SACRED pregnancy the retreat
Virginia March 25-30, 2013
Welcome to the SACRED pregnancy Movement
We want your Sacred Pregnancy business to be successful, so we have prepared marketing tools, blurbs, class descriptions and helpful tips for you to use to help you do just that. We want you to copy this onto your own websites and blogs. We can also provide you with the Sacred Pregnancy logo and photos to help you promote your classes. Remember that each instructor will also be given their own page on the SP website that will allow us to promote you with your picture, bio, and SP class offerings.
Dedicated to every woman who be a part of changing the birth conversation through the Sacred Pregnancy Movement. written by Anni Daulter + designed by Amanda Hearn 2
Copyright protected 2012 by Anni Daulter. All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced without permission from the author.
SACRED pregnancy Marketing Tool:
sacred pregnancy is a journey.
Our classes hold space for pregnant women to connect with one another and their pregnancy experiences in meaningful and personal ways. Sacred Pregnancy groups are being held all around the world and are the new wave of the pregnancy + birthing future. We are hell bent on changing the birth conversation as Sacred Pregnancy classes bring back the age old tradition of women sitting with one another during pregnancy and birth, getting empowered, witnessing each others process and BEING there for one another during an incredibly power-FULL rite of passageâ€Śbecoming mothers.
Cover Image : Alexandra DeFurio
Sacred Pregnancy classes are a special place for pregnant women to gather together, for 8 weeks early on in their pregnancy journeys and again for 4 weeks toward the end of their pregnancies. Each week is spent exploring pertinent topics that naturally arise for most women as they walk down their pregnancy paths and encourage deep sharing, exploring art, expression, laughter, honoring and celebration. Pregnancy is one of the deepest drinks life has to offer. Each womanâ€™s pregnancy pot gets stirred with various emotions and we all need a safe place to process those tides and sip some sanity from the community cauldron. We want you to come and sit with us and explore your pregnancy journey in a meaning-FULL way and hope that you will reach out to find a class going on around you. If you are pregnant and want to join a Sacred Pregnancy class, PLEASE visit us at www.sacredpregnancy.com to find out if classes are currently available in your area.
We believe that pregnancy should be shared with other women & inhaled as a sacred experience. Pregnant women have an internal passageway to the womanly secrets of growing a child and as they transition from maiden to mother, they become wise in ways they may not have ever known lived inside them. This is a sacred sisterhood connection we all share as women. The Sacred Pregnancy movement will bring back these sisterhood traditions passing them on to one woman at a time. Thank you for joining us and being one more voice and heart in the movement.
prepare to be moved...
Level 1 : Sacred Instructor
Learn to teach the Sacred Pregnancy program to pregnant mamas + couples and be able to offer the Pregnancy Journey + Birth Journey Courses in your own community!
Level 2 : Sacred Visionary
Want to join the movement in a more intimate way and be able to join me on the retreats as one of my instructors to help train my newbies? You will join us at a Level 1 training of your choice as an apprentice instructor, being supervised by seasoned instructors. After you complete the training, you will be eligible to join me at future retreats as a paid instructor.
Level 3 : Sacred Practioner
Level 3s MUST BE invited to move beyond the Level 2 to begin Sacred Pregnancy Retreats themselves. This is a huge responsibility and fully supported by the Sacred Pregnancy National Team. Level 3s will work closely with the Core Team to learn the ins + outs of running a retreat and will team up with Anni Daulter for their first one. This is a great way to expand your career with Sacred Pregnancy.
