For over a decade I've seen chocolate as prasad, as an offering.
What started out as simply choosing a small piece to place on my altar every morning & then mindfully taking my time to savor it after I finished my practice evolved into leading group workshops & ceremonies (although I've always preferred the term 'offering') that take the contemplative aspects of yoga and explore going deeper into them using chocolate. This led to opportunities to visit, and work on, cacao farms and to connect with chocolate makers who are also see chocolate as so much more than just a guilty pleasure.
This project, Prasad, merges it all together. It’s been almost two years in the making...first, I had to decide whether I had the courage to actually put it out there...and then whether I could find the perfect people to help me to bring it to life. And I so did! Artist extraordinaire Vanja Vukelić of merakillabe took the image that was in my head and brought it to life with her design for the mould and Brian Wallace of Endorfin Chocolate helped me to source the most incredibly beautiful & special cacao that I’m so honored to get to share with you through this project. And, finally, I was able to use the kitchen and temperer of another chocolatier to create the final product. Time and age have taught me both the value of reaching out to those with skill sets I don’t have, and the value of collaboration. I hold the highest regard for every person involved in this project; they understood my vision and graciously agreed to help bring it to life! I hope that it’s magic continues to unfold with whoever, or whatever, you choose to share it with, as well.
Each box contains a 6 oz chocolate disc/mandala. The cacao used in Prasad comes from the Polochic Valley of Guatemala, and is one of the most incredible origins I've ever tasted. Due the special (ie. limited) nature of the cacao I'm using in this project, each batch produced will be limited editions. The cacao was blended with a subtle combination of spices that were obtained through a spice trader in Switzerland who sources all of her spices directly from the growers in Nepal. Like the cacao, the spices are really special.
Ingredients: Cacao, Spice, Love
For Prasad be shared solo or with 3 friends.
Each disc is divided into 4 sections and each section is one serving.
The box also contains cards to guide your experience.
These cards draw from many traditions, and dig into the different energies that inspired each quadrant -
the cardinal direction, the archetypal energy, etc.
They are simply my interpretations and are neither right or wrong, but rather simply intended to inspire.