We started making Chakapas for use in our ceremonies, to capture the vibration of local plants, instead of buying from South America and shipping long distances.
Our leaf rattles are sustainably harvested from a beautiful, hardy, invasive plant called coral ardesia, that grows right here on our Florida retreat property. In addition to asking her permission, we make sure the plant wants to be used for this purpose. It has taught us that she’s an ideal local, sustainable alternative with a perfect sound and a powerful, strong, cleansing personality. Her sounds are dynamic and energetic.
The handle is wrapped in leather, giving you a soft, comfortable grip while playing. A vegan option is available in white. We don’t add adornments that detract from comfort and functionality. You can choose from 8 different handle colors: beige, dark blue, light blue/grey, turquiose, brown, green, violet or vegan white. You may also choose to add barred owl or speckled guinea fowl feathers at the base of the chakapa, like the one pictured. (The owl feathers were respectfully and ceremoniously obtained from a barred owl that died by flying into a vehicle. The guinea feathers have naturally molted from our guineas at our retreat center.)
Made with love and the intention of powerful healing, our chakapas sound fantastic, just like an indigenous chakapa from South America. Send us a message to receive a sound clip of both. They make a beautiful and thoughtful gift!
They are custom made to order. We add a small crystal heart to each handle that is out of the way, yet sits between you and the leaves to block draining energy. It is easily removable. Choose a handle color and the optional feathers. If you have large or tiny hands, we can adjust the size to fit your hand. Just let us know in the notes section. We try to craft your chakapa as soon as you order, however if we’re conducting a retreat, it may take a little longer, so please allow up to 3 weeks from your date of order to receive your tracking number.
Each chakapa comes with a free 1 oz “Gotta smell it to believe it” smudge blend to cleanse your chakapa or use in ceremony. To expedite your order, you will receive your chakapa with the leaves fresh. We will send detailed instructions to help you dry it in a shape to create the best sound. If you want us to dry it, note this when you place your order and please allow us additional time before shipping. All leaf rattles will break down with time and use. Your leaf rattle should last at least a year with continued heavy use in a ceremonial setting.
Your order supports our primary mission to provide deep, lasting transformation and healing to our members. We’re a non-profit church and all orders/donations are tax deductible. Thank you for visiting our store!