Join Soul Lift Cacao founder Nick Meador in November on a 7-day adventure through the Western Highlands of Guatemala to visit cacao farms and collectives who make some of the world’s best ceremonial cacao.
Seeing all the stages from tree to cup at the origin is the best way to truly appreciate this superfood and plant ally, and to grasp the difference when cacao is prepared at the source using ancient indigenous methods.
This is also an opportunity to meet and thank the people who work hard to make the cacao that you love, and to learn more about Mayan culture first-hand.
Nick has made extensive trips through Guatemala over the last seven years and will mindfully curate this journey to be both educational and transformative, with the help of local guides, farmers, and artisans.
On the trip it will become clear how the true ceremonial cacao is not just a movement for spiritual self-development, but also a movement for ethical international trade and environmental sustainability.
Woven into the texture of the tour will be Nick’s guidance on how to travel responsibly, so that we can have a positive impact in the places we visit.
THIS TRIP INCLUDES: *
*Note: Specific activities and lodgings are subject to change as plans for the tour become refined, and also due to factors out of our control. We are doing our best to represent the essence of the tour and what it will involve. We will update the group of any alterations to the plan. If in the unlikely chance that a whole day has to be cut from the itinerary, a partial refund would be issued to participants.
AREA OF TRAVEL:
LODGING (scroll to the bottom of the page for photos):
REGISTRATION – LIMITED TO 10 PARTICIPANTS. ONLY 3 SPOTS LEFT!
Shared Lodging - $1,700 USD per person
Private Couple - $1,850 USD per person
Private Individual - $2,000 USD per person
• Payment can be all at once, or you can save your spot with a $600 deposit.
• First two people to register get $100 off their total price
• Payments by credit/debit card, Venmo, or Paypal are subject to a 2.9% service fee. Options to avoid the fee include paying by Zelle or wire transfer.• NOTE: ShopPay automatic installments are not an option for registration.
• Because we have to pay deposits to reserve lodging and other activities, registration is non-refundable. Please look into trip insurance if you have any concerns.
ABOUT NICK MEADOR
Nick spent years traveling throughout Central America connecting with cacao farms, collectives, and experts. He founded Soul Lift Cacao to create a positive impact in the world by helping Mayan collectives share their cacao in the U.S. and beyond.
On top of that, Nick has been on a path of facilitation, leadership, and self-development for about a decade. He has trained in various traditions, schools, and lineages for healing and self-development, and looks for the parallels that tie them together.
Nick created the Soul Lift Cacao Method to provide an ethical and responsible way to share ceremonial cacao in modern settings, and to create safe containers for transformational journeys. He has been training people to share cacao on their own since 2017.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Extensive consideration will be taken for health and safety at every step of the tour.
Guatemala is a developing nation. However Nick has always felt safe traveling there – sometimes safer than in American cities. And currently it's stable in the context of Latin American politics.
One factor to consider will be food and water. It’s important to only drink purified water and eat food in clean establishments. All arranged meals on the trip will take this onto consideration.
Please consult a medical professional if you are curious about potential inoculations and other health considerations for the trip.
Nick Meador is of mixed European heritage and not of Guatemalan or Mayan descent. So he puts a lot of effort into making sure his work is ethical and responsible. Nick works in close partnership with Mayan teachers and cacao workers in an ongoing effort to bridge cacao into the modern world. It's all based on direct, consensual relationship, and an attitude of curiosity about this special plant that has changed Nick's life so profoundly, particularly on his path of healing from chronic illness. As an American who started traveling to Guatemala in 1996, and who has a deep background in facilitation, Nick is in a fitting position to lead this tour for Americans and people from other Western countries. The intention is to bring positive impact for both visitors and our Guatemalan hosts, while minimizing or eliminating potential harm. Feel free to write to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
LODGING PHOTOS (subject to change)
La Inmaculada (2 nights in Guatemala City):
Los Tarrales Nature Reserve (2 nights near cacao farms):
Eco Hotel Uxlabil Atitlán (Lake Atitlán lodging):