Birth, Memory & Place
The AQUAGENESIS Birth, Memory & Place Retreat is dedicated to aquatic and birth professionals who would like to deepen their awareness of how their birth journey is imprinted within their own bodies and potentially, their clients.
The AQUAGENESIS Birth, Memory & Place Retreat is dedicated to aquatic and birth professionals who would like to deepen their awareness of how their birth journey is imprinted within their own bodies and potentially, their clients’ on the beautiful island of Corfu Greece with aquatic perinatal therapist and birth doula, Sophia Michalopoulou. This retreat is also for individuals or couples who are wanting to become parents or are already pregnant and wish to explore their own birth journeys as a form of preparation and change of birthing paradigms.
AQUAGENESIS offers a unique learning experience while immersed in the element of water and surrounded by the natural beauty of Corfu island. Ideally, you will have attended the AQUAGENESIS Online Preparation Course but this retreat offers the direct experience of how we can work with water and the energies of place to support the entire birth journey.
Together we shall explore the ways where and when we are born impacts our birth journey, how birth memory imprints show up in our bodies and how you can support your own or your client’s pregnancy and birth. This retreat will give you the embodied skills to prepare yourself and your client physically, emotionally and spiritually while also unfolding some of your own birth-related memories as a group and the ways they might impact ourselves and future babies.
A morning 10:00 to 13:00 and an evening 17:00 to 20:00 learning experience and practice with plenty of time for rest and pleasure in between.
Tuesday 14th – Arrive ideally before the retreat starts to land in your bodies.
Wednesday 15th – Aquatic Embodiment
Thursday 16th – Birth, Memory & Water
Friday 17th – Birthing Conscious Humans
Saturday 18th – Birth from a Baby’s Point of View
Sunday 19th – Allow yourself time to transition either to return home, stay on for some private sessions or enjoy some of the special experiences that are offered by the amazing community of people who live in Arillas.
Our experiences will take place in natural environments including Arillas beach, the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea, warm water pools and the local olive groves while being mindful of the group’s needs and capacities. Each proposed theme will be explored experientially through physical exercises, meditations and other embodiment practices.
Practices will include open water swimming, floatation and water rebozo, liquid clay detoxification, heart singing and sounding, grounding and breathing.
During the retreat, you will get to meet some of the founders of the Pregnancy and Birth Network of Corfu as well as local parents and babies who prepared themselves for birth with water.