Thursday, April 30 – 6:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge
169 West St. Annapolis, MD 21401
Much of the world loves chocolate + yoga + music.
We decided to blend it all together
An Indigenous myth tells us that whenever the balance between humans and nature becomes threatened,
cacao comes from the rainforest to open people’s hearts and return to us all to harmony.
With a passion for chocolate, ancient wisdom and music we have created an experience that will reverberate eternally. Our mission is to bring ancient wisdom and healing arts into the contemporary hearts of humanity. Partnering with healers from Guatemala that provide the sacred chocolate (cacao); It is wild harvested in the Mayan hills and sent directly to us. The setting opens us up to an energetic experience of what is possible. We begin with a Cacao Ceremony + meditation, followed by a gentle, yet invigorating yoga flow and dancing with Telesma.
ALL ACCESS PASSPORT (35 passports) $40
CHOCOLATE + ART ONLY PASSPORT (25 passports) $20
ART + DANCE PASSPORT (110 passports ) $12
Featuring Live Painting + Local Artist Sophia Farias Gibson
An Indigenous myth tells us that whenever the balance between humans and nature becomes threatened, cacao comes from the rainforest to open people’s hearts and return to us all to harmony.
CHOCOLATE. YOGA. DANCE
With a passion for chocolate, ancient wisdom and music we have created an experience that will reverberate eternally. Our mission is to bring ancient wisdom and healing arts into the contemporary hearts of humanity. Partnering with healers from Guatemala that provide the sacred chocolate (cacao); It is wild harvested in the Mayan hills and sent directly to us. The setting opens us up to an energetic experience of what is possible. We begin with a Cacao Ceremony (meditation+chanting), followed by a gentle, yet invigorating yoga flow. As we integrate our experience in Savasana, with music guiding us on the experience, the energy builds as we continue to dance away all our fears and limitations and fill up with a higher vibration.
Much of the world loves, chocolate, yoga + music. We decided to blend it all together.
HOLISTIC DIVA. Producer, Healing Arts Practitioner, Community Builder and Event Planner, Cassandra Alls is the founder of Holistic DIVA living. Having a multitide of experience in many circles she has settled into inviting the world to experience something more. In 1999 she transformed into a wellness warrior. While living in Los Angeles her doctor found a mass in her breast at the age of 25. At the time alternative options were not on her mind, but her doctor guided her through nutrition and mindful lifestyle adjustments and within a year the mass was gone. This is when her healthy and mindful journey began. Having had numerous people in her life touched by cancer and other illnesses, she knew there had to be another way to help, to heal and to live. After her experience in independent film and an 11 year successful career with Nordstrom she has dedicated her work to the Healing Arts as a Practitioner, third generation Reiki Master, Wellness + Lifestyle Coach. She is passionate about empowering and supporting people with their desire for vibrant health and happiness. She works with all ages and backgrounds, one on one or in groups, workshops and retreats.
Cassandra continues with an open heart and mind immersing herself in natural health & living, mind-body medicine, yoga, shamanic wisdom and other healing arts to guide herself and others to that harmonious healing within. Cassandra has studied holistic nutrition, natural health and healing arts for over a decade, along with studies at American College of Healthcare Sciences, Institute of Modern Wisdom and various teachers around the globe. She has shared her time and talents with the Holistic Moms Network running a local chapter, organizing events and continued her advocacy and activism by volunteering her time and talents with the Center for Personal Rights, the Gerson Institute, Slow Food USA, GMO free Maryland, DC Wellness Tree, the Hemp Heals Foundation and as an ambassador for Micheal Franti’s SOULSHINE Yoga.Music.Tour.
CHOCOLATE. Chocolate is chocolate, right? Not when it is ceremonial grade cacao. Cacao (chocolate in its purest form) is a plant medicine that has been used by the Mayans for centuries both by the Shamans and people in their everyday lives. It has been somewhat overlooked in the past few decades and is now coming back out of the jungle. An Indigenous Mayan myth tells us that whenever the balance between humans and nature becomes threatened, cacao comes out from the rainforest to open people’s hearts and return the planet to a state of harmony. Now is the time. Cacao is a facilitator and will invite you rather than push you on a spiritual journey. Only you choose. Ceremonial cacao will open your heart in amazing ways and that is why it has been known in our popular culture as the food for lovers. Drinking and eating the ceremonial grade cacao will open new doors for all chocolate lovers. It is a deep spiritual experience and we invite you to join us on this blissful journey. Ceremonial cacao is the Food for the Shift.
The cacao we use comes from wild Criollo trees grown and processed without any chemicals and are hand-prepared by indigenous Mayan people in the Lago de Atitlan region of Guatemala. Our supplier sustains this superior quality by maintaining a direct relationship to the source of the cacao, and by keeping this a small-scale operation. This makes each batch of Cacao unique. Criollo is the wild and most ancient of three main varieties of cacao and is native to Central America and a few northern tier South American countries such as Peru, Ecuador & Brazil. Criollo is the most highly prized cacao bean and make up less than 1% of the world’s production as crop yields from Criollo trees are low. It has a high vibration and a spiritual potency that you can experience uniquely with each cup.
