A warm invitation to join us in a Movement Medicine Cacao Ceremony around the time of the Winter Solstice. We gather to honour the cycles and the seasons, reminding us of our connection to the ever-changing flow of life. A time of contemplation in the darkness of winter as we welcome the gradual return of the light.
In ceremony you are invited to recognise where you are in your life right now and to reveal what matters to you. We lift our prayers and open to our capacity to receive vision, connecting to the wisdom of the moving body as the bridge between what we dream and what we create. We journey to align our soul’s purpose with our action in the world, as we dance to heal our connection to our hearts on a personal, relational and community level. The ceremony is a safe container – a place where we can connect to the unbroken intelligence of life. A space to restore and renew ourselves, and dedicate our dance for all our relations – past, present and future.
We are gathering in the Roundhouse – a sacred ceremonial space surrounded by beautiful woodlands. Come join us for a pilgrimage into the countryside. As the Roundhouse is on private land, directions will be given closer to the time when you book your space. It is about 5 minutes by car from Hemel Hempstead train station.
To celebrate this special time of year, we will work with the beautiful heart opening medicine of Cacao. Cacao has been used as far back as 1900BC as a health elixir and ceremonial medicine by our Central American ancestors to heal the mental, physical and spiritual body. We will set our intentions and drink a ceremonial dose of the highest quality Cacao. (More info below)
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WHAT IS MOVEMENT MEDICINE
Movement Medicine is a practice which directs our awareness to our movement, thoughts and feelings, supporting us to get more in touch with who we really are. It is an active and embodied meditation practice, opening the way to deep internal reflection. Through the dance we are invited on a journey of personal empowerment, relationship with community and connection with the creative life force within and around us. Ya’Acov and Susannah Darling Khan, founded the School of Movement Medicine, integrating their experience with a lineage of practices such as Shamanism, 5Rhythms, Gestalt Psychotherapy and Constellation work.
Mira graduated from The School of Movement Medicine and intuitively weaves from the rich tapestry of her experience as a dancer, therapist and artist. She creates a safe and sacred space for you to let go into the transformative power of the dance, deepening your connection to the creative life force within and around us. Mira also completed Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Advanced MM Training which includes working with Movement Medicine Ritual and Ceremony.
ABOUT YOUR INTENTION
In the days leading up to the ceremony, create some time to connect to your personal intention. What are you dancing for?
On arrival you will have the opportunity to be smudged – an ancient tradition of burning sacred plants/ wood and allowing the smoke to clear and bless your energetic field.
As we work with Cacao in an intentional way, we peel away the layers and come into deeper connection with our emotional centre and the intelligence of our own hearts. Aside from it’s many physical health benefits (vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, immune system boosting etc) – it is a powerful yet gentle plant medicine that supports our inner-work and facilitates a deep inner meditation. The mood enhancing neurotransmitters in Cacao has a nourishing effect on humans – opening body, mind and heart. *****READ CACAO CONTRAINDICATIONS BELOW IN PRACTICAL INFORMATION!
“It was a truly moving and profound experience.” – Rachel
“With Mira’s gentle support, I’ve been able to transform old and limiting beliefs I held about myself. In the freedom and creativity of the dance, I‘m discovering more of my true potential and evolving into a place of owning and shining my own light.” – Asija
“…I reach into unexplored parts of myself – to discover a gift of something new, a piece of myself that needed recognition, or a quality that wishes to make itself known and to integrate itself into my life…” – Eliot
“It’s a ceremony where we can safely let go… and enter an alternate universe where movement, sound and feelings intimately intertwine and become a portal for the soul to dance itself anew into existence.” – Bristena
“I know that the echoes of this sacred dance will continue to move me for many days to come.” – Simon
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Limited number of spaces available – so booking early is recommended.
Some concession spaces available at £40 if you are for-example on low income, JSA, or a pensioner. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange.
20% of the earnings go to reforestation
Tickets are not refundable, but are transferable to another person – please email details of name change to email@example.com and organise the finances between yourselves.
Saturday 14 December; 4:30 – 9:30pm
Please ARRIVE EARLY – time to check in and get changed into your dance clothes.
Doors will open at 4:10pm and close at 4:40pm
Due to the nature of such an event it is important that we start and finish together.
EATING & DRINKING
In ceremony we don’t stop to have a break for food. We direct any hunger towards calling in that which you are dancing for.
If you have blood sugar issues and need food during this time please have something small to hand so you do not need to leave the space to refuel. If this is the case, please be discreet and aware of noise (such as plastic wrappers) and be sensitive to those who choose not to eat.
***This is a drug and alcohol free event.
MINDFULNESS IN HOW WE USE CACAO
Avoid caffeine or other stimulants on the day and alcohol the night before. Arrive hydrated. Eating something light a few hours before the ceremony is fine and then refrain from eating so that the cacao can be easily absorbed. Cacao is a stimulant – so if you experience light-headedness, headache, nausea or detox symptoms – drink plenty of water. Certain medications such as some SSRI and MAO inhibitor Antidepressants do NOT mix well with cacao. CHECK YOUR MEDICATION! Be very mindful if you have a serious heart condition – cacao increases heart rate and lowers blood pressure. If you are pregnant / breastfeeding – it is advised to take a lower dose due to it’s stimulating effect (similar to caffeine). ***It is your responsibility to take the necessary steps to ensure your own wellbeing. You may want to start by drinking half the dose and then after half and hour drink the rest.
WHAT TO BRING
A notepad and pen
Art materials (optional) – some will be provided
Something light to eat (e.g. fruit, nuts) ONLY if you need to have it due to health reasons such as low blood pressure
A reusable water bottle
***Due to limited space in the Roundhouse we ask that you bring the bare essentials into the space and to leave the rest in the main house or in your car.
We invite you to wear something special to make it clear that you are going into ceremony. Loose comfortable clothes for moving is always best.
We dance barefoot in the Roundhouse.
The ceremony is grounded within the Movement Medicine teachings. It is good to have a grounding and understanding of movement practice.
Please do not chat during the ceremony. We hold a collective focus during the ceremony and only talk if absolutely necessary and then in a quiet whisper.
Closer to the time of the ceremony you will receive an email from me with reminders and further practical details.
If you have any further questions, please email Mira at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to welcome you in this special dance ceremony.