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Cacao documentary: We travel to the heart of cacao culture to get answers about the origin of cacao and the mystery of cacao ceremonies
Cacao documentary: We travel to the heart of cacao culture to get answers about the origin of cacao and the mystery of cacao ceremonies
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We are Eric and Florencia Fridman, a brother and sister duo who founded the Ceremonial Cacao brand Cacao Lab after Florencia discovered cacao ceremonies over 5 years ago. Today we are coming to you because we need your help. We are producing a short documentary about cacao ceremonies and the communities that keep this practice alive.

What we are doing

We are traveling to the heart of cacao culture, Guatemala, to develop a short documentary and shine light on the mystery and the magic behind cacao ceremonies and the guardians that maintain this sacred practice.

Why we are doing it

A long time before chocolate became industrialized, the Maya people used cacao as a heart opener and to connect with nature in order to understand its delicate balance and divinity. That is what happened to us and what propelled us to come to you to discuss this project. We believe the medicine of cacao and the burgeoning cacao culture can bring about the change necessary to save us from destroying our planet.

How will the funds be used 

The initial $8,000 is all we need to cover the expenses for the trip, equipment and  Kickstarter fees. Anything above this initial $8,000 will be donated to community projects that benefit the indigenous communities we encounter. We will update this project page with videos and images telling you about these projects as we go along on our journey.

We want to make this campaign as interactive as possible so during the trip we will update you with new rewards made by the communities we encounter and we want to hear from you! Ask us questions, make suggestions and get involved in what we are doing.

Risks and challenges

We will most likely reach our goal to cover travel expenses and be able to produce a beautiful short documentary and bring awareness to the communities that guard cacao. Beyond that, we hope to raise funds to help the communities we encounter with any community projects they are working on.

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    HELP BRING HEART MEDICINE TO THE WORLD

    Every little bit helps, thank you for your support!

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    Handmade Body Butter

    Homemade Body Butter made by us with our own cacao butter. We call this magic skin moisturizer because... You guessed it! It leaves your skin fresher than a baby's butt. Get yours now!

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    • 10 OZ Handmade Cacao Body Butter
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    Body Butter + Body Scrub

    All made by hand with cacao butter from Ecuador. They smell like chocolate!

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    • 10 OZ Handmade Cacao Body Butter
    • Handmade Cacao Body Scrub
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    Ceremonial Cacao + Altar Piece

    1 block of Ceremonial Cacao from one of the communities that we visit. These blocks are limited in quantity because the are roasted and ground by hand. Very special heart medicine.

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    • 1LB of Ceremonial Cacao Reserva
    • Altar Piece
    • Invitation to Private Screening and Ceremony
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    Evento de Silvia - Respiración y Cacao

    Este es un evento organizado por Silvia Nielsen. Este evento esta relacionado a la respiración con uso de Cacao y lo recaudado sera donado a la realización de este documental.

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    • Una Entrada al evento
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    Credit as a contributing ceremonialist

    Mention on credit section as a Major contributor ceremonialist. Get credit for making this film happen and help us bring cacao ceremonies to more people.

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    • Mention on the credit section as a contributing ceremonialist
    • Special thanks mention on Cacao Labs social media channels
    • Invitation to Private Screening and Ceremony
    • 3 kgs of Arriba Nacional Cacao
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    10Kgs of Arriba Nacional Cacao (50% off)

    10 Kgs of Arriba Nacional ceremonial grade cacao grown in mineral rich volcanic soil in the province of Guayas, Ecuador.

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    • 10 Kgs of cacao
    • Mention as a Major Contributor
    • Personalized Thank you Video
    • Invitation to Private Screening and Ceremony
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    Private Cacao Ceremony with Florencia

    Private Cacao Ceremony for up to 12 people guided by Florencia Fridman.

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    • Private Cacao Ceremony with Florencia Fridman
    • Mention as a Major Contributor
    • Personalized Thank you Video
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    Cacao Ceremony Weekend in Lake Atitlan

    Travel to Lake Atitlan to meet us for a project-end cacao ceremony with one of the Maya elders from the film and spend a weekend with us in San Marcos La Laguna.
    Airfare not included.

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    • 2 days/ 2 Nights Meals and Lodging
    • Cacao Ceremony with Mayan Elder
    • Mention as a Major Contributor
    • Personalized Thank you Video
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