This course is definitely worth the price of admission. I found myself resonating deeply with the philosophies Nick shares, and found the first three modules to be highly impactful in terms of setting the right mindset to enter into the role of ceremonial facilitator. I have completed the first half of the program as of this review, and find the ‘how to’ nature of the middle section of the program to be very helpful, especially for anyone who has not experienced creating or hosting live events. I highly look forward to the last four weeks, as the titles of those modules feel very much aligned to what I wanted to learn in this program.
This 10 week experience deepened my relationship with ceremonial cacao, with the cacao community at large, and with my own budding spiritual framework. I learned not just how to create sacred containers for others, but how to foster moments of reverence just for me, so that my cup is actually full enough for others to drink from. Nick is a flexible and adept educator with a keen understanding of how everyone's approach to spirituality differs, which makes this course material easily applicable to many traditions, many walks of life, and many communities. Avoiding cultural appropriation is a fine line to walk; Nick's years of experience working directly with indigenous Guatemalan communities allowed him to find that delicate balance between giving thanks and paying homage, and creating his own ceremonies that allow Mayan tradition to stay unique to the Mayan lineage. The producers of Soul Lift's cacao want their medicine spread far and wide, but enjoying their generosity ethically and authentically is up to us.
The very concept of a "ceremony" is deconstructed into its component parts and parallels are drawn between all traditions; in truth, all any ceremony boils down to is some combination of community, symbolism, breathwork, movement, music, sharing, and reverence. It's just an opportunity to ground our energy and re-connect to our both our innermost self and our highest intuition, and it can happen either alone in our bedrooms or in a room full of people. Nick challenged us to approach our outward expression of spirituality as a creative outlet, and to delve into the influences, be they cultural, environmental, or spiritual, that have already shaped us individually. We learned how essential it is to honor our own lifelong journeys before assisting others in theirs. Staying true to ourselves is the best and only way to show up authentically for other seekers who come to us for ceremony, and cacao is nothing if not the medicine of TRUTH. If you are at all curious about ceremonial cacao, about holding ceremony, about articulating your spiritual framework to the world, or all of the above, this course, is highly, highly recommended. Endless gratitude for Nick, his healing vision, and his unstoppable work ethic! You are truly doing God's work...
I very much enjoyed the 10-week Cacao Powered Facilitator Course. I came in with a basic knowledge of ceremonial cacao and finished feeling confident and excited to incorporate ceremonial cacao into my life and healing practices. This course provides an overview into the many facets of cacao, including nutritional benefits, plant spirit medicine and energetics as well as introduces one to the principles of group facilitation that lead to creating and holding safe containers and experiences.
I was especially grateful for the conversations around ethical practices with using and sourcing cacao, and am happy to have found a company like Soul Lift Cacao! I look forward to many more cups of cacao and to sharing this beautiful medicine with others.
Thank you, Nick!!
I took this 10 week course on Ceremonial Cacao Facilitation and am so grateful for the perspective, tools, and growth it provided me.
Have you ever had cacao or curious what is ceremonial grade cacao vs the processed chocolate we see in the stores?
Curious where and how ceremonial cacao is grown?
Interested in learning how to hold space with this plant medicine?
Want to learn how to work in integrity with the cacao spirit?
What to (learn how to) give reverence to the indigenous GuateMayas that make this beautiful medicine?
This course answers all those questions and more!
Like I said, I took this course and LOVED it!! Nick from Soul Lift Cacao has a vast knowledge/experience/reverence for this plant medicine and facilitation in general.
Easy to digest material and wonderful community!!
When I first started I had some fear around holding space and public speaking. I feel this course has helped me to conquer some of this fear and helped me build confidence in my facilitator role🥰💖
$249.00 USD $399.00 USD
Have you heard about the magical potential of ceremonial cacao and wonder what it's all about? Or have you experienced it for yourself and want to learn how to share it with others?
In this epic 10-week journey, you’ll enter a crucible designed to help you leap forward on your path as a facilitator of cacao experiences.
