The Cacao Calling
I started my Cacao Ceremonies in February 2013. I had just completed my 14 year apprenticeship in the Peruvian Amazon with my Shamanic teachers, and the first time I took Ayahuasca outside of Peru, in Palenque, Mexico in Dec 2012, the Ayahuasca told me to find the Cacao Shaman and bring Cacao back to the West to use it in Sacred Ceremony just as I had been doing with the Ayahuasca.
I gave away all my belongings and packed my rucksack with 21 pounds of Guatamalan Cacao and headed back to the West. There was nothing in London, so I had to dive into the deep end and start my Cacao ceremonies based on the principles I had learned during my Ayahuasca ceremonies.
I have been a huge part of the Cacao movement that is now sweeping across the UK. Many practitioners are using it as an addition to what they offer, be it sound healing, movement, dance, yoga. It is a versatile plant medicine that brings a depth of healing to any modality.
However, I work with it in it's traditional form and take people on a Shamanic journey to meet the Cacao Spirit so they can find their own inner answers, clarity and guidance.
I have seen so many transformations and I'm always so amazed at the healing power of Cacao. Each ceremony is completely different so I enjoy the varied experiences and its an honour to watch people deal with their issues in a loving, peaceful and calm way.
As more people become aware and open to exploring new ways of feeling better I see Plant Medicine ceremonies and the use of Shamanic processes growing and becoming more mainstream and acceptable.
Rebekah Shaman has studied and worked with three ‘feminine’ plant medicines over the last 20 years; Ayahuasca, Cannabis and Cacao.
From 1998-2012, she apprenticed with a traditional Peruvian Ayahuasquero shaman, in the Amazon. From 2005-2011 and was Founder and Director of Hemp Global Solutions Ltd, growing hemp research crops in the UK and educating on the importance of this crop for medicine, nutrition, fuel and shelter.
Since 2013 Rebekah has been facilitating ancient sacred Cacao Ceremonies around the world. She takes people annually to the Peruvian Amazon for traditional Ayahuasca Amazonian retreats to work deeply and intimately with the Mother Vine, Ayahuasca. She is also a consultant for Hempen, an organic hemp co-operative in England and is deeply involved in promoting and reinvigorating the hemp industry in the UK.
Rebekah inspires conscious change by educating on the importance of 'Plant Consciousness' for our future survival, and assists those in the urban jungles to live more shamanically, reconnecting them back to Nature, and the natural cycles and rhythms of life.
Rebekah has a BA (Hons) in Study of Religions, and MSc in Development Economics, both from SOAS University, and a Post-graduate Psychology Diploma in the Human Givens Approach. She is also the author of ‘The Shaman’s Last Apprentice’.