On this longest night of the year, with extra juice from the coinciding full moon, The Flowjo is holding a ceremony to honor the return of the light. Servings of deep dark cacao will be followed by a live music-enhanced ritual dance (guest musician TBA!). For the first time, we'll also be including a participation-optional divination on behalf of the Flowjo community.
About the Cacao: In awareness of the problematic nature of the global chocolate industry, we are taking extra care to source highest-quality heirloom (Criollo variety) cacao from a small family farm in the Guatemalan highlands. With all respect to the ancestral traditions of Mayan peoples, we want to be clear that we do not claim to represent those ways and are simply grateful for the chance to offer this nourishing, connective, gentle plant medicine for celebration and healing in the context of our own unique ceremonial container. The cacao brew will be vegan, lightly sweetened, and contain coconut and spices.
About the Dance Ritual: An age-old way of communing with the forces that sustain life, dance can help us connect with emotional waters, receive insights, and provide a pathway to embodied prayer. In contrast to a typical ecstatic dance, this night of ritually-held movement will include specific invocations and harness collective intention to plant seeds for the new sun cycle. Note that In this context, "dance" is free and improvisational and can include simply resting or sitting at the altar.
About the Divination: A process of gleaning meaning through the seemingly random, divination can be a powerful way to gain insight and open a subtle door for spirit guidance. We'll be engaging in an collaborative, crowd-sourced divination method involving a variety of symbols being placed on a wheel representing sections of the coming year. This will help us catch a glimpse of what the coming seasons hold for the Flowjo and surrounding community and to attune with changes already underway. Participation optional in this playful process, which will evolve over the course of the evening; those who stay 'til the end will have the chance to see the completed layout and start to feel into its significance.
Doors at 7:00pm, Cacao served 7:30. Music should wrap up by 10:00, with divination completion to follow.
Cost: $35-70 sliding scale in advance. $40-80 at the door