That might mean you’ll host ceremonies. Or it might mean you’ll add cacao to yoga classes, men’s groups, dance events, your massage or Reiki practice, bring it into your organization, or share it with friends and family.
Everybody’s path looks different. This course will help you discover your unique path with the guidance of an expert instructor, Soul Lift Cacao founder Nick Meador.
This course takes a practical, down-to-earth approach to working with cacao in an ethical and responsible way.
Throughout the 10 weeks you'll cover every aspect of facilitation, from an idea for a gathering, to logistics and promotion, cacao preparation and service, public speaking and leadership, ethics and safety, etc. You’ll have a chance to work through blockages with self-directed exercises.
1) The philosophy of transformational facilitation and holding safe spaces
2) Self-development at a leader and public speaker in a complex era
3) Bringing cacao into a modern context of healing and self-development while "giving back" through acknowledgement and payment
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Nick spent years traveling throughout Central America connecting with cacao farms, collectives, and experts. And he has been training people to share cacao on their own since 2017.
On top of that, Nick has been on a path of transformational facilitation for nearly a decade. He has trained in various traditions, schools, and lineages for healing and self-development, and looks for the principles and dynamics that tie them together.
While cacao is a gentle plant ally and there’s no international accreditation or certification for working with cacao, it's very important to receive training from an expert before sharing cacao in a workshop or ceremony. Here's your chance!
TESTIMONIAL FROM A PREVIOUS TRAINING
"I'd like to say that I really enjoyed your training course. I found that I received a lot more background and knowledge into the cacao ceremony and cacao production and cacao itself. I love the virtual tour that you included. I honestly learned more from this than the prior course that I took. So thank you. I feel a bit more confident than before with answering questions that seem to arise during ceremonies.
"Once again, thank you so much. I honestly really appreciated the course that you put together and am thankful for you sharing this knowledge." - Jenn (Saskatchewan, Canada)
ABOUT CEREMONIAL CACAO
Cacao is the natural, unprocessed form of chocolate grown in tropical regions around the world. Most people know cacao as a superfood. It has possibly the highest amount of antioxidants of any food. Cacao contains beneficial minerals like iron and magnesium. And the main active compound, theobromine, gives a boost of energy without the crash or cravings that come from caffeine (which is actually very sparse in cacao).
Yet cacao also has another aspect not spoken about in health food stores. Legends tell of ancient Mesoamerican civilizations using cacao for introspective and celebratory purposes, calling it the “Food of the Gods” and even trading it like currency. This more mysterious "plant medicine" side of cacao offers the potential to put you more in touch with your body and your soul. You can gain insights into the best direction moving forward, as well as the focus and motivation to take action towards those goals.
You'll be amazed how quickly you can learn to prepare and serve cacao so that your clients and community members can experience a positive impact in their lives!
NOTE: This is not a course about indigenous ceremonial practices, ancient history, or the Mayan Cosmovision. This course is about facilitating modern workshops with ceremonial cacao as an ally. Nick works in collaboration with Mayan guides to support them in preserving their spiritual traditions and values. That also happens by sourcing ceremonial cacao through ethical direct trade that supports the indigenous preparers of cacao more than in "bean to bar" models of chocolate-making. In this way, we can utilize cacao in a modern context with respect and integrity, through an ethical transmission of cultural elements that gives back in the form of acknowledgment and payment.
• Intro video and 10 weekly modules of videos, unlocked one week at a time
• Walk-throughs for embodiment and communication practices that you can lead (including experiential demos of the embodiment practices)
• Exercises in each module for self-development and deepening your connection with cacao
• Two blocks (1lb each) of Heart of the Earth (Ruk'u'x Ulew) ceremonial cacao paste (complimentary shipping in the U.S.; international shipping discounted) – an $87 value!
• The 19-page Soul Lift Cacao Facilitator Guidebook PDF – a $9 value!
• Certificate of Completion at the end of the course (requirements: watch all the videos and complete all the exercises)
• Entry to the Soul Lift Cacao Members Lounge group on Facebook, a private resource available only to other facilitators who have taken our trainings
Promotional rate currently $249 (regular rate $399)