9 days in the depths of the Guatemayan jungle
After offering the Cacao Source Training for 3+ years in Guatemala, we extended our training to an intensive in Guatemala's lush jungle in Alta Verapaz. Join us on-site at the cacao processing facility of our Ullulawl origin where you will be completely immersed in the cacao forests! The regeneration center Tuqtuquil'al (also known as "Ullulawl") is connected with 63+ Q'eqchi Maya families who produce cacao in the surrounding town, Lanquin.
Next dates: February 23th- March 2nd 2024
Meet a variety of Q'eqchi cacao farmers and learn from their experience and the land.
Learn hands on experience the art of fermentation, drying and grinding cacao-- from seed to block.
Q'eqchi fire ceremony
Connect with Mayan Wisdom keepers and the rituals guarded throughout the centuries.
Visit a chocolate making facility in the heart of the Mayan land. Learn about different processes, inclusion of local community and the palettes of cacao.
Practice daily rituals with cacao in the jungle to deepen your connection to the medicine.
Deepen your respect to the medicine of cacao by honoring its history and the challenging path it went through before arriving to our hands.
Connect to Nature
Gain hands on experience stewarding the land, and join us for some nature excursions that connect to beautiful places.
Harness your voice and your message into a creative brand to share with the world.
What makes this course unique
Full immersion in the cacao jungle
The program is immersed in the rainforest amid cacao trees and features spacious time to connect.
Create your ceremonial cacao
- From pod to pure cacao paste, you will create your own cacao.
Emphasis on the hands-on experience of cacao forest stewardship and cacao processing.
An exploration of the science of making true chocolate and learn the bean-to-bar process.
What to expect for the Cacao Source Training Intensive
Visit of cacao farmers
Bring some hiking boots, we will visit farmers in the Lanquin forests. Learn about their success and challenges. Understand deeper the value farmers bring into the availability of the cacao you find across the world.
Processing cacao & Chocolate
We will process cacao from seed to a block. You will have the opportunity to experiment with the fermentation of cacao, drying, roasting and molding a block until we can serve the cacao on our final celebration night. We'll also learn the art of chocolate making from a facility in the Guatemalan cacao forests.
Connect with the Mayan Elders, Cosmovision, and history to deepen your respect for the Mayan culture. As you deepen your understanding of cacao, you will better understand how to use this medicine as an ingredient in your personal work.
Deepen your connection to nature
Sink into the magic of the land and the medicine! The cacao forests are humming with life. You will have many opportunities to immerse yourself in nature with cacao, as well as giving back by tending the land, singing, dancing, praying, and drumming together.
All included immersion in lanquin, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
Rustic accommodation, private or shared cabins, with shared compostable toilets, at the beautiful Tuqtuquilal regeneration center.
3 meals a day inspired by local cuisine. Cacao juice and cacao drink everyday.
Transport from Antigua, Guatemala
A shared shuttle for all participants leaving early morning from Antigua (40 minutes from the airport) and coming back to Antigua.
Why is it intensive?
During this training, we go deeper into the world of cacao. It is a week in a humid cacao jungle, a rustic environment, and immersive experiences. It is a perfect complementary training for participants of our Cacao Source training program which requested us to offer a second level to our training.
You will get closer to the Guatemalan culture, the source of cacao, and weave these teachings into a beautiful dance that celebrates life.
Tour of Tuqtuquilal
Cacao as an ingredient to your personal work
Visit of cacao farmers
History of cacao & the land
Fire & offerings
Fermentation & drying cacao
The ecosystem of a cacao forest
Cacao as an ingredient to your sacred space
Mayan fire ceremony
Visit cacao farmer
Plant a cacao tree
Conversation with Mayan wisdom keeper
Visit chocolate factory and Cahabon cacao project with white cacao
Fire & offerings
Cacao roasting, grinding and molding
Tubing down Lanquin river
1-1 with Cacao Source team and Mayan wisdom keeper
Join our Cacao Source intensive program
When: February 23th - March 2nd, 2024
Tuqtuquilal, Lanquin, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
$1,900/Private Room *El Retiro Lodge
We offer a Covid-19 friendly 100% refundable option if you may not legally leave your country or Guatemala may not receive you.
We ask a $400 non-refundable commitment deposit.
** If you cancel 1 month + before the training we refund everything except the commitment deposit.
*** If you cancel less than a month before the training, we refund half the payment.
**** If you cancel less than a week before the training, we do not offer refunds.
The price does not include flights, transport to the Antigua, and personal purchase.