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Today’s use of cacao as a superfood and in spiritual ceremonies is inspired by ancient cultures!

Thousands of years ago, native Mesoamerican civilisations considered cacao a sacred and ritualistic plant, which was consumed during virtually every ceremony of importance.

These rituals use cacao as a tool to connect with the Self and with the spirits, to relax or stimulate the body, for internal discovery, for clearing the mind, for recharging the soul and healing stagnant emotions.

Healing, focus, direction, self-love, learning or relaxation… this immersion is designed to accommodate you in whatever capacity you wish to consolidate the deep learning of your time with cacao.

Ceremonial Grade Cacao
Cape Cacao

Join Fran Siebrits for an immersive experience in BALI, land of the gods, enjoying CACAO, food of the gods.

Ceremony, ritual, farm visit, chocolate shop tour, circles, community, nature, culture, joy, healing…

This educational tree-to-cup experience will be nothing short of transformative:

A gift to yourself from yourself.

More Than Just a Holiday

Renew your entire being (body, mind and soul) in the peaceful and beautiful settings of Bali lush jungles and rice fields.

This is more than just a holiday with lots of cacao; it is an opportunity to work with the energies of this island, known as the land of the gods, and this heart-opening medicine of ceremonial cacao, known as the food of the gods.

Allow nature’s presence to sustain the natural unfolding of your own renewal. And allow for the wisdom of your heart to be revealed through working closely with some of the best ceremonial-grade cacao on the planet, which is grown on the island of Bali.

No matter what your personal intention is with this immersion, it is through joy, surrender, love and release in which deep transformation may occur. Know that you will be expertly guided and lovingly held.

Ceremonial Grade Cacao

Our venue

Close to Ubud, the cultural centre of Bali, our daily sessions will take place at a local artist’s residence in the village Penestanan Kaja. 

The venue is owned by a local family who also live on the premises which will give you glimpse of traditional Balinese ways in a modern day world and a more personal view of Bali.

Cacao Ceremonies Fran Siebrits

All Are Welcome

If you are new to working with cacao, you are welcome to come learn!

If you already use cacao for health, healing or in a spiritual practice, you are welcome to come deepen your understanding!

If you are a ceremony facilitator and space holder, you are welcome to come and be held!

“When we listen to the wisdom of our own heart, navigating our journey with cacao, we will know balance, harmony, and deep connection to ourselves, each other and Mother Nature.” – Fran Siebrits, Cacao Alchemist

Highlights

We will be learning about and working with one of the world’s finest quality ceremonial-grade cacaos that exist, grown in Bali.

During this time you can look forward to:

  • 6 days living in the world of cacao, sacredness, ceremony, ritual, and of course the landscape and culture of Bali
  • Opening and closing ceremonies
  • Full day excursion to the cacao growing communities in the west of Bali, visiting a cacao farm to see how the cacao grows as well as the community cooperative where the fermentation, drying and sorting happens
  • Excursion to a small bean-to-bar chocolate shop to see the process of raw chocolate making
  • Workshops and lecture sessions to understand working with cacao and ritual (to assist your home practice and deeper connection)
  • Cacao drinking rituals and meditations to tune in to the elements of Fire, Earth, Water, Air and Ether
  • Many opportunities for engagement with the friendly, gentle Balinese people and culture
  • Enough free time for nature walks, reflection time and exploring the surrounding area
  • Learning about, eating, drinking, and working energetically with the highest quality ceremonial-grade cacao that is high in anti-oxidants, full of healthy fats, a mood enhancer, safe from heavy metals, heart opening, a grounded energy source, packed with essential vitamins and minerals (such as magnesium, zinc, calcium, B1, B2, B3, B5, B9 and E) and increases focus and creativity
  • Optional 1:1 sessions with Fran, your facilitator for this immersion and Cape Cacao’s founder and medicine woman
Fran Siebrits Chocolate Workshop
Cacao Ceremonies Fran Siebrits

Pure 100% Organic Ceremonial-Cacao

This immersion is offered to support personal growth, spiritual exploration, deep inspiration and connection… all according to each person’s own beliefs and practices.

We will be working with ceremonial-grade cacao which comes from beans which have been fermented, dried, peeled, ground and packaged without any tempering (which requires extra heating), and without adding or removing anything, resulting in 100% pure cacao, that has been locally sourced in a 100% ethical way.

ITINERARY: 25-30 August 2024

Our programme is designed to provide insight, education, inspiration, nourishment and nurturing. You will have time for relaxing and exploring, and are welcome to take it easy, in your own space and time as well.

