What we're about

Chocolate Groove is a Weekly Social, Dance Celebration featuring Toronto’s best DJ’s in some of the most Visionary Alternative venues in Canada!

We strive to foster a safe, family-friendly space, open for all people regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnic origin, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation. LGBTQ Positive, to come together, have fun and Celebrate Life. This is an environment conducive to meaningful Transformation and Authentic Connection!

Currently, we are running our events ONLINE EVERY WEDNESDAY!

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What to expect...

- Leave no trace
- Cacao Elixir
- Sunset Cacao Ceremony
- 3 hour DJ set
- Face painting
- Drums / Instruments Welcome
- Crystal Therapy by Kevin Back
- Closing Soundbath with Jesse Buck
- Live Community Art Project by Yana Kolesnikova
- PLEASE Bring your own water / Food

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>>>> Schedule ::

-- 7:30 - Arrive
-- 8:00 - Opening Sunset Cacao Ceremony
-- 8:30 - DJ set
-- 12:00 - Closing Crystal Bowl Soundbath / OM Circle

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>>>> CACAO :: Chocolate Elixir "The Soul of Chocolate"

Cacao is known as a heart opening medicine that has been used by indigenous cultures since ancient times. Cacao beans constituted both a ritual beverage and a major currency system in pre-Columbian Meso- american civilizations.

The plant name "Theobroma" or Cacao (translating from the greek: theo = god and broma = food It is the perfect elixir for Movement, Play & Connection.

It is known to increase circulation, Energy, Elevate your mood, Boost Libido and is a natural aphrodisiac. It is known to induce a Euphoric state of Higher Consciousness & Bliss, bringing you into connection with your body and heart centre.

Though there is not much if any caffeine in Cacao, it does have Theobromine which has a similar effect on the body but does not cause the same harmful effects on the nervous system as caffeine.

With an array of organic spices and sweetener, we drink this food of the Gods in cups of roughly 25 - 30 grams of Raw Cacao Paste together in an opening circle to set our intentions for the evening.

>>>> Other Benefits of Cacao::

- Heart Opener

- Reduces Stress / Anti-Depressant

- 40 Times the Antioxidants of Blueberries

- Loaded with Magnesium & Iron

- Improve Brain Function

- Contains "Anandamide" ( A neurotransmitter which fills dopamine receptors in the brain, filling us with feeling of euphoria and bliss)

More about the Cacao here::

http://ceremonialcacao.blogspot.ca/ (https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fceremonialcacao.blogspot.ca%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0lbQkI7kOW2qXRaZOE6KWrT5fL6hBMtkRwxuzYP8HJygJdDsfDYmFnTmY&h=AT118zh3iGKhKZfFy3Z-h_DbptbPjcLCwgFmGC9CPF_CrXdzlFuxlz9-fDGHpVybuasMiPtrL8ZdFfApZ13KiT4b5M6CSsdTL-DnrRKr_zMpzSwmMhJkx1MJH_V_dyjXag)

“An Indigenous myth tells us whenever the balance between humans and nature becomes threatened, cacao comes from the rain-forest to open people's hearts and return the planet to harmony. In one of my early communications with the Cacao Spirit, she referred to cacao as "The Food for the Shift. Cacao is a multidimensional partner and facilitator for creative, spiritual, ceremonial purpose, artistic, new age or shamanic. Chocolate brings one to the door but doesn’t push you through it.”

- Keith Wilson Cacao Shaman

CACAO CONSUMPTION BEYOND CHOCOLATE ::

With over 1200 chemical constituents, the beans from Theobroma Cacao (translating from the greek: theo = god and broma = food and cacao = the mayan name for the chocolate beans) – or the chocolate tree, appear to be the most pharmacologically complex food in nature. Cacao has been used for millennia as a food and antidote to a vast array of health issues. It has also been used ceremonially by the ancient Meso-americans in conjunction with other plants and rituals.

The alkaloids, neurotransmitters, neuromodulators, vitamins and minerals specific to cacao have a particularly nourishing effect on the human body. The effects of these properties are amplified when using unroasted and unprocessed cacao and consuming it in the context of a ceremony. All the properties found in cacao (discussed below) are already produced naturally in the body and perform essential functions, but appear to be less and less available when living busy lives in cities and following a “western” diet and lifestyle.

When you consume cacao prepared for ceremony using high quality raw cacao beans, all the mood enhancing neurochemicals in cacao become particularly active. There is increased blood flow and nutrition to the brain, heart and skin, the whole body is nourished, awareness and focus is heightened and sensations are intensified.

The context of the ceremony is a safe and beautiful space that supports meditation (reflection and connection to the “larger aspects of yourself”). This creates a rare opportunity to explore and sit with the stories of the heart and to identify areas that are causing you restriction, limitation and pain. You have the chance to relax deeply and receive insights, inspiration and creative ideas that can give you a clarity on the “next steps” of your life and where you can support your overall health.

