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Close Up of Corn Field

Plantcestor Series
August 8
st-September 2nd


Skin of Corn, Heart of Cacao


2 Live Calls per Week:

Tuesdays 5 pm CT & Sundays 10 am CT

Begins August 8th

Enrollment is now open! 


an ancient living organism that are predecessors to the human kingdom, which depends on them to survive for food, breath, medicine, fire, shelter, and more. Through their intimate daily relationships to humans for many centuries, they have acted as vessels of ancestral, elemental, and *cosmic* knowledge, folklore, culture, history, and memory, and have been utilized to support the spiritual and earthly well-being of humans for many generations.


They are our ancestor's ancestors, amongst the earliest and most ancient beings whose livelihood, sacrifices, and brilliance has made human & animal life possible upon this Earth.

Through intentional and reciprocal cultivation and respectful relationship with these diverse and multi-dimensional allies, humans have been able to access the masterful and mysterious healing miracles and deep wisdom afforded by these highly intelligent ancestors, towards greater alignment with our own authentic purpose, greater wholeness, peace, and balance with the natural order of the universe that ensures and sustains all life.  This wisdom of “plants as ancestors” is practiced and tended by Indigenous and traditional peoples from all over the globe, rooted in and passed down by the original ways of our ancestors. 

Terminology coined by Layla Kristy Feghali


Join our 4-week community.

Within the Cemanahuac we see how Sacred Corn and Cacao are. These two plants are the base of life for the people of Mesoamerica to this day. There is a sacred and ceremonial cultivation to the relationship of these plants because it brings Life. Join us in the exploration of this relationship as we cultivate one with its seeds. 


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What are the seeds that you are cultivating on your path? 

What's Included

Live Calls with Guardians of Corn and Cacao

 Self-reflective questions and practices along the way

Guided Meditations + Ceremony

Community Calls 

Community Group Chat

Live call recordings 

Guide book

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Our Weekly Gatherings

August 8- September 2nd

2 Live Calls per Week:
Tuesdays 5 pm CT & Sundays 10 am CT

Our Bi-Weekly calls are organized into: 


  1.  Informative and material overview​

  2. Integration & meditation and opening up space to share our process with the week's topic. 

Sessions range from 1.5-2 hours

Watch the Introduction to our Cohort
Are you ready to relate to the Sacredness of Corn and Cacao?
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Concepts of our Container:

  • Recognizing + honoring Indigenous Knowledge in the Right Relationships

  • Earth-based relationship to life and the soil + Earth

  • Defining what is Sacred

  • Decolonizing Corn and Cacao

  • The history + Herstory of these two plants 

  • The ancient legends of how Corn and Cacao come to be on this earth

  • Recipes and the uses of these plants as Medicine

  • The Ancient Relationship of Cultivation and "Domestication"

  • Mapping the relationship to the present day

  • The Global repercussions and current food sovereignty efforts in the Anahuac

Live calls from Guardians of these sacred plants will also be a part of our container. 


The Cacao & Corn Bundle

We offer a bundle ready for you to relate to during this container. This bundle includes: ​

  • 3 different varieties of Corn seeds from Mexico 

  • 1 dose Tezcalate mixture (a combination of corn a cacao drink)

  • Ceremonial-grade Raw Cacao Seeds 

  • 1 Doses of Ceremonial Grade Cacao Paste for the closing ceremony 

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Peeled Corn

Payment Plan and Support is available 

*Click the affirm option in the payment method

Art by: Ntyiki Na Ku’yu Ra-sama Kuntsasi. Cuando Yo Muera, Mi Huipil Florecerá’ by Santiago Savi

This Journey is for you...

If you feel the call to reconnect to the sacredness of plants

If you feel the call discover the true story behind Cacao and Maiz

If you have been curious about the traditions of ceremonies that are tied to these two plants

If you'd like to relate cacao and corn again from their origin and hear the stories from their original carriers

If you would like to uncover the essence of Corn and Cacao 

If you are trying to cultivate a more spiritual and intentional connection Corn and Cacao

All beings welcomed, 

Come as you are, 


Meet your guide

Mariana Bandera Marin carries with her a deep curiosity about what makes us human on earth and has an affinity to ceremonies around the world that help preserve wisdom and remembrance. She is an anthropologist and archaeologist who has worked in California, Mexico, Menorca, Texas and New York, protecting the sacred lands of the people who have guarded them for millennia. 

Under the guidance of her Mexica and Mayan mentors, she offers Cacao ceremonies and life story interviews for those who want to share their wisdom and heart with their family and loved ones as a form of Rite of Passage.

In studying different cultures' Rites of passage, what surprised her is that they all have something in common. Their rituals to mark transformation are expressed in various forms, but at the root of it all, we see the same fundamentals-this is where the truths lie as blueprints. 

With a humbled heart, we welcome you to join us on this magical journey in exploring our own soul's voyage.

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