Sacred Birthkeeper

One Spiral, One Year Training in Glastonbury

with Priestess of Avalon Kate Fletcher

Course Start Date 21/22 January 2023

Image by Kat Shaw (Maya Soul Art)

Image by Kat Shaw (Maya Soul Art)

Fertility, conception, pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period are sacred times in the life of women and families. Yet as a society we have almost entirely forgotten to celebrate and honour them as such. Many of us feel the echoes of those traditions resonating deep within us, we feel the loss of the sacred honouring and holding of pregnancy and birth and we long to restore them to our modern day lives and communities.

Sacred ways of supporting the birthing process were handed down our Motherlines from mothers to daughters for generations. Maybe you hear the voice of your Ancestral Mothers calling you to help mend what was broken, to reclaim and restore in new ways what has been missing.

This 8 weekend spiral is for those who wish remember and reclaim the skills of the Sacred Birthkeeper for themselves, their families and communities. It will support and empower you to begin offering sacred ways of holding ceremony and blessings for women and families at all stages of their pregnancy and birthing journeys.

You are welcome to take part in this course at any stage on your pathway of discovering Sacred Birth. You may already be a Priestess, a Midwife, a Doula or other birthworker or you may be none of these. You may be elder or younger, you may be a Mother or a Grandmother or neither. All that is required is that you feel the call to begin exploring how you could serve at this gateway of life. This is an opportunity to sit in circle with likeminded souls and deepen into the Child birthing seasonal year in a lovingly held nurturing space.

Times of circles

Saturday and Sunday: 9:30am – 5:00pm with breaks.

Venue

Circles are based at Goddess House, 28 Magdalene Street, Glastonbury BA6 9EJ

What to bring

For each weekend please bring a journal to write in. There will be some enjoyable homework between spiral weekends to help you integrate the teachings more fully!

Course outline and dates

Imbolc Circle 21/22 January 2023

Virgin Mother

We will explore the role of the Sacred Birthkeeper and sow the seeds of our intentions for the year ahead. We will discuss Sacred Ways to support fertility, moon cycles, conscious conception and early pregnancy.

Spring Equinox Circle 11/12 March 2023

Mother of Fire

We re-kindle the flame of the Sacred Birthkeeper and discuss hearth fires and boundaries. We explore how we can reclaim our inner power and support decision making in pregnancy.

Beltane Circle 22/23 April 2023

Blossoming Mother

Love hormones, sexuality and celebrating our bodies. We learn how to create meaningful blessing ceremonies to support and honour pregnant women and we discuss the importance of gathering sisterhood and community for the journey ahead.

Summer Solstice Circle  24/25 June 2023

Mother of Water

We dive deep into the instinctive and emotional states of late pregnancy. Honouring the sacred fluids of blood, birth waters and milk.

Lammas Circle 22/23 July 2023

Birthing Mother

Sacred space holding for Birthing Women. Journeying to the thresholds and the edge places, opening the gateway for birth. Protection, prayers and boundaries.

Autumn Equinox Circle 2/3 September 2023

Mother of Earth

Nurturing, supporting and honouring the newborn mother. We explore ceremonies and sacred ways to heal and hold after birth. Nourishing and resting the body and soul.

Samhain Circle 21/22 October 2023

The Grieving Mother

Meeting the wounds of grief, loss, trauma and depression in all their many forms. Simple ceremonies for listening, release and healing.

Winter Solstice Circle 2/3 December 2023

Mother of Air

We will share in a special sacred ceremony in which you may make your dedication as a Sacred Birthkeeper. We will celebrate and reflect on all we have journeyed through and birthed together over the year.

Course fee payments

Full Fee: £960 

Payment by instalments £1,010, which includes £50 one-off administration fee to cover our bank and Paypal costs.

Please note that to ensure your place on the course the non-refundable deposit of £150 must be paid within four weeks of acceptance by the tutor and by 7 January 2023, or by return if the tutor’s acceptance is after this date.

You may pay the balance of fees at any time up to the course start date of 21 January 2023 or by eight monthly instalments of £107.50 beginning 21 January 2023, by standing order or online by Paypal.

Signed Terms & Conditions are an integral part of the course application process and should also be received by us within four weeks of your receiving confirmation of acceptance on the course.

Please make payments to: Glastonbury Goddess Temple.

How to apply for the course

You can find everything you need to apply for the course here.

Pregnancy Belly Cast with Mother Blessing Beads

Pregnancy Belly Cast with Mother Blessing Beads. Photo: Kate Fletcher

Photo: Rebecca Mené Spirito

Photo: Rebecca Mené Spirito