Have you ever wished you could sit at the feet of an elder midwife and listen to the wise tales of her collected power stories? 

 

Now is your chance. 

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On a transformative journey, an immersion into the heart and
 soul of independent midwifery.


The Midwife Within: Our 5-Day In-Person Intensive Retreat 
Led by Elder Midwife Sister MorningStar and Emilee Saldaya

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Highlights of this transformative retreat include:

  • A comprehensive workshop led by the renowned Sister MorningStar, focusing on the crucial 'Newborn First Breaths'.
  • An enchanting exploration into the mystique of placentas and their umbilical cords.
  • A revelatory session offering a holistic perspective on understanding blood loss.
  • How to step into the role of the Village Midwife.
  • Hands-on guidance on facilitating Village Prenatals within your local community.

Each day culminates in an intimate gathering – fireside chats or cozy teatime within the warmth of our yurt. Sister MorningStar herself will encourage you to bring forth your queries, your fears, and your hopes.


As the sun sets and stars begin to sparkle, you will drift into sleep with new songs echoing in your heart, the rhythm of her drum pulsating in sync with your heartbeat.


Together, we hold the power to preserve and sanctify the essence of birth.

Together, we can awaken the village midwife that slumbers within each of us, sharing and spreading this knowledge
within our communities.

 

Every woman deserves this knowledge, this profound wisdom that must be carried forth and passed down to future generations.

 

We are the village midwives of today, the torchbearers of sacred birth wisdom.

JOIN US SPRING 2024!

What We'll Cover:

Blood Loss and Placenta Magic: Meeting the First Mother


Prepare to unlock the mysteries of the placenta. Learn to decipher the story of how this primal mother developed, gave birth, nurtured her baby, and the extent of blood loss during her departure from the womb. Understand the intricate cues from cord insertion and the revelations from both maternal and fetal sides. Bring along your narratives and inquiries.

We’ll further dive into blood loss from a holistic perspective, discuss ways to dispel cultural misconceptions around blood loss, and explore how best to support the mother to embrace her baby. Experience the profound interconnectedness between blood loss, the placenta, the baby, the mother, and the magical dance that intertwines them. 

Newborn First Breaths: Unveiling the Primal Symphony


This comprehensive full day workshop demystifies the physiological transition of a newborn, influenced by instinctive maternal behaviors. Sister MorningStar will divulge the five maternal and newborn behaviors that coordinate the newborn's first breaths.

The latter half of the day will encompass special circumstances, practice sessions, engaging dialogues, and practical techniques to ensure a nurturing environment for the newborn during the crucial first three days of life.

Newborn First Breaths: Unveiling the Primal Symphony


This comprehensive full day workshop demystifies the physiological transition of a newborn, influenced by instinctive maternal behaviors. Sister MorningStar will divulge the five maternal and newborn behaviors that coordinate the newborn's first breaths.

The latter half of the day will encompass special circumstances, practice sessions, engaging dialogues, and practical techniques to ensure a nurturing environment for the newborn during the crucial first three days of life.

The Village Prenatal: Cultivating a Communal Sanctuary


Immerse yourself in the art of The Village Prenatal, a popular ceremony among birth workers, as demonstrated by Sister MorningStar. Expect a day filled with poignant birth stories, rejuvenating yoni steams, delightful cuisine, playful body painting, interaction with womb-bound babies, and singing to the sacred mothers. Take away the knowledge of conducting your own Village Prenatals, creating a nurturing circle for expectant mothers in your community.

Independent Midwifery: Unraveling the Threads of Village Midwifery


Join us as we delve into the historical and contemporary landscape of midwifery. We'll tackle practical, political, social, and spiritual issues that hinder your journey toward authentic birth keeping.

 

You are the change, the tradition keeper, the village midwife of our times. 

 

Independent Midwifery: Unraveling the Threads of Village Midwifery


Join us as we delve into the historical and contemporary landscape of midwifery. We'll tackle practical, political, social, and spiritual issues that hinder your journey toward authentic birth keeping.

 

You are the change, the tradition keeper, the village midwife of our times. 

