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Sacred Space

Posted on December 30, 2018

Manifesting Your Most Powerful Life

Words / Crystal Tejera    |      Photography / Sonja Garnitschnig

Karla Dascal was hosting dinners in Miami when people didn’t know what the word organic or vegan meant. People thought she was crazy. Today she’s the gatekeeper in Miami for the best tools in wellness and transformational living. She has created a holistic lifestyle haven that includes Plant Miami, Paradise Farms, FLOW, and a space that hosts the most sought ought wellness and spiritual teachers found in the industry today. What defines a place that is sacred? 

A space distinguished from other spaces that focuses attention on the forms, objects, and actions in it and reveals them as bearers of significant meaning. Sacred Space Miami holds the key with a modern plant based approach to living foods known to raise your vibrational frequency. After all, there are over 67 varieties of edible flowers grown on Paradise Farms, (sister property of Sacred Space) so the food served on your gourmet plate was grown locally.

SACRED SPACE MIAMI HOLDS THE KEY WITH

A MODERN PLANT BASED APPROACH TO LIVING FOODS

KNOWN TO RAISE YOUR VIBRATIONAL FREQUENCY. 

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Karla Dascal was hosting dinners in Miami when people didn’t know what the word organic or vegan meant. People thought she was crazy. Today she’s the gatekeeper in Miami for the best tools in wellness and transformational living. She has created a holistic lifestyle haven that includes Plant Miami, Paradise Farms, FLOW, and a space that hosts the most sought ought wellness and spiritual teachers found in the industry today. What defines a place that is sacred? 

A space distinguished from other spaces that focuses attention on the forms, objects, and actions in it and reveals them as bearers of significant meaning. Sacred Space Miami holds the key with a modern plant based approach to living foods known to raise your vibrational frequency. After all, there are over 67 varieties of edible flowers grown on Paradise Farms, (sister property of Sacred Space) so the food served on your gourmet plate was grown locally.

"SACRED SPACE MIAMI HOLDS THE KEY WITH

A MODERN PLANT BASED APPROACH TO LIVING FOODS

KNOWN TO RAISE YOUR VIBRATIONAL FREQUENCY." 

FLOW, a wellness and lifestyle shop may have just the right mushroom mix or crystal to propel you into that new career you’re dreaming about, but lack the courage to pursue.

The events space could just be the spot where you come face to face with the author or spiritual teacher you’ve been obsessed with on instagram. During the time of our interview, Sahara Rose, best-selling author of the Idiot's Guide to Ayurveda Nutrition and who Deepak Chopra calls “a leading voice for the millennial generation into the new paradigm shift” was set to speak in a few days. On top of that, the highly coveted fitness movement by Taryn Toomey known as The Class, has a pop-up class once a month at the space. 

Retreats led by The Class sell out within hours and the workout has been cited by Kate Hudson as one of her favs. Trust me when I tell you, that there are no words to describe The Class. It’s a mind-blowing fitness class that can totally transform your vibe and set you on a new direction after 60 minutes. Sounds crazy right? You gotta try it! The sky’s the limit for those seeking tools to heal from heartbreak or those who simply want to satiate their thirst for learning about all things one can do to upgrade and manifest their 
best life. 

The interview below gives you a peek into the brave soul who founded Sacred Space and most importantly, a window into the mindset of a woman who continues to do the work and and shares what she finds from her travels all around the world. During my time with Karla, she shared that you have to do the work. You have to want it. To fish for it.To find that nugget. She said no one can do it for you and that healing and growing does get easier. Miami is so lucky to have this sacred and magical gem!

 

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Tell me about your passion for wellness and why it's so important to you?

My passion for wellness came out of heartbreak. I started educating myself and looking for anything that would help me take the pain away. I learned about acupuncture, food, and anything that would support my healing process. The heartbreak became the catalyst. I was also in a very demanding business. Through my life coach, I was introduced to the shadow process by Debbie Ford. I started making the mind body connection. It’s been a hard core 8-10 year journey of living a holistic lifestyle. Kundalini yoga has also been instrumental on my path. I decided that I wanted a restaurant even if it was to have a juice with my friends. Then I decided to bring the best of the best teachers. I wanted to build a community in Miami to host all of the teachers and healers that have helped me.

What's your take on the current temperature in our Magic City's when it comes to wellness and transformational living? 

Building Sacred Space is for everyone and meets you where you are. I sit here and I’m so peaceful. We are in the middle of a city. The climate in Miami is perfect. You don’t have to drive miles and miles. You can heal right here. I have a very successful plant based restaurant. Everyone thought I was crazy when I built it because I was eating plant based food and drinking green juice. People said it would never work. Today we have a beautiful plant based restaurant and classes people come to. I travel the world looking for the best tools. I think Miami is completely shifting.

Can you tell me about a rock bottom moment that set you on your transformational journey? 

Heartbreak. People suffer heartbreaks all the time. It could be from love or a loss. When your heart is broken, you need to heal it. I was in so much pain that I needed relief. I felt like I had a hand pushing me. I delved into educated myself, and met with whoever I needed to. Not everything is roses. One by one I had to look at the aspects of myself and I also learned about energy. I stopped drinking. It’s been 10 years now. That was life changing and I’m getting clearer and clearer. From all of this, I’ve dedicated myself to a healing path.

"When your heart is broken,

you need to heal it."