Day 1

  • Arrival in Penestenan Village and settle into respective accommodation (see FAQs below for suggestions)
  • 14:00-17:00 > Opening Ceremony: Setting our intention and cacao container; asking permission to the land and energies of Bali; honouring the origins of cacao from MesoAmerica
Day 2 
  • Session 1 > 10:00-12:30
    Physical Properties of Cacao
  • Session 2 > 14:00-16:30
    Metaphysical Properties of Cacao

Day 3

  • 06:00-20:00 > Excursion day to cacao growing communities – visit to a cacao farm and community cooperative Closing Cacao Ceremony
Day 4
  • 11:00-14:00 > Altar Making Workshop
    Creating space for ritual or ceremony (energetic preparations and practical application)
Day 5 
  • Session 1 > 10:00-12:30
    Raw Chocolate Shop Excursion 
  • Session 2 > 14:00-16:30
    Ceremonial-grade cacao – considerations and ethics of growing, processing, sourcing and preparing
Day 6 
  • 10:00-13:00 > Closing Ceremony: Integration of week immersion; giving thanks and gratitude to the land; its people, and Spirit of Cacao
  • 13:00 Celebratory lunch at nearby restaurant (for own expense)
*OPTIONAL 1:1 on DAY 4 Mentoring with Fran during immersion  
  • Each 60 minutes session includes a cup of cacao
  • Additional cost for 1:1 mentoring session
Cacao Ceremonies Fran Siebrits
Cacao Ceremonies

Culture & Landscape

The people of Bali (known as Balinese) have a philosophy which emphasises harmony between an our own ‘small worlds’ and the wider world around us, especially nature. Such harmony is essential for flowing with the unfolding patterns of life.

As you will observe during this immersion, it is easy to enter this flow and learn how to make it part of your life at home.

You will experience the essence of Balinese life simply by absorbing the natural setting from which this astonishing culture has emerged.

If you wish to extend your visit it is worth noting there are many traditional ceremonies punctuating the Balinese calendar throughout the year.

Ubud Bali

About Your Facilitator

Fran Siebrits, founder of Cape Cacao, and Tuning In Wellness, is a cacao alchemist & medicine woman. She offers a wealth of knowledge for how we can use ceremony & ritual to live in harmony with our true nature.

Bringing her life work into these retreats and offerings, Fran provides a unique opportunity to immerse in the fields of healing arts, shamanism, mysticism, herbalism, feminine ritual, breathwork, naturalism, yoga, spiritual philosophy, energy work & space holding for healing. She can assist you to find your inner teacher & healer through the practical engagement with cacao, ceremony & ritual.

Her facilitation is compassionate, down-to earth, practical & joyful, encouraging you to experience an embodied heart awakening journey to support you in trusting yourself, feeling more confident in your unique self-expression & able to speak your truth.

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Cape Cacao Fran Siebrits

Cost

ZAR prices for those residing/earning in Southern African or other developing nations
USD prices for those residing/earning in developed nations with “first world” economies

  • 6 Day Cacao Immersion
    – ZAR 16 950 / USD 1 250
  • 1:1 Session with Fran
    – ZAR 750 | USD 50 (mentoring, space holding, healing cacao drink)

50% deposit secures your place, with the balance by 15 June 2024
Bookings close 15 June 2024

Includes:
– 6 days facilitated programme working with cacao, ritual and ceremony
– full day excursion (lunch included) to cacao growing communities to visit a cacao farm and community cooperative
– opening and closing ceremonies
– workshops to understand and assist ritual
– the highest quality ceremonial-grade cacao
– daily cacao rituals / workshops / ceremonies / lectures and discussions
– nature walks & cultural experiences

Excludes:
– travel to/from Bali, Indonesia
– transport to/from our venues each day in Penestanan Village, Ubud (we suggest you stay in the area, see FAQs below for options)
– accommodation and meals (except lunch on excursion day to cacao farm)
– shopping, snacks, massages
– gratuity

Cancellation policy:

– deposits are non-refundable
– 50% refund* on balance of monies (over-and-above deposit) if cancelled by participant before 15 February 2024
– 25% refund* on balance of monies (over-and-above deposit) if cancelled by participant between 16 February and 15 May 2024
– 0% refund* on balance of monies (over-and-above deposit) if cancelled by participant after 15 May 2024
– if the immersion is cancelled by the organisers, you will receive a full refund*
– *5% admin fee will be withheld on all refunds

Frequently asked questions

Yes, this immersion is open for all levels. Come and learn all about this wonderful world of sacred chocolate with us!

Yes, absolutely. You are welcome to join to deepen your connection, to be held, and to learn from a different perspective. Each immersion brings its own magic, and we also working with the energies of Bali and its people, culture, and traditions. There is always something to learn from a new experience.

