals of contact improvisation. 

Denisa Vulkova

Denisa Vulkova

Return To Eden

Denisa is the founder of MahaDevi, its lead teacher, Yoga for the Special Child (YSC) teacher trainer and senior YSC practitioner for Europe. Denisa has practiced yoga since she was 13. Initially she trained with the Sivananda yoga school. She met Sonia Sumar in 2009, trained with her and has been teaching YSC method and studying with Sonia Sumar since then. She set up the MahaDevi Yoga Centre in 2015. Denisa holds a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins and an Art Therapy Foundation from the Association of Art Therapists (AAT).

Michelle Crozier

Michelle Crozier

Kirtan

Originally trained as a soprano and from an opera and musical theatre background, Michelle fell in love with kirtan quite a few years ago. She hasn’t looked back since and is a passionate kirtan drummer for ‘Sivani Mata and The Shakti Soul Family’ and many other kirtan wallahs. Michelle runs her own chanting circles, and sound healing journeys where she loves to bring her magical mantras and drumming into the mix. She also teaches ‘Voice Of The Heart’ sessions which combines her classical training alongside a holistic approach to singing.

She has also recorded an album of mantras called ‘Journey Of The Heart’ which is her greatest achievement so far.

People say  –
‘You are the music that moves me’
‘Your music is food for the soul’

ALTERNATIVE THERAPISTS

Shanti Lawrie

Shanti Lawrie

MTI Holistic Massage Therapist

Shanti is offering Intuitive Holistic Healing Massage and Energetic Healing Treatments.

Holistic massage treatments integrate the whole self; the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs of the client. A personalised treatment is offered

There will be 15 minute, 30 and 60 minute treatments available.

‘Shanti has the wonderful gift of intuition and provides deeply spiritual emotional support. She is adept at offering space and holding emotions. Thoroughly recommended!’

Leo Jaxon Phoenix

Leo Jaxon Phoenix

Indian Head Massage, Reiki & Holistic Bodywork

Leo will be offering Indian Head Massage (including neck, back shoulders and hands) on a ‘pay what you feel’ basis.

He is a qualified practitioner of Reiki, Indian Head Massage and holistic bodywork (VTCT) and also runs workshops, teaching techniques and theories that he has developed through his own practice – presenting ideas that the ‘professional’ schools do not teach. He is an intuitive and very sensitive body worker and has been described as having a ‘gift’ – a ‘special’ and
‘healing’ touch.

Testimonials

What People Are Saying

“Just wanted to feedback how much I enjoyed Friday night’s dance. The intro and exercise at the beginning really helped the group dance something very special into life. It was lovely seeing Brailla dancing on the stage and then bounding onto the dance floor, joy unrestrained. The gong bath relax down was a lovely finish. Many thanks for bringing these kind of events together.”

Haydn

Conscious Heart Summer Party 2019