What inspires you to share your path with others?

I know what it’s done for me and I want to share that. You can heal if you want to heal. From this you can manifest and your true power comes out. If you want to be an astronaut, you can. You can be anything you want to be, and primarily to be at peace. To me, every time someone walks through the door, it’s an opportunity to heal. Every time someone sits down to eat, there is an opportunity (to do what?). You can walk into my store and pick up a smudge stick. All that we offer at Sacred Space is an opportunity to shift energy. I always say that as I heal myself, I can help to heal others.

What teachers have have the most influence on your personal development and why?
Debbie Ford and the Shadow Process were the first thing I started doing. Rachel Levy is my life coach and she helped me with the pain. Fred Busch taught me about raw food. Dr. Etti taught me about cleansing and juicing. All of the teachers I have come across have been amazing. There is not one teacher that I haven’t learned something from.

Sacred Space has hosted some of the most south out transformation/spiritual teachers, plant-based chefs, shamans, yogis and poets from around the world. Which guest recently impacted you the most and why?
Dr. Will Kole. He just wrote the book Ketotarian. This book is a plant based plan to burn fat, boost your energy, crush your cravings, and calm inflammation. I’m leaning towards functional doctors because of the balanced approach. I see food as medicine. Another great teacher is Marianne Williamson. She had dinner here. Hopefully, she’ll be the next president of the United States. (This is the part during the interview, when I gasp and say “Marianne Williamson has been here?”)

What spiritual practices do you employ on a daily basis to help you stay aligned? 
I drink a glass of celery juice everyday and walk with intention. We walk about 10,000 steps every morning. I’ve been using a lot of sound therapy lately. I have lots of practices and rituals in my life. Consistency and discipline are key.

What's your manifestation process like?
As I shift, everything shifts. As I continue to do the work to heal myself, calls come in, teachers say yes to workshops, and my restaurant is full. Sacred Space is here to support everyone, whether you are the waiter or the teacher.

What's the coolest thing you've manifested?

The purchase of Paradise Farms, where I’m growing my own food and serving at Plant.

 

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TOOL SOLD AT SHOP FLOW THAT COULD BE USED TO HELP A
PERSON UNBLOCK AND MANIFEST?

Palo Santo. Not so complicated. It’s a cleansing and clearing ritual.
 

 

WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO ORDER AT PLANT MIAMI?

Seaweed Salad because it’s extremely medicinal. All of our food is. The mushrooms that we grow at the farm are in a lot of our dishes.

 

WHAT SPIRITUAL PRACTICES ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR GUESTS TO UNBLOCK, ALIGN, AND CO-CREATE THE LIFE OF THEIR DREAMS AT SACRED SPACE?

All of them. The curation of all our holistic teachers, healers, modalities, music, movement, information, and education. What makes someone powerful is the knowledge that they have. Sacred Space delivers that information.

WHAT’S YOUR LONG TERM VISION FOR SACRED SPACE AND HOW DOES PARADISE FARMS FIT IN?

The vision is to make it a lifestyle brand. The farm is included in that. The farm will be a place to grow your own food and recover in a holistic way. Teachers from around the world can host retreats at the farm too. Paradise farms is the sister property of Sacred Space. The four components; education, nutrition, rest, and retreat are what we offer. You don’t have to go to the Himalayas to find answers and heal.

 

WHAT CURRENT WELLNESS TREND ARE YOU MOST CURIOUS ABOUT?

I’m very into wellness technology such as infrared, biomats, and high quality juicers. Plant medicine and Kundalini yoga are wellness technology tools that I’m also very passionate about. (By the time you read this, Guru Jagat , one of the most popular Kundalini Yoga instructors on the planet right now will have led a Winter Solstice Workshop on Dec 12 at Sacred Space.)


WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO TURN THEIR PASSION INTO A CAREER?

Practice. Practice.

WHAT UPCOMING EVENTS ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THAT SACRED SPACE IS HOSTING?

New Year’s Eve because it’s a new beginning. We go back to your original topic of transformation and manifestation. You’ll have everything that you want here.

Meeting and Speaking with Karla Dascal was a beautiful experience. She has created a powerful sanctuary for everyone in Miami to find tools that help them re-align and find their shine. We don’t have to travel to New York, LA, or India. Everything that you can find on the social media wellness circuit is available at Sacred Space. Whether you are looking for cbd infused chocolate gummies, seaweed salad, the latest transformational fitness class, or a spiritual author you’re stalking on facebook. This is the place. The portals are open and everyone from Taryn Toomey to Sahara Rose have been making appearances and teaching life changing content. Did I mention ecstatic dancing with a cacao ceremony is also an option?

 

Imagine what you can manifest after one of those workshops. I’m signing up right now. Seekers can get lost with the plethora of information available on social media and next day so-called certified healers. Sacred Space is a wellness treasure chest and trusted one stop shop where you’re free to take what you like and leave the rest. The tool that works for me today may not be the tool that is right for you. One thing I can assure you is that Sacred Space has something for everyone. In fact, the desserts at Plant Miami may be just what you need for your healing path. One bite has been known to bring upon waves of enlightenment and ecstasy. Ahh, you will just have to find out which wave you summon on your next visit to this magical vortex in the heart of Miami. A cbd infused cocktail could be a transformational experience in and of itself! Happy manifesting!