Menarche Doula

“The great mother whom we call Innana gave a gift to woman that is not known among men, and this is the secret of blood. The flow at the dark of the moon, the healing blood of the moon’s birth. In the red tent, where days pass like a gentle stream, as the gift of Innana courses through us, cleansing the body of last month’s death, preparing the body to receive the new month’s life, women give thanks — for repose and restoration, for the knowledge that life comes from between our legs, and that life costs blood.”
Anita Diamant

This retreat has been created to offer a sacred space where newly awakened maidens/young adults can be celebrated and revered by their own circle of people. It is designed to awaken and reclaim old knowledge buried deep in our womanly/human bones as we host moon ceremonies to initiate budding woman/people into the fold.

This 3 day full immersive retreat focuses on experiencing for yourself firsthand the power of celebrating, honouring and cherishing this time of transformation. Discover how to create meaningful ceremonies and rituals to distinguish this milestone event from everyday life.

Come and join us …

Schedule of dates, times, locations and investment:

NEXT WORKSHOP DATES:
To be determined


COST:
€1000 includes retreat accommodation, food, workshop and training manuals

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION:
Available on the upcoming trainings page

Each day from Friday to Sunday will begin promptly at 9:00 till 17:00
We will have tea breaks in the mid morning and mid afternoon with lunch from 12:00 till 13:00. There are some activities scheduled for the evening but these are more informal and will revolve around each groups needs.
Your investment for the entire retreat including lodgings, meals, workshop manuals (Menarche Workshop and Homestudy) is €1000. 
Should you wish to continue and complete your certification a fee of €50 is paid directly to your mentor that advises you and when you are ready to complete your certification a fee of €400 becomes payable before you write your exam.

Sacred Space Doula Training offers you a profound and exciting approach to assisting and supporting young maidens into their initiation into womanhood/adultood.

This workshop introduces you to the world of being a menarche doula – whether you are planning a career move or just wanting to create a splendid ceremony for your own daughter then this workshop will equip you with many new skills that can be used practically as well as to deepen your own personal experience and introspection.

This intensive workshop is structured over 3 days. It is intended as a time for retreating within and contemplation. You will uncover your own needs so that you can identify the needs of others and you will experience holding the sacred space of the first moon period and discover the doula within you.

This workshop is open to all who wish to explore this dedicated career. There are no restrictions placed on attendees except the willingness to explore within themselves new depths, the dedication to hold the sacred space of maidenhood/young adulthood and the honour of witnessing the unfolding of such a time. It can be the ideal introduction to doulahood or a refresher and in-depth workshop for seasoned doulas.

After the beginning workshop, for those wishing to complete their menarche doula certification there are specific requirements to fulfil. This part of the programme is for those who have decided that this is the path that they wish to explore.

The home study portion to be completed includes:

  • Documenting several coming of age and womanhood/young adulthood ceremonies
  • Writing your impressions and thoughts of what you have learned with each ceremony and how this will assist you in future planning of ceremonial honouring of the coming of age and womanhood/young adulthood
  • A reading list with introspective notes
  • List of ongoing education
  • A brief self assessment
  • Completion of the home study packet
  • An online written examination

The completion of your home study depends on your personal commitment and life situation. It can be completed between 6 months to 2 years.

If you haven’t completed the home study within 2 years you will need to repeat the workshop. Special circumstances will always be taken into account and extensions will be given if asked for.

During this 3 day workshop you will learn:

Day 1 – Rediscovering the power of our flow
– The role of the menarch doula
– Physiology of the cycle of life, birth and death
– Herbal lore and healing nutrition
– Menarche initiate rite: honouring the crossing from childhood to adulthood
– Ritual purification and preparation
– Yoni health
– Sexuality and bliss
– Menarche book and journal creation
– Hands on and experiential information

Day 2 – Reclaiming the power of our flow
– Releasing past hurts: fear based versus love based knowledge
– Moon time: retreat, meditate and regenerate
– Menstrual blood ceremonies: honouring the flow of life
– Discovering your own rhythm and cycle: charting
– Red tent celebration: find your tribe
– Storytelling: connecting the past generation to the present
– Exploring traditions: experiencing traditional Finnish sauna ceremony and other rituals to welcome the new woman/person
– Hands on and experiential information

Day 3 – Practicalities
– Getting started and networking: the nitty gritty of setting up your menarche doula business
– Self care and introspection: inner preparation and how not to burn out! 
– Creating community: working with other doulas or professionals and finding your team
– Ceremony and celebration: how to make meaningful celebrations/rituals and honouring the newly awakened maiden/young adult
– Scope and ethical considerations: the what, when and why of it all
– Hands on and experiential information