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Today’s use of cacao as a superfood and in spiritual ceremonies is inspired by ancient cultures!

Thousands of years ago, native Mesoamerican civilisations considered cacao a sacred and ritualistic plant, which was consumed during virtually every ceremony of importance.

These rituals use cacao as a tool to connect with the Self and with the spirits, to relax or stimulate the body, for internal discovery, for clearing the mind, for recharging the soul and healing stagnant emotions.

Healing, focus, direction, self-love, learning or relaxation… this retreat is designed to hold you in whatever capacity you wish to consolidate the deep learning of your time with cacao.

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Join Fran Siebrits for an immersive retreat in BALI, land of the gods, enjoying CACAO, food of the gods.

Ceremony, ritual, workshops, circles, community, nature, culture, yoga, meditation, joy, healing…

This educational tree-to-cup experience will be nothing short of transformative:

A gift to yourself from yourself.

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MORE THAN JUST A HOLIDAY

Renew your entire being (body, mind and soul) in the peaceful and beautiful settings of lush gardens nestle amongst terraced rice fields.

This is more than just a holiday with lots of cacao; it is an opportunity to work with the energies of this island, known as the land of the gods, and this heart-opening medicine of ceremonial cacao, known as the food of the gods.

Allow nature’s presence to sustain the natural unfolding of your own renewal. And allow for the wisdom of your heart to be revealed through working closely with some of the best ceremonial-grade cacao on the planet, which is grown on the island of Bali.

No matter what your personal intention is with this retreat, it is through joy, surrender, love and release in which deep transformation may occur. Know that you will be expertly facilitated and lovingly held.

ALL ARE WELCOME

.If you are new to working with cacao,
you are welcome to come learn!

If you already use cacao for health, healing or in a spiritual practice,
you are welcome to come deepen your understanding!

If you are a ceremony facilitator and space holder,
you are welcome to come and be held!/

“When we listen to the wisdom of our own heart, navigating our journey with cacao, we will know balance, harmony, and deep connection to ourselves, each other and Mother Nature.”
– Fran Siebrits, Cacao Alchemist

HIGHLIGHTS

We will be learning about and working with one of the world’s finest quality ceremonial-grade cacaos that exist, grown in Bali.

During this time you can look forward to:

  • 8 days immersing in the landscape and culture of Bali & its ceremonial-grade cacao
  • 5 days staying at a family-run retreat centre surrounded by pure nature
  • 3 days staying in an eco-retreat centre in Ubud, Bali’s cultural hub
  • 1 full day field trip to a cacao farm
  • Opening and closing Cacao Ceremonies
  • Cacao drinking rituals and guided practices (meditation, journaling, nature connection, deep connection)
  • Cacao workshops, creative sessions and introspective practices
  • Nurturing and nourishing your body, mind and soul
  • Delicious vegetarian and/or vegan cuisine
  • Comfortable accommodation in the peace and beauty of nature
  • Daily yoga classes, meditations, sharing circles and discussions
  • Nature walks for reflection time
  • Many opportunities for engagement with the friendly, gentle Balinese people and culture
  • Learning about, eating, drinking, and working energetically with the highest quality ceremonial-grade cacao that is high in anti-oxidants, full of healthy fats, a mood enhancer, safe from heavy metals, heart opening, a grounded energy source, packed with essential vitamins and minerals (such as magnesium, zinc, calcium, B1, B2, B3, B5, B9 and E) and increases focus and creativity

PURE 100% ORGANIC CEREMONIAL-CACAO

This retreat is offered to support personal growth, spiritual exploration, deep inspiration and connection… all according to each person’s own beliefs and practices.

We will be working with ceremonial-grade cacao which comes from beans which have been peeled, ground and packaged without any tempering (which requires extra heating), and without adding or removing anything, resulting in 100% pure cacao, that has been locally sourced in a 100% ethical way.

ITINERARY: 2-9 September 2022

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2 Sep – Arrival in Bali (airport pick up from Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport)
Opening Ceremony

2-6 Sept – Stay at countryside retreat centre near Sideman in East Bali
(daily cacao ritual/ceremony, nature, yoga, meditation, workshops and self-care programme with Fran)

6 Sep – After morning cacao and self-care programme, move to eco-villa hotel in Ubud for remainder of our stay

7 Sep – Full day field trip to a cacao farm in West Bali

8 Sep – Integration of cacao farm experience; workshop with the raw fruit, pulp, beans, paste, butter

9 Sep – Morning programme including Closing Ceremony
Continue your stay in Ubud, travels in Bali, or return to the airport (while this is at your own expense, we can assist with arrangements)

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Our programme is designed to provide insight, education, inspiration, nourishment and nurturing. You will have time for relaxing and exploring, and are welcome to take it easy, in your own space and time as well.

