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Sacred Cacao & Sound Journey - OJAI

  • Hamsa Studios 109 East El Roblar Drive Ojai, CA, 93023 United States (map)

We will gather in community to connect with the Cacao Spirit and tune into the rhythms of our individual and collective hearts.

About the ceremony:
We will open by learning a Cacao medicine song, and sharing about the origins of this heart medicine. We will then set intentions, and harmonize into the same frequency through sound + visualizations to open our intuition and imagination, before laying down & receiving a cosmic multi-instrumental musical journey that will replenish your cells, heart, and soul.
The otherworldly soundscape and Cacao will take you on a journey of healing. 

You may experience visions, incredible bliss, emotional releases, energetic clearings, or something totally different. Cacao is a gentle, yet powerful medicine and she will take us to the door but will not push us through it. We will then have time for reflection, and a closing sharing circle.

You will leave this event feeling nourished, inspired, and clear.

Come drop into your heart and receive the vast unconditional love that is always available to you.

Exchange: $30 pre-pay, $35 at the door. Please RSVP in advance by sending payment to or @sena-maria on Venmo.

- eat a light dinner so the Cacao can assimilate more easily.
- avoid alcohol and caffeine the day of the ceremony.
- If you are on any antidepressants, are breastfeeding, have any heart issues or a history of epilepsy please let me know at

What to bring:
- altar items
- journal + pen
- water bottle
- comfortable clothes

What to expect:
- Cacao increases blood flow and is a heart centered energy.
- Cacao can stimulate a detox response from the body, which can result in nausea and/or headaches. If this happens we can drink some water it will ultimately be a good thing to get those toxins out :) We'll be starting with half of a dose and take the 2nd half after a group meditation, so you'll know how your body responds to the cacao and can decide if you'd like a full dose at that point.
- it's best to have an unscheduled evening post ceremony to integrate and rest.

My intention is to create a safe, nourishing space for you to connect with the Cacao spirit, yourselves and each other.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. it's such an honor to share this with you.

SENA SHELLENBERGER is a Cacao Ceremonialist and Educator. She builds deeper pathways to self-love through making the sacred accessible via ceremony, song, meditation, circle work and coaching. Through her study of Cacao in Latin America she has developed a unique relationship to sharing this medicine, and is passionate about educating around sustainable, loving sources of cacao and supporting indigenous farmers and their communities. She’s here to support our shift into heart-centered living and is passionate about creating safe, nurturing spaces for collective healing. She leads women’s circles, cacao ceremonies, retreats and an online course about Cacao. You can find her @sena_maria on Instagram, and

JESSE KLEIN has been creating music since he was 5 years old, starting with the good old fashioned blues and evolving into many different facets of the musical realms since then. He enjoys creating beautiful sound journeys that weave medicine-infused lyrics and melodies together to put the listener into a state of loving gratitude and inspired connectedness. His love of music has been transmitted through his keyboard for over 18 years now, blessing listeners all across the globe.