Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Nascimento and Sabrina McCool.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jennifer and Sabrina. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
We, Jennifer (Jenna) and Sabrina, started the Karma Mamas because it was something we needed, had looked for in some way, and never truly found. Our boys are 3 months apart, so we have more or less been on the same journey since pregnancy. We shared highs, supported lows, and while we’ve shared some of the same challenges, we’ve also experienced quite different issues as well.
During one particular conversation, Jenna shared with Sabrina that she really needed a break, needed to get away and have some time to focus on self-care (mental and physical). Sabrina shared the desire to have time and space to work on some things she also needed. While there are yoga retreats, meditation retreats, self-growth workshops, and similar wellness experiences, there lacked a place that combined these experiences of physical and mental wellness that also supported a like-minded group of people who really need a strong, connected, community: Mamas.
So we decided to create it, and that is how The Karma Mamas began. We wanted to provide a safe space for mamas to get away, get some sleep, and connect with other Mamas who just get it: to learn and grow together in a super supportive community all while diving deeper into themselves, overcoming challenges, increasing well-being and exercising the booty and mind.
We recently finished up our first retreat, which took place in Lake Tahoe, and are in the process of creating and setting dates for our upcoming events and retreats. Stay tuned to get involved!
Has it been a smooth road?
There have been things that have come up along that way that have created obstacles in our path, but we are both big believers that every obstacle is an opportunity for growth. We have run into (and as moms, will most likely continue to run into) issues of time and availability. Yet, we’ve been aware of this and try and figure out how we can not only get through this time obstacle, but understand how we can support other Mamas dealing with the same struggle. Simply put, we utilize our experiences to support others.
Another one of our main struggles is providing this experience for THE busiest audience and demographic out there, there are so many layers to motherhood. We created our retreats and events for moms to make time for themselves, yet moms never see to have the time. We created our experiences for moms to give back to and focus on themselves, yet mom guilt is real and most mamas have a hard time justifying things for themselves when they have that inner pull to keep giving, giving.
However, we stand by our mission that Mamas deserve to take the time to give back to themselves, and will keep advocating for self-care to a group that needs it most.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into The Karma Mamas story. Tell us more about the business.
The Karma Mamas are 2 mamas with a mission to support other Mamas get grounded and practice more self-love. We create the opportunities for Mamas to connect with other like-minded mamas, find community, discover ways to increase well-being and life satisfaction.
Since the beginning, we’ve been working on the different ways we could offer this supportive community, and ultimately settled on retreats, pop-up events, and in the near future online (downloadable) resources.
Jennifer Nascimento (known as Jenna to those near and dear 🙂 is our San Diego-based mama of 1, a positive psychology practitioner, and certified yoga instructor. She brings the science of well-being to our Mamas, leading them through powerful workshops and exercises to discover a life with more gratitude, happiness, and fulfillment.
Sabrina McCool is our Reno-based mama of two, a certified Pilates instructor and has worked in marketing, special events, internationally, and community is where her heart is. She not only gets our Mamas moving and shaking working on core, strength and their booties, she passionately leads other mindful movement, while also getting our mamas to dive deep on vision and goals.
What makes us unique is our combination of skills, experience, and passion. As we mentioned in our story, there are many wellness retreats that happen worldwide, but none bring together the movement of Pilates and yoga, the self-development workshops based on experience and science (Positive Psychology), and the opportunity and space for only a like-minded group of people (Mamas). By creating this unique experience for Moms, we’re offering them the chance to get away and get a full night’s rest (or a few), and to not have to worry or care for anyone but themselves. They participate in activities and exercises that not only recharge and inspire them in the moment, but are things they can take with them back to the hustle of daily life. They connect with other women who just get it and find peace knowing they’re not alone in so many of the feelings and struggles of motherhood. They learn from one another and support one another. By filling their cups, and investing in their self-care, our mamas are able to go back to the realities of life, the beautiful chaos, and find more peace and abilities to live it the way they want to. Karma 🙂
We are most proud of the opportunities we get to show Mamas how important self-care is. We continue to be inspired by the mamas who reach out and say that we’ve made a difference in their lives, even if it was just a simple reminder to take time, a supportive mantra to carry through the week, or a transformative weekend.
I think another thing that sets us apart and we’re equally proud of is our mission to keep our retreat and event costs affordable for the Mamas that need it most. We don’t want anything to stand in the way of our mamas giving back to themselves. It takes a village, right?
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
We’ve been seeing a huge movement of women pushing for and advocating for more self-care, and bringing more awareness to perinatal mood disorders. This awareness will only continue to support Mothers through their various stages of the journey, and will help destigmatize self-care activities. By this we mean to end the idea that self-care is selfish.
Another trend is a much heavier presence in the virtual world. Things like online resources are becoming so popular in industries across the board, and this is why we are working on ways to bring The Karma Mamas to women everywhere in the comfort of their own home.
- Events and pop ups range in cost from free to $50 or so
- Retreats $500-800
- Website: https://www.thekarmamamas.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/thekarmamamas/
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/thekarmamamas/
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