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The Newmarket Hall

212 Ashgrove Ave

Ashgrove, QLD 4060


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Brisbane's Original Cacao Ceremony Since 2014

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Special Event - "Shedding Skins" - part of the Dress to Express series is back this month offering you the chance to bring expression to the transformative process you are going through.

You can bring more than one outfit to change during the dance, to express the inner transformation and anchor it into reality.

Besides face painting, you also have the option to bring colorful expressions to your body as a symbol of the new you. Choose designs and mandalas that reflect on your skin the inner emotional change blooming into reality.

Arrive early (between 4:30 - 5:30pm) for the Dream Catcher making workshop and from 5:15PM to receive a complementary Face and Body Paint from a professional makeup artist to match your vibe ✨

Artwork provided by Julieanne Edwards - Makeup Artist

Insta: @Julieanneedwards



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Join the free Dream Catcher making workshop before the Cacao Ceremony - Dress to Express from 4:30 PM on the 31st of July - while waiting to have your face paint done.

Beyond all the Myths and Legends - there is a tangible benefit in making a Dream Catcher rather than just owning one.

Making Dream Catchers in a group was one of the way to feel safe and stay connected to the inner healing process in the Native American tradition. Each tradition has its own methods - like making mandalas or any form of art done in the community.

The story says that they protect against bad dreams while allowing the good dreams to come through.

When looking at our everyday life as a product of our past experiences - Dreaming is simply our perception.

Positive experiences create good Dreams, while traumatic experiences create nightmares.

Experiences are processed in an unconscious state while sleeping - sorting them either safe or unsafe.

In this bulk processing we accumulate over time a baggage of roughly sorted "unsafe" experiences that will shape our everyday life.

Many times the reason behind feeling unsafe was valid at the time but as we evolve, our understanding will help us avoid those situations.

However the unsafe feeling stays buried in our subconscious and comes up as fears and anxieties each time a similar situation shows up.

To clean up those associations, we need to process those emotions again in a calm and safe state.

While emotions come up, our waking mind can calmly welcome the fears that kept us safe - let the message be heard and ask if there still is a reason to keep that door closed.

This meditative process stops the "bad dreams" from repeating while cultivating the things that bring joy and harmony to our life.

The key element here is to stay present in your body while the feeling unfolds - telling us the whole story and not run away by using a distraction.

To stay present - any physical engagement that requires close attention will anchor the body in the dream healing process.

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Cacao Ceremony

Ecstatic Dance is a conscious movement practice that invites people to drop out of their minds and into their bodies to unwind and open to inner wisdom. Dance, Music and Cacao Medicine are the center point of these ceremonies catalyzing ecstatic states, where conscious mind limitations dissolve, opening the doors to the vast subconscious intelligence. It is an opportunity to connect deeply with self and others in fun ways words cannot express. A gracious experience to meet yourself as you are and open a space where you can see beyond who you think you are... It’s about you, freedom, joy and honesty.

For thousands of years, cacao has been celebrated as a food of the gods. Together we will drink a cacao elixir, giving ourselves the opportunity to enter into the stillness and wisdom of our being. This journey will offer a space to develop self-awareness, be moved by deep emotions, expand your intuitive awareness and align your actions with your intentions.

The session starts with an intention setting, followed by a set of somatic exercises used in shamanic practices to induce a state of relaxed awareness or trance and prepare for the dance journey.

Wind down & Sound Healing - special guest Elena Lymbery.

The dance floor is non-verbal which invites a deeper somatic experience. It is a drug and alcohol-free event.

What kind of music is played? And what do we do?

We play music that encourages movement. Our sonic journey is a fusion of world music, electronica, dubstep, tribal house, classic remixes and more!

A few samples here: https://www.mixcloud.com/dancingfire/

In this space, all are welcomed into radical self-expression and acceptance. Do yoga, stretch, dance like no one is watching, or just chill and enjoy the music.

- 4:30 pm - Dream Catcher making workshop

- 5:15 pm - Face & Body Painting

- 6:15 pm - Opening circle & Cacao sharing - it’s a chance for you to get to know who is in the room, share a bit about yourself if you wish and set the intention for the ceremony.

- 6:30 pm - Warm-up exercises to support your relaxation and trance journey

- 6:45 pm – Dance Journey - music starts in a low beat to give you the chance to ground into your body. The rhythm progressively increases once the room starts to move. It may reach a high energy several times during the dance and slow down to conclude with a smooth landing back to stillness at the end.

- 8:30 pm - Sound Healing - a wind-down meditative moment using Singing Ring bowls and other acoustic instruments.

