Hi Mama! My name is Ana Maria Stutesman, and I am the founder of Mana Mama. I have always been inspired to build meaningful connections with people and have dedicated countless hours to others. Living in different parts of the world I realized time and time again that, regardless where we live or our cultural and social background, women truly crave connection. Possessing the ability to easily empathize with people, listen and provide sound advice I felt the desire to create a space for support on a larger scale.
There is something inherent in women, the necessity to form and maintain a support system…a tribe. Mana Mama is a project that was conceived in early 2019 and born of the idea of putting together women to support each other. Mana Mama is an open space of collaboration, because we function better when we are united, when we cooperate with each other, and when we bring love and support instead of criticism or judgement.
Why is this community dedicated to mothers? Because they are the nurturers of the world! And this is such a significant role that very often women turn their whole identity into motherhood, forgetting that they are still women with individual dreams and needs. Mothers devote so much to society, their families, their households, and their work that the idea of dedicating time to themselves may seem odd – even selfish. This has to do with the fact that we live in a society where it is still uncommon for mothers dedicate time to self-care, as if they would be neglecting their “real responsibilities” “Do you want to go on a weekend retreat with your ladies? Unthinkable! Who will cook, help with homework and clean the house?!!”
I want to serve mothers, not because I am one of them, but certainly because I am inspired by these courageous women who need more attention and care. I am inspired on my own mother, who dedicated her whole life to me, putting her personal life aside. Only when I embarked on my own personal adventure and left my country did motherhood stop being her entire identity. She retook the “driver seat” in her life and started taking care of herself, making friends, and even taking care of her spirituality.
My wish for all mothers (and for the one I aspire to be one day) is high quality self-care and a healthy and encouraging community that help us remember that, above all, we are women. That we matter. And that our well-being is important to raise happy and conscious human beings. This thought inspired me to create Mana Mama.