Mindfulness 4 Mothers
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

Mindfulness 4 Mothers

** NEW 6 WEEK COURSE **  
Starts 8 May 2018

Tuesdays  7 - 8.00 PM (5 weeks)

START THE NEW SCHOOL TERM FEELING BALANCED CALM & CONFIDENT ON YOUR MOTHERING JOURNEY!

Nurturing ourselves empowers us to nurture the people we love and care about. Through practice we can develop connection, clarity, calm and compassion for ourselves and for others. 

A regular Mindfulness meditation practice will help restore a sense of peace and perspective no matter where you are along your Motherhood journey. Being a busy mum is challenging and can often rob us of the quietude and serenity that belongs to us all.

A common lament from mothers we meet is that they have neither the time nor the patience to meditate. Paradoxically though, the practice of meditation actually helps cultivate the very things we are seeking; a sense of spaciousness and flow which allows us to focus on those things that are of real value and true worth in our daily lives. 

Mindfulness nourishes the spirit and helps us rediscover meaning and purpose in our mothering experience.

Mindfulness meditation has many wonderful BENEFITS:
- enhances mental health & wellbeing
- develops mental poise, concentration, and clarity
- soothes the 'lizard brain' - the part of the brain responsible for the stress response
- boosts immune system and resilience
- promotes deep cellular healing and renewal
- restores connection to our source of inner wisdom, guidance, and creativity
- enhances relaxation and more refreshing sleep 

This five week course is an ideal introduction to Mindfulness philosophy and practice. Each week we will explore the Four pillars of mindfulness and the Eight foundational attitudes that inform the essential teachings of the Buddhist Dharma. 

The course includes both discussion and enquiry along with different Mindfulness meditation practices designed to suit modern western ‘sitters’. We will also include Metta or ‘Loving-Kindness’ meditation to enhance self-acceptance, love and joy.

The meditation practices you will learn in this course will help build a strong and informed foundation for your own at-home practice.

Course fee includes a Mindfulness For Mothers Journal and a recorded home practice. Participants are invited to join a closed Mindfulness For Mothers Facebook group for ongoing Mindfulness tips, support and questions. Please be aware this is a course. Sorry, no drop-ins.

FEE: $125

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Active Birth Workshop For Couples
Jun
10
9:30 AM09:30

Active Birth Workshop For Couples

WORKSHOP FOR COUPLES

Prepare for labour with skills that really work!

This practical and informative one day workshop is designed to help couples prepare for a natural active birth. You'll learn highly effective evidence-based 'active' and 'calm' skills to help you approach your labour with greater confidence, grace and ease. We'll show you how to transform worry into wisdom, fear into courage and doubt into focus and power. 

Our Mindfulness-based approach to childbirth will help you reframe your experience of pain and help build self-efficacy, self-relience and confidence. Exciting new research shows that families who use Mindfulness to prepare for birth have lower rates of orthodox pain relief and feel more in control of their birthing experience (Duncan. L, et. al. 2014).

At Womb In Bloom we know that birth favours a relaxed mother. We’ll show you and your parnter how to tap into natural inner resources to navigate your way through your labour artfully and masterfully. 

Our workshops also include indigenous birthing practices that empower both women and men during the transition into parenthood. Gentle process work will help deepen your connection with your body, your partner and especially with your new baby!

Active Birth offers new parents a holistic approach to birth that has been shown to shorten the duration of labour by more than a third, can significantly reduce reliance on orthodox pain relief and result in fewer assisted births, less pain, and fewer episiotomies  (Cochrane Review - Gupta and Nikoderm. 2000).

