"I was one of ten people who participated in a cacao ceremony facilitated by Dane Libart. Dane is uniquely qualified to lead: he's a licensed clinical social worker, fascinated with all things Mayan (particularly cacao), and a Mayan history buff; if that is not enough, he is also very shaman-like: just being in his presence is positively transformative. During the hour and a half ceremony we meditated, sipped cacao, stretched and individually danced. I feel that I was transformed during Dane's ceremony and anticipate with eagerness participating in Dane's upcoming ceremonial spiritual awakening."
Peter K. Schaffer, Attorney
"I’ve taken many meditation classes. When coming to Intentional Cacao I had no idea what I was walking into. I was pleasantly surprised because it was a very calming experience, even kind of eye opening. I don’t really know how to explain my experience but it was heart opening. Learning about the history was really cool too. I found it comforting to learn from an ancient indigenous people and I was pleased to know we are learning to appreciate and respect their culture."
Mathew Shepherd, Proprietor Van Cleef Hair Studio
"Ancient cultures around the world believe that the world we perceive with our everyday senses is an illusion, “Maya”, which is only the “appearance” of the phenomenal world, and not to be confused with the reality of being below the level of our senses. Nevertheless, the everyday world has great power to glamourize and distract. To grow spiritually, we must leave the everyday world, and enter the world of the gods—not an easy journey: hence the need for ritual. The Cacao ceremony is one such ritual. I came away from the ceremony relaxed, connected and renewed."
Roger Benham, Anthropologist