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.
We have continuously offered discounted or sponsored spaces on our retreats (we never had any sponsors, we basically cross-subsidized these spaces ourselves from profit). In 2018 we launched HolyMama Love where we offered a handful of mothers a heavily discounted retreat. This was thanks to staff working for free or lower wages and a property being offered to us. Moving forward we are looking for sponsors in order to increase these retreats.
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 alone 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)