Last year I went to the DoulaCARE retreat in May and it took me until July to write about it. I was at the retreat last weekend and promised myself I'd write it up soon so here I am! Last Friday after dinner I packed up the Miata and left. I was off on an adventure and J and the kids were going to have a great weekend together.
We spent most of the rest of the day sitting on the dock in the sun, enjoying our time. If you know me and my dislike of swimming in lake water, you'd be surprised to hear that I went in the water. It was cold, but the sun was hot. We shared meals and conversation, and you better believe we talked a lot about anything and everything to do with birth. Some of the girls needed a break for the sun and watched Call the Midwife - birth was everywhere!
After dinner we started a bonfire and pulled up our camping chairs. Once the fire was crackling and the drinks were flowing, everyone wrote down on a piece of paper something they wanted to let go or something great that has happened to them. It was anything related to birth, our experiences (negative or positive), our business, or our journeys as doulas. Going around the circle we each told our stories and when we were done, we threw the paper in the fire, releasing it to the world. A birth fire like this is very healing and the moment of silence while watching the paper burn, reflecting on what was said, was something I'm glad I experienced. There's great comfort in sharing and releasing.
|Burn baby, burn!|
|Being creative together.|
|My tree of life.|