Cacao Ceremony, Ecstatic Dance & Live Sound Bath ~ Osara x Deya CacaoAmor
- Fri 20th Oct 2023, 6:30pm – 10:30pm BST (UTC +01:00)
- Simpleweb, 86 Bedminster Parade, Bristol, BS3 4HL, UK
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Ecstatic Dance Bristol
1st & 3rd Sunday of every month | 10:30 ~ 14:00
*plus special events
Simpleweb, 86 Bedminster Parade, Bristol, BS3 4HL
~ Lineup & Tickets ~
*Fri 20 Oct (18:30 - 22:30) ~ Cacao Ceremony, Ecstatic Dance & Live Sound Bath ~ Osara x Deya CacaoAmor
*Sun 29 Oct ~ Samhain Ecstatic Dance, Live Songs & Sound Bath ~ Anna-Lisa x Lucy Wylde
Sun 5 Nov ~ Mattana
Sun 19 Nov ~ Phoënix
We're excited to be holding a deep dive Friday evening event this month with special guest Deya CacaoAmor. This is Deya's last Cacao Ceremony in the UK this year as she is going to Latin America for several months to deepen her studies.
Deya CacaoAmor ~ Cacao Ceremony & Live Sound Bath
Deya was born and raised in Ecuador and grew up drinking Cacao with her family and community. Since 2014 she has been leading Cacao Ceremonies all around the world.
Deya is an experienced and wildly loving Cacao Sorceress who shares the wisdom, heritage and spirit of Cacao with honour, respect and love. As well as singing traditional songs from her homeland, she shares beautiful guidance, joy and celebration in her ceremonies. She has led a whole array of Cacao Ceremonies ranging between one-to-one bespoke ceremonies and ceremonies for up to 1,000 people on the main stage at Medicine Festival, UK.
Since 2019, Deya has been collaborating with a local cooperative in Ecuador exporting premium Ceremonial Grade Cacao around the world, expanding the nurturing Medicine of Cacao to the Seven Directions, whilst supporting and protecting the biodiversity of the farms and the people who care for them
*see below for preparation and guidance for the Cacao Ceremony
Osara ~ Ecstatic Dance & Live Sound Bath
Osara is a DJ, Ecstatic Dance Facilitator and Ceremony Leader based in London, UK. He's the founder of Ecstatic Dance Bristol and Ace Collectiv, which are home to an ever evolving, vibrant conscious community in the beating heart of Bristol city.
Osara has DJ’d and facilitated at Ecstatic Dances in Costa Rica, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Oslo, Helsinki, Dallas and Wales amongst other places. He has also DJed and led Ecstatic Dances at Envision (Selva Armonia), Medicine, Boomtown, Lovejam, as well as other festivals and events. He is the longest serving resident DJ for Ecstatic Dance UK, London.
Osara uniquely combines the worlds of club and dance music culture with prayer, ceremony and ritual, to create transformative dance journeys that are ever evolving and responding to the spirit of time, community and place.
Osara finds inspiration from many cultures, especially underground dance music from the UK and around the world; and powerful medicine, ceremony and folk music from indigenous tribes, lands and cultures (Sami, Scandinavian, Celtic, Yawanawá, Huni Kuin, Umbanda, Afro-Brazilian, African and more).
Expect a beautiful, considered and unexpected mix of Afro, Tribal, Organic House, Techno, Drum & Bass, UK Funky, Psy Trance, World Bass, 140, Folktronica, Neo Cumbia, South American bass music and more; along with Medicine, Folk and World music; and a few surprises in between.
Listen to his mixes on SoundCloud
We recommend avoiding or reducing your caffeine intake on the day of event and timing meals so you are not full. This will help your system assimilate the Cacao and prepare your body to receive more subtle energy cues from the Cacao.
Drink at least 1 litre of water before the Cacao Ceremony throughout the day and stay hydrated.
If you are taking SSRI antidepressants, please consult with your doctor first and let us know.
Theobromine Cacao is one of the most nutrient rich foods in the world! Cacao aids in longevity and has many powerful antioxidants. Theobromine present in Cacao, dilates blood vessels, relieving stress on the heart, and sharpens the mind.
The tryptophan and tryptamine serotonin present in Cacao, make it a natural antidepressant. Cacao is the only food plant found containing Anandamide which comes from the Sanskrit word Ananda meaning ‘bliss’. Anandamide is known as the chemical of happiness, an endorphin our body produces, giving us feelings of euphoria. Cacao also contains abundant Phenethylamine ~ a class of biochemicals that our body produces when we are in love.
Cacao enhances the qualities of what is already there, helping us release stagnant emotions; and creating space for healing and celebration. We will connect with the spirit of Cacao as a sacred plant medicine and ally with the intention of connecting to ourselves and each other.
18:30 Doors Open ~ Arrive, Stretch & Warmup Music
19:00 Opening Circle
19:15 Doors Closed
19:15 Cacao Ceremony ~ Deya
20:15 Ecstatic Dance ~ Osara
22:00 Live Sound Bath ~ Osara & Deya
22:20 Closing Circle
Venue, Parking & Travel
Simpleweb, 86 Bedminster Parade, Bristol, BS3 4HL
Google Maps link:
There is free on-street parking on Sundays in the surrounding area. Please check street signs for parking restrictions / payment requirements (in case there are any).