- 9:00 pm – Closing circle – we sit together to ground using breathing and toning, then clap together three times and the fourth time back to the earth to come out of trance and end the ceremony.

- 9:10 pm – Non-verbal time is over - have a chat with the people you shared the space with during the dance.

Arrive no later than 7:00 pm and leave whenever you want but be mindful not to disturb the other participants.

Ecstatic Dance Agreements

To maintain ultimate freedom we agree to the following:

1. No talking on the Dancefloor

2. No Cellphones

3. No street shoes on the Dancefloor (light, soft shoes are allowed)

4. No showing up drunk or drugged, no pictures, video, or wearing of scent.

5. Respect the Space - Others' Space and the Collective Space.

When Approaching others:

- Listen for a Yes (get eye contact first)

- Respect any No (when they are ignoring you)

- Respect the Solo Dancers' Right to their Space

- Hands in prayer at heart means: "I see you, and thank you for the dance (that just ended)."

You will be asked to leave if you do not follow these agreements.

Thank you!

For Cacao Ceremony:

– It is often suggested to not eat for a few hours before consuming cacao for the ceremony.

– Drink a lot of water during the day prior to the ceremony.

About Elena:

Sound Healing Meditation / Relaxation

For over 20 years Elena has been studying and practicing different natural healing modalities.

These include Kinesiology Certificate IV from Australian College of Natural Medicine, Reiki: Traditional Usui, Sekhem and Karuna; Pranic Healing, NLP, Australian Bush Flower & Light Frequency Essences, Shamanic studies, Tibetan Crystal Bowls, Sound & Crystal Healing, Chanting, Sacred Geometry and Light Language.

Elena is highly intuitive and sensitive to energy. She loves to use her abilities to assist and empower others by raising their vibration and awareness, to create the life that they choose.

Recent studies have shown that certain frequencies can have relaxing and healing effects. The sound has the ability to positively affect our whole being. Tibetan Crystal bowls and gongs were used for centuries to create feelings of peace, relaxation and to deepen meditation.

Benefits of Sound Healing:

- Balances both hemispheres of the brain

- Creates a feeling of deep relaxation

- Improves sleep

- Reduce anxiety

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No dance experience required.

Free parking available onsite.

Limited spots available, booking highly recommended.

Participants must be 18yo+

We usually have between 40 - 70 participants most of them RSVP on Facebook:


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Our Story:

The first Ecstatic Dance Brisbane event happened 7 years ago in Northey St. Market, on the Cafe deck.

We started by offering free outdoor dance events, to share with the community the practice that changed our lives.For the first few times, Monica and I were the only ones dancing, while people curiously watched and enjoyed the music.

The first ones that joined us were the kids that were playing nearby doing arts and crafts with Bob - the wonderful teacher who offers his time every Sunday for decades, enriching the lives of hundreds of kids every year.The kids then began to drag their parents to join in and slowly the Cafe Deck was full of adults and kids dancing.

After almost a year, Northey St Market was temporary closed due to a Council concern, interrupting our events for a while.

From 2014 we started to hire venues and continue what we started on the beautiful Cafe deck under the mango trees.

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The Newmarket Hall

212 Ashgrove Ave

Ashgrove, QLD 4060


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Refund policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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Organizer Adrian Mornay

Organizer of Cacao Ceremony – Ecstatic Dance & Sound Healing "Shedding Skins"

Adrian travelled and worked in a wide variety of places from the most alternative and unstructured to the rigid high end corporate and government environments for the last 20 years. From camp counselor in upstate NY and gardening in off the grid communities in Northern California to engineering telecommunication systems for the aerospace industry and Federal Emergency Management Agency. As an expert engineer, he taught technical classes for major corporations and the White House Military Office during the Obama administration. Living in such different environments required constant adjustments - pushed him out of the familiar, breaking habits and challenged his beliefs. This rhythm became overwhelming and his body started to lose vitality and get sick. During a trip to California he encountered a great community of people that helped him reconnect with his inner wisdom using music, dance and native american practices. He quit his job and moved to California for more than 2 years to learn how to live again.

In 2011 Adrian encountered one of his most influential teachers Samantha Sweetwater at Burning Man Festival in the Nevada Desert and he started the Dancing Freedom Facilitator training shortly after that. He became a certified Dancing Freedom Facilitator in 2012, held classes in North California until the end of 2012 when he and his partner continued their journey to Australia. Since 2013, they are facilitating weekly Ecstatic Dance journeys and a monthly Cacao Ceremony in Brisbane.

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