Jules is a barefoot forest dweller with a huge appreciation for what we have right here in Aotearoa. She spent 10 years travelling the planet living with many Indigenous cultures and learning with these sustainability warriors.
Jules is an initiated WisdomKeeper, Pipe Carrier and Reiki Master and enjoyed 10 years of surgical nursing and ambulance work before becoming a naturopath and medical herbalist. Jules is now taking her message to the World through her
Shine course, workshops, retreats, concerts, Cacao ceremonies and natural NZ native skinfood ranges: Bright Earth and Earth’s Kitchen - products that are 100% natural, wild-crafted and enjoy fair trading with our sisters in the Pacific. Jules facilitates workshops and retreats in New Zealand and internationally.
Do you love chocolate? Well chocolate loves YOU! At Wendy’s Wellness, you will discover how in ceremonial doses, raw cacao is a powerful heart opener that paves the way to transformation through self-love…It’s a magical heart medicine ~ raw, ceremonial grade cacao has been used for centuries to unlock euphoric states, release negative emotions, and connect to pure heart energy.
Chocolate + ecstatic healing and transformation. Oh we are sooo down for some of that!
Jules sets up the sacred space then lovingly guides you on a heart opening loving journey, to divine soundscapes from Karena Hunter and Carlos Reigel
It is thought cacao was first used as a health elixir and ceremonial medicine as far back as 1900 BC by the ancestors of Central America, the Olmec people, before becoming a ritualistic medicine used by the Aztec and Mayan cultures. Signifying both life and fertility, it was ingested by Royalty in ceremonial God worship and in sacrificial ritual.
CACAO IS ASSOCIATED WITH UNIVERSAL LOVE – WHY IS THIS? IS THIS WHY WE GIFT CHOCOLATE TO OUR LOVERS?
Due to certain active ingredients that help release ‘feel good’ emotions, cacao is considered a heart opener. Creating feelings of emotional intimacy and pleasure, it has long been considered a luxurious delicacy, especially with the addition of sugar and spices to suit modern palates. Without realizing, we still get to enjoy a small fraction of it’s potential when we eat cacao in a regular chocolate bar. And yes, this is why it has become associated with romantic gestures and pleasurable indulgence!
WHAT IS A CACAO CEREMONY, AND WHEN DO PEOPLE SEEK THIS MEDICINE OUT?
A cacao ceremony is an opportunity to connect to yourself and open your heart. Because of cacao’s ability to increase your connection to your inner self and your heart chakra, it aids in any transformational shift you are working towards, whether you are looking to deepen your understanding of who you are, release old patterns and traumas, or move into a more self-confident space. Whatever your path, the intention is yours to set, and the cacao allows you the insight and awareness to move towards that goal.
During Cacao Ceremonies the cacao activates within the body and the heart, allowing a truly transformative and ecstatic process to unfold.
Ceremonial cacao is taken in liquid form, just like a yummy best-hot-chocolate Ever!!
WHAT IS THE IMMEDIATE PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECT?
One of the main active ingredients that we experience in our physiology during ceremony is Theobromine. Theo-broma literally translates as God-Food, and potentiates the release of dopamine, the ‘pleasure’ hormone. This, alongside phenethylamine, which is known to help relieve stress and depression and which is released in the body during emotional euphoria, create heightened sensation and empathy. Alongside these, the high amount of nutrients in the cacao support and nourish the body, whilst also inducing a detoxifying effect on the liver and kidneys.
AND THE EMOTIONAL IMPACT?
Due to the euphoria inducing ingredients, the emotional impact can be profound. Everything feels heightened within the physical and emotional body, including your awareness to your deepest sense of self and to your heart. The experience of love and empathy, particularly for yourself, can literally feel as if your heart is opening like a flower. In some moments, the sheer ecstasy felt from the cacao can be described as nothing other than a divine experience.