LIVING A LIFE OF CEREMONY
If you have heard the call of ixcacao to walk the path of a ceremonial holder of medicina it is more than a training she is calling for you... it is a way of living a life of ceremony..
-Marita One who Catches Lightning
Ceremony is Not the Doing, it is the Being
Where does this path begin?
What is truly needed to hold ceremony?
The answer to all of these is relationships.
Discover how to hold circles with honor, for the medicina and for yourself
There’s a lot of people waking up. And what I’ve seen is that many spiritual spaces do not teach you how to respect and protect yourself, or to respect and protect the medicines that we are working with. Ceremonial cacao is reaching so many people in the world, and it is a powerful and needed medicine, but we cannot learn the lessons and receive the healing of that medicine if we are facilitating circles with it in the same energy of disconnection, of escapistconsumption that is commonly practiced in mainstream culture. How can we hold space for others when we actually don’t even know how to hold space for ourselves, to be united within ourselves, and to thus carry the medicina in a cleaner cup?
I’m going to offer you one piece of guidance below to support holding ceremony in a different way, but first, let me introduce myself…
MISUSE OF CACAO...
I’m not going to dance around it, I see a lot of misuse of cacao in “ceremonial” settings, and I’ve heard a number of elders talk about it too, people who have worked with cacao for generations. I am here to support you in understanding how to have respect, and cacao told me she wants to help you to have respect, both for her medicina, and also FOR YOURSELF.
I don’t actually see anyone else teaching the way I teach, because what is needed is a way to understand how to work with this medicine in new settings, where the environment is not holding you and doing the work for you. Take the cacao out of her home and the work that YOU must do as the practitioner changes. Put the cacao into the hands of people who don’t have relationships with their environments and the work that YOU must do as the practitioner changes. This is why this ceremonial training was birthed. That, and cacao told me to do it, and when she speaks, I listen.
MARITA, ONE WHO CATCHES LIGHTNING
MARITA ONE WHO CATCHES LIGHTINING
creator of the path of ix mystery school & founder of cuatro manos y cinco volcanes farms llc
My lineage is Mexican Zapoteca and Olmeca, Safardic Jewish via Spain, French, and Afro-Cuban. My metaphysical and spiritual training includes work in the Lakota, Mayan, Aztec, Hopi, Apache, and Curanderismo traditions. I have been trained since birth.
I am not a weekend warrior shaman. I don’t go to “shaman church” on Sunday, and then disconnect from these practices every other day of the week. And the the way I integrate my spirituality into every day and action in my life, is the same intention I bring to supporting those I work with in ceremony, teaching, training, and healing. I have been on the medicine path for my whole life, and I expect to be on it until I die! Does that mean I’m serious all the time, or don’t have human foibles? No! I’m hilarious! But the difference to me is that I value respect for this path and any medicines or allies we work with, for all of our elders, and I am constantly doing the work of self-integration in order to honor myself and others in this way.
When you take classes from BIPOC individuals you are helping pay reparations and heal the wound of appropriation and colonization.
SUPPORT LIVING INDIGENOUS VOICES
The Path of IX Presents: Ceremonial Ixcacao Training
The first step in being a practitioner who is holding ceremony within this new paradigm, is that you need to hold and welcome yourself. It may sound simple, but detaching from the matrix, decolonizing your sense of self from what you’ve been taught to be is some of the deepest work we can do as human beings. That is something you can begin doing today, in this very moment. And it is also an essential part of the work that we do in this ceremonial school. You might expect that we spend time learning about how to decorate a space, or exactly what to say, but the majority of what we focus on is how to be integrated within yourself, how to respect and protect yourself, and then how to respect and protect the medicina.
We’re going to work on you, because it’s not about you.
We’re going to learn how to have safe practices, strong boundaries, respect and honor of self, space, and medicine.
And your relationship with cacao will deepen from that of a commodity, to one of true friendship, teacher, healer and friend if you let her medicine change you.
Cuatro Manos y Cinco Volcanes Farms is ready for you...
*ARE YOU NOW READY TO STEP IN AND LEAD?
*ARE YOU READY TO HELP SPREAD THIS MEDICINA AROUND THE WORLD?
*ARE YOU READY TO HOLD YOUR OWN CACAO CIRCLE w CUATRO MANOS y CINCO VOLCANES CACAO?
Join us for a 6 month ceremonial ONLINE training intensive
MARCH - August 2023
e hele me ka pu'olo
This cacao is grown and produced in the Hawaiian way of "E hele me ka pu'olo," the sacred Hawaiian way of abundant flow honoring creator and universe by always bringing an offering with you.