CULTURE & LANDSCAPE

The people of Bali (known as Balinese) have a philosophy which emphasises harmony between an our own ‘small worlds’ and the wider world around us, especially nature. Such harmony is essential for flowing with the unfolding patterns of life.

As you will observe during this retreat, it is easy to enter this flow and learn how to make it part of your life at home.

You will experience the essence of Balinese life simply by absorbing the natural setting from which this astonishing culture has emerged.

If you wish to extend your visit it is worth noting there are many traditional ceremonies punctuating the Balinese calendar throughout the year.

MEALS & DRINKS

Your food will be full of life and nutrition, freshly prepared using organic, probiotic, life-nourishing ingredients:

  • All meals, herbal teas, filtered drinking water (and cacao!) are included, starting from dinner on our first day to brunch on our last day.

The meals are vegan & vegetarian, freshly made, and sourced from locally available ingredients:

  • No alcohol or meat is available during our retreat.
  • Where possible we will try accommodate special dietary requirements, so please let us know ahead of time for us to prepare.

We believe you are what you eat & food is medicine in itself (just like cacao):

  • You will be nourished with food that maximizes and sustains your human potential.

Heirloom vegetables grown locally in permaculture gardens and other organic sources will be used as much as possible:

  • Enjoy this homemade wholesome food that awakens your mind, body, and soul.

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And, of course, we will be additionally be nourishing our bodies, minds and souls with ceremonial-grade cacao!

“No second time has nature concentrated such an abundance of the most valuable nutrients in such a small space as it did with the cocoa bean.”

– Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), Naturalist

ACCOMMODATION & RETREAT VENUES

,All rooms have a beautiful setting, with a private bathroom.
Sharing (single beds in room, or double bed for couples) and private room occupancy (single supplement) are available.

Our first days are hosted by a countryside retreat centre in East Bali, where pace and mood are dictated by nature. Here, you will get to experience a lush river valley of terraced-rice fields. The sacred mountain, Gunung Agung, to the east of Bali, is a presence which oversees other the breathtaking views. The smaller villages near the retreat centre in East Bali are primarily weaving and farming villages, relatively untouched by tourism.

After a field trip day excursion to a cacao farm in West Bali, we spend our last few days in Ubud. Here we will be hosted by an award-winning next generation eco-hotel. They strive to be ecologically- and socially-minded in every way possible through their earth villas, probiotic restaurant, and conscious store. Like them, we believe that tourism does not need to negatively contribute to social and environmental issues, which is why we choose to support them with their sustainable practices and innovative eco-technologies, being part of the solution and not the problem.

We will be staying in eco-villas, constructed from natural materials. The real luxury here is the connection we have to the land, the environment and the community. This earthly paradise combines elements of traditional architecture with hints of minimalism and natural modernity. You will experience low-impact living surrounded by the beauty of Bali, and our stay supports change-makers across the Asia Pacific.

ABOUT YOUR FACILITATOR

Fran Siebrits, founder of Cape Cacao, and Tuning In Wellness, is a cacao alchemist & medicine woman. She offers a wealth of knowledge for how we can use ceremony & ritual to live in harmony with our true nature.

Bringing her life work into these retreats and offerings, Fran provides a unique opportunity to immerse in the fields of healing arts, shamanism, mysticism, herbalism, feminine ritual, breathwork, naturalism, yoga, spiritual philosophy, energy work & space holding for healing. She can assist you to find your inner teacher & healer through the practical engagement with cacao, ceremony & ritual.

Her facilitation is compassionate, down-to earth, practical & joyful, encouraging you to experience an embodied heart awakening journey to support you in trusting yourself, feeling more confident in your unique self-expression & able to speak your truth.

