We had the good fortune of connecting with Karla Dascal and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Karla, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The process has been an organic journey of personal growth.

I came from a very stressful career in the event business. I didn’t have any wellness routines, or a balanced understanding about nutrition and wellness then, but I knew something needed to change.

Despite my success, my declining health with obesity and diabetes diagnosis led me to embark on my own spiritual journey to find purpose and health. By re-aligning and redesigning my life, I was able to create a life that feels authentic, whole, and purposeful, where my lifestyle, family and business ventures co-exist within this integrative framework.

Through my own healing process, I have been able to set the pillars of what is known as The Sacred Space Miami and Paradise Farms. My primary goal is to offer the community the education, experiences and tools for their own healing, and experiences to elevate themselves.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?

My work will always reflect a part of my own evolution. Education, Community, Impact, Nutrition and Regeneration are at the core of everything we do. I’ve noticed throughout the years that as I keep evolving on a personal level, my businesses do the same. It is part of an evolution and allowing ourselves to shed the layers that we have outgrown, so we can keep redefining, expanding, and doing good work for ourselves and for the planet.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I will take them to a farmers’ market. I love the ambience that is created there. We have our own booths at Legions Parks and Pinecrest once the season starts. It’s a weekend activity that I adore to do with friends and family. *The Everglades National Park is a 1.5-million-acre wetlands preserve on the southern tip of the state of Florida. The Everglades is made up of coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flatwoods that are home to hundreds of animal species. Among the Everglades’ abundant wildlife are the endangered leatherback turtle, Florida panther and West Indian manatee. It is an extraordinary ecosystem to visit and explore.
*South of Fifth.
At the southern tip of Miami Beach, you’ll find South Pointe Park, a greenspace that offers panoramic views of the South Beach Shoreline and the skyline of downtown Miami. The perfect spot to run, walk, bike, or skate around the park to take in the views of the city all around you. It is one of my favorite spots in town.
*Dr.Andrew Levinson for Vitality, Health and Wellness. He is one of what I call my “Lifestyle Doctors”. Trained as a Functional Medicine Doctor and Psychiatrist, he is specialized in a progressive approach to integrative medicine that delivers true vitality, health and wellness.
*Dan Nevel, founder of NSEV Healing & Acupuncture. An innovator in the fields of holistic health and acupuncture since 1982 in the city of Miami.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?

Without a doubt, I will shout out to our team at Paradise Farms, delivering the most nutrient rich produce in South Miami.

Our philosophy and ingredients are simple: natural, organic elements, love and intention. Every process and crop is seen and touched by us. From every weed pulled, each seed sown, and the harvest of our crops. We pride ourselves on our sustainable practices and vibrant, organic produce, as they embody holistic wellness and represent the highest expression of our farm and our beliefs.

Website: www.sacredspacemiami.com , www.paradisefarms.com

Instagram: @sacredspacemiami @paradisefarms.com

Other: Yes! Our CSA, Community Supported Agriculture pre-season sale and enrollment is about to begin for our members and newly members at Paradise Farms. A perfect time to join for anyone interested in our CSA membership. Options: Half share $1100 or a Full share $2100. Dates: Starts Dec 1st, 2023, ends May 10th, 2024. Duration: 24 Boxes per member. Delivery $25 per box, Miami-Dade County only, paid in advance. Friday Pickup Locations: Paradise Farms & Verde Market, South Miami. (2-7pm). Saturday Pickup Location: Legions Market: (9-12pm). This season we are offering our own line of delicious fermented, dehydrated and nutrient dense products. Stay tuned!

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