Ritual, Cacao & Sound Meditation

A Time to Honor Nature’s Final Harvest & Your Departed Loved Ones

Autumn is a season of transition. Because there is a lot of movement and change we can create balance for our mind, body and spirit by pausing for self-reflection. Join us for this seasonal celebration, it’s an evening retreat. Two dates and locations available.

  • Friday, October 27 from 6-8 PM at Souls Center in Spokane WA

  • Sunday, October 29 from 6-8 PM at Embody Studio in Sandpoint ID

Tradition holds that Samhain (pronounced “Sow-inn”) is a time to honor the end of harvest season and the start of the coldest half of the year. It’s also been referred to as The Celtic New Year.  

In addition to being the last of the 3 harvest festivals that are part of the Wheel of the Year, Samhain can be a time to remember and honor the lives of those who have passed on from this plane. It often involves paying respect to ancestors, family members, elders of your faith, friends, pets, or other loved ones who have died.

When you celebrate Samhain you may want to remember that you are part of the natural world, you go through seasons too. Just like many of the trees shed their fruit and leaves, this season is about letting go, taking rest and bringing your energy back to your roots.

For thousands of years, human beings have honored their connection to the earth, the seasonal changes, and major life transitions with ceremony and ritual; they are an ancient technology of indigenous and earth based cultures, an inherent part of humanity’s past and its ancestral wisdom. It’s a way to celebrate life in all its forms. It’s a pause in time to be thankful for water, air, fire and land, as well as the plants, creatures, animals and minerals that exist on this planet with you. 

You can use this gathering with community, cacao and sound to self-reflect and consider your intentions for the season. Gathering in this way can help to create inner balance so we can continue to act in harmony with others and the world around us.

Cacao on Altar

 Here is an overview of what we’ll do….

1. Arrive, visit the altar, quietly settle in.

2. Introductions, intentions and Cacao Serving.

3. Gentle movement and breathwork.

4. Sound healing and meditation.

5. Gratitude circle and closing.

Already know you want to attend? Don’t need to read any further?

 

Fruits and candles
Melted Cacao
Candles on Altar

The Ritual: Build an altar. Sit in a circle with community. Embodiment through movement.

This ritual is a celebration of the earth in our unique microclimate as well as the final harvest it has provided for us. We’ll also be witnessing ourselves and each other in a relationship of gratitude for bounty, beauty, the passing of time and the opportunity to rest. 

You’ll be guided through a gentle, 10 minute moving body scan and half-sun salutations. This will help us feel grounded in our body and rooted in the present moment.

The Cacao: Attune to your senses. Sip. Attune again. 

Enjoy a mindfulness based guided meditation with gentle movement and a serving of ceremonial grade Peruvian Cacao Criollo. The Cacao drink is made with 1 oz of Ceremonial Grade Cacao Paste, coconut milk, vanilla, and a touch of honey.

Cacao is the raw whole food form of chocolate. This velvety drink is plant medicine. It inspires euphoric states in the body. After you sip the Nitric Oxide production in your body increases, relaxing your arteries, which allows for increased blood flow. Cacao contains Anandamide. Termed “the bliss molecule” it’s associated with improved motivation and increased pleasure.

 The Sound: Resonance. Stillness. Rest.

In the Spokane event we’ll sing a few simple, earthy songs together. No singing experience necessary! We’ll be guided by singer, somatic educator and song carrier, Stefani. The singing will open our hearts and bring vibratory sensations to our bodies. After that, lie back for a restful, guided, awareness-based bodyscan with gentle singing bowls in the background. 

In the Sandpoint event you’ll receive the healing vibrations of the gong while resting in stillness. A gong meditation is a form of sound therapy that brings deep relaxation and balance to our system. Letting go and immersing ourselves into the vibrations and sounds of the gong can bring us to a serene, peaceful, and connected state.

Mindy Thacker
Stefani Water Dance
Sarah Rusnak

Facilitators for the Events

 

Mindy Thacker, Gong Technician – Sandpoint Event
It is Mindy’s desire to help others find resilience, grow in community, and tune-in to their inner wisdom through movement and sound healing. 

Mindy’s offerings are an intentional gathering to experience: Sound and Silence; Movement and Stillness; Breath and Belonging. 

Stefani VanDeest, Singer & Somatic Educator  – Spokane Event

Stefani’s offerings help people to utilize their physical body as an entry point to their subtle body – the emotional, mental, and energetic parts. Singing is one way to observe and witness the interplay between the physical body and subtle body. 

Sarah Rusnak, Cacao Circle Facilitator – Both Events

Sarah offers seasonal based rituals with sound, cacao and gentle movement as a way to support our community coming together to honor their own life cycles as well as the cycles of nature. These rituals are an opportunity to feel gratitude for the abundance that the earth provides. 

Itinerary:

  • 5:45 – 6:10 PM: Arrive, visit the altar, quietly settle.

  • 6:15 – 7:00 PM: Introductions, intentions, cacao serving and gentle movement.

  • 7:00 – 7:30 PM: Sound, meditation, and stillness.

  • 7:30 – 8:00 PM: Gratitude circle and closing.

What To Bring:

  • Bring items of the season for the altar. Any flowers or fruits can be added to the altar and left to give back to the earth. You may also bring and add a meaningful item or photos of loved ones, which you will take home with you.

  • Please bring your own yoga mat. 

  • Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate layers to keep yourself cozy as your temperature fluctuates.

**Please contact us if you have any questions or inquiries about whether or not this event is right for you. 

This is a rare gathering and a once per year celebration!

Register today. Give yourself the gift of restoration and beauty.
The cost is $40

 

2 Different Locations:

Souls Center – 707 N Cedar St, Spokane, WA 99201

Embody Studio – 823 Main St, Sandpoint, ID 83864