BS Free Spirituality's partners include:
BS Free Spirituality is the new public face of Inner Waymark, LLC, founded by Nick Meador. Inner Waymark creates transformational events, services, and media content based on the core idea that we can find meaning, purpose, and direction within.
The idea for Inner Waymark was born in late 2015 when Nick walked the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage across northern Spain. Yellow seashells and arrows ("waymarks") point the path and guide pilgrims to safe lodging in hostels each night.
But Nick began to realize that there are no waymarks to lead us through the rest of life. Furthermore, the world is changing and begging us to live out our individual truth and step into our full potential.
The way to do this is by connecting with our own core and gut intuition, to find the "inner waymarks" that will give us a felt sense of taking each step in the right direction. That's the foundation underlying everything that Inner Waymark does.
Soul Lift Cacao is Inner Waymark's cacao brand.
Survival Butter is our main superfood snack currently sold as a "Cottage Food" at our events around Michigan. This features ceremonial grade cacao nibs mixed with either peanut or sunflower seed butter, plus other healthy ingredients.
As you may have guessed by the name, you could practically live off of this stuff!
BUT WHAT'S "CACAO"?!
You've probably had plenty of "chocolate" or "hot cocoa" in your life, but if someone says cacao (pronounced cah-caow) you might get a puzzled look on your face.
It's simply the original form of chocolate, before it gets heavily processed, mixed with a ton of sugar, and turned into candy bars, truffles, etc.
Pure cacao is a traditional plant medicine long used in indigenous cultures for introspective and celebratory purposes. In ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations, it was known as the "Food of the Gods" and possibly even traded like currency.
Not only does raw cacao contain antioxidants, B vitamins, magnesium, iron, and more. It also features theobromine, a mildly stimulating compound different than caffeine because sensation is less jittery and it doesn't produce as much crash or cravings.
Cacao fosters inner and outer connection, opens the heart (both energetically and by quickening blood flow), boosts mood, and increases focus and motivation.*
Cacao perfectly compliments a variety of meditative activities, ranging from shamanic drumming, to ecstatic dance, to simple seated meditation.
It's a plant medicine or ally in the sense that it can provide insights, give a clearer sense of life direction and priorities, and help make decisions by cultivating gut intuition.
Pure cacao is the perfect way to deepen your personal practice, and a great addition to your yoga classes or workshops that you facilitate.
Soul Lift Cacao currently works exclusively with organic single-source cacao from Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. It's grown at a family-owned farm called Finca el Porvenir deep in the Mayan cloud forest with a primary focus on sustainability.
There are a few varieties of cacao bean, and this farm is selecting to maximize the content of criollo (pronounced cree-oh-yo). This rarer, smaller cacao bean has a smoother flavor and energy.
They keep free-range livestock that fertilize the cacao trees and help turn the soil. The cacao is fermented, lightly roasted (technically still raw), double-ground (to maximize the smoothness), and poured into blocks specifically for ceremonial use.
The farm is off the grid, creating hydroelectricity from a local spring to drive their custom-made grinders. They are actively working on reforestation and permaculture projects. And they'll soon be developing a volunteer program and maybe even an eco-village.
Another of Nick's projects, Maya Eterna is a social enterprise – a business that takes some action to make the world a better place. Maya Eterna offers hand-made Mayan goods obtained through direct relationships with artisans and their family members in Guatemala and Mexico.
This relationship-building and friendly negotiation ensures that the artisans are being paid in a way they consider fair. Their incomes are being boosted considerably by the sales abroad.
Not only that, but 2% of proceeds (what's left from retail sales after any transaction fees or taxes) is donated to a charity in the region of origin.
Currently Nick is working with Centro Maya, a non-profit at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, that offers services to children with disabilities.
Maya Eterna items are sold primarily in-person at Nick's workshops. The collection includes macrame gemstone jewelry, tapestries, and scarves.
At present time, there isn't a Maya Eterna online shop. But you can request photos of current stock to be sent to you using the Contact page!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This website contains general information about diet, health and nutrition. The information is not advice and is not a substitute for advice from a healthcare professional. Pure cacao isn't for everyone. It's not recommended for people taking pharmaceutical antidepressants or those with a heart condition to consume more than a small amount of pure cacao.