Ceremonial cacao and neuroscience – shamanic practices of Peru
The ancient temple of Chavin de Huantar in Peru was the epicentre of shamanic initiation for the Americas from 1200-400 BC. Shamans of Chavin were using ceremonial cacao as a spiritual tool to connect to the divinity and combining with San Pedro to create intense psychedelic experiences. We explore the ancestral use of cacao, the neuroscience behind ceremonial cacao and its application to spiritual awakening, neuroplasticity and substantiate its use in the ancient traditions. Through biochemical mapping we have been able to create a cacao personality map and define cacao by its neuroplastic ability, so you can tailor you cacao to your desired experience. Come and learn about how you can re-birth with cacao and bring about transformative brain change.
Dr Corin Storkey (PhD – Med Chem) has over 15 years of academic and research experience, specialising in medicinal antioxidant chemistry, oxidative diseases, cellular protection and health. He has previously struggled with and overcome chronic fatigue syndrome and promotes an integrative and holistic approach to managing chronic health conditions. He currently leads the New Zealand based Maca and cacao research program that studies Andean and Amazonian plant medicines and their bioactives.
Sally Huapaya is a native Peruvian of Andean descent, with a Bachelor in engineering and ancestral knowledge of traditional Peruvian medicinal plants and Andean cosmovision. Working with wisdom keepers, teachers, archaeologists, historians and famers in Peru and Mexico she has compiled the most comprehensive information of the ancestral journey and meaning of cacao. She shares this through workshops, her online cacao course and in-person cacao initiations in Peru at their annual retreat. Come along and hear the untold story of cacao from indigenous wisdom holders.