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Governors Bay, Canterbury, 8971
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Samoan Cacao Retreats

Women’s Samoan Cacao RetreatS

8th - 14th Sept 2019

Early bird ends 21st June with a maximum of 9 participants.

This Retreat is an invitation for women who have a great love of chocolate, to step back inside of themselves and rediscover who they are through:

•Cacao • The Samoan traditional way • Nourishing local cuisine

•Culinary exploration • Inspiration • Passion for chocolate and cacao

•Creativity (chocolate crafting and more) • And being held in love

5.5 days and 6 nights designed to bring the most incredible experiences. Alongside cacao, chocolate, meditation and yoga, you will also experience activities such as basket weaving, coconut cream making, culinary exploration, long boat rowing and much much more.

This unique week is truly a gift that will have your cup overflowing, your heart full and your depth of connection to life, to sisters and to your next rekindled.

This is a chocolate journey taking you back to the source of chocolate and into your own true Source. A journey into your heart and your taste buds. A time to reconnect with the inner mystery that is always here, all under the power of the cacao trees, the ancient magic of tropical Samoa and She Universe passion and love.

You will be taken into the heart of cacao and chocolate, the land, the source of many wonderful ingredients and many adventures. Every day is full of amazing new discoveries and experiences that will touch, enrich, open and nourish you.

Tenderness, passion, sincerity, laughter, discovery, openness & trust with enormous doses of Love

With Oonagh, Mama Samoa & Cacao you will be lovingly and divinely guided & supported to open to the beauty of Nature and the Universe in the most beautiful and enriching ways, all unimaginable. It’s a journey of discovery, exploring the inner depths of the body & mind through experiences so exquisite, so exotic. The transformation, reaching full potential has been a most exciting discovery. Tenderness, passion, sincerity, laughter, discovery, openness & trust with enormous doses of Love are at the heart of everything Oonagh gives. It’s the best discovery and love ever!

Much Love Bronwyn - May Retreat 2019

~ The Cacao Plantation ~

About The Retreat...

As well journeying into every aspect of Cacao, you will visit and discover the source of many superfood ingredients from Cacao, Coffee, Tumeric, Ginger, tropical fruits, Cinnamon, Noni, traditional Samoan healing herbs and more…and of course the incredible process of growing and maturing vanilla.

The food will be vegetarian and local fish. Gluten Free and Dairy free can be catered for.

These 6 nights and 5.5 days have been designed to bring you the most incredible experiences that will truly nourish you.

From Oonagh:

Everything I have loved and adored over my last five years of exploration in Samoa and in revelaing the mystery of life will be yours to delve into on this Retreat. My passion for life, for all things chocolate, the connection with the Cacao trees, the power of food for healing, the art of crafting with chocolate is calling you. This is a Retreat and alongside our outer discoveries we will spend time together in enquiry, in inspiration, in meditation, in caring for the body and in supporting each other to beautiful flower into our true beauty.

This time is my gift to you, to share all that I have discovered over the last years in my journey with Cacao, my exploration of life and all that I have been gifted with, and I am so profoundly grateful for all the gifts.. I have spent the last five years visiting Samoa and journeying deeper and deeper into Cacao and listened to the land, listened to my heart, the trees and the Universe to fuse together these six days. No part is an add on! Every part is an essential ingredient to the whole and it all awaits you. It will be full, it may be in moments challenging, it will be joyful, it will be transformational and you will love it! So many new experiences await you.

I promise to give everything I am and the connection to Cacao and life that I know possible during this Cacao retreat. I will be honoured to have you in my care and in the care of the love that I know with every breath. Everything I know and am is yours.
And this love will be expanded through time spent with 4 beautiful Samoan Women who live their passion through many adversities.

This is a unique time where we merge being in the deep and stillness together and being out in life, learning to stay in the stillness as we journey together and explore..
This is a retreat for woman to open up and flower amongst the Samoan tropical backdrop.

Oonagh's Special Guests...

