Are you a practitioner feeling the call of cacao to incorporate it into your workshops? Do you currently run cacao ceremonies but want to dive deeper into the ancestral knowledge behind it and support a kiwi business here in New Zealand and farming family in Peru and Mexico? Or maybe just someone looking to start on the journey of discovery into this unique ancient master plant? 

Why learn with us?

  • Cultural appropriation and authenticity - indigenous ancestral knowledge taught by indigenous people from Peru and Mexico with reverence and respect for their cultures. Learn knowledge passed down through generations with a focus on Andean and Amazonian cosmovision.

  • Connection to the source - learn the traditional uses of cacao, the origin, the tools, the processes, environment, temples, tribes, farmers and communities behind it. Each block has a direct story, history, tradition and face behind it. Meet the makers. 

  • A focus of health and wellness - We blend ancient knowledge with modern scientific bio-medical research. Understand the how's and why's behind cacao and the amazing ways it works in our body. Learn first hand from biomedical researchers working with cacao.

Level Ukhu Pacha 

Online Cacao Course  

This course is the foundational requirement to deepen your connection to cacao for your own personal practice and to provide the knowledge required to begin to use cacao in ceremonies, circles and for treatment. It is a distance learning program that can be completed in your own time and involves course work, assessment and an online follow up live discussion group. 'Ukhu Pacha' from Andean Cosmovision is the lower world of the Andean trilogy and is represented by the serpent or spiral holding wisdom and knowledge. Ukhu Pacha is our connection to our ancestors and ancestral knowledge.

Part 1 - The ancient traditions of cacao

  • The history of cacao and its journey through the Americas

  • The temples and tribes that used cacao and their cosmovision

  • The tools for cacao and significance of each used in traditional preparation

  • Understanding the indigenous views of cacao in community and connection to ancestry. Andean and Amazonian Cosmovision.

  • The principals of reverence, gratitude and honouring cacao

Part 2 - cacao production and processes

  • The differences in production from traditional ways to modern methods

  • Current issues in the cacao industry

  • What is ceremonial cacao

  • Cacao paste vs beans vs butter vs powder vs cocoa

  • Rescue cacao and our sustainable programs in Peru - meet our farmer and community

  • Seleno Cacao products, dosing, usage and FAQs

Part 3 - the science and health benefits

  • Linking science to ancient cacao traditions

  • The main classes of unique bioactive molecules in cacao and their actions

  • Heavy metals, cadmium and global cacao standards

  • Comparing different cacao pastes - head to head analysis

  • Contraindications, FAQs and treating different health conditions with cacao

    Freshly dried raw Criollo cacao beans.

Course summary

Total estimated duration - 14-20 hours

Format - webinar content, online reading. 

Assessment - written and live online group discussion.

Requirements for completion - a minimum understanding of the foundational properties as assessed by written assessments and knowledge sharing during group discussions.

Upon completion - Certificate of completion from Seleno Health, access to our facilitation program, wholesale packages, cacao for ceremonial use, collaboration and co-branding opportunities, event promotion on our website and social media and access to our advanced training program - Level 2.

Cost- $350

Next Steps -> Purchase below -> Receive links and assessment questions for part 1 -> Complete and return -> Book in an online group meeting time -> Join and partake in the group discussion of the assessment answers -> Repeat for part 2 and part 3 -> Course complete and certification issued along with facilitator support package.

Level Kay Pacha - face to face cacao immersion - initiation training NZ - coming soon...(2022)

Level Hanan Pacha -Cacao pilgrimage to Peru - the ultimate connection...(Late 2022)


History has demonstrated that cacao began its ceremonial journey in Peru at the ancient sacred temple of Monte Grande with the ancestors of the Awajun tribes of the Amazonian jungle. Having made its way through the Americas it became entrenched into the culture of the Amazonian, Olmec, Mayan and Aztec tribes who adopted its use. Much of the knowledge of this sacred medicine was shared and passed down from generation to generation by the people of these regions through word of mouth or basic hieroglyphic symbolism. We work directly with the indigenous cultures who hold most of this current day knowledge and want to share it with those in the West who feel the urge to truly connect with cacao and share its wonders. We believe that hearing their stories and following their beliefs enables us to continue the journey of cacao with true gratitude and reverence.

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