There is a definite buzz in the air about The Full Moon Kava Parties happening in Ocean Beach. Maybe it’s the drumming, the dancing, the sea of smiling faces. Maybe it’s the Ginger Chai or the Cinnamon Cacao—home-made Kava brews unlike anything else in town—at a price that’s equally incredible. Whatever it is, the Soular Power here is palpable.
Kava, or Piper methysticum (meaning “intoxicating pepper”), is a bush-like plant native to the South Pacific, and has been used for over 3,000 years throughout the region for its medicinal effects as a pain reliever, diuretic, and as a remedy for anxiety and insomnia. It relaxes muscles, calms nerves, creates a general feeling of well-being and relaxation, and has historical use as an herbal aphrodisiac. It is widely used in social ritual as a celebratory drink; much like alcohol is used in the West. However, it doesn’t stimulate aggression, impair judgment, or cause hangovers. It just opens you up and puts you in the groove.
There are only a few places in San Diego serving Kava, and they charge upwards of $6 per tiny serving. But when you know this host, Nathan “The Kava King” Lou, Kava flows much more generously.
At The New Moon Kava Party, Kava is $3 per heaping shell. This is a time to get grounded and set intentions for the upcoming cycle; settling in with some guided meditation, live music, artistic performances, and of course, connecting with other awesome folks.
The Full Moon Kava Party is an energetic explosion. It features yoga, meditation, live art, and a cathartic drumming and dancing extravaganza that’s sure to curl your toes. It’s an opportunity for the culmination and release of intention-work started with the New Moon, and of course, celebrating life with people you love.
The Kava itself is top-quality, micro-ground, from Vanuatu, near Fiji. It is sold here locally in Ocean Beach by The Mad Monk tea shop, but nobody mixes an actual batch of Kava like The King. Ginger Chai? Cinnamon Cacao? Yes, please!
And I, local Soular Power Anchor, am the bartender. Along with delicious Kava, I’m serving peace, love, and happiness—and it’s my pleasure. All this moving and grooving helps to circulate the energy that really lights us up.