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Tell me more about this Doula Retreat...
Level UP Doula Retreat is happening on April 6th, 2018. ALL day. Plan to arrive at 8am and stay until 7pm. Schedule will be updated when finalized.
At a private home on the South Side of Chicago, close to Lake Michigan.
Ideal candidates for
Level UP Doula Retreat:
Ideal candidates have already taken a doula training and have been working with clients in some capacity, or have been trained as a childbirth educator. Ideal candidates are also interested in being a community resource, perhaps through networking, facilitation of support groups, or classes, etc. Ideal candidates also recognize the importance of continuing education and introspection.
Values you may identify with:
In no particular order... Accountability, candor, wonder, courage, growth, curiosity, awareness, empathy, community, gratitude, transparency, balance, love...(in these parts we talk about oxytocin quite a bit), sincerity
Who will be there?
This will be a small group retreat. Registration is limited to 15 people.
What should you expect?
Our location lends itself to being a day of learning in a relaxed setting. The private home, lovingly referred to as "The Sanctuary," has comfortable seating and space to spread materials. The registration fee also includes:
What should attendees plan to bring for this event?
A notebook or journal for note taking
Your favorite writing tools
An open mind, and willingness to have established ideas be jostled
What should attendees wear?
Anything you want. You are a grown person. You get to be you, a person, where ever you choose to person. Casual attire is fine. Shoes will be asked to be removed once inside.
Amy Gilliland Ph.D is an accomplished speaker and strives to make the research she creates almost immediately usable to those she presents to. We have her with us to discuss unpacking communication, trauma, doula roles, and intimacy. A more detailed topics list will be added soon!
Using Science to unpack the Woo
This is not simply a presentation. It's a level up. It's a retreat. Questions will be asked, and while wading through the answers, each person will be able to uniquely glean information that can be applied to their unique locations and passions. We will take advantage our group size and dive deep into how our connections with each other and our clients leave a lasting impression, and have the possibility to make real change.
Special Lunch Podcast Recording
We will be taking advantage of the incredible minds gathered at lunch and tape an episode of A. Swift Moment facilitated by our hosts, Kate, Catie, and Ariel, and allowing any interested attendees to take part. If this isn't your jam, no problem. There will be separate space for any not comfortable being recorded during this portion of the day.
What happens with the registration fees?
We believe wholly in compensating professionals for their time and knowledge. Part of your fee will go to bringing the speaker to be with us. We are also passionate about helping local communities, and any funds in excess to the needs of this event will be donated to a non-profit whose cause we believe in. This retreat will benefit the non-profit Change Columbus, as they work toward helping fill the diaper gap in Columbus, OH.
Who is hosting this event?
We, the hosts - thought-leaders, spirit-builders, parenting-champions, manifestors-of-awesome - are Kate Herzel, Catie Mehl, and Ariel Swift. Combined, we facilitate a 500+ person Facebook group called The Tough Love Doula Group. Apart we own and operate Heartland Doulas, Columbus Birth & Parenting, and Doulas of Chicago.