Brian Wallace – Sex, Love, & Cacao: The Path to Enlightenment via Sensory Experience

In many of the world’s spiritual traditions, the physical body and its ability to perceive pleasure & pain are considered in opposition to the attainment of metaphysical knowledge or insight. But is that really the whole story? In this light-hearted workshop, we will explore a handful of concepts & truths that point to the importance of acknowledging and working with our more primal desires. All appetites and persuasions will be accepted, and make sure to stick with us till the end for a guided chocolate tasting meditation.Brian’s spark for chocolate began when I had my first sample of raw cacao beans – the seeds of the Theobroma cacao tree and the botanical source of all things chocolate. A subtle euphoria gently washed over me, awakening my mind & enlivening me from within. I quickly realized that the “chocolate” I’d had most of my life was so over-processed and diluted with refined sugar & milk that it barely resembled the original food crop it was derived from. A few months later, I quit my job to travel the world in search of the perfect cacao bean, and to apprentice with any teacher who would share their skills with me. I became inspired to create a new style of chocolate, one that synthesized classical European technology, modern nutritional research, and the ethereal aspects of cacao familiar to the ancient Maya & Aztec.

 

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