It’s a meditation garden. A plant-based restaurant. A culinary academy. And as of late, an educational institution.
Sacred Space Miami, a 12,000-square-foot center for healing and well-being, is partnering with the University of Miami’s new Osher Center for Integrative Medicine to host a seven-part lecture series on topics like medicinal cannabis, gut health and mindfulness.
The Wynwood locale’s founder, Karla Dascal, said she's envisioned this type of partnership since she created Sacred Space 12 years ago. She will work with Osher Center Director Dr. Robert Schwartz, who shares her passion for alternative medicine.
Schwartz was named director of the new Osher Center in May as a result of a $5 million endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation. Schwartz is also the chair of the UM Miller School of Medicine’s department of Family Medicine and Community Health, which educates students on topics similar to the “sacred principles” upon which Sacred Space was founded.
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The “sacred principles” include nutrition, sleep, the mind and meditation. Dascal said the series will bring in evidence-based experts to break down these principles for the community. The series will be held on the second Thursday of the month through the remainder of the year and will focus on such topics as mindfulness, conquering emotional eating and sleep health.
By creating the wellness series, Dascal said she and Schwartz can help their community lead “richer, more balanced lives.”
The two met earlier this year when the doctor and his wife visited Sacred Space’s plant-based restaurant, Plant Food + Wine. They started chatting with Dascal and over time, found a mutual passion for integrative medicine. Schwartz said by combining alternative and conventional medicine, the integrative practices presented can give the community a better understanding of which alternative methods work.
UM’s Miller School of Medicine has held similar public events through a program called iCamp, which hosted holistic boat cruises, acupuncture sessions and nutrition courses.
Dascal hopes that the series will grow in size. Since the space can hold up to 400 people, she said there is plenty of opportunity for the community to interact and learn.
“The beauty of the space is that you can come here to dinner, come to the lecture,” she said. “You can meet other people who are doing similar things.”
All events are held at Sacred Space Miami, 105 NE 24th St. The series is open to the public with tickets starting at $45. For tickets, visit consciouscityguide.com.
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All events are held from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday evening of the month at Sacred Space Miami, 105 NE 24th St. The series is open to the public with tickets starting at $45. For tickets, visit consciouscityguide.com.
The event on Thursday, July 13, will focus on Affirmative Health: Visualize, Verbalize, Actualize. The speaker will be Rebecca Hunton, M.D., MBA.