Many people report a deep sense of joy and peace, a connection to something bigger than themselves as well as insights of limiting behaviors, thoughts and feelings that are able to be understood and released within the safe environment of the ceremony.

Some also find that as their focus holding ability improves, their overall success in life increases and a greater sense of contentment and satisfaction follows.

HISTORY OF CACAO ::

The story of chocolate begins with a tree, a small tree of the tropical understory. In 1735 Linnaeus designated this tree Theobroma cacao, a scientific name that handily links two ancient cultures a world apart.

Theobroma, the genus name, is from the Greek and translates to “food of the gods,” a designation that chocolate-lovers would agree is befitting. Although Linnaeus was reputedly fond of chocolate, he would have been familiar with early Spanish writings describing the Mayan and Aztec beliefs that cacao was a gift from the gods.

Cacao is the Mayan root word retained by the Spanish colonizers of Mesoamerica to describe the tree and its products.

According to both archeologists and Mayan spiritual elders, the Cacao Spirit was one of the most powerful deities in ancient Mayan cosmology. While the ancient Mayans and Aztecs of Southern Mexico and Guatemala are best known, there are contemporary Indigenous cultures in Central and South America who continue cacao use in shamanic ceremony, preferring it to locally available psychedelics. With today’s psychedelic buzz, you may not have heard much of them. Although one of this world’s finest spiritual or shamanic partners, cacao was ignored in the ‘60’s resurgence of medicine plants because it does not act like a psychedelic – it does not take you on its trip, but facilitates your own.

Upcoming events (5)

Temple Groove - Yoga / Ecstatic Dance / Soundbath / Indian Feast

Hare Krishna Temple - International Society For Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)

Temple Groove is a Sunday Morning Yoga, Ecstatic Dance, Soundbath experience held in the beautiful Hare Krishna Temple! We will be running these bi-weekly events in the beautiful and sacred space known as “Govinda's Toronto” inside the Hare Krishna Temple to create a community of people who want to take their personal practices to the next level, TOGETHER! This is a safe, heart-opening space for lounging, dancing, yoga, stretching, meditating, socializing and authentic connection. *** Please Bring Crystals for the alter, a yoga mat, clothes you feel comfortable moving in and anything you feel called to bring to lay down comfortably for the Soundbath. *** Facebook Page -- https://www.facebook.com/templegroovetoronto/ Ticket Link -- >> What to Expect:: -- 1 Hour Kundalini Yoga Experience with Chris Dub -- 1.5 Hour DJ set by Bill Kubina -- Ayurvedic Elixers Included -- Tibetan & Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Journey with Jesse Buck -- Group Mantra Chanting -- A Community High Vibe Dance Party -- Tasty High-Quality Vedic Foods by Govindas >>>>Schedule :: 8:30 -- door opens 9 – 10 -- Kundalini Yoga 10 – 11:30 -- Ecstatic Dance 11:30 - 12:00 -- Soundbath Meditation 12 :00 - Govindas Opens for Lunch (Stay and enjoy) Exchange: Just the Ecstatic Dance & Soundbath : $20 (10am-12pm) Yoga & Ecstatic Dance : $25 (9am - 12pm) Whole event @ Door : $ 30 -- Chris Dub will be sharing a Kundalini Yoga Experience to clear your energetic channels, relax and calm the body, increase energy flow, expand awareness and open your heart. The Kundalini set will also bring balance to your nervous system and increase our ability to manage stress in our day to day lives. -- Bill Kubina will be offering the Live DJ set! -- Jesse Buck, the Sound healer & Creator of the Chocolate Groove, will be offering the Soundbath Meditation for this event. >>> The Soundbath :: The Soundbath will be a mixture of Tibetan & Crystal Singing bowls which will be played by Jesse Buck to support your process of letting go into the healing power of relaxation. The 432hz Crystal Bowl Sound Healing Journey will including guided meditations and visualizations with many different instruments to inspire a deeper connection to your heart as it blossoms through the Cacao. Experience inner harmony as the Bowls bring harmonious frequency healing to your physical, emotional and energetic bodies. The soft tones of the bowls will allow the thoughts to be melted away and the clarity of our hearts to shine. The bowls are tuned to the Sacred Frequency of 432 hz - “the harmonic intonation of nature to expand your sense of peace and tune you into the knowledge of the universe.” Side effects include :: relaxation, bliss, peace and a nervous system reset More about 432hz healing here :: https://attunedvibrations.com/432hz-healing/

𝗖𝗵𝗼𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝗼𝘃𝗲 - Digital Dance Party

