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Winter Solstice: A Cacao & Despacho Fire Ceremony

  • Stella Mare Lifestyles Long Wharf Newport, RI, 02840 United States (map)
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December Solstice marks the "turning of the Sun" as the days slowly get longer. While honoring the depths of our winter hibernation, this evening we will welcome in celebration of the lighter days to come and nature’s continuing cycle.

Cacao Ceremony, Despacho Ceremony & Fire Ceremony

Lead and guided by Shamanic Healer Annette Burke and

Cacao, Plant Medicine Expert Nola Ganem

A despacho is a prayer bundle or offering. For hundreds of years, the Laika (high shamans or wisdomkeepers of the Q’ero lineage of Peru) have used the despacho ceremony for a wide variety of occasions – births, deaths, as an expression of gratitude, to heal physical and emotional ailments, to restore balance and harmony, or when there is a specific request of the spirit world.

Cacao has been used for hundreds of years to assist us in opening our hearts, minds and spirit to the Grace and Interconnectivity of all life. Working with ceremonial cacao is an opportunity for you to access deep parts of yourself that are here to assist you in creating personal transformation, a stronger trust, deeper surrender, and a more profound and joyous connection to your heart, spirit and All That Is.

Fire allows for rapid transformation. It provides the avenue to honor your lessons and old belief structures by turning them over to Spirit, thus enabling you to heal deeply at the level of the soul without having to experience them.

Each person will prepare a Death Arrow which represents an issue or something you want to let go of.  You will also prepare a Spirit Arrow which represents something you want to manifest. Sticks will be provided to represent the arrows.

Every ceremony is always different with its own unique magic, that comes from you and Spirit. You will learn and absorb how to welcome these beautiful medicines into your everyday life in addition to the deeply sacred elements of their spiritual guidance and loving partnership. We welcome you and look forward to sharing these beautiful indigenous heart medicines with you!


 Wear loose comfortable clothing. Come hydrated and eat clean and light foods the day of.

 A Journal for reflection and any sacred items you would like to add to our altar or burn.

 **If you have any medical conditions or are on high dosage of prescriptions, please connect with us prior so we can simply prepare you a smaller and suitable amount of pure cacao.

Friday December 21


Stella Mare Lifestyles

Long Wharf, Newport

$60 includes all materials

$110 for Couples

Earlier Event: December 16
Tenth Gate Yoga: Holiday Bazaar
Later Event: December 22
Aquidneck Grower’s Winter Market