A warm invitation to join us in a Movement Medicine Cacao Ceremony on 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 - reflecting on our lives and the year that has passed and looking at the road ahead, celebrating the gradual return of the light.
In ceremony we connect to a much greater force. We bring our intentions, ask questions and listen deeply. We connect to the river of life and to what matters most to our hearts. Gathering resources and inspiration, we dance to dream, to heal, to create. To become conscious of what we are unconscious of.
We embody our imagination and expand our consciousness. Dancing a prayer for the love of life and the wellbeing of all. Dedicating our dance for all our relations - past, present and future. And deepening our relationship to the interconnected web of life.
*****IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ ALL THE “PRACTICAL INFORMATION” AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
ABOUT MOVEMENT MEDICINE
The ceremony is grounded within the teachings of 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 Constellations.
Mira trained at 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 the Level 2 Advanced Training in working with Movement Medicine Ritual and Ceremony.
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.
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 carefully sourced in Guatemala and lovingly prepared for us by our dear friend Nassim.
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
“It’s a ceremony where we can safely let go… 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
“Mira creates a deeply-held and beautiful, energetically clear sacred space, where I can really honour and feel into my deepest self, my emotions, my body's inner wisdom. Her choice of music is always beautifully chosen - eclectic, honouring many traditions. I can feel Mira's love and her commitment to helping me to honour and feel whatever it is that needs witnessing; enabling me to dance this lovingly into my body, or to gently release whatever is needed from my body.” - Georgia
>>> PRACTICAL INFORMATION <<<
***BOOKING IS REQUIRED for this event. LIMITED SPACE available.
Early bird £45 if booked before or on 30 November
£55 if booked between 1-20 December
£60 if booked on 21 December.
Concessions: £40 available for those on a low income/ JSA/ pensioners/ DLA - please email email@example.com to book your space.
Booking at TheArcCentre.org.
Booking queries: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to cancel your booking, a full refund minus admin fee will be given if cancelled before or on 11 December.
After that 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.
Friday 21 December
6pm - 10:30pm
Please ARRIVE EARLY from 5:40pm. - time to check in and get changed into your dance clothes.
Due to the nature of such an event we have to START PROMPTLY, and start and finish together.
Please check travel routes on Transport for London or the Citymapper App and arrive on time.
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 own 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.
EATING & DRINKING
In ceremony we dance through without a break for food and 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 be aware of noise (such as plastic wrappers) and be sensitive to those who choose not to eat. The invitation would be to fast during this time - if this feels appropriate for you. We start the journey together and we finish the journey together, so the minimum amount of breaks is important.
***This is a drug and alcohol free event.
WHAT TO BRING
A notepad and pen
Art materials (optional)
Cushion/ sheepskin/ blanket for more comfort when we sit at different stages through the eve (optional)
Something light to eat (e.g. fruit, nuts) ONLY if you need
A reusable water bottle
We recommend that you bring special clothes for ceremony - Clothes that makes it clear to you and the spirit of life that you are honouring yourself and life. Sometimes people wear a single colour - such as all white/ green… Loose comfortable clothes for moving is always best. Please keep your body clothed throughout. We generally dance barefoot or if you need to, bring special dance shoes.
It is important to have a grounding and understanding of movement practice. You are responsible for your own wellbeing.
During the ceremony there will be an opportunity to rest and for those of us who prefer to keep moving, that is fine too.
***IN THE DAYS LEADING UP TO THE CEREMONY, CREATE YOUR PERSONAL INTENTION. Spend some time feeling into what you are dancing for.
Closer to the time of the ceremony you will receive an email from us with reminders of 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.
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