Travel & Bristol Clean Air Zone
If driving please check if you need to pay to drive through Bristol's Clean Air Zone (CAZ):
Bristol CAZ map:
Please lift share, walk, cycle, Voi or use public transport where possible.
What to Bring
- water & bottle
- dress in layers
- something to lie on for Sound Bath (blanket, yoga mat or similar)
- notebook & pen
- earplugs if you are sensitive to loud sound (the music can get loud sometimes)
By purchasing a ticket and attending our events you agree to respect and follow our Ecstatic Dance Guidelines and Safe(r) Space Agreement. These guidelines and agreements indicate the behaviour and rules that are acceptable and must be followed. These are put in place to create a held space for the practice of Ecstatic Dance and to ensure that everyone feels safe and welcome in our spaces. Please see below for the guidelines and agreement.
Ticket prices include 1 x cup of Ceremonial Grade Cacao
All of our ticket prices include booking fees
- £25 Standard
- £30 Supporter (these tickets allow us to provide 'Low Income' tickets)
- £20 Low Income (limited amount ~ please only buy this ticket if it genuinely applies to you)
Optional Donations of any amount are welcome. Donations help support EDB provide the best Ecstatic Dance sessions possible.
After purchasing a ticket, if you haven't received a confirmation email, please check your Spam Folder. If it's not there, please email us. Alternatively, you can simply turn up and give your name / email address on the door to gain entry.
Options for People on Low Income
1. EDB Membership (available for everyone)
Become a member to support the continuing growth of this community and benefit from a 21% discount on tickets for all of our events. Membership options of £5 / £10 / £20 per month (sign up here).
2. Volunteering opportunities
Join the team and help with the event setup and packdown in exchange for ticket (email Osara to enquire).
3. Talk to us
If you cannot afford a ticket please email Osara to discuss options. No one is turned away due to lack of funds (unless the event has Sold Out).
Refunds & Transfers
Please note, we do not arrange refunds.
We encourage ticket reselling via the ‘Ecstatic Dance Bristol Community' group on Signal.
If you give notice 48hrs or more before the event we can transfer your ticket to a future date (email Osara).
Please note, that by purchasing a ticket you agree that Ecstatic Dance Bristol is not liable for any injury or harm that you may incur at our events.
Ecstatic Dance Guidelines & Safe(r) Space Agreement
By purchasing a ticket and attending our events you agree to respect and follow our Ecstatic Dance Guidelines and Safe(r) Space Agreement. These guidelines and agreements indicate the behaviour and rules that are acceptable and must be followed. These are put in place to create a held space for the practice of Ecstatic Dance and to ensure that everyone feels safe and welcome in our spaces.
When purchasing a ticket to the event you must click a box to say that you have read the agreements.
Upon entry you will be asked if you have read the agreements. If not, there will be a print out of the agreements you can read through before entering the space. The agreements are printed and put up around the venue.
The Welfare Angel and Team Members will be announced at the Opening Circle. The Welfare Angel will be wearing a coloured arm band around their arms so you can distinguish and recognise who they are.
Ecstatic Dance Guidelines
- Be here: no outside shoes
- Be free: dance how you want / no judgement
- Be present: no phones and no unauthorised filming or photography (please read below for further info about our authorised filming and photography)
- Be embodied: no talking on the dance floor
- Be clear: no alcohol or drugs
- Be consensual: respect and honour boundaries of yourself and others - if it's not a clear “YES”, everything else must be considered a “NO”
Authorised Filming & Photography
A designated Team Member (who is announced at the Opening Circle) will take a few videos and photos at a few appropriate moments during the session. We use videos and photos to promote Ecstatic Dance on social media. We mostly take videos of the DJs and Musicians. If you don't want to be included in a video or photo, please let a Team Member know. If you see any footage of yourself online and want it deleted, please message us directly and we’ll remove it straight away. Thank you.
Safe(r) Space Agreement
- You are responsible for yourself, your wellbeing and your belongings
- You are responsible for your own experience and interactions with others
- Be mindful, respectful and aware of yourself and others
- You agree to be consensual, respect other people's boundaries and ensure you give as much space as they require - if it's not a clear “YES”, everything else must be considered a “NO”
- People can change their mind, therefore remember that a YES can always turn into a NO and that must be respected every time
- You agree that you are able to say “YES” or “NO” in a clear, appropriate and respectful way (a “NO” can be putting hands together 'prayer hands' followed by a bow)
- If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable for any reason then please let our Welfare Angel or a Team Member know immediately
If you see any inappropriate behaviour, someone breaching consent or if anyone comes to you to report an issue please let the Welfare Angel and/or Team Member know immediately.
If an issue is reported, the Team Leader and/or Event Organiser will make a decision about how to respond to the issue e.g. removing a person from the event (if necessary).
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Upcoming Ecstatic Dance Bristol events
- Sun 17th Dec 2023, 10:30am – 1:45pm GMT (UTC +00:00)
- Simpleweb, 86 Bedminster Parade, Bristol, BS3 4HL, UK
- Mon 1st Jan 2024, 12pm – 9:30pm GMT (UTC +00:00)
- The Mount Without, Upper Church Lane, Bristol, UK