Doula Training Course Dates & Venues

PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO READ BELOW FOR INFORMATION ON VENUES, RESIDENTIAL OPTIONS, TERMS AND CONDITIONS, THEN SCROLL DOWN FOR YOUR BOOKING FORM.

  • Our Birth and Postnatal Doula Training Courses are 5 days long and run from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday, unless otherwise specified, and the Advanced Doula courses are all 3 days long, with the same times.
     
  • We currently offer a Zoom/Online Doula training, as a 1-1 with Kate. This consists of a blend of E-learning and Zoom meetings. Kate talks about  this version of training as, 'perfect for lockdown, but also for those in full-time work, who can't travel, with small children or who simply prefer not to be in a crowd. This course is like having your own Doula visiting your home regularly, but on a screen! Perfect for those who are a little more introverted or just like 1-1 chats. It also give us the chance to discover how digital Doula support might work. Each person gets a very bespoke training and my full attention.'  The process takes around 4-6 weeks depending on the pace we set, the timing of our Zooms can be arranged to suit us and there are options for checking in, between the sessions. Assignments, further reading, signposts and pieces of coursework are all sent to you by email, to complete at your own pace. The fee for this training is £850-£700 on a sliding scale, for those with proof of low income. Please contact Kate directly to enquire about availability. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page for a vlog testimonial of our E learning option.

 

  • We also offer occasional weekend (x2) courses, which run from Friday evening (6.30 to 9.30pm) through Saturday (10am to 5pm) to Sunday afternoon (10am to 5pm).

 

  • Our Birth Doula Course also enables you to follow the Postnatal Doula pathway with Doula UK, should you choose to become a DUK recognised Postnatal Doula. The Postnatal Doula Course is a ‘Full Immersion’ into this subject for those who want to specify their service from the start, or simply add many postnatal tools to their skill set.

 

  • Our TIDE 5 day foundation Doula Course enables you to follow the Doula UK pathway for birth and postnatal work, as well as to join Doulas Without Borders, or Doula UK's Access Fund, should you choose.

 

  • TIDE offers you the opportunity to work with those with more varied backgrounds and complex stories. TIDE also honours the stories of those who went before us, in recognition of how many were put to death for their dedication to this work. By connecting to our ancestors who lived (and often ultimately died) in fear and trauma, then looking forward to how best to support future families towards calm and empowered birth and parenting, we are helping to heal generations in both directions. This is an epigenetic equation, which fully acknowledges the saying, 'healing the earth, birth by birth', whilst deeply honouring the vast knowledge, faith and oral tradition which once existed within this work. It's inclusive in every way, including through the lens of equality and diversity. We consider Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) which start in utero. We delve into ways to begin to 'come into the body' for the many who have dissociated as survival strategies, in preparation for birth and early parenting. We acknowledge this journey as a means to have a more conscious and empowered birth, and importantly to help create the start of bonding and attachment, which fundamentally helps break transgenerational patterns of abuse, neglect and trauma.

 

  • The 2/3 day Trauma Informed Birth Practitoner workshops are for those who have already trained as a Doula, a Midwife or other Birth worker. Please see www.trauma-informed-education.co.uk/doula-workshops for further information and book your place here below.

 

  • The cost of all UK Residential Courses, which includes shared accommodation, a private double or sometimes a caravan, from the Sunday evening/Monday morning to the Friday evening/Saturday morning, a self-serve Breakfast, refreshments and all course materials, is between £850 and £925. Prices vary, according to facilities. Please see individually priced options below.

 

  • The cost of all UK Non-Residential Courses is £650​​ ​. 

                                  

  • There is a non-refundable deposit required for all foundation Courses below and we ask that you pay in full within 4 weeks of the Course start date. 

    YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO PAY THE FULL FEE IF YOU CANCEL LESS THAN 4 WEEKS BEFORE THE COURSE. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD THIS, AS WE WILL INVOICE YOU THE FULL COURSE FEE AFTER THIS DATE, THANKS.

                        

                                                                 HOW TO BOOK YOUR DOULA TRAINING PLACE...

  • Please choose your venue and date below and then press 'Book a Place' which will take you to a short Application Form to submit and your deposit payment options. You will then hear from us to thank you and either confirm your place, ask a few more questions or arrange for a phone call, just to chat about your interest in the course.
  • In the very unlikely event that your application is rejected, any deposits paid will of course be refunded in full.
  • We reserve the right to change Course facilitators at any time, due to unforeseen circumstances.

PLEASE NOTE: You will see 2 options for some of our weeks training below. This is to offer you the option of choosing either a Residential or Non-Residential place.

 

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       RESIDENTIAL PLACES

 

  • There are is a caravan, two private doubles and one single bedroom in the house for Residential courses at Kate's in Glastonbury. We have a cat, so anyone with allergies, please be aware! 

  

  • There are 4/5 residential places in St.Ives, Cornwall, in 2 twin rooms, plus the occasional availability of a double en suite.

 

  • All UK residential fees include your Course, accommodation from the Sunday night to the Saturday morning, and a self-serve breakfast each day.

 

  • We will, on occasion, hire venues where there are accommodation options. Please see individual courses for details. 

 

  • We also offer Residential Retreats in Ibiza, combining your course with a relaxing break in the sun, please look out for new dates added.      

                               

Cancellations policy: Deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another Course within 1 year when (subject to all other previous reservations and bookings) within 6 weeks notice of the Course start date. Cancelling the Training week closer than 1 month to the start date will incur full payment of all fees. We reserve the right to cancel the training if there's less than 4 bookings.

