In Conversation with Emica Penklis.
It’s no secret that just a whiff of chocolate will get the heart fluttering, for most of us at least. There are a few questionable people who don’t have that same intrinsic response, but they haven’t had Loco Love yet.
INTERVIEW BY ONDINE PURINTON-MILLER
Emica Penklis doesn’t just make chocolate, her business Loco Love is so much more than that. Her innate and true passion lies in what is contained within them, it’s as if the cacao is the earthly portal to a flavour and heart experience that no other food could come close to. This is where it gets interesting. Born out of release and coming about when she “stopped trying to overthink everything”, nutritionist, model, naturopath and chocolatier Emica’s own path seems to unfurl and evolve effortlessly, allowing her passion to burgeon into an innate part of who she is.
The power of intention is a force to be reckoned with, imbuing her creations with “love and presence” and honouring the process and power of stillness and creating a space for the ritual of eating her conscious creations. If anything, Emica is brimming with courage, she appears fearless, intensely intelligent, full of depth and and overflowing with heart. I’m always enamoured with her understanding and her offerings. Every time I have the opportunity to commune with her, I’m left wanting more. Also, her Salted Caramel Crunch and Wild Orange, Reishi and Chaga will have your cells beaming and you’ll be hooked. Guaranteed.
To begin, Emica, what is your quest?
To seek the holy grail. I promise no more Monty Python quotes. Couldn't help myself. My quest is simple, to love and be loved in return.
When do you feel most powerful?
When my thoughts manifest into reality instantly, it happens, though its something I am surrendering to more. I also think giving birth would be the most powerful feeling as a woman - haven’t had that experience as yet.
Where do you source your magic from, you seem to have an awful lot of it!
Being authentic with the way I feel, not doing things out of fear and only doing things I believe in. Also taking time out alone to recharge and check in with myself on where I am at and where I want to go.
Making chocolate wasn't something that I wanted, it was something that happened when I stopped trying to over think everything.
At what point did you realise you wanted to pursue what you’re doing right now in Loco Love. Where did that process begin for you?
Making chocolate wasn't something that I wanted, it was something that happened when I stopped trying to over think everything. I was always so stressed about what I was going to do with my life, as I wanted to do so many things and still do. Though Loco Love allows me to combine many of the things I enjoy into one path. I realised about 2 years ago that this chocolate thing actually could go somewhere. People approaching me wanting to invest made me realise that I was onto a good thing. It's all evolved gracefully. I do work a lot and really I don't know what else I would rather be doing, so this makes sense to me for now, I just really cant wait for things to develop more so I can explore my creativity in different ways.
What was your childhood like for you, with a mind and spirit like yours it must have been incredible.
Childhood was wonderful. My parents separated when I was 2 so I had two very different homes as a child. My dad lived in the bush in the Northern Rivers, we lived in a double decker bus and had an outdoor toilet. It was very rustic, we even bathed in the creek for a year or so. I remember, if we wanted a hot bath, my dad would light a fire under the outdoor bath tub, which was propped up on bricks. This would take a while to heat up and then when it was finally ready to plunge into the bottom of the bath tub would be so hot that you had to hold yourself up. Anyway, I have a lot of stories from that time and it was very humble beginnings. My mum lived about an hour away from my dad in the country, I think she spent most of her time trying to get the knots out of my extraordinarily long hair when I arrived home from my dads house. I spent about 7 years doing martial arts 6 nights a week, so as you can imagine I was very disciplined and thought I was Bruce Lee. I could talk about my childhood for days, though I’m not sure anyone wants to hear about it.
How do you stay in your passion and remain inspired?
I have many passions, though I know it takes time to develop them. By spending time even when you don't feel like it, passions develop more into actual ways of life. Then they become less of a passion and more of a part of who you are. I remain inspired by growing things continually, by developing new flavours, new packaging and other elements. Passion is the spark that lights the fire, though you cant get very far on passion alone. I know that sounds a tad negative, though it’s the dedication and endless hours spent devoted to your craft that make you any good at it.
What is your intention with your creations?
I have bigger dream than just chocolate, though for the chocolates it's love and presence, it’s taking the time to sit and enjoy a simple moment with no other place to be than just where you are. The other dream is to encourage and provide a platform for creative expression, as well as inspire others to pursue their own innate gifts. To become empowered individuals that contribute to the whole, to creating a better world for all.
What has been the biggest driving force in what you do and your world? Where does that fire come from?
Not being able to settle into something that doesn't feel right. Also, knowing that I have no other choice than to make the most of my life. There’s no way out, so I better make the most of the time I have and be grateful for EVERYTHING. Seize the moment and go and create things, who knows maybe this is as good as it’s going to get. Heaven might be here on earth, I cant sit back and wish I was somewhere else. I’d rather do my best to create heaven on earth. Strange driving force, though it definitely works for me.
How would your friends describe you?