Why Hawaiian Ceremonial Cacao?
Answering a call from Mauna Kea (the most sacred mountain in Hawaii) and the island we came to Hawaii to be stewards of the land and cacao. Returning to my Olmeca roots (the first cacao people) we source cacao from the Hamakua Coast known as the breath of god and in the foothills Mauna Kea.
Hawaiian Cacao is one of the rarest and costliest cacao to make in the world!!
no child labor is used (like in africa and south and central america)
harvest workers are paid USA living wages
all sustainably made
cacao here is relatively new (30 yrs) so fewer plantings
hand harvested, hand winnowed - Tree to Bar
Why Hawaiian ceremonial medicine is different...
The big island of Hawaii contains the most active volcanic energy in the world. The energy of new earth being made from the lifeblood of mother earth (lava) is vibrant in this cacao like no other I have had. it has a life force energy that the world needs now to heal as we step into a new age.
The cacao has said that the world needs this specific medicine to make the leap of consciousness that it needs so that we don’t go up in flames (kidding but not kidding). But she is not here to do that at the expense of her own value, and teaching you to protect your value.
This price is a reflection of the guidance that I have received to respect the medicina and this work.
6 Month Ceremonial ONLINE (ZOOM or THINKIFIC)
Training Intensive: Level 1 Mentee
This intensive includes intro to Cacao, Maize and Cosmology in addition to our ceremonial level 1 mentee training and BONUS Branding and Copywriting w/ Rose from Live Bi Design and the other Founder of Cuatro Manos y Cinco Volcanes Farms LLC. Classes are via ZOOM or THINKIFIC.
WAY OF THE FEATHER THINKIFIC
In this Cultural Exchange, learn how to sit in Indigenous circles. Over 18 lessons, "Workbook", 7 Bonus Lessons.
OPEN YOUR HEART WITH CACAO & HEARTBEAT OF HAWAIIAN CACAO THINKIFIC
A great place to start for those who are new to ceremonial cacao, or those who just want an opportunity to sit and connect on a deeper heart level.
CACAO, AND COSMOLOGY
Redefine your relationship with time, nature and the cosmos. By decolonizing time you open yourself to new possibilities and potential. The connection with cacao and cosmology. Learn about the history and gods of Maize and Cacao. Rediscover your relationship with cacao and maize.
CEREMONY TRAINING & CACAO DIETA
This is not so much the doing of ceremony (rose petal madalas) but the being of what it takes to be a ceremonial leader. By stepping into this role you will first be asked to step deeper into yourself with radical compassionate honesty. We will work not just on the"outer circle" of ceremony but the inner personal one as well. Deep shadow work is part of this experience.
You will also be taught SAFE practices and learn how to build alliances to continue holding a space with integrity.
Access to our new 100 days of cacao cups ceremonies will help you start this dieta as you sit with meditations with cacao and 14 of our facilitators. via THINKIFIC. This is a self lead part of the journey.
THE COST OF 5 PDS of CACAO is INCLUDED in the class price, this is for your personal use. You will go through it all in the 6 months.
SHADOW ALCHEMY & INTEGRATION
Session will be led by Rose of Live bi Design. Focus will be on integrating aspects of your denied self, and an intro on how to bring this process into the concrete work of offerings, branding, and business.
START YOUR MEDICINE CARRIER PATH FOR 3 BREATHS
We're a bit old school so we don't do "certifications", we use other words that give witness to your relationship with knowledge. You will complete the first two levels (of 5) of being able to offer this medicina and carry on in cacao ceremony and other circles.
IN CLASS CEREMONIES
We will schedule multiple ceremonies within the group where you get to participate and be called on to lead at times as you practice leading ceremony.
MENTEE CACAO CIRCLES
You will assist/attend mentor cacao circles (LIVE OR ONLINE) for a min of 3 ceremonies as part of your testing and go from being mentee to running your own cuatro manos y cinco volcanes farms llc cacao circle.
You will be expected to conduct an additional minimum of 8 more ceremonies in 2023 with cuatro manos y cinco volcanes farms llc - cacao.
SUPPORTING YOUR CIRCLES
Branding and Copywriting
To support you as you set up your Cacao Circles and business Rose will teach a series of classes to help you connect to your voice, strategy, and build your brand. Rose is no cookie cutter copywriter. Her colorful background includes ceremonial work, a masters in social work, a lifetime of art, and 10+ years of mentoring, coaching, and counseling. Rose leads with courage and empowerment to design, align, and create all aspects of your life and business.
