In-Person Retreats for Homebirth Cesarean Mothers

If you would like to host a Homebirth Cesarean Healing Circle, please send a note

I felt held during the retreat in a way that I missed in labor and birth; held by the time and space allocated for myself and by our loving circle.
—Dana, HBC mother, Washington

During our retreat we will:
~ create safety around discussing HBCs, scars, and coping with personal triggers
~ enjoy guided conversations about the HBC healing journey
~ explore creative outlets to help you communicate and transform your HBC story
~ participate in group activities that nourish the body and spirit

Attendees will receive essential items for the day’s inward journey. In a fully supported and facilitated environment, the retreat is infused with calming scents, ceremony, creative expression, information, journaling, and connection with other women who can relate to your unique homebirth cesarean experience.

Every excuse ran through my mind on why I shouldn’t go. But my time at the retreat was spent giving to myself and my personal growth and provided a lifelong positive impact. This was an instant return on my investment.
—Lyndi, HBC mother, Washington

Day retreat guidelines:
Loved ones, including children and babies-in-arms, should remain off-site during active retreat hours. We make this request in service of the creation of sacred space where we can all be fully present, without the everyday demands of motherhood, as we explore our deepest selves. Also, because our children’s stories intertwine with ours, it can be difficult to speak our truths fully in their presence for fear of how our words might impact them. For these reasons, the retreat space is closed to children. If you have a nursling, you may arrange for a care giver to stay off-site with your little one(s), where you can go during breaks in our scheduled activities.

In-person Retreat FAQs
What will the retreat be like?
Mothers are asked to arrive at the scheduled time for their location. This will allow for settling in. Tea will be served. The retreat begins promptly with an opening ceremony to create a safe container. Within this container we will take care of ourselves and support others in caring for themselves.

We will introduce ourselves and settle into the day with a guided meditation. After the meditation we talk about the day’s intentions, thus setting the tone for the next several hours.

Prior to the retreat, you will receive preparation work to help strengthen you for the retreat so you can more easily drop into a space of openness and healing.

The closing ceremony begins 45 minutes prior to the scheduled end of the retreat, allowing enough time  for ceremony and connection.

How is my time scheduled during the retreat?
The retreat is a facilitated time to join together with other HBC mothers to form a bond and community that is missing outside of our daily lives. Though the retreat follows the flow of conversation and energy, there are scheduled times for morning and afternoon breaks. 
If you need to know specific times so you can nurse your baby or be with your family, please send us a note.

I’m a little nervous about going to the retreat, I’ve never been to anything like this before?
Feeling a little nervous makes total sense. The good news is that everyone else will be a little nervous as well. The other good news is that the retreat is structured and facilitated in such a way that allows for time to ease into the social aspect of the gathering, while creating a safe environment that is customized to meet each woman wherever she is on her healing path. Go ahead, step into that nervousness and act from it. It is surely to bring you something great.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light refreshments will be provided and we encourage everyone to bring a dish to share for a potluck style lunch.

Space in this retreat is very limited. Please reserve your spot by sending payment via PayPal to charlie@barefootbirth.com or via check to 400 E Palm Ave Tampa 33605 NO LATER THAN Oct 1st.

Loved ones, including children and babies-in-arms, should remain off-site during active retreat hours. We make this request in service of the creation of sacred space where we can all be fully present, without the everyday demands of motherhood, as we explore our deepest selves. Also, because our children’s stories intertwine with ours, it can be difficult to speak our truths fully in their presence for fear of how our words might impact them. For these reasons, the retreat space is closed to children.