A three-hour introductory workshop where couples explore the fundamentals of the Bodhi Birth philosophy:
Upright Labor Positions, Breathing Techniques,
Meditation & Partner-Support
Your lives are changing, and so is your relationship. Now, more than ever, you need each other. Come deepen your connection, foster better communication, and learn meaningful ways to support one another through this incredible transition.
Learn the beautiful art of labor support, based in the ancient practice of Thai Partner Yoga & Ayurvedic Marma Points. Discover the power of Pranayama (directing the breath) for improving birth outcomes. Master your mind and bridle your fear through mindfulness and meditation. Experience the emotional and physiological benefits of upright birthing, with the use of South American rebozos.
Mats, props and healthy snacks provided. Couples will get to take home their own full-color laminated Labor Guides that illustrate and describe each birthing position and labor support options. Bring water and wear comfortable attire. Workshops are held at the beautiful Bodhi Yoga Studio in Provo, Utah.
Partner can't be there? Bring your parent, sibling, friend or doula! Plus, if you LOVE your experience and simply want MORE depth, workshop enrollees get an automatic $50 credit toward our full weekend couples retreat (keep reading for more details on that event)!
Winter 2019 Workshop Schedule
Fri, December 13th
Bodhi Yoga Studio
Sat, November 9th
Bodhi Yoga Studio
Couples Retreats & Weekly Classes
A comprehensive Childbirth Education Course for expectant couples that
covers the following topics:
- Birth as a Gift, a Master's Path, an Awakening
- Fear-Clearing & Emotional Processing
- Meditation & Mindfulness for Pain Management
- Prenatal Nutrition & Ritual
- Depression & Kundanlini - An Eastern Perspective
- Creating a personalized Birth & Postpartum Map
- Hands-On, Partner-Supported Labor Techniques
- Labyrinth or Mandala Art Project for meditation
- Stages of Labor & Alternative Outcomes
- Optimal Birthing Positions for any setting
- Natural Remedies for Mom & Baby
- Breastfeeding Information & Support
- Personal Empowerment & Self-Discovery
. . .and so much more!
Meditation during childbirth doesn’t guarantee birth outcomes, but it does shape and guide your response to those outcomes. It will bring about a deeper sense of connection with yourself, your baby, and your Higher Source by yoking your energy and physical bodies to work as one whole. It will foster an ability to trust the process, to go with the flow, and to let go of all sense of control. Meditation is powerful complementary medicine, providing effective coping and processing tools for women experiencing anesthesia, cesarean, or other medical interventions. Meditation is equally effective when used AS medicine when no other form of pain control is used. More specifically, meditation:
floods your body with helpful hormones such as serotonin, melatonin, DHEA and endorphins, all of which promote well-being, relaxation, longevity and vibrant health.
soothes the brain patterns underlying pain. Over time, those changes take root and alter the structure of the brain itself, allowing you to no longer feel the pain of childbirth with the same intensity. Clinical trials have shown meditation to reduce pain by 57%, and up to 90% for more accomplished meditators.
is an opportunity for women to develop self-mastery, to take ownership of their bodies and their birth experience without having to outsource to anyone else, or to look to someone else to “save them” from themselves.
takes you into a place ABOVE your thoughts, Different from hypnosis, which drops you below your conscious thought and puts you into a state of suggestibility, meditation gives you power OVER your thoughts, helping you to achieve your highest level of consciousness, true personal power, feminine awakening, and present-moment awareness.
Regardless of your personal choices and however you end up giving birth, be it vaginally, by cesarean, in the water, or with an epidural—all women can benefit from a meditation practice. If practiced regularly, meditation will truly foster BODHI—an awakening in your childbearing year and throughout the rest of your life.
Participants receive 350+ page manual, laminated labor guides, and the 4-CD Collection: Guided Meditations & Pranayama for the Childbearing Year,* while also gaining access to the Chakra meditation deck and handmade Rebozo. *This 4-CD Collection is available for sale separately for $45. Email to order yours today
Couples will make their very own labyrinth or mandala art piece for personal meditation use and during labor. They will also complete their own Birth and Postpartum maps. Whole-food, plant-based meals from scratch and lodging at the stunning Aspenwood Manor are optional in all Provo retreats, so couples can enjoy the perfect Babymoon WHILE preparing for their child's birth.
This workshop is also offered as a 6 class course held weekly in Provo.
Retreats are held in Provo, Cedar City and Brigham City, Utah. To schedule a retreat in your area, contact Stephanie. Be sure to inquire about our scholarships for single women.
2019 Retreat Schedule
The Prenatal Group / Orem
Pathway to Wellness / Cedar City
- payment plans available for all retreats
Weekly Class Schedule
Monday Evenings (6 Classes Total)
Oct 21st-Nov 25th / 7-10 pm
The Prenatal Group / Orem
Monday Evenings (6 Classes Total)
June 24th-July 29th / 7-10 pm
Embody Wellness Center / Provo
Don't see an event that works with your schedule? Just reach out! We can schedule something to work around YOU!
What parents are saying about the Bodhi Birth Course:
Courtney, Mother of 2
This course has fulfilled all I hoped to take away from it. I wanted to fill myself with knowledge and understanding and personal strength--mentally, emotionally and physically--in preparation for the amazing work of labor and I feel more ready. I have tools and materials to come back to in order to prepare even more in the coming weeks. It is evident that Stephanie has put her heart and soul and mind into this course; she is a knowledgeable advocate for this special journey, and I'm so grateful for her sharing the culmination of her research and experience so fully.
This course blew me away...I am on my third birth and have studied how to have a natural birth with each one, but have never felt so well-equipped as I do now. Stephanie is compassionate, well-informed, and above all helps convey how to own your birth experience, regardless of how the birth of your child is achieved. I feel like this course helped me process the difficulties of my past two births, which was completely necessary for my next. I highly recommend this beautiful experience to everyone.
I would definitely recommend this class to others! I feel I learned so much, especially ways of supporting my wife. I have also always wanted a course on meditation, so this was appreciated. It's not only a course for the moms, but there's so much for the dad, as well---things to learn that are useful in all aspects of life, not only in childbirth. Super fun!
We really enjoyed the atmosphere of openess. We were able to sit and talk about the things that mattered most about having our child. We discussed what we really wanted and how we're going to be able to accomplish it. The class was informative and interactive. I even enjoyed the art portion. I would recommend the weekend retreat to anyone.
Montana, Mother of 3
Steven, Father of 3
I really enjoyed this course because it allowed my partner and I to explore and learn valuable mental and physical techniques to help us during pregnancy, labor and postpartum. Stephanie is very knowledgeable and she provides enlightening information from Eastern and Western practices, so that we as a couple can choose the things that are best for our family.
For me, I was extremely impressed with Stephanie as an instructor. I appreciate her non-dogmatic very objective approach. As a scientist/medical professional I appreciate the amount of research she did, and that she was not forceful in ideologies, but provided many perspectives and approaches. She was informative, but also acknowledged that she didn't know everything and would research more on given subjects. I learned many things to hep me and my wife to prepare for this journey together. It was a great experience that was well worth it. I would highly recommend it to everyone!