The retreat includes meeting amazing and inspiring Samoan women:

~ The Resort ~

The Orator Hotel
The Orator is in the highlands, about 20 minutes from the Cacao Farm and 15 minutes from Apia, Samoa’s Capital. It is actually where I spent my very first night in Samoa. It is a three star resort and yet is beautifully simple, clean and professional. The staff are caring and friendly and everything possible will be done to ensure our stay is comfortable but it is a three star and not a five star resort.

The rooms all have air-conditioning, the pool is large and there are beautiful gardens and decking for early morning stretching, yoga and quite time. Some of the spaces do need a little TLC but I only noticed this on a cloudy day – when the sun was shining I just saw sparkle! Please enjoy the photos which I have taken so you are clear on the caliber of accommodation. 4 star accommodation is very expensive in Samoa as it is designed for the tourist market. The Orator hotel is filled with Samoan guests as it is a popular destination for returning visiting families home for a holiday in Samoa. On every level I want this retreat to take you back into a real feel of Samoa and so the Orator felt perfect in every way for this.

I have also worked closely with Charlotte the owner to design the meals so they nourish and are filled with ingredients.

~ The Food ~

Breakfast will be prepared by the resort and will be fruit platters, eggs, Cacao Smoothies, She Universe Granola, pancakes, local honey and chutneys and a traditional local breakfast dish.

The remainder of the retreat will be fish and vegetarian showcasing local cuisine in all its glory.

Breakfast and one main meal, chocolate, snacks and Cacao and drinking water will be provided daily throughout the Retreat(and of course Niu - coconuts). The perfect balance of nourishment and inspiration for a hot tropical day and for culinary Queens.

~ Itinerary ~

This is just an outline as I didn’t want to give everything away and the schedule may change as the week unfolds and the groups energy draws new experiences..

What is required for the following day will be shared the night before and there will be many enriching surprises..

SUNDAY ~ Evening arrival  
From 4pm onwards at The Resort Celebrating being together and chocolate. Includes:
• 6 pm Opening the Space together-
• 7pm Buffet dinner with Samoan Friends and connecting over local cuisine and chocolate.

MONDAY ~ Opening up
• Heart Gathering & Yoga
• Vanilla Plantation exploration and spending time with Shelley.
• Special relaxation and Swimming
• Meeting Lufilufi with her beautiful skin care range.

TUESDAY ~ The Power of Cacao from the inside Out
A gorgeous day getting lost amongst Cacao including:
• Stillness workshop to connect from the inside out with Cacao
• Cacao Plantation visit
• Helping create a traditional Umu lunch.
• Looking for a Criollo Bean (the rarest Cacao bean)
• Learning to weave and make coconut cream as the locals do
• Traditional Lunch
• Rest and relaxation at the Resort
• Free evening

WEDNESDAY ~ The Traditional Way
• Early morning Yoga/Contemplation
• All day Island tour with Zita and discovering ‘The One Beat’ out on the water.
• Heart Sharing – asking questions about Samoa, about Life, about Chocolate
• Free evening

THURSDAY ~ Day of flow and trust…
Early morning on the Cacao Farm, fermenting sun drying and discovering many moments of magic in Floris’s kitchen on the Cacao Farm!

Meditation and relaxation by the pool

Traditonal evening of Dance and Cuisine

FRIDAY ~ Staying True and crafting chocolate
Deepening in Meditation and discovering how to move in life from the stillness within.
Visit the local market to buy ingredients for chocolate making
Tempering and playing with chocolate, making chocolate bars for our guests..
Celebration dinner 

Sleep in..heart sharing breakfast and closing with words of gratitude and the final gift to depart full and nourished for an enriched life..


What do you have to do:
Follow your heart...
Book the retreat
Book your flights (we advise booking for at least 8 nights so you can have a night before to adjust and after to integrate and be by the ocean)
Pack the list you will receive
Bring you full bag of patience for Samoan time
And participate taking everything back in as your own unique gift to grow and discover…