 

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Join us May 8th - May 13th, 2024 in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

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$3000

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  • 5-Day Intensive Retreat with Elder Sister MorningStar and Emilee Saldaya
  • Glamping Bell Tent Shared with one other Attendee (+ $500 add-on for private tent!)
  • Shuttle transportation to and from Atlanta, GA. 
  • Three meals/day curated for the retreat by our private chef. 
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  • An enchanting exploration into the mystique of placentas and their umbilical cords.
  • A revelatory session offering a holistic perspective on understanding blood loss.
  • How to step into the role of the Village Midwife.
  • Hands-on guidance on facilitating Village Prenatals within your local community. 
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Private Bell Tent

$500 Add-On

Reserve a fully private space to yourself. Stay in a bell tent all to yourself (without another student) for our 5-day retreat!

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MEET YOUR VILLAGE MIDWIVES:

Sister MorningStar

With her captivating narratives of village midwives, Sister MorningStar will illuminate their vital role as community healers. Learn how to nurture your growth into wise elders, the torchbearers of truth for our communities. Discover the power of prayer, the art of working with miracles, and the timely handover of the torch of wisdom.

Emilee Saldaya

The dynamic founder of the Free Birth Society and Co-Creator of The Radical Birth Keeper School, Emilee Saldaya, will unravel the story of how her visionary work has ignited a global freebirth revolution. She'll provide invaluable insights into the evolving landscape of birth and the transformative impact of independent midwifery.

OUR DAYS


Wednesday May 8th

2pm: Arrive on Site

6pm: Community Dinner 

7pm: Introduction Circle 

Thursday May 9th 

8am: Yoga and Ridge Hike

9am: Breakfast 

10am: Morning Session - Independent Midwifery with Sister MorningStar and Emilee Saldaya 

1pm: Lunch 

2pm: Afternoon Session - Blood Loss and Placenta Magic 

5pm: Free Time

6pm: Dinner 

8pm: Tea Time with Sister MorningStar 

Friday May 10th 

8am: Yoga and Ridge Hike

9am: Breakfast 

10am: Morning Session - Newborn First Breaths

1pm: Lunch 

OUR DAYS


Wednesday May 8th

2pm: Arrive on Site

6pm: Community Dinner 

7pm: Introduction Circle 

Thursday May 9th 

8am: Yoga and Ridge Hike

9am: Breakfast 

10am: Morning Session - Independent Midwifery with Sister MorningStar and Emilee Saldaya 

1pm: Lunch 

2pm: Afternoon Session - Blood Loss and Placenta Magic 

5pm: Free Time

6pm: Dinner 

8pm: Tea Time with Sister MorningStar 

Friday May 10th

8am: Yoga and Ridge Hike

9am: Breakfast 

10am: Morning Session - Newborn First Breaths

1pm: Lunch 

2pm: Afternoon Session - Newborn First Breaths Continued 

5pm: Free Time

6pm: Dinner 

8pm: Drumming and Song 

Saturday May 11th 

8am: Yoga and Ridge Hike 

9am: Breakfast

10am: Teachings on The Village Prenatal 

11am: Full Day Village Prenatal 

6pm: Dinner

8pm: Song and Fire

Sunday May 12th

8am: Yoga and Ridge Hike 

9am: Breakfast

TBD

6pm: Dinner

8pm: Closing Ceremony 

Monday May 13th

8am: Breakfast

9am: Integration and Visioning Circle 

11am: Celebration Brunch

2pm: Afternoon Session - Newborn First Breaths Continued 

5pm: Free Time

6pm: Dinner 

8pm: Drumming and Song 

Saturday May 11th 

8am: Yoga and Ridge Hike 

9am: Breakfast

10am: Teachings on The Village Prenatal 

11am: Full Day Village Prenatal 

6pm: Dinner

8pm: Drumming and Song 

Sunday May 12th 

8am: Yoga and Ridge Hike 

9am: Breakfast

TBD

6pm: Dinner 

8pm: Closing Circle 

Monday May 13th

8am: Breakfast

9am: Integration and Visioning Circle 

11am: Celebration Brunch

 

Getting Here

A shuttle will pick up all retreat participants on Wednesday, May 8th and return them to ATL on Monday, May 13th. 

 

Accommodations

Glamp it up! You will have a shared bell tent with one other woman. 

Add-on: $500 for a tent all to yourself.

 

Food

Chef Razia is our head chef coming in from Atlanta, GA! She and her team will be the heart of the kitchen. She is a private chef to multiple celebrities and highly requested worldwide.

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