Being a mama can be amazing and hard and fun and frustrating - all at the same time.
As women we usually nurture others more than ourselves - which is why a retreat like this is such a gift for any mama.
I created HolyMama as the kind of yoga retreat I yearned for as a mother...
A retreat I could go on with my child in a supported, female environment.
HolyMama is a combination of incredible yoga, delicious food, beautiful accommodation, loving childcare, an attentive team, magnificent countryside and nurturing treatments.
It is my highest aim to create a sacred space for renewal and reflection.
HolyMama retreats are held in places with special energy where nature is abundant in order for us to align with our intrinsic being.
Many of us modern day women lead hectic lives and we’re constantly running. A HolyMama retreat is an opportunity to pause, breathe and tap into the incredible potential that lies within. It is a chance to reconnect with dreams and visions. After having a baby many of us lose sight of ‘me’ which is why this retreat is aimed at creating time and space for reconnection. HolyMama retreats are for nurturing the relationship to yourself, your child and each other as women.
Once this sacred space is honoured within us it is easier to go back and find our place in the world. I want to empower women and mothers awaken to their purpose. If you come away inspired, renewed and energised - maybe even a bit enlightened - my job is done.
A HolyMama retreat can also be a holiday with the new love of your life - 'the ultimate babymoon' as The Guardian called it.
Read the full article here.
Recharge your feminine power, practise yoga in beautiful surroundings, relax and have fun. You'll come away feeling stronger and tingling with the exciting sense of possibility.
My aim is to inspire and empower.
Create and Innovate.
Connect and Awaken.
This HolyMama is called Claudia.
Like many of us today she's a merger of cultures and languages. She loves to break down barriers and blast away programmed patterns and conditioning. By origin she's a Yorkshire Swiss with an Asian affinity and a Latin heart. She adores nature, yoga and travel.
After spending a good decade working in radio and TV – including a stint as London correspondent for Swiss National TV – Claudia was booted out of her dazzling career in the corporate world. She transformed her life to find her own truth and offer a higher level of service, which she has found with HolyMama. She's been self-employed for the past fifteen years, as an independent author and international journalist, yoga retreat founder and integrative health coach. HolyMama is her seventh baby (after three kids, two books and one yoga centre in Goa).
Claudia started her family at 40 and researched later motherhood – Right Time Baby – The Complete Guide to Later Motherhood (Hay House, 2011). She feels passionate about shunning preconceptions concerning age and also coaches other mamas on health, wellness, fertility and life choices.
HolyMama thrives on the love, intention and skillsets from an eclectic and experienced group of women who believe and live the vision.
Meet the Enigmatic Melissa Indot. Lyrical beauty with an edge, she is not one who is afraid to break away from the norm. On HolyMama retreats Sa leads workshops on intuitive music programming and supports the group dynamics...
HolyMama is purpose-driven with social and ecological goals
Women, Nature and the Rise of Feminine Consciousness
We understand that it is time to give back to Mother Earth after taking from her for so long. This is why HolyMama is a Water-Carrier for Treesisters and donates 10 Euros on behalf of each client to the Million Trees Campaign. You will be invited, when you book, to double or triple the donation. More details are at the bottom of this page.
HolyMama also directly funds projects to empower women and children to help themselves. We advocate using locally sourced, natural products to improve health and well-being.
Supporting women and children in the world's poorest countries
HolyMama kick-started a project on Operation Smile in Guwahati, North East India. Based on the premise that coconuts are cheap and local and much more nutritious than the expensive Tang (an artificial sugared powder that is made up with water) given to the children undergoing surgery for cleft palate, we funded a pilot in an attempt to raise awareness about this incredible local wholefood. The children are from poor backgrounds and unfortunately breastfeeding is not a viable option for them pre- surgery, as they don’t have the ability to suck. They struggle with malnutrition and weakened immune systems. Coconut water is very re-hydrating and it is one of the only foods to contain lauric acid which is otherwise only found in breastmilk. We also introduced some coconut kefir (fermented coconut water) to help strengthen the children and boost their gut microbiota. The American health and wellness innovator Donna Gates introduced coconut kefir to the autism community and countless parents were able to recover their children from autism using this natural therapy.
HolyMama also supported a project in Manipur, India to help poor, unskilled women facing financial problems undergo handicraft training. We funded tools, emergency medical care and nutrition training. The initiator of the project, Mary, was also a nurse consultant on Operation Smile before going on to launch this non-profit. She is from the remote Kuki tribe who face tremendous economic hardship.
We are currently researching to kick-start a project called HolyHugs in Morocco where local women are paid a fixed salary to be 'volunteers' in the country's orphanages. The aim is to give the abandoned babies and children hugs, love and attention, so that they are able to develop their social brains or pre-frontal cortex, as any normally nurtured child would. Research has shown (Sue Gerhardt, Why Love Matters. Routledge, 2004) that babies who never receive this vital care in young years have a virtual black hole in the social area of the brain.
Supporting mothers and children in our society
HolyMama also pursues 'effective altruism' or 'strategic giving' in the West. We offer sponsored HolyMama retreat spaces where a ‘mum-in-need’ is invited with her child on a small donation basis. Mums in the past who came on these sponsored spaces were able to re-charge their mama batteries and were given inspiring food, yoga and lifestyle boosts. Their children had wonderful experiences too.
Next season we aim to offer between 7-9 of these spaces to mums who can't afford this retreat.
If you think you are eligible for one of these spaces or know a mother who would qualify for the space, do get in touch. Please understand that to offer the space there need to be a combination of reasons such as health, financial and social challenges.
Supporting our Mother Earth
HolyMama is a Water-Carrier for TreeSisters and donates to the Million Trees Campaign. From the spring retreats of 2017 thanks to HolyMama's client donations 1893 trees were planted. Each of these trees, as it grows, will be able to absorb 50 pounds of carbon per year.
The aim is to reforest the tropics within ten years. TreeSisters are calling for a reforestation revolution. Tropical trees are the fastest growing trees on the planet and have the ability to suck excess carbon out of the air, thus off-setting global warming. It is possibly our only hope of cooling down the planet as we can't find solutions and alternatives fast enough to everything about our way of life, that is heating up the environment. TreeSiisters is helping create forest corridors to preserve wildlife in Brazil, planting mangroves in Madagascar, supporting agro-forestry in India and watershed restoration in Kenya.
We need to care-take our world back into sanity and balance.
Women are the womb carriers. We are intrinsically linked to nature as every month we go through our own cycle. Mothers more than anyone know what it feels like to nurture with so little nurture coming back. This is why this is the highest calling for ALL women to step up and consciously mitigate climate change. We need to evolve our patriarchal consumer mentality. If we don't, we're leaving our planet in shreds for our children. Here are the hard facts:
75% of our old growth forests have gone.
90% of the big fish in the ocean have gone.
20% of indigenous tribes have gone (and those remaining are trying to protect 80% of the little biodiversity we have left).
Today’s oceans are 30% more acidic than they were before the Industrial Revolution due to carbon emissions. If the current trend continues ocean acidification will shift coral reefs into permanent decline. Tragically this year the Great Barrier Reef was declared dead by scientists after 25 million years of existence.
Scientists say that around 10'000 species go extinct each year mainly as a result of human activity. We're in the middle of the 6th mass extinction (the 5th was the dinosaurs. No wonder young kids are so fascinated by them)