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Artist Interview

Persia Garland

October 12, 2012

Listening to Persia Garland talk about chocolate is just as delightful as tasting them. Meeting a person who has found their passion is so inspiring and we wanted to share with you her gift. Persia will offer samples of her chocolate creations as well as boxes for purchase on Friday night as apart of our "Beauty Tricks and Treats" Arts Night Out event.

Tell us about yourself:
Deeply engaged explorer of unconditional love, and raw cacao chocolatier, Persia Garland was initiated into an ancient lineage of Earthkeepers by descendants of the Inka from high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. She fell in love with feeding people high vibration raw cacao truffles 5 years ago after her culinary experiments were being reported as transformational by the people who ate them. These passionate public displays of bliss had Persia intrigued and instantly her exotic, decadent cacao elixirs were widely referenced as 'shamanic healing chocolate'.

As an energy medicine practitioner, my inclination is to infuse states of awe, divine love, and gratitude into the truffles. One of my inspirations in life and for the name of my truffles comes from the indigenous mythology of the hummingbird. Hummingbird offers us the wisdom to drink deeply from the sweetest nectar, to be in an active engagement, and to say YES to life. This way we are in a receptive awareness at our core and we realize the opportunity of grace . When you walk in beauty in your life I feel welcomed and inspired to do the same and vise versa. Transforming the world around us becomes effortless by our willingness to heal and awaken to the sweet power of the heart within us. This is why I chose an image of a hummingbird for my inspiration:

A few years ago in a dream I was visited by beings of light who gifted me a word, tz'unun, telling me that this word was a calling for the awakening heart of humanity. I woke up from the dream at 3 am and scribbled these awkward sounding syllables onto a note phonetically 'toon hun'. I had never heard this word before. Later when I decided to name my chocolates after the path of hummingbird, I did a google search for the Mayan word and to my great excitement I discovered that Tz'unun means hummingbird, the bird of heart awakening. The root of the word means one who is nourished by the sacred milk of mother Earth. The message was crystal clear and that is part of how the adventure of Tz'unun Chocolates was born.

If you were an article of clothing, what would it be and what color/pattern?
If I were an article of clothing, I would be the long, sleek, high slit, black skirt I bought this summer at Ode. I honestly couldn't take my eyes off it. The way it skillfully balanced complimenting my feminine figure with classic hourglass lines while maintaining comfort makes me feel like a woman who welcomes shining her light in the world.

What are the benefits of raw chocolate?
There are many studies reporting the superfood health benefits of organic raw chocolate known as cacao. The low heat and dairy free cacao maintains 3x-8x higher antioxidant content then standard dark chocolate. Cacao contains high superfood minerals and is particularly high in magnesium, and also maintains higher content of the bliss inducing neurotransmitters chocolate is known for without the edge or desire to over consume.

Can you give us a recipe that we can try at home?
An easy way to experiment with the culinary art of raw cacao truffles at home is to combine in a food processor:

  • 1C raw nuts or seeds, process these first until close to chunky nut butter consistency then add...
  • 1-2 Tbsp. raw coconut butter
  • 1 Tbsp unrefined sweetener OR dash of stevia
  • 3/4C your favorite chopped dried fruit and process until combined, then add...
  • 3 or 4 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • your favorite superfood herbal extracts or spices
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Then just roll the mixture into round bite size pieces and refrigerate in a sealed container to firm up. They should be consumed fresh within a couple days.

Stop in and sample Persia's chocolates and have the opportunity to take some home. Friday, October 12th from 6-8pm.