Become a Level 1 SACRED
Certified Class Instructor… Based on the book Sacred Pregnancy, we are very excited about now offering birthing educators, doulas, midwives, yoga mamas, massage therapist or really anyone interested in starting a Sacred Pregnancy career, the opportunity to be a part of our movement by becoming certified class instructors. We are dedicated to starting with one woman at a time, to help spread this movement into a new way of being pregnant. Our goal is to connect women together to deepen their pregnancy + birthing experiences to include discussions on meaningful topics that resonate with all pregnant women about to give birth and become mothers. You are a now a part of our community and we are so excited to have you. These classes are not like anything else out there and will give you an edge because you will be a part of grass roots movement of change. This is an exciting time in the birthing world and we are bringing something fresh to the arena of pregnancy + birthing and if you are reading this flier perhaps you are meant to join us. As a participant in the training, we will be asking you, the birthing educator to look deep within yourself during your journey and dig deep to find what moves you to do this work. Through the training we will offer you clear step-by-step ways to create a meaningful experience for pregnant mamas. After the training you will know how to lead both the 8 week “pregnancy journey” course + a 4 week “birth journey” course...You will be certified as an official Level 1 Sacred Pregnancy Class Instructor an will be able to start creating classes in your area and charging money for those classes. We know this is a business, but we want to move the business of pregnancy + birthing into a more sacred experience for women! As part of the Sacred Pregnancy community and being certified, we will fully support your efforts to create classes in your community. You are free to charge what you like for the courses, although we suggest $400. for the 8 week course and $200. for the 4 week birthing course. PLEASE NOTE: Sacred Pregnancy requires a registration fee for each class that you teach in your community of 10%.
The following pages discuss the topics that will be covered during the training for the SACRED
“Pregnancy Journey” classes + “Birth Journey” classes 7
The following topics will be covered during the training for the Sacred Pregnancy â€œPregnancy Journeyâ€? classes. Based on the Sacred Pregnancy book, pregnant women will come together with the SP instructor for 8 weeks DURING pregnancy to be pregnant together, diving into the following topics...These are the topics we will be discussing in detail throughout the training.
Week O N E :
Exploring creating a personal sacred space at home, meditation practice + the benefits of journaling. Sister Project : make sacred altar candles
Week T W O :
connection + expectations
Exploring connection to yourself, the baby and the pregnancy experience + expectations. Sister Project : mother wisdom deck paintings
Week T H R E E :
food + body image
Exploring cravings, mindful eating, body changes + challenges. Sister Project : menu cards + declaring your personal song + bare belly dancing
Week F O U R :
relationships + romance
Bring your partner to class and discuss relationship shifts, romance and keeping the fire lit! Sister Project : create HEART art + connect to your partner 8
Week F I V E :
Holding space to discuss all fears relating to pregnancy, birth and motherhood. Sister Project : burning of fears + EMPOWERMENT silk painting
Week S I X :
Finding the strength to forgive past hurts allows emotional space to open up BEFORE baby comes. Sister Project : ripping + binding spirit stick
Week S E V E N :
Discuss emotional nesting, gender bias, + blessingways. Sister Project : power blessings + essential oils soak
Week E I G H T :
The last week is spent in a sister hood circle in deep reflection of the experiences shared together and going forward. Sister Project : going to the bowl 9
The following topics will be covered during the training for the Sacred Pregnancy â€œBirth Journeyâ€? classes. Based on the Sacred Pregnancy book, pregnant women + their partners will come together with the SP leader for an additional 4 weeks at the end of their pregnancies to deal with birthing + postpartum issues... those 4 weeks include:
Week O N E :
standing at the edge
Discuss what is happening to your birthing body + visualizations. Sister Project : create personal visualization + beauty way birth plan + mala mantras
Week T W O :
PRACTICE pushing into the surges and not contracting away + TRUST + surge strategies + the power of smell + song. Sister Project : power stones + choose a birth song
Week T H R E E :
Birth talk / when will I know I am in labor, technical talk, education, calling on earth, air, fire + water! Sister Project : LOVE labor method + deep voice toning
Week F O U R :
rite of passage
Discuss rite of passage + mother roasting + mother wisdom. Sister Project : learn to make an herbal sitz bath + crossing the threshold from maiden to mother + community stone soup
Check out some of the yumminess from the Ojai, California Retreatâ€Ś
images by melissa thompson @ mjtphoto.com
the retreats : details
Our retreats are held all over the world and are priced by venue.