Rose is also the co-founder of Cuatro Manos y Cinco Volcanes Farms, where she helps with fermenting, roasting, and winnowing cacao from around the island, as we continue to expand our offerings as well as our relationship with this medicine.
SUPPORTING INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES AND LAND
WE GIVE BACK
% of proceeds go to supporting local BIPIC projects to restore native trees and plants to HI and provide food for the community
% of proceeds go to support MAUNA KEA efforts
% of proceeds and cacao go back to my teachers and elders who have taught me these practices
% of cacao made goes back in offerings to land
If you know me from The Path of IX Mystery School: The Jaguar Tree you know about our rigorous selection process. Why?
Typically in the traditions I have learned in, one would have to spend YEARS finding and courting a teacher regardless if the teacher accepted them or not.
This journey of LOOKING and FINDING the right teacher and medicina is for a reason, and it is part of the overall spiritual journey.
We want to make sure you are committed to learning, walking the path and helping this medicina reach those that are ready.
How to begin your journey with cacao
Set up a time to interview with one with one of the mentors of the circle Mish or Ash. These are my trusted students and have been with me for a long time. They are on a deep medicine path and I trust them implicitly. We are also in daily communication together.
Why will they interview you first?
I come from a tradition where this is the way it is done. You find someone within the circle to speak for you, present you, stand for you. Then you are presented to the teacher.
Yes it’s a few more steps than an easy click and sign up but I try to honor my ancestors and how this way has for myself and others provided the necessary small steps to walk deeper with the medicine.
-THERE WILL BE A SERIES OF QUESTIONS TO ANSWER AS PART OF THE BOOKING PLEASE TAKE TIMET TO READ THROUGH THEM, ANSWER AS BEST YOU CAN (try not to just say yes/no) and please read the CACAO HEALTH info at the end and ACKNOWLEDGE.
*THERE IS A MINIMAL FEE TO APPLY ($25 USD/$40 AUD) No refunds or exchanges. This is a very intensive process and this fee honors the time that Ash and Mixsh take with you
BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY NOW...
Apply NOW for one of our limited spots
My name is Ash Bell @ashbellofficial and I am here to welcome you to the ceremonial cacao class where I have the honor to be able to be a mentor.
I’ve trained extensively with Marita @thepathofix and @4manosy5volcanes_cacao to earn my carriership of this medicina.
I come with a deep respect of these teachings entrusted to me, a deep love of circle, and an unwavering dedication to cacao herself.
I was recently able to deepen this relationship by working hand on with her @4manosy5volcanes_cacao farm in Hawaii. I spent a few weeks there digging, planting, watering, packaging, being with the land and cacao in all her forms and I am excited to bring this level of integration with her to the circle.
As we all continue to hear the call of deeper integration, a deeper call to intimacy with this medicina and ourselves we might ask ourselves what are the practical day to day practices we can learn to approach ourselves, approach others, approach cacao with respect and stay out of the competing energies of righteousness, shame, savior ship, martyrdom, etc. that try and hook us everyday!!
Well this cacao from the big island of Hawaii is here to teach us this. It teaches us a new way. With the energy of Mauna Kea (the sacred mountain 🏔 where the spirit world meets the physical) and the energy of one of the worlds most active volcanoes 🌋 when we sit with THIS cacao we sit with the potential of holding and honoring all.
This circle is not just about your experience it is not a call to a performative relationship with ceremony or cacao. It’s about building relationship day in day out with yourself, cacao, and working towards regulating your reaction to triggers inside of you and outside of you by learning teachings about how to be in relationship.
BOOK WITH ASH OR MIXSH FOR YOUR INTERVIEW
My name is Mishx the poet, dreamer and mentor @4manosy5volcanes_cacao.
My journey with this cacao has been one of remembrance, journey, sovereignty and a call to cohesiveness.
I step boldly and humbly into this circle as a mentor, as one who has earned carrier ship of this medicine over the years I have spent with Marita @thepathofix
I come my cup full to share and empty to always learn.
Do you feel the call of cacao?
A call that is wild like the wind?
A call that is deep like the ocean?
A call beyond what you know?
A call beyond what you have held?
Heard about cacao ceremonial but unsure if this is for you?
There are so many different types of cacao out now, so how to know which one is calling you?
Do what I did….ask cacao herself. Let her lead.
Allow HER story to unfold YOUR story.
@4manosy5volcanes_cacao is grown in sacred volcanic soils of Hawaii close to the heart of Mauna Kea, and the breath of god Hamakua Coast.
If you want to feel connection. Come.
If this cacao is calling you to honour yourself. Come.
If this is your time to know YOUR story better…
Come and be part of this 6 months
And allow it to change your life.