Reclaiming Your Ancestral Birth

24th- 27th October 2019

Reclaiming Your Ancestral Birth Retreat

Black women are 5 times more likely to die within childbirth than white women. Studies talk about the need to develop and evaluate services to mitigate the risk of dying that are associated with being of black Caribbean or African ethnicity.

You are going to change that.

Join us for a weekend retreat of CPD, workshops, discussions, ceremonies & rituals as well as activism.

This retreat is for black/bme women, birth keepers, doulas, midwives, natural health advocates, yoga instructors, nutritionists and women’s wellness practitioners who know our clients deserve excellence. During this weekend you will:

– sit and learn from amazing birthkeepers
– inform your cultural competency and work through ways to affect change through activism
– sit in circles and make connections and support networks
– walk in the countryside and let it heal you
– set the bar for your self-care
– eat good nourishing food
– have fun!

This retreat will be our second retreat, after our highly successful inaugural retreat. A coming together of birthworkers of colour. It will be a time to share our knowledge and skills, even as we learn new ones and look towards reproductive justice. This will be a long weekend of togetherness, with amazing facilitators: Nikia Lawson and Mars Lord. We will be drawing on the truths that have always been within us and within our grasp. Nature and self care is how we survive.

The wonderful Gabriella Molina will be our resident chef.

We have unique stories and histories to share as we lay down our legacy for the birthworkers that come after. Limited to 15 spaces, this is not one to miss.

COST: £650

“Ultimately, the permanent elimination of reproductive health disparities will require a social movement, led by members of the target population, informed by the findings of evidenced-based medicine, and fuelled by a desire to raise the standard of living of the [black] community. As this occurs, all women will benefit.”

The Retreat Venue

Muiryhill House is boutique and beautifully rural, surrounded by the 90,000 acre Queensberry Estate, just a few miles from Thornhill and the stunning Drumlanrig Castle – on the edge of Dark Sky country.
So come, gather in groups, travel solo, chatter or zen in front of the fire, eat heartily and warm weary bones by the fire side or roast marshmallows under the stars. Light fire-pits. BBQ’s.
​Beautiful acres for walking in. Admire the silence, listen to the birds of prey. Spend time with your thoughts, or in the company of others.
​Your hosts adore all that’s outdoor. So chat about that. Get maps. Get out and about. Stay by the fire. Make a coffee. Enjoy the unending hikes, horse riding and cycling trails, castles, the sites, the history.

Venue address: Near Glasgow. Exact address to be given on booking.

Programme format

Final programme to be confirmed, but expect good food, yoga and workshops to stir and grow your passion for reproductive justice.

Check in is 2pm Thursday 24th October with final check out at 3pm Sunday 27th October.


8am – yoga (outside if the weather is good)
9am – breakfast
10.30 am – workshop
12.00- break


12.20 – 1.30pm discussion session
1.30 – 2.30 – lunch
3.00 – 4.30 activity
4.30 – 6.00 rest, journalling, using facilities
6.30-8pm – dinner

Evening event

We’ll be having a themed party on Saturday evening.

Check out the Venue



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