♥ The Groove is going online ♥ FB Event Page Link -- details for current event https://www.facebook.com/events/2532169003722964/ Donation-based Ticket Link -- https://bit.ly/36duerb ⋘ 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗚𝗥𝗢𝗢𝗩𝗘 𝗜𝗦 𝗚𝗢𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗗𝗜𝗚𝗜𝗧𝗔𝗟 ⋙ ⋘ ───────────∗ ⋅◈⋅ ∗─────────── ⋙ What started out as a community chocolate dance party social in Toronto Canada has gone global to share our event, as we continue to bring you our Cacao Dance Party Every Wednesday! Our intention is to hold space and create a space for Celebration, Movement and Authentic Connection. And so, we will be gathering on Zoom every Wednesday for a night to indulge in a Cacao Ceremony, Live DJ Ecstatic Journey, Sound Healing Meditation and closing with an Open Mic Community Sharing space! We feature DJs and special guests from all over the world! Message us to offer your gifts. We look forward to dancing & connecting with you ❀ 🌟⋘ How to join the dance ⋙🌟 ⋘ ────────── ∗ ⋅◈⋅ ∗ ────────── ⋙ 1. Go to the Eventbrite (Link in bio) and grab your free or donation-based ticket 2. The Zoom and Twitch link for the video and audio will be in the confirmation email and also sent in an email 30 minutes before the event 3. If you're on a phone, Download the Zoom app. Join the Zoom call at 7:30pm, and enjoy DM us for any questions 🙏 ⋘ ☀️ SCHEDULE ☀️ ⋙ ⋘ ────────── ∗ ⋅◈⋅ ∗ ────────── ⋙ ◈ 7:30 - Virtual Doors open ◈ 7:45 - warmup ◈ 8:30 - Live DJ Journey ◈ 11:00 - Closing Circle and Community Open Mic ⋘ ☀️ Exchange ☀️ ⋙ ⋘ ────────── ∗ ⋅◈⋅ ∗ ────────── ⋙ This event is run on the donations of our community, which help to cover the DJ's and production costs. We know times are tough and if you can't donate, just bringing your energy to our gathering is AMAZING and we thank you! The Link for zoom and the audio will be sent to everyone who grabs a "Free" Ticket. through Eventbrite. If you are able to support the DJs and the production, we ask that you send any donations to our Paypal account. Anything helps as our Donations help to keep the Groove ALIVE <3 LINK HERE ----> paypal.me/chocolategroove or you can send an e-transfer to [masked] ⋘ ☀️ Cacao ☀️ ⋙ ⋘ ────────── ∗ ⋅◈⋅ ∗─────────── ⋙ As an alternative to alcohol Party culture, we invite you to create an elevating and heart opening “Cacao Elixir” AKA. “The soul of Chocolate” (See details of Cacao Below) to raise your vibration and connect to the spirit of Cacao) To make your own Cacao elixir we suggest adding these ingredients into a blender with hot water for optimal potency, experience and flavour. - 20-40 grams of Raw Cacao Paste or powder - Spices - Cinnamon, Cayenne, Ginger, Salt - Sweetener of your choice (we recommend Maple Syrup) - Coconut cream/milk (Please know there is no Right or Wrong way to make your Cacao. Just be sure to add a little Love and it will be magical!

𝗖𝗵𝗼𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝗼𝘃𝗲 - Digital Dance Party