 

YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO PAY THE FULL FEE IF YOU CANCEL LESS THAN 4 WEEKS BEFORE THE COURSE. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD THIS, AS WE WILL INVOICE YOU THE FULL COURSE FEE AFTER THIS DATE, THANKS.

                                                                 

PLEASE CHOOSE YOUR OPTION BELOW

Course Type Course Date Title Availability
Non-Residential 24/08/2020 to 28/08/2020 Glastonbury (Goddess house) Birth TIDE Doula Course with Samsara
4 slots available
Non-Residential 01/10/2020 to 25/12/2021 1-1 Zoom and E-learning Birth Doula/TIDE course, various dates, with Kate (at your own pace, usually taking around 4/6 weeks, with live zooms included). Contact us directly for availability.
6 slots available
Non-Residential 02/10/2020 to 11/10/2020 Postnatal ‘Full Immersion’ with Samsara, Glastonbury £650, Somerset Weekends: Fri pm, Sat, Sun, 2-4 October and Fri pm, Sat, Sun 9-11th October
9 slots available
Non-Residential 23/11/2020 to 27/11/2020 ‘Full Immersion’ Postnatal Course with Samsara, West Sussex RH17 7AR
10 slots available

TESTIMONIALS

‘Words cannot explain the true value of the Conscious Birthing Doula Training. Everyday the course brought more to the table, educationally and emotionally. I have never felt more part of a sisterhood than with my fellow students and of course Kate. Seeing the role of a Doula through Kate’s eyes was simply inspirational.’. Georgie Watson.

Attending the Conscious Birthing doula training course in St. Ives was nothing short of transformational for me. I could tell from day one that this experience would be so much more than completing a Doula UK requirement. The enchanting coastline, the beautiful home steeped in creativity, intimate connection with fellow birth workers, and Kate’s natural ability to hold space for deep healing — every moment was exceptional and far beyond anything I could have imagined! We sat in circle as sisters — laughing, crying, learning, releasing, and fully preparing ourselves to serve women with great knowledge, compassion, patience, and open hearts. I would highly recommend Conscious Birthing doula training to anyone wanting to fully immerse themselves into the magic of becoming a doula. Don’t forget to bring your journal — you’ll need it!‘ Crystal Jack.

'Fantastic course which offered a real insight into the birth process - how it was managed before modern medicine came to poke its nose into everything...Thanks for the experience!' Dr. Attila Jonas

'One of the best times of my life. The course was amazing and far exceeded my expectations. I learnt alot not only about the life and role of a doula but also about the journey of birth. I also learnt more about myself too. Kate is soo funny, kind and an absolute pleasure to be with'.​ Kelly Williams.

'This course is very special ~ Kate is an fantastic & intuitive teacher who has an amazing amount to offer you as a student. The course is delivered full of heart & soul, with so much openness. 
Kate's knowledge & experience is incredible. I loved every minute of it! I feel very lucky that life led me down this wee path to this course last week. Thank you so much Kate!!!' xxx Sophie Grindlay.

'I attended the Conscious Birthing Doula training in Brighton and I'm so pleased I did it. It was an intense week of learning and gave me confidence, plus a greater understanding of the doula role than I had  before. It gave me the confidence to know that I could be a doula. Samsara is a wonderful teacher, providing a safe nurturing motherly space for us to learn and she was experienced, full of wisdom and knowledgeable. The happiness I felt through having been on the course has since spread through my family at home too. If you fancy a doula course, I thoroughly recommend it'. Eva Bay Greenslade.

'A week of 'Awakening' at Paddington Farm on the Conscious Birthing Doula Course. Felt incredibly held by ‘Kate Woods our facilitator who guided us through a journey of reflection and self~awareness.Kate shared her immense bowl of Doula knowledge from her 20 years of experience with love and laughter.I feel I have discovered within me a strength and an energy that I never knew existed and that its just ok to be myself! It was a privilege to share this journey with a wonderful group of like~minded women. Looking forward now to using the rich learning and supporting families into new beginnings!' Carol Chamberlain.

'I think from the reviews posted it goes without saying that Kate holds a special gift in sharing and teaching her Doula knowledge. An amazing experience in itself that I now feel confident in offering my support as an intelligent tea-drinker to my future clients. But far more than this is the life lessons that exude from her teachings. Her ability to share with integrity, warmth and just being, Kate is a lesson for us all. All wrapped up with fun, laughter and great humour ....a pure blessing. If you feel 'doulaing' is the way to go, this course is a must. Enjoy the journey!' Katie Algar

'You can't NOT learn from Kate, she exudes passion, strength and knowledge, and is generous enough to share it with us. I learnt on every level, and grew more mentally, physically and emotionally every day. I started to become a better person, as well as gain a greater understanding of how to offer the best I could as a Doula. This course offers so much more than just training - it empowers, uplifts and celebrates. I would do it every week if I could!' Amber Strong.

 

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'Not quite two weeks since leaving Somerset and I don't think my feet have touched the ground since. The most powerful, beautiful, thoughtful, touching, healing, changing, growing, learning, amazing week. Kate's teaching is heart-centred, woman-centred and humbling. Her style is truthful and passionate and leaves you wanting more....I recommend this course to any woman seeking her way to sharing women's wisdom in her community. ' Awen Clement 

 

 

                       'Staying residentially added an extra special dimension to the whole course experience'.

 

 

 

 

Morwenna’s feedback on a Zoom/Online Doula training