COST

ZAR prices for those residing/earning in Southern African or other developing nations
USD prices for those residing/earning in developed nations with “first world” economies

  • Sharing room – ZAR 15 950 / USD 1350
    50% deposit secures your place, with the balance by 30 July 2022
  • Private room – ZAR 21 950 / USD 1950
    50% deposit secures your place, with the balance by 30 July 2022

Bookings close 30 July 2022

Includes:
– 8 days facilitated retreat from arrival in Bali on 2/9/22 until departure from retreat venue on 9/9/22
– 7 nights sharing or private accommodation at retreat venues
– 3 vegetarian meals and drinks per day, including herbal teas and filtered water
– 1 Balinese massage
– opening and closing ceremonies
– the highest quality ceremonial-grade cacao
– daily cacao rituals and/or workshops, yoga and/or meditation, and self-care programme
– full day field trip to a cacao farm including transport
– airport pick-up
– nature walks & experiences

Excludes:
– travel to/from Bali, Indonesia
– drop-off at airport after retreat
– shopping and additional massages
– additional snacks and drinks outside of catered meals
– gratuity

Cancellation policy:
– 6 months before cancelled by participant, you will receive a 50% refund*
– 3 month before cancelled by participant, yo will receive a 25% refund*
– no refund if cancelled by participant 1 month prior to pilgrimage commencing
– if the pilgrimage is cancelled by the organisers, you will receive a full refund*
*5% admin fee will be withheld on all refunds

BOOKING PROCEDURE

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Step 1: pay deposit to book my spot
Step 2. Complete online Booking Form

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What are the sleeping arrangements?
    The retreat offers sharing rooms (two-people per room) with private bathroom per room, or private room with private bathroom at a single supplement rate.
  • What are the fitness requirements?
    All levels of health and fitness are welcome. The physical yoga sessions are optional (you can join and take it easy, or use this time for a different self-practice). There is a small amount of walking during our farm visit excursion, as well as around the retreat centre for those who wish to enjoy the scenery on foot, but we will take it slow if needed to meet everyone’s requirements.
  • Is there an age restriction (am I too old)?
    There is no age limit for this retreat… if your heart says yes, then you are welcome to join us.
  • What is ceremonial-grade cacao?
    The difference between regular cacao and ceremonial-grade cacao is the way it has been processed and prepared. On a purely practical level, for ceremonial cacao, the processing is kept as minimal and pure as possible. Freshly harvested beans are fermented and then dried, but never heavily roasted. The husks are removed from the dried beans to leave broken cacao nibs. These nibs are then ground into a thick paste. The paste is molded and cooled into solid blocks, then it’s ready to be used as ceremonial cacao. A block like this is similar to 100% chocolate with no sugar added, but it is created simply, without conching or tempering. The main intention is to leave the cacao in its most natural state, retaining all the precious nutrients and energies that cacao may offer, nothing added nor removed. Ceremonial-grade cacao is also of the highest energetic vibration due to intention, blessing rituals, and sacred practices along its tree-to-cup lifespan.
  • What cacao will we be using?
    We will be working with some of the best cacao in the world, which is grown in Bali. Once the beans are delivered from the farm, they are dried, the shells removed and then ground at minimal temperatures to preserve the nutritional and biochemical integrity of the beans. Each stage of the process is performed with love and intention to create the most delicious and medicinally potent raw ceremonial-grade cacao that can be experienced. We believe this ceremonial-cacao is one of the world’s finest quality ceremonial-grade cacaos that exist. It is created to support personal growth, spiritual exploration, deep inspiration and connection with the Divine, according to each person’s own beliefs and practices.
  • What is raw cacao?
    Conventionally for the global mass chocolate industry, cacao beans are roasted at high temperatures to manipulate the taste of the beans. But we source freshly harvested cacao beans which are fermented, and then dried at low temperatures, but they are never roasted. This is because keeping cacao in its raw state preserves vital nutrients and live enzymes, maintaining an abundance of fiber and minerals such as zinc, magnesium & calcium, as well as vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9 and E, and essential heart-healthy fats, including a monounsaturated fat known as oleic acid. Raw cacao also has the highest antioxidant value of any natural food in the world, and up to four times higher than in roasted cacao. The nutrients found in ceremonial-grade cacao drinks and raw chocolate have been linked to a number of health benefits, including reduced blood pressure and improved circulation, promoting cardiovascular function, neutralizing free radicals, aiding digestion, reducing inflammation and enhancing physical and mental well-being. Safe to say, raw cacao is one of the most powerful superfoods nature has to offer.
  • How do you get the block of ceremonial-grade cacao from the cacao beans?
    The cacao beans are lightly broken (crushed) into nibs, and these are put through a grinding machine to produce a thick liquid called cacao liquor, which hardens into blocks at room temperature. The grinding process can take hours, or even days, until the desired fine texture and flavor profile has been reached. Traditionally, before machines, this process was done by hand on special stones for hand-grinding.
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