I just texted my best friend and she said; intelligent, inquisitive and elegant. That sounds rather great to me, very flattered.
And what is your Zodiac Sign? Do you identify with those traits closely?
Cancerian, although on the cusp of Leo. With Aries rising and Aries moon. Honestly I identify more with the Aries. Though deep down inside I am a homebody, who just wants to cuddle. So yes, you could say I do identify with it.
Do you know your Birthstone?
Emerald, Moonstone and Ruby
What is your latest obsession?
Lately I am enjoying resting, it’s my obsession. Now that Stranger Things is over, what else is there to do? Only joking, I don't watch TV, though that show hooked me real good. Also podcasts and audio books, that way I can make chocolate and learn at the same time.
Do you have a favourite scent?
Jasmine at dusk in the spring time, or the smell of rain on a steamy day. I quite like palo santo, vanilla and sandalwood too. Also weirdly enough Rosehip Oil on skin after its soaked in.
What is something not work related that you are passionate about?
Human expression, creativity, connection and love. Searching your self inside-out until you find that thing or many things that make your heart sing. I am also passionate about human potential and where we are evolving as a species. As well as honesty, meditation and self realisation.
What is the most important lesson you have learned in your wonderful, busy, passionate life so far?
That I am solely responsible for my own happiness. If I don't like something change it, to surrender control and trust in something greater in times of doubt. Even if that something greater is just a coping mechanism I have created in my imagination.
What makes you laugh?
Self deprecating commentary and people not taking them selves too seriously. Also, just life in general. Sometimes it's better to laugh than cry. Humans are hilarious. Maybe I should give some examples so you understand; things like road rage, fake nails, ramps leading no where, council workers on their phones, crocs, dogs in baby carriers, children on leads, language mishaps especially in foreign countries, selfie sticks, uncomfortable looking over groomed pets, just ridiculous things that make no sense; I am sure you get the point by now.
I do! When do you feel most cherished?
When I am at home and my mum makes me dinner, folds my clothes, kisses me goodnight and wakes me up in the morning. My parents always help me to feel very loved.
Being courageous is a heart fuelled pursuit, you cant have courage if you don't have love.
What gives you courage?
Knowing that there actually isn't anything to fear, and realising that we all have something amazing to contribute. Courage is something you grow into. You realise no one really cares what you're doing, they mainly care about themselves, so you might as well be yourself and do yourself proud. Being courageous is a heart fuelled pursuit, you cant have courage if you don't have love. It’s a choice, taking that first step is always the hardest. Also educating myself on all of the information necessary, helps me to make the best possible decisions and not blindly walk down treacherous paths.
What do you consider your proudest moment in your life thus far?
Learning to love who I am.
When do you feel most your authentic, connected self?
When I relax, when I let go of any tension in my body and feel the interconnectedness of it all. Feeling that space in myself, that I call home, the one that sits beyond all thoughts and is an ever expansive void. Kind of like a black hole folding in on its self. I feel connected there and remembering this is where I came from.
What is one rule you live by?
Always be honest to yourself and others. Also don't be the same, be better, with humility and integrity.
If you could time travel, to where would you travel? Why?
I’d travel to the future where we finally work out how to live in peace with one another and we realise that we are all in this together. Where free energy is abundant and we no longer poison the earth, where war is a thing of the past. In this new world we no longer allow human or animals to suffer, we can manifest with our thoughts instantly and travel to different dimensions. We create no waste and we live in harmony with nature and its cycles. Why you ask? Because this is my dream for the future.
Heirlooms have such powerful energy, they hold the memories of the past and connect with a golden thread through time. Do you have any heirloom jewellery that has been passed down to you?
Actually I don’t! I cant really believe it considering my dad is a jeweller. Though I am sure I will have many in years to come. When my mum and dad were in love, he made her some incredible pieces of art. In saying this my dad has made me so much beautiful jewellery, I am very lucky. Some of the opals I have are incredibly beautiful and priceless.
Is there a piece of heirloom jewellery that you hold dear would like to pass on?
The Fruit salad ring my dad made for my mum, though she hasn't passed onto me as yet (hi mum). It’s so beautiful, its called fruit salad as it has different shaped and coloured precious stones such as rubys, diamonds, emeralds and sapphires. Altogether it looks like a fruit salad.
We live in an age of unparalleled interconnectedness, the world at this moment is in an age like no other, whether thats good or bad. Where do you see this present day world taking us? Equally, in your ideal world, where would you like it to take us?
I think I answered this question above in where would I like to time travel. I personally think it’s going to take a crisis situation for things to really shift. Just as it take an individual to reach depths of despair before they realise their own power. As the saying goes ‘as below, so above’. On a global level we collectively have created this reality, so it will take the majority of humanity to be aligned in a similar thought/vibration, which then needs to be put into action to create any change. I can only do my personal best and envision a better future for all. I would like to see harmony, peace and love.
Interview by Ondine Purinton-Miller
Photography by Matisse Ruby