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.
What are the seeds that you are cultivating on your path?
Live Calls with Guardians of Corn and Cacao
Self-reflective questions and practices along the way
Guided Meditations + Ceremony
Community Group Chat
Live call recordings
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:
Informative and material overview
Integration & meditation and opening up space to share our process with the week's topic.
Sessions range from 1.5-2 hours
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
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.