The immersion will be taking place in the quaint artist village called Penestanan – it is close to the centre of Ubud (a short 5-10 minute scooter-taxi ride or 20-30 minutes walk). We have chosen this area because of it’s beauty, peace and tranquility, so you may want to consider booking your accommodation in Penestanan for this reason and walk wherever you need to go. However, anywhere in Ubud is also fine as scooter-taxis are a very reliable mode of transport. If you look at an online maps of features in the area, you can narrow down your accommodation search within or around the triangle of Yellow Flower Cafe, Alchemy and Cafe Vespa. Some suggestions are Santra Putra Guesthouse and Gerebig Bungalows.

We have selected the Penestenan Village for our immersion becuase it is a beautiful area to walk from place to place. There are many accommodation options and eateries to choose from, so you really won’t need any other mode of transport that your own two feet if you arrange accommodation in the area (see our answer to the above FAQ). For getting somewhere quicker, or for a slightly further distance (i.e. going to Ubud aka into town) we recommend scooter taxis, which is the Balinese version of Uber. Car taxis are also available. You can download the app when you arrive (GoJek or Grab are two available ones). You can pay for each ride with cash when you are dropped at your destination.

Yes, it is safe to walk around by yourself, enjoying the day and night scenery. Bali is a very safe and friendly island. 

We suggest booking a taxi pickup through your accommodation. However, it is safe to also get a taxi directly from the airport on arrival.

You don’t have to book the additional extras now. However, please note there are limited spots and we can only confirm a spot for you with a deposit on additional extras. 

If you are not coming for the cacao, then come for the food! You will be blown away by the variety and quality of gastronomical offerings. The food in Bali is definitely a culinary highlight, and the area we will be based has a large variety of cafes and restaurants for all budgets.

All levels of health and fitness are welcome. We suggest bringing a good pair of walking shoes as there is a small amount of walking during our farm visit excursion, as well as around Penestanan Village for those who wish to enjoy the scenery on foot.

There is no age limit for this retreat… if your heart says yes, then you are welcome to join us.

Although Bali is a relatively small island, it has a lot to offer. From culture to adventure, parties to relaxing… so it really does depend on what you want to get out of it. We suggest doing a bit of google searching in your fields of interest, and narrowing it down from there. Even if you decide to stay in the area of Ubud, you will not run out of things to do. 

The difference between regular cacao and ceremonial-grade cacao is the way it has been processed and prepared. On a purely practical level, for ceremonial cacao, the processing is kept as minimal and pure as possible. Freshly harvested beans are fermented and then dried, but never heavily roasted. The husks are removed from the dried beans to leave broken cacao nibs. These nibs are then ground into a thick paste. The paste is molded and cooled into solid blocks, then it’s ready to be used as ceremonial cacao. A block like this is similar to 100% chocolate with no sugar added, but it is created simply, without conching or tempering. The main intention is to leave the cacao in its most natural state, retaining all the precious nutrients and energies that cacao may offer, nothing added nor removed. Ceremonial-grade cacao is also of the highest energetic vibration due to intention, blessing rituals, and sacred practices along its tree-to-cup lifespan.

We will be working with some of the best cacao in the world, which is grown in Bali. Once the beans are delivered from the farm, they are dried, the shells removed and then ground at minimal temperatures to preserve the nutritional and biochemical integrity of the beans. Each stage of the process is performed with love and intention to create the most delicious and medicinally potent raw ceremonial-grade cacao that can be experienced. We believe this ceremonial-cacao is one of the world’s finest quality ceremonial-grade cacaos that exist. It is created to support personal growth, spiritual exploration, deep inspiration and connection with the Divine, according to each person’s own beliefs and practices.

Conventionally for the global mass chocolate industry, cacao beans are roasted at high temperatures to manipulate the taste of the beans. But we source freshly harvested cacao beans which are fermented, and then dried at low temperatures, but they are never roasted. This is because keeping cacao in its raw state preserves vital nutrients and live enzymes, maintaining an abundance of fiber and minerals such as zinc, magnesium & calcium, as well as vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9 and E, and essential heart-healthy fats, including a monounsaturated fat known as oleic acid. Raw cacao also has the highest antioxidant value of any natural food in the world, and up to four times higher than in roasted cacao. The nutrients found in ceremonial-grade cacao drinks and raw chocolate have been linked to a number of health benefits, including reduced blood pressure and improved circulation, promoting cardiovascular function, neutralizing free radicals, aiding digestion, reducing inflammation and enhancing physical and mental well-being. Safe to say, raw cacao is one of the most powerful superfoods nature has to offer.

The cacao beans are lightly broken (crushed) into nibs, and these are put through a grinding machine to produce a thick liquid called cacao liquor, which hardens into blocks at room temperature. The grinding process can take hours, or even days, until the desired fine texture and flavor profile has been reached. Traditionally, before machines, this process was done by hand on special stones for hand-grinding.

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