Réka is a Berlin-based freelance ethnobotanist, energetic bodyworker, Reiki III practitioner and massage therapist. She has traveled extensively by land and sea to remote locations and cultures as an associate of the Institute of Ecotechnics, worked as a herbarium assistant and plant collector for the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, helped establish and curate an Amazonian ethnobotanical collection in Australia, and is lecturing on psychoactive and spiritual plants at the University of Zurich. Her research interests encompass medicinal and ritualistic use of plants in indigenous and modern societies, as well as mythologies and ethics of drug use. Since 2010, Réka has been involved in the entheogenic movement in the UK and Europe, researching ritual and therapeutic Cannabis use in the Rastafari community in UK and Jamaica. Since 2015 she has been exploring the healing and therapeutic potential of Cacao and the transformative powers of dance, ritual and togetherness.
Mama Cacao is asking for a Dance
Mama Cacao is asking for a dance: To the ancient civilisation of Central America, Cacao beans (Theobroma cacao) were legal tender in trade and the highly priced sacred food of the Gods that has little to do with its processed form of chocolate as we consume it in the West. According to a Mayan myth, Cacao can sense when the relationship between humans and nature gets out of balance and then she comes out of the rainforest to open the hearts and reestablish harmony on the planet. Ceremonial grade Cacao is not only a health elixir flooding your organs with high content minerals, inducing a detoxifying effect on liver and kidney, but due to its ingredients can have strong physical and emotional effects that unlock euphoric states, release negative emotions, and connect to pure heart energy that aids any transformational shift you are working towards. It facilitates a deep sense of self love and self awareness and creates heightened sensation and empathy. In this session, we create a safe and intimate space for the ceremonial drinking of Cacao and then enter into a sharing of what we want to let go and what we want to call in to set an intention for our journey into a guided meditation and inner reflection. We end with dance during which the cacao activates within the body and the heart and grounds you into a deepened connection to yourself and others.