AT OUR WORKSHOP YOU WILL ...
☆ Learn how a MINDFULNESS-based approach to birth can help you navigate your birth experience CONFIDENTLY AND FEARLESSLY
☆ Identify & work with your unique pain coping style.
☆ Develop a strong PAIN COPING mindset
☆ Work effectively with your body, breath and mind to create a rewarding and satisfying birth experience
☆ Use VOCAL TONING and specific BREATHING TECHNIQUES to manage contractions
☆ BIRTHING POSITIONS for each stage of labour & for different birth presentations.
☆ Discover & align with your CORE PARENTING VALUES to honour during your birth and as new parents

We're looking forward to helping you reach your full birthing potential!!

***EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ***
$249 before 1 June 2018

$279 Regular Price
(includes two people)


TESTIMONIALS

Thanks so much for the wonderful active birth workshop! It helped us to discover and honour our body’s inner strength and readiness for the task of birth. Birth is a natural process that involves understanding simple concepts such as the use of gravity, having the right state of mind, practicing postures and working as a team with your partner and baby.
This course helped us to take our confidence to a whole new level. We highly recommend this workshop to couples who want to face their fears and turn their birth into a memorable and enjoyable experience. Thanks Fiona!
— CELINA AND JUAN
Your Active Birth Workshop For Couples was the most powerful workshop I have ever done! I knew it was empowering but now, one and a half years later, I reflect upon it with so much gratitude towards you for holding that space. I knew I was on a good thing by persisting that Oscar do your workshop with me :). With much resistance from him and much persistence from me he finally came around and was the most amazing support person during the birth of our beautiful daughter Layla. The connection and bond we now have is everlasting. The active birth tools you shared helped us achieve the birth of our dreams ... Thank you and I hope many more parents-to-be enjoy what you have to offer. It’s undeniably pure gold!
— BELINDA AND OSCAR
Just a brief note to say a BIG thank you for a wonderful workshop!! We picked up loads of tips and you really reassured us about the beauty of natural birthing.... Ben is really glad he came along to better understand what I have been trying to communicate with him about what I want the birthing process to be for me/us ... a small breakthrough.
— NATHALIE AND BEN MCNEIL
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Pregnancy Yoga & Spa Retreat
Aug
10
to Aug 12

Pregnancy Yoga & Spa Retreat

Early August 2018 (dates TBC)

Come Celebrate Your Pregnancy At Our Pregnancy Yoga & Spa Retreat!

Join Womb In Bloom Founder Fiona Donohoe-Bales and Perinatal Chiropractor Dr Sara Winchester for a heavenly weekend of gentle yoga, Mindfulness & Theta meditation, deep rest & total relaxation. 

The retreat also includes holistic childbirth education, natural parenting tips, and freshly prepared locally-grown organic food all in the company of other lovely mamas in bloom.

Our retreat takes place at Awaba Retreat, an idyllic location on the NSW Central Coast just an hours drive from Sydney. The venue is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and nearby forest. Imagine waking up to rolling green hills, sunlit pastures and clean country air. What a treat for you and for your growing baby!

This mini-break is the perfect opportunity to step away from the busyness of our daily routines and create special time-out to rest, nurture yourself and prepare physically, mentally and spiritually for the arrival of your new baby. 

We'll also be offering a number of optional one-to-one sessions for massage, Kinesiology For New Mamas, Organic Facials, Healing Therapy, Aromatherapy and Perinatal Counselling to help you bond with your baby and boost your confidence for childbirth.

INCLUSIONS
- New Mama Pamper Gift Bag & Aroma Oil Blend
- Luxe accomodation & unlimited use of retreat facilities
- All inclusive organic food & drinks
- All therapies (excluding optional one-to-one sessions)
- Signed copy of Sara's book Empowered Pregnancy  

Our retreat is suitable for first, second or third time mamas. It's open to all levels of yoga experience from absolute beginners through to experienced yogis. If you have any questions at all about the retreat please don't hesitate to drop us a line.


RETREAT DETAILS

22 - 24 JUNE 2018
FRIDAY 3PM – SUNDAY 3PM
AWABA RETREAT
NSW CENTRAL COAST (1 HOUR DRIVE FROM SYDNEY & NEWCASTLE)

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