Where : Gore, Virginia At the Land Celebration
The Dates : March 25-30, 2013 The Price : Level 1 + 2
$1100.00 (room + board/ the training / all food + supplies included)
Payment plans: 25% is due upon agreeing to come and while that is non refundable, if you cannot come, we will apply the deposit to a future retreat. The balance is due in full 6 weeks before the retreat. NOTE : Space is limited, so reserve your spot now by emailing me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Step by Step: Step 1: Email us at email@example.com to let me know you are coming. Step 2: Return the application. Step 3: Pay Deposit or the entirety of the course. Step 4: I will send you a “to bring” list + make sure to read the Sacred Pregnancy book prior to
Special Notes for Virginia: We will spend time in Sacred Circle learning the Sacred Pregnancy course materials and having deeply moving sisterhood experiences, as well as have the opportunity to explore the Land Celebration in a Sacred way and incorporate it into the good woman’s work we are meant to do there. There will also be an opportunity for you to participate in a sweat lodge. 15
what you get Pregnancy Journey Series + Birth Journey Series The training will prepare you, the newly educated sacred pregnancy + birth educator, to be ready to teach two sets of sacred series to the pregnant mamas in your community + will be a life changing experience for you personally! At the training, there will be … sisterhood connection + great networking early morning meditation daily yoga practice circle sitting + deeply moving experiences art + ritual understanding the “pairings” rebozo special training + the use of aromatherapy surprise guest speakers great food amazing music, singing + movement the integral work of how to teach your own Sacred Pregnancy 2 part class series Fun Perks: Further, participants will receive… *Sacred Pregnancy “Kit”: that will be full of great products and goodies : The value of the kit is 200.00+ *Sacred Pregnancy website support: You will be listed as an official instructor on the Sacred Pregnancy website and when you have classes going, those will be registered and listed and we will help you market your class through our website and all social media outlets we are affiliated with. * Sacred Pregnancy T-shirt *Training Manual: This is a BEAUTIFUL BOOK that you will receive to help you facilitate every single class and will be helpful as you take the classes to your community.
*Amazing Guest Speakers: TBA
testimonials I felt a calling to attend the Ojai retreat and travelled 6000 miles to be there and I’m so happy I did! It is hard to find words to describe the experience I was blessed with. Meeting all the beautiful, amazing, gentle women and gifted birth workers was so empowering. We gathered together to learn more meaningful ways to support women during pregnancy and birth. Little did we know how deeply we would be touched by the powerful sisterhood of other women. In four days we opened our hearts and souls and went through creating sacred space in our lives, connection, body image, relationships, fears, empowerment, forgiveness, honoring and SISTERHOOD. We got to experience the very same thing we wish to deliver to our moms in future classes and it was mind blowing. The retreat was everything I expected and so much more. I left home with a special feeling of warmth in my heart and a new appreciation of my family and friends. In four days I made many new friends and connections. I am now blessed to be part of this special tribe of women around the world, who will support me on my journey to do what my heart desires in professional as well as my private life. Paivi Laukkanen Childbirth educator Espoo, Finland There truly are no words to describe the life transforming experience of Sacred Pregnancy the retreat level one training in Ojai California. Even though I am struggling to find the words to describe this retreat, the feelings and energy are bursting from within. I registered for Sacred Pregnancy the retreat level one training with no expectations, just purely a ‘calling’ from within, a trust in the un-kown. I am a wife, mother, prenatal yoga teacher, birth doula, and so much more; always seeking to learn and experience ‘more’. What I got out of this retreat was beyond my imagination of what ‘more’ really was. This retreat truly has transformed me as a woman, wife, and mother and has sparked the ‘change’ I want to be in the birthing conversation. I am so inspired by all the beautiful women that attended the retreat, true soul sisters for life, and empowered to keep them momentum going as well all return to walk our separate paths, together on this journey. Thank you Anni Daulter for your guidance, grace and gratitude; I am forever changed and eternally grateful. Love & Aloha, Maggie Bijl Maui Hawaii 17
