Join us for a memorable evening as we celebrate the fruit of Love, Theobroma Cacao, through Cacao Lab's short documentary release + Cacao Ceremony led by Mayan elder and Spiritual Guide Nana Marina Cruz along with Florencia Fridman.
The evening will begin with a Cacao ceremony led by the indigenous elders Nana Marina Cruz and Tata Pedro Cruz, alongside Florencia Fridman followed by the first showing of the Cacao Lab's documentary "Cacao: Food of the Gods" produced by Eric Fridman, directed by Daniel Garcia
ABOUT THE SHORT FILM
Long before chocolate became industrialized, the Maya civilization utilized sacred 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 share this with the world. We believe the medicine of cacao and the burgeoning cacao culture can bring about the change necessary to save us from destroying our planet.
We traveled to the heart of Cacao Culture in 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. Within the film, you'll hear from the Mayan Tzutujil Community as well as local farmers on their understanding and connection to Theobroma Cacao. Learning ways to continue honoring and respecting this sacred plant.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Nana Marina is a spiritual guide from the Mayan Tz ́utujil Tribe based in Guatemala. The Tz’utujil are known as the guardians and protectors of Cacao by sharing the oral traditions and keeping alive the ancestral bean. She is part of a group known as the walkers for the life and the peace of earth. Nana Marina is a powerful ceremonial leader of fire, tobacco, and Cacao. She is known globally for her dedication to sharing the ancestral wisdom. is a spiritual guide from the Mayan Tz ́utujil Tribe based in Guatemala. The Tz’utujil are known as the guardians and protectors of Cacao by sharing the oral traditions and keeping alive the ancestral bean.
She is part of a group known as the walkers for the life and the peace of earth. Nana Marina is a powerful ceremonial leader of fire, tobacco, and Cacao. She is known globally for her dedication to sharing the ancestral wisdom.
Tata Pedro Cruz
Tata Pedro Cruz was awarded the title “K’U’XYA” meaning “Heart of Lake Atitlan”, by his fellow Mayan Council of Elders and Tz’utujil people. His teachings include Mayan Cosmology and guidance on the sacred calendars. He is known globally for his profound yet practical ways of sharing the ancestral wisdom of the Maya. He also shares sacred tobacco and fire as tools for healing and deepening the connection to the divine spirit.
Florencia Fridman is a self-empowerment artist working with heart opening therapies involving holistic nutrition, Ceremonial Grade Cacao, yoga, sound journeys, and breath work as instruments for transformation; creating a safe vessel for self exploration.
She works with Mayan elders from Guatemala, has studied at Las Piramides Del Ka — a metaphysics training that dives deep into the consciousness of dreams and meditation, has been working with rebirthing (a breathing modality) since the age of 8.
Co-Founder of Cacao Lab, a Ceremonial Cacao brand aiming to bridge the gap between the modern culture and the indigenous communities.