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Traditional Cacao Ceremony and Sacred Sound Journey with Kristian Romme and Gavin Kendrick


The Wonder Inn, Manchester
29 Shudehill M4 2AF Manchester England
We warmly invite you to join our circle at The Wonder Inn this Tuesday.
Please bring a duvet and pillow to make a nest, and a journal.


A cacao ceremony opens the doors of the heart to deep transformation. Whichever your path, the intention of the ceremony is yours to set, and, when called upon with reverence, the cacao deva aligns you with the insight and awareness required to move towards that shift. One treasure of working with ceremonial cacao is its capacity to facilitate extremely rich and often visionary, perceptive inner work. Ixcacao, the cacao deva, has an intelligent, gentle and well-crafted means of delivery that allows participants to slip effortlessly within to explore these deep, inner terrains. After guided meditations and a shamanic sound journey through the elements, space for journalling is provided so insights can be noted – it can often take days, weeks or even months for the revelatory meaning of these whispers from the beyond to be fully understood.

With over one thousand chemical constituents, the bitter beans from the chocolate tree might well be the most pharmacologically complex food in nature. The alkaloids, neurotransmitters, neuromodulators, vitamins and minerals specific to cacao have a particularly nourishing effect on the human body, and these effects are amplified when using beans that have been fermented by burying underground in the traditional way. This ancient method of processing distinguishes ceremonial grade cacao from raw or processed chocolate powders available in health shops and supermarkets.

Kristian Romme discovered cacao in ceremony in Copenhagen, and soon after found himself on the porch of Keith, the internationally renowned chocolate shaman, at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. Here, he apprenticed to Keith, attending and assisting his healing work during the day, and packaging bags of freshly ground cacao at night. Gavin is a sound healer, bodyworker and herbalist who has been crafting exquisite elixirs from these beans since 2014. Together, Kristian and Gavin create mystical soundscapes in a safe, strongly-held space, combining overtone singing with acoustic and sacred instruments from different cultures around the world. Instruments that may be used to guide the journey include the Reverie harp, didgeridoo, jew’s harp, koto, monochord, tambura, handpan, ocean drum, frame drum, Koshi chimes, Himalayan singing bowls, sansula and tuning forks.