Cacao is also a superfood. Cacao is rich in magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium, chromium, manganese, sulphur, copper and phosphorous. Cacao has therapeutic levels of brain chemicals and neurotransmitters that positively affect mood, memory, appetite, pain perception, feelings of well-being, rejuvenation, attraction and euphoria such as Anandamide (known as the “bliss chemical”), Serotonin (acts as an anti-depressant, promotes a sense of wellbeing, and enhances your libido), Endorphins (which produce a pleasurable sensation similar to that of an exercise high), and Phenylethylamine (often called the “love chemical”), among others. Cacao contains over 300 different compounds – some of which are still being researched.
Ceremonial Chocolate comes to us through Stellar Connections founded by Christel Libiot and Jim Wert; both with vast experience and knowledge of healing practices and numerous Cacao Ceremonies with a Mid-Atlantic and global following. Stellar Connections has sponsored and produced the Joy of OneUs, a Celebration of Oneness on the West front lawn of the US Capitol, 4 years in a row, Christel and Jim have together and individually led many sacred Circles, workshops, trainings and ceremonies and bring decades of experience to this work. www.stellarconnections.us
YOGA. Yoga is more than a fitness fad. It’s an ancient practice that aligns the overall health and spirit of our human nature. James Foulkes is an integrated wellness specialist with over 10 years of experience whose diverse set of practices include Yoga, Meditation, Qi gong, Kung Fu and shamanic movement practices. His approach to yoga is based on the work of Vanda Scaravelli, an Italian- American who studied with J Krishnamurti, BKS Iyengar and TKV Desikachar. James grew up in England and completed his yoga teacher training there with Natural Bodies Yoga, Movement and Therapy Centre in Brighton.
James is extremely interested in the spiritual and energetic aspects of the work and the ability of these practices to shift perception and connect the practitioner with the essence.He enjoys finding parallels between these practices and feels the basis of them is unity, integration and wholeness. James is also a cranial sacral therapist having completed courses with the Upledger, Milne and Wellness Institutes. James is a co-founder of The Levity Project, a group of international healing arts practitioners who teach classes and host workshops and retreats in the U.K., U.S.A. and around the world. www.jamesfoulkes.com
DANCE. Sound is healing. Music is Healing. Let’s Dance! Blending ancient and modern instrumentation and spirit, the Baltimore-based group Telesma bridges the gap between primal and futuristic. Setting themselves apart with their intoxicating sound and extraordinary live performances, they take the audience on a soul inspiring journey that transcends this world, tantalizes the senses, and moves the body with waves of pulsating rhythm. “To experience Telesma live is to become part of the show. More than just music, it’s a swirling, whirling, twirling event…it’s extremely hard not to become involved in the swaying, hypnotic rhythms that pour forth from the stage.” Michael Macey of the Chesapeake Music Guide. Telesma’s unique sound, oft labeled “electro-acoustic psychedelic world dance music”, is driven by the ancient sound of the didgeridoo, the kubing (bamboo mouth harp), tribal drums and percussion, and the human voice. These elements are fused with modern instruments and technology to create a diverse sound ranging from intense polyrhythmic rock-n-roll, to ambient melodic meanderings, to trance-like pulses found in modern electronic dance/groove music.
Telesma’s live show blurs the line between performer and audience, attracting the most creative VJs, dancers, visual artists and body artists to its shows. Every Telesma show is a vortex of creativity; a celebration of body, mind and spirit. Themes of higher consciousness, philosophy, connectivity, peace, and universal archetypes merge with influences from folklore, various mythologies and religion, nature, fantasy, art, and other mystical elements to create the root of Telesma’s inspirational message. This sound can be heard on the group’s full length albums “O(h)M” (2007), “Hearing Visions: Live” (2009), and “Action In Inaction” (2012) released on their independent label “sTRANGELY cOMPELLING mUSIC”.
Telesma has performed at festivals and venues from coast to coast, including Camp Bisco, Rootwire, Artscape, Musikfest, FaerieWorlds, Earthdance, Evolvefest, Spoutwood Fairie Festival, PEX Summerfest & Halloween, Faerie Con, Karmafest, Starwood Gathering, Pink Moon Fest, MD Faerie Fest, NY Faerie fest, Free Spirit Gathering and numerous other festivals from jam band, pagan, burner, faerie themed, and world music lineups. Plus, venue all along the east coast, Colorado, northern Cali, and Oregon.
“I feel a great affinity with the band Telesma in a similar kind of interest in the shamanic self-discovery and a sense of an underlying universal wisdom. That’s a rare combination in a rock and techno band.” — Alex Grey, Visionary artist
Full media kit + sound/space requirements at www.telesmaband.com