testimonials You truly are an incredible asset to women everywhere. You are helping gather a strong group of women together so we can shout from the all over the world that pregnancy really is sacred and it has a profound effect on how we birth. The sacred pregnancy retreat was full of love, strength, knowledge, compassion and mama essence it was truly moving. The stuff we covered was so juicy and important that I cannot express enough how thankful I am to have found your inspirational book and retreat training. I can’t wait to share it with all the pregnant mamas that find there way to my class. Thank you thank you thank you. It has been an true honor to meet you. Kristen Ketola Parker I was blessed and honored to be a part of the very first Sacred Pregnancy Retreat and I can’t even begin to tell you my heartfelt feelings in this short testimonial but I am going to try! I am your typical city girl and always have been and Sacred Pregnancy retreats are anything but “city girl” stuff. It is raw, real, life changing, heart opening, pure love and sisterhood like you’ve NEVER experienced in your life! I pretty much had no idea what to expect and wow was it something that I have not only never done before it was something I had never experienced before. I shed so many tears as I peeled away the hurts and raw emotions of the past and of the present, but all good tears! Anni is well grounded, pure, loving, generous, BRILLIANT and one of the lovliest women I have EVER met and I can now call her my “sister”. This program (you can change that word Anni if you want) is NOTHING like you’ve ever read, seen or learned when it comes to pregnancy and birth! It is a sisterhood of women coming to together to change the conversation in birth, honoring mothers, their bodies and their babies. I will forever be in the Sacred Pregnancy Sisterhood as I move forward in my journey to bring Sacred Pregnancy to every woman and couple that I can! Thank You Anni “Ma Paeou” for creating such a beautiful, unique and blessed idea to the forefront, I am honored & humbled to call you my sister forevermore! Kym Benner Professional Birth Assistant (Doula) & Childbirth Educator “Pampered Package” Doula Services (951) 352-5960 Home (951) 218-5490 Cell www.kymthedoula.com 18
I was blessed and honored to be a part of the first Sacred Pregnancy Retreat in Ojai, California this weekend, and to become a certified Sacred Pregnancy instructor. The strong and beautiful women that gathered for the retreat could not have been a more lovely mix of energies and experiences. As we came together in a circle and looked around the first morning, we knew something special had drawn us all together. This was not your average collection of birth workers! Women came from all over California, the United States, and other countries to gather under the Sacred Pregnancy banner. There were yoga instructors and doulas, midwives and chiropractors. There were shop owners and childbirth educators, writers and readers. This aspect was one of many things that made it different from any experience I have had in the past, as the breadth of experience was so much wider! Sacred Pregnancy writer and founder, Anni Daulter, has an energy that radiates from her in ways words can’t describe. You just want to be there to soak it up, to draw anything from it you can. As an added bonus, the retreat site (Ojai Foundation) was beautiful and inspirational, and the opportunity to commune with nature was one I don’t take as often as I should. The retreat itself equips women with the tools to teach the Sacred Pregnancy classes, which honor expectant mothers and help them to find a sisterhood to be with them through birth and the journey of motherhood. I can barely contain my excitement to share this beautiful program with the women of my community. I know I will be channeling the energy of this weekend every time I bring this experience to a new group of women. For birth workers called to facilitating these workshops, I could not recommend it enough. I am so honored to have been a part of the first group, and can’t wait to participate in future retreats as a level two! Hope to see you there! Crysta Parkinson, CD(DONA) www.crystaparkinson.com www.cyberdoulas.com
