Event: Mayan Cacao Circle and Sound Journey
Date: Sat Aug 4
Time: 5:00pm to 8:00pm, Dinner 8:00pm to 9:30pm
Venue: Star of Phoenix @ Kovan Singapore
Facilitator: Maia Balam (from Mexico)
Organizer: Wild Souls United and Star of Phoenix
Energy Exchange: $60 each, Add $18 for home cooked Mexican Dinner
RSVP: Facebook/Star Of Phoenix Institute, email@example.com, +65 9730 4800 (Whatsapp)
Join us for this special Mayan cacao ceremony, song circle & sound journey. Maia Balam Quetzal is visiting us from Mexico, and she will be sharing with us Indigenous traditions, cacao, songs, history and rituals from the Maya and the Mexica.
The ceremonial use of cacao can be traced 4,000 years back in history all the way from the Amazon Jungle up to Central America and North America. CACAO derives from KAKAW in Classic Maya Language, its generic name THEOBROMA stands in Greek for “food of the gods”.
In recent years cacao ceremonies have gained great popularity among the conscious community around the world, not only because cacao tastes awesome, but because our awareness of the power of plants is being reactivated, also because our need to co-create circles to celebrate life, and relate to one another is now more than any other time in history, much needed.
During this Celebration of Life we will commune with IX Cacao, an ancient plant known for its power to relax the body and open the heart. IX is known to the Mayas as the Goddess of the waters, love, fertility, abundance, trees and crops. The session will be enhanced with breathwork, guided visualizations, sound healing, world mantras, movement, Maya-Mexica cosmology and story telling.
The traditions that Maia works with are Mayan, Toltec-Mexica, and Inca, so for the first hour she will be sharing comparative mythology, cosmology and ancient folk tales of this tribes which will give you a proper context of our ceremony.
For the last 12 years Maia have been collecting and learning Mantras and Indigenous teachings from different cultures around the world, songs and mantras from the Maya, Mexica, Lakota, Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, Daime, Orishas, etc. It is her great pleasure to share these beautiful songs and traditions with you, along a very special ceremonial grade cacao blend that she brings all the way from Mayan Lands to this part of the world.
Songs carry the medicines and the essences of the places and people who created them, if a song was created in the Jungle, it transmits the jungle, if a song was created in the desert, it transmits the desert. We will be using this songs as tools to heal, decompress, ground and feel the universal love that music can transmit.
If you have a medicine drum, guitar song, mantra or a special instrument that you want to share with us, please bring it to our circle, all traditions are welcome.
This is very special ceremonial night at “Star of Phoenix” Singapore. Where we will align through sound with the heart of the earth and the heart of the sky, re-align with your soul purpose, awaken our senses, nurture our hearts and decompress our bodies & minds from stress.
Here are a few of the Benefitial physical effects of cacao:
– Release of dopamine (the feeling of falling in Love)
– Endorphins (a natural pain suppressant)
– Relaxations due tryptophan and magnesium –
– Antidepressant, due serotonin (a natural anti- depressant) as well as anandamide (Bliss hormone).
What To Bring?
- FLOWERS that you like to offer to the beautiful flower mandala we will all co-create together
- A stone/quartz or altar piece that you want to add to the altar for the night.
- Wear cosy and comfortable clothes
About the Program
5:00pm > Welcome circle
5:15 pm > Cacao History, myths, benefits.
- The secret meaning of sound technology of the pyramids.
- Cosmology of the Maya & Mexica cultures.
- Heart of the Earth & Heart of the sky.
- The age of the fifth sun cosmology.
6:00 pm > Beginning of the ceremony
- Copal-palo santo cleanse for every participant
- Altar making with flowers and candles
- Calling and Blessing of the Directions
- Group sharing & personal intentions
- Drinking cacao blend
- Sound journey & light breath work
- Guided visualizations with medicine songs
7:30 pm > Coming back to the body
- Sensorial welcome with scents, sounds, flavors and touch
- Self massage and tapping
- Stretching with humandalas
- Group sharing
- Closing circle
8:00 pm > Mexican Vegetarian Dinner
Maia Balam has also been a vegetarian Chef and chocolatier, so she will serve a delicious Mexican meal for all the participants of the cacao ceremony.
About Maia Balam
MAIA BALAM, is a Mexican Artist, Sound Healer, Mayan Scholar & Ceremonialist, Singer/songwriter, Indigenous eco-activist, Bio-Hacker, Vegetarian Chef and Musician for the last 15 years.
She is a self taught musician since the age of 12 and learnt how to play the following instruments all on her own: Peruvian flute, Silver flute, ocarinas, guitar, Djambe, frame drum, etc.
During the period of 2012-2015 she was given permission to lead collective rituals and meditations during solstice and equinox at the Teotihuacan Pyramids, Chichen Itza pyramids, and at the temple of the Inscriptions in Palenque Chiapas, 3 of the most Important archeological places of power in the American continent.
For the last 7 yrs Maia has travelled around sacred lands in Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, & Canada, connecting hearts and ley lines with her travels, music and ceremonies. Maia has performed as a DJ, cacao ceremonialist and workshop facilitator at studios in Berlin, Amsterdam, Basel and Bali Indonesia.
She has been learning from the traditions and cultures of several medicine men & women from ancient lineages such as the: Huicholes-Wixarikas, Mayas-Tzeltales, Lacandones, Purepechas, Mexicas, Navajo, Lakota, Ojibwe, Peruvian, Salish & Squamish first nations in Canada. Maia is the founder of Amerikua: Indigenous Multimedia Network, wich features films about Indigenous Issues ad Indigneous cultures. She is currently living in Bali and was part of the organization of the “Indigenous Celebration Bali 2018”, unifiying 200 Indigenous leaders from 44 different Nations.
In past years she has been documenting the main Indigenous ceremonial traditions of the Maya, Huichol and Mexica tribes in Mexico, filming shamanic music and ceremonial dances in ancient pilgrimage sites such as the Palenque, Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza, Lacandon jungle, the Wixarika Desert, Conscious festivals, etc.