Goddess Solstice New Moon Cacao Ceremony (Women Only)

The dim light of the Solstice New Moon is a perfect time to set new intentions. Join us as we come together in the sacred hoop of sisterhood to heal and activate the power of the Divine Feminine through the use of Shamanic rituals and sacred ceremonial Cacao medicine!

This is an opportunity to open ourselves up to these emotional and receptive energies and heal our old patterns, limiting beliefs and ancestral traumas so that we may move into alignment with our Authentic Selves and True Nature as healers and custodians of the Mother Earth!

We hold impeccable sacred healing space for our participants so they may dive as deeply as they need in order to release what comes up.

Before doing our deep healing work, we will experience the powerful healing properties of raw, organic, blessed ceremonial Cacao. Some of the main benefits of Cacao medicine are increasing of euphoric feelings that can overcome stress and anxiety, accompanied by an opening of the heart chakra.

It’s also an extremely beneficial superfood with high levels of antioxidants, Omega 6 fatty acids and the amino acids tryptophan and serotonin. So you know you will leave feeling really delicious!

Once we activate ourselves with this magical heart-opening medicine, we will be led through a powerful ceremony which will include intention setting, breathwork, ritual, meditation, chanting and Shamanic medicine music for a closing sound bath.

Required Materials:
• Please wear clothing that embodies your inner goddess
• It would be beneficial to bring a journal/pen to record any revelations that arise
• There may be time for each of us to share a song/poem if we would like

Contraindications: Be aware that raw cacao acts as a stimulant, which at the least can negatively affect sleep and at worst may agitate kidneys for those with any conditions of these nature. If you are pregnant or nursing, please check with your physician first.

Time:  7-10pm

Location: 417 Rose, Ceremony Meditation, Venice

Costs: $33

Goddess Facilitators:

Nicole Doherty is a 500-RYT YogaWorks Certified teacher, Shamanic Reiki energy and sound healer, wellness coach, singer and writer. She is honored to have studied with world-renowned thought leaders in the areas of yoga, meditation, voice, subtle body, Reiki, shamanism, nutrition and life coaching. Nicole spent most of her adult life on an extensive spiritual inquiry that empowered her to overcome multiple traumas in her life. The biggest and most profound discovery on this path to wholeness was through the medicine work. Nicole began her Shamanic studies in Peru in 2011 at the Temple of the Way of Light in the Shapibo tradition of the Peruvian Amazon and made a lifetime vow to be service of the medicine. Since she has been facilitating ceremonies and has dieted master plants in Peru with Don Benigno & Don Guido. As a channel of love, light and joy, Nicole’s dharma is to inspire others to heal and to help them discover their highest potential.

Lauren Armstrong is an E-RYT 200 Yoga Challenger, Light Coach, Shamanic Reiki Healer, Singer, Comedienne and Writer. While studying for her Master of Fine Arts in Acting she discovered yoga and breathwork, which inspired her to dig deeper into her own spiritual existence. She moved to Los Angeles and was immediately enamored of the health-conscious, light-hearted, yet deeply spiritual community residing here. She wrote and starred in a podcast about the joys of making healthy, wholesome food taste delicious called The Foodiegasm Podcast She went on to study Power Vinyasa Yoga at Earth’s Power Yoga with Steven Earth Metz, and has been teaching yoga ever since. Lauren studied Reiki and Shamanic healing practices with shamans trained in the Shipibo tradition in Peru, learning how to guide others through trauma and stuck energy to bring about deep healing. She has led workshops such as The Sacred Art of Play, Improvisation for Presence, Goddess Full Moon Gatherings, Storytelling Circles and Shamanic Breathwork Ceremonies. She believes that the Power of Love and the Oneness of All can be easily brought to light through song, story and laughter.


Face Your Shadow: Yoga & Shamanism

I’m re-posting this blog from May 2012…it’s incredible to watch the transformation I’ve undergone since this post 1.5 years ago and the potency of this work. I’d love to write much more about these subjects in the next coming year.


May 2012

Since living in Peru last year, I’ve submerged myself in the study of Amazonian Shamanism. As a result of the transformation I underwent during my stay in the jungle, I made a sacred vow to dedicate myself to Yoga and Shamanism. Ultimately I vowed to bring forth the wisdom of the Universe expressed through these vehicles. This journey has been extraordinary.

Through this work, we are shown the vast complexity of the human psyche. I call this ‘work’ because it is no simple task to face our shadows and consciously reenact what we have tried to forget. However, stuffing emotions and creating dormancy is no longer an option.

Our fragmentation and separation from Source has caused us pain and suffering. Without a vehicle for release, our suffering imprints our DNA and is re-birthed continuously until its unconscious patterns are identified, made conscious, and alchemized from suffering to forgiveness.

Through the shamanic tools of sacred song, sound and plant medicines, our deeply rooted unconscious patterns are revealed to us quickly. As we continue to peel back the layers, appearing abysmal at times, we ultimately arrive to the doorway of understanding that the Universe beyond the Ego is comprised of Love. Love is the epicenter of the Universe.

For me, April 2012 was impeccable in revealing latent patterns woven in the fabric of my family tree. This month, I have spent disentangling an immense web of ancestral patterns mired in the energy of “the perpetrator”. I am facing the shadows, completing the stories, and breaking the chain of violation that takes on many forms – verbal, emotional and sexual – that my Ego has been so fondly feeding upon.

The byline “I am not ______ enough” accompanies my stories. Yet, it wasn’t until I began this work that its origins were firmly exposed. When you need to cure “dis-ease”, you look to the root of the problem for its solution. Most of us are in a state of disease. We need to radically purge what no longer serves us in order to raise our vibration and that of the planet to ride this incredible wave of accelerated expansive energy home, to the Universal Heart.

The Shamanic path is phenomenal. It is the most incredible magic carpet ride filled with discovery, forgiveness and healing. As I have fully surrendered to the lessons and gifts, I feel as though I have plugged into a Universal Matrix. I no longer sit in the dark fearful and wondering why I am here.

There is no stopping the energetic momentum created once you step into this knowing. I have come to realize the amazing powers of intention, yoga, meditation, visualization, sacred ritual, mantra and music as keys to unlocking our marvelous manifesting abilities. We all have these abilities. Now, is your time to unravel and put your stories to rest.

What will you offer this world in service of the greatest good?

The world is waiting for YOU and YOUR unique gifts!