Sacred ceremonies, also known as indigenous ceremonies, are intended to create sacred space. It is the belief of many ancient cultures to connect with Mother Earth and the Spirit World and of Creator.
Sacred ceremonies are very deliberate, and include a number of key ingredients. These can involve creating and often writing a clear intention for the purpose of the ceremony, designating and preparing a sacred space or container often times means building an altar, invoking helping spirits, cleansing the participants (with smoke, perfumes, oils, etc.). Other times it may involve ingesting medicinal plants, active participation in the ceremony through praying, singing, dancing, and the use of instruments.
Offerings to spirit, showing deep gratitude, and ultimately receiving inspiration, hope, healing or realization are often shared. As with an opening there is also a clear ending to the ceremony, a releasing of the helping spirits and the container of the sacred space. Beyond actual ceremony there is a time of integration in which the lessons, insights, and healing work from the ceremony are fully incorporated into one’s being. This is a process that can take days, weeks, months, and in some cases, years. Sacred ceremonies tend to be a deeply trans-formative process.
Sacred Cacao Ceremony
"After water Cacao is the single healthiest substance you can put in your mouth. It can easily replace a number of psychiatric drugs for mood, plus it produces the same chemistry in the brain that occurs when we fall in love”–Chris Kilham
3 hours – 55 $ per person.
*The number of people will depend on the size of the space.
About this experience:
Sacred Cacao is a soft but gentle medicine used to open the heart. This sacred elixir’s origins began a millennia ago in South America and was known as the “Food of the Gods”. The active ingredients of the cacao work strongly on opening the heart center bringing us back to our natural state of feeling and connection. This beautiful and moving ceremony takes us from our head into our hearts and connects ourselves intuitively with Mother Earth, the cycles of nature and dance which reconnects us with that playful, childlike nature within. That part of us that knows joy, love, acceptance, abundance and human connection as a natural state of being.
The active ingredients of Cacao can bring forth the experience of a heightened state of awareness which actively opens us to deeper-stored emotional states and knowing that are ready to be seen, felt or released. Leaving us in an expanded state of consciousness and peace.
Through guided meditation, heart songs, movement and a live ancient sound healing, you will have a chance to experience this extraordinary plant medicine and sacred sound medicine together. The Drink: Cacao is the raw form of the cacao bean. This is the purest form of chocolate you can consume. The cacao shared during the ceremony is locally-sourced in Ubud, Bali and is considered ceremonial grade cacao. This magical drink is blended with ginger, organic coconut palm sugar, cayenne pepper and cinnamon for a rich and powerful sipping drink.
Kevin, also known as Joseph White Owl, has been conducting Sacred Cacao Ceremonies at the Pyramids of Chi for the past three years at the Pyramids of Chi. He has facilitated over 150 Sacred Cacao Ceremonies, both public and private, while holding sacred space from the Heart.
Four Directions Ceremony
1 hour Requires a min of 5 people.
The Four Directions Ceremony is a prayer to the 4 cardinal directions; North, South, East and West. Each direction has a significant meaning which often times contains a spirit animal or totem (spirit animal) along with a particular color associated. Each direction is, with purpose, called out to and asked to bring their medicine to the participants. The Four Directions, as is with the Medicine Wheel, may vary as to which of the cardinal direction the guide begins. For instance, within the Lakota, they begin in the South and the Cherokee in the East.
As mentioned, this sacred ceremony calls upon spirit animals, as guides, invoking a prayer to receive their wisdom during the ceremony and often times it is a time for others to reconnect to them. Within the North American cultures, clans or tribes the Eagle, the Coyote or Wolf, the Bear and the White Buffalo each associated with the Cardinal directions – North, South, East and West. Keep in mind the order may change a bit. Each of the directions hold a wisdom and is shared during the ceremony.
1.5 hour– by donation
The Sacred pipe is referred to as the Chanupah and pronounced (cha nu pah) by the First People’s of North America. It is the story of creation and was given to these peoples 16 generations ago by White Buffalo Calf Woman. The belief with the pipe ceremony is that she shared much wisdom and that man must live in harmony with the land (Mother Earth) and each other. It is a message of Unity of peoples regardless of the color of one’s robe (skin color).
Within the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations it is believed that each part of the pipe shares a wisdom and a teaching. It is often times paired with the Four Directions and has a particular intention based on why the ceremony is being shared. Such as, the spiritual adoption of a new family member, healing etc.
1hour – Requires a min of 5 people.
Fire ceremonies play an important part in the traditions of the First Peoples of the Americas. Fire ceremonies are a ritual that act as a messenger and is a gift from Creator. The Fire symbolizes cleansing and renewal because it is out of the ashes of the fire that comes new growth, new life, thoughts and ideas. It is usually performed on Full Moons and New Moons when you want to introduce new beginnings into your life. It is a powerful ceremony for the participants. Often times cornmeal is shared and to be thrown into the fire while sharing an intention or prayer during that event. It is a ritual that is simple yet powerful and an awe-inspiring event.
Purification Lodge Ceremony
3-4 hours – by donation
Purification lodge aka Sweat lodge is typically a low profile, typically dome-shaped structure of natural nature materials. The framework is made from local saplings, such as the red cedar tree and the cover is of a natural animal skins, blankets or cloth tarp. It is accompanied by a sacred fire pit, large stones to create heat, along with an altar placed outside the lodge opening and offerings. It is referred to as an Inipi ceremony for the Lakota and Asi for the Cherokee Nation.
Within the Cherokee Nation the Asi is seen as though it is a giant womb symbolizing rebirth. It is also used for honoring the Sacred feminine spirit and purification or cleansing. The ceremony is conducted inside the lodge with four movements where the cloth door is opened between each movement. The intention for the ceremony is for purification and healing as the lodge is quite a powerful experience.
New Moon Ceremony
2 hours– Requires a min of 5 people.
As the moon turns its dark side toward us this is the time to turn yourself inward. The New Moon is a great time to set your intentions, write down goals or begin new projects for the next lunar cycle. In the darkness, the fertile ground, plant the seeds of your heartfelt desires during our mystical fire ceremony followed by a 1hour ancient sound healing session.
Join us on our magical New Moon Ceremony nights throughout the year to set your intentions for the forthcoming moon cycle and treat yourself to vibrational sound and medicine.
Full Moon Ceremony
2 hours - Requires a min of 5 people.
The Full Moon Ceremony is a time to be prepared and open to receiving amplifying energy. Push forward the intentions made during the new moon. Prepare for transformation and the harvest of intentions during our mystical fire ceremony, followed by an immersive ancient sound healing.