Greetings fellow doulas and sisters! My apologies in advance for this long message and for cross-posting, but I am overflowing with gratitude right now and want to share what I experienced with you all in the hopes that some of you may heed the calling to experience this yourself. A few days ago, I returned from a gathering of amazing women from around the world in Ojai, CA, for the first Sacred Pregnancy Retreat. For those of you who are familiar with Anni Daulter and her beautiful book, Sacred Pregnancy, you likely already know how special the Sacred Pregnancy movement is...and if you don’t know the book, read it now! Going in, I saw the purpose of the Retreat as a way to prepare instructors to lead women’s circles for pregnant mamas, and childbirth classes for them and their partners. Yes, we did that...but the Sacred Pregnancy Retreat/Training was so much more than that. It was a gathering of women passionately committed to shifting the conversation around birth and supporting pregnancy and birthing mothers in their personal journey. We collectively laughed, cried, sang, and danced our way through what turned out to be deeply personal work for all who gathered. We cultivated sisterhood and connection with a tribe of women that reaches back to our ancestors. Through four days of experiencing Sacred Pregnancy, we went through the process of creating sacred space in our lives; fostering connection with ourselves (and for pregnant mamas, their growing babies); taking a deep look at body image and our relationship to food; exploring relationship shifts during times of transition; holding space for honoring our healing our fears; finding the strength to forgive; and honoring women through rites of passage and sisterhood. The structure of the retreat allowed us the opportunity to experience what Sacred Pregnancy circles and classes around the world will bring to pregnant mothers. After the Pregnancy Journey portion of the retreat, we moved through the Birth Journey classes, which will be held with pregnant women and their partners. The most amazing part of the Sacred Pregnancy Birth Journey is the way that focuses the importance of the personal journey. Anni has adeptly pulled together many aspects of current childbirth eduction methods without ever losing sight of the importance of trusting the process and surrounding oneself with positive images of labor and birth. I’ve been on numerous retreats and pilgrimages. I have women and friends in my life whom I consider great supports. And I have spent many, many years on a personal journey to understand and open up to my greatest potential as a woman...but this, my friends, my fellow sisters in this work... the Sacred Pregnancy Retreat was deeper and more profound than most anything I have done. I don’t think I am exaggerating when I say that every single woman who was on that sacred land in Ojai, CA, left a different person than when she came. We all emerged forever changed, and infinitely committed to bringing the Sacred Pregnancy movement to every woman we could touch.
All love, Kristin Maresca
Anni Daulter, MSW
Author of Sacred Pregnancy & founder of the Sacred Pregnancy Movement
Anni Daulter, is the author of the Sacred Pregnancy book, the creative director and editor of the Sacred Pregnancy magazine and the creator of the Sacred Pregnancy Class Series + “LOVE labor” Method. Anni is a conscious family living lifestyle expert, a professional cook, national speaker on natural living and recently launched the Sacred Pregnancy Movement, which provides sisterhood, resources, and cutting edge pregnancy, birthing and parenting information for both new and experienced moms and has created a whole new vision for birth workers. Anni developed the pregnancy journey + birth journey curriculum’s to enliven the birthing educator community and help change the pregnancy + birthing conversations. In an effort to do that, Anni has launched
Sacred Pregnancy Birthing Educator Retreats all over the world, pregnant couples “Blissed Out” retreats and is about to launch the “Envision This…” Sacred Shop. Anni is deeply committed to creating positive change in the pregnancy + birthing communities in an effort to bring back ancient traditions with a modern cutting edge application. Anni’s other books include Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies & Toddlers, Ice Pop Joy, The Organic Family Cookbook, Naturally Fun Parties for Kids, & Bountiful Baby Purees. Daulter lives in Philadelphia with her sweet husband Tim and her homebirthed family. Her children are Zoë (15), Lotus Sunshine (8), Bodhi (5), and River Love (3). Anni lives in deep gratitude for all of the blessings in her life. 21
image : Brandy Lewis
may each step you take be in love, truth and empowerment...
Instructor information for the Sacred Pregnancy retreat in Gore, Virginia.