♥ The Groove is going online ♥ FB Event Page Link -- details for current event https://www.facebook.com/events/2532169003722964/ Donation-based Ticket Link -- https://bit.ly/36duerb ⋘ 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗚𝗥𝗢𝗢𝗩𝗘 𝗜𝗦 𝗚𝗢𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗗𝗜𝗚𝗜𝗧𝗔𝗟 ⋙ ⋘ ───────────∗ ⋅◈⋅ ∗─────────── ⋙ What started out as a community chocolate dance party social in Toronto Canada has gone global to share our event, as we continue to bring you our Cacao Dance Party Every Wednesday! Our intention is to hold space and create a space for Celebration, Movement and Authentic Connection. And so, we will be gathering on Zoom every Wednesday for a night to indulge in a Cacao Ceremony, Live DJ Ecstatic Journey, Sound Healing Meditation and closing with an Open Mic Community Sharing space! We feature DJs and special guests from all over the world! Message us to offer your gifts. We look forward to dancing & connecting with you ❀ 🌟⋘ How to join the dance ⋙🌟 ⋘ ────────── ∗ ⋅◈⋅ ∗ ────────── ⋙ 1. Go to the Eventbrite (Link in bio) and grab your free or donation-based ticket 2. The Zoom and Twitch link for the video and audio will be in the confirmation email and also sent in an email 30 minutes before the event 3. If you're on a phone, Download the Zoom app. Join the Zoom call at 7:30pm, and enjoy DM us for any questions 🙏 ⋘ ☀️ SCHEDULE ☀️ ⋙ ⋘ ────────── ∗ ⋅◈⋅ ∗ ────────── ⋙ ◈ 7:30 - Virtual Doors open ◈ 7:45 - warmup ◈ 8:30 - Live DJ Journey ◈ 11:00 - Closing Circle and Community Open Mic ⋘ ☀️ Exchange ☀️ ⋙ ⋘ ────────── ∗ ⋅◈⋅ ∗ ────────── ⋙ This event is run on the donations of our community, which help to cover the DJ's and production costs. We know times are tough and if you can't donate, just bringing your energy to our gathering is AMAZING and we thank you! The Link for zoom and the audio will be sent to everyone who grabs a "Free" Ticket. through Eventbrite. If you are able to support the DJs and the production, we ask that you send any donations to our Paypal account. Anything helps as our Donations help to keep the Groove ALIVE <3 LINK HERE ----> paypal.me/chocolategroove or you can send an e-transfer to [masked] ⋘ ☀️ Cacao ☀️ ⋙ ⋘ ────────── ∗ ⋅◈⋅ ∗─────────── ⋙ As an alternative to alcohol Party culture, we invite you to create an elevating and heart opening “Cacao Elixir” AKA. “The soul of Chocolate” (See details of Cacao Below) to raise your vibration and connect to the spirit of Cacao) To make your own Cacao elixir we suggest adding these ingredients into a blender with hot water for optimal potency, experience and flavour. - 20-40 grams of Raw Cacao Paste or powder - Spices - Cinnamon, Cayenne, Ginger, Salt - Sweetener of your choice (we recommend Maple Syrup) - Coconut cream/milk (Please know there is no Right or Wrong way to make your Cacao. Just be sure to add a little Love and it will be magical!

Temple Groove - Yoga / Ecstatic Dance / Soundbath / Indian Feast

Hare Krishna Temple - International Society For Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)

Temple Groove is a Sunday Morning Yoga, Ecstatic Dance, Soundbath experience held in the beautiful Hare Krishna Temple! We will be running these bi-weekly events in the beautiful and sacred space known as “Govinda's Toronto” inside the Hare Krishna Temple to create a community of people who want to take their personal practices to the next level, TOGETHER! This is a safe, heart-opening space for lounging, dancing, yoga, stretching, meditating, socializing and authentic connection. *** Please Bring Crystals for the alter, a yoga mat, clothes you feel comfortable moving in and anything you feel called to bring to lay down comfortably for the Soundbath. *** Facebook Page -- https://www.facebook.com/templegroovetoronto/ Ticket Link -- >> What to Expect:: -- 1 Hour Kundalini Yoga Experience with Chris Dub -- 1.5 Hour DJ set by Bill Kubina -- Ayurvedic Elixers Included -- Tibetan & Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Journey with Jesse Buck -- Group Mantra Chanting -- A Community High Vibe Dance Party -- Tasty High-Quality Vedic Foods by Govindas >>>>Schedule :: 8:30 -- door opens 9 – 10 -- Kundalini Yoga 10 – 11:30 -- Ecstatic Dance 11:30 - 12:00 -- Soundbath Meditation 12 :00 - Govindas Opens for Lunch (Stay and enjoy) Exchange: Just the Ecstatic Dance & Soundbath : $20 (10am-12pm) Yoga & Ecstatic Dance : $25 (9am - 12pm) Whole event @ Door : $ 30 -- Chris Dub will be sharing a Kundalini Yoga Experience to clear your energetic channels, relax and calm the body, increase energy flow, expand awareness and open your heart. The Kundalini set will also bring balance to your nervous system and increase our ability to manage stress in our day to day lives. -- Bill Kubina will be offering the Live DJ set! -- Jesse Buck, the Sound healer & Creator of the Chocolate Groove, will be offering the Soundbath Meditation for this event. >>> The Soundbath :: The Soundbath will be a mixture of Tibetan & Crystal Singing bowls which will be played by Jesse Buck to support your process of letting go into the healing power of relaxation. The 432hz Crystal Bowl Sound Healing Journey will including guided meditations and visualizations with many different instruments to inspire a deeper connection to your heart as it blossoms through the Cacao. Experience inner harmony as the Bowls bring harmonious frequency healing to your physical, emotional and energetic bodies. The soft tones of the bowls will allow the thoughts to be melted away and the clarity of our hearts to shine. The bowls are tuned to the Sacred Frequency of 432 hz - “the harmonic intonation of nature to expand your sense of peace and tune you into the knowledge of the universe.” Side effects include :: relaxation, bliss, peace and a nervous system reset More about 432hz healing here :: https://attunedvibrations.com/432hz-healing/

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