13-15 September 2019

September-October-November 2019


Holistic Doula Training Course

 Course Overview


This Holistic Doula Training Course is a four day experiential and immersive journey, run by Samara Hawthorn of WellMama, and Linda Ceri Jones of Yoga House Wales. With pre- and post-training requirements, this is a residential course held over three weekends in September, October and November 2019 at Yoga House Wales in Tresaith, Ceredigion, west Wales. Students can attend on a residential or day-based basis, with numbers limited to 8 students.


Designed to offer you a holistic understanding of pregnancy and birth, and to prepare you for your work as a Doula, the course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to begin your Doula journey — from supporting a woman in conception and pregnancy, to helping her plan her birth, and accompanying her and her birth partner through labour, birth and beyond.


Upon graduating from the course, you will be qualified as a WellMama Doula.




The Training Programme


The programme will run from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon on the weekend of 6 September, 4 October and 8 November 2019.



Before the training you will:

  • Explore your motivation for becoming a doula, and begin to research the journey of the Childbearing Year.



During the training you will:

  • Discover the confidence and intuitive ability to offer presence and support to a mother and her family during pregnancy, labour and birth;


  • Explore conception, pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and the Baby Moon;


  • Holistic approaches to the childbearing year;


  • Embody the skills and knowledge you have learnt and attend and assist at a birth preparation class, as part of the course.



After the training you will:

  • Benefit from a period of mentoring and engage in reflective self-practice as a way of deepening your skills and clarifying the learning process;


  • Have the opportunity to continue to learn and develop as part of the WellMama community and benefit from being a part of the support network of WellMama Doulas.



Before we meet, we encourage you to prepare for the training by reading any or all of the books on our provided reading list, and journalling on the following questions:


  • What calls me to this path of walking beside a woman during the Childbearing Year?
  • What can I offer and what might I receive? What do I desire to learn and what do I desire to share?



During our three weekends together, we will journey through:



  • Global approaches to conception;
  • Fertility cycle and physiology of conception;
  • Embryology;
  • Infertility, IVF, IUI;
  • WellMama primal movements;
  • Nutrition, herbs, shiatsu and homeopathy;
  • Current birth paradigm and informed consent;
  • Holistic approaches to the childbearing year.



  • Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy;
  • The 10 moons of pregnancy;
  • Common conditions of pregnancy;
  • Common interventions in pregnancy;
  • WellMama primal movements;
  • Nutrition, herbs, shiatsu and homeopathy;
  • Birth preferences and birth plans;
  • Unconditional positive regard.



  • Anatomy and physiology of natural birth;
  • Basic needs of a woman in labour;
  • Common interventions in birth — clinical/surgical;
  • WellMama primal movements;
  • Birth presence, places and positions and comfort measures;
  • Birthing the placenta;
  • Common interventions in the Third Stage;
  • Primal bonding;
  • Nutrition, herbs, shiatsu and homeopathy.


Breastfeeding and the Baby Moon

  • Understanding breastfeeding and supporting mothers in their feeding choices;
  • Baby Moon and supporting bonding;
  • Placenta processes — eating, encapsulating, returning to the Earth/Ceremony;
  • WellMama primal povements;
  • Birth stories and debriefing;
  • Dealing with birth trauma.


Initiating your Doula Career

  • Contract, record keeping, networking, promotions, website, list building, referrals;
  • Well Mama Doula Network and mentoring process, ongoing oearning and CPD;
  • Introduction to WellMama values and ethics.






Students may attend this course on a residential or day-based basis at Glandŵr : Yoga House Wales, Tresaith, Ceredigion SA43 2JH. Glandŵr is a welcoming Georgian country house on the coast of west Wales, and is run as a location for wellness retreats, training and events.


Residential students will be accommodated at Yoga House Wales, a welcoming Georgian country house, on a tuition and full-board basis, with day-based students on a tuition and lunch basis.


Residential Students

Fees will depend on the kind of accommodation you choose from the selection below. The accommodation of your choice will be reserved for you for all three course weekends.



Who is a WellMama Doula?


Simply, we are women, holding space for a pregnant, birthing or breastfeeding woman, to find her own path and way of balance, healing and beauty. We honour being as much as doing and practice trusting and surrendering to the awesome and mysterious power of Birth.




Yoga Studio
Yoga Studio


Residential costs include 2 nights’ accommodation, meals and all training sessions. There is also free wifi should you need to use it.



Day Students

Day costs include all training sessions and lunch. There is also free wifi should you need to use it.

Day student rate: £000.00.







Book Here

Getting Here


The Yoga House at Glandŵr is in the small village of Tresaith on the west Wales coast of Ceredigion, overlooking Cardigan Bay and the Irish Sea.


Trains and buses. The nearest train stations are Carmarthen and Aberystwyth with their connections to the rest of Wales an beyond. Both stations are about 1 hour’s drive away.


For convenience, and should numbers allow, we can arrange at cost a minibus to collect and return you to a railway station. Likewise, we can also arrange a taxi to pick you up and take you back.


There are bus connections from Carmarthen and Aberystwyth to our nearest market town, Cardigan, and thence from Cardigan to Tresaith.


By car from the south, take the M4 and A48 to Carmarthen, then follow the A484 to Cardigan. Bear northwards in Cardigan along the A487 for some 15 minutes, then the B4333 for Aberporth at the Gogerddan Junction. At Aberporth bear right for just over a mile, following signposts to Tresaith. You will descend a hill into Tresaith. Just before the bottom of the hill our driveway will be on the right, marked by a large sign for Yoga House Wales.


By car from the north, follow routes to Aberystwyth in mid Wales, then the A484 southwards to Cardigan via Aberaeron and Synod Inn. Ignore the first signpost for Tresaith, continue driving until the next major crossroads at Gogerddan Junction. At Gogerddan bear right to Aberporth along the B4333. At Aberporth bear right for just over a mile, following signposts to Tresaith. You will descend a hill into Tresaith. Just before the bottom of the hill our driveway will be on the right, marked by a large sign for Glandŵr.


For satnav, our postcode is SA43 2JH, GPS 52.131626, -4.512805


Distances by car:

Cardiff: 106 miles : 2 hours

Swansea: 70 miles : 1 hour

Carmarthen: 38 miles : 45 minutes

Aberystwyth: 35 miles : 1 hour

Bristol: 145 miles : 3 hours

London: 250 miles : 3.5 hours

Birmingham: 155 miles : 3 hours

Manchester: 170 miles : 3.5 hours




Other bits you need to know


  • Our general terms and conditions are here.


  • There’s a non-refundable deposit of £000 needed to secure your place. This is the amount we’ll charge you when you make your reservation. We will then contact you with details of how to settle the rest of the course fee.


  • Travel and insurance are not included in these prices.  All of our teachers and trainers are insured for the work they do, but you should also arrange your own travel insurance as you would for any other break you take, in case something goes wrong.


  • If you want to have a specific room to yourself, a single person occupancy charge (as indicated) will be made subject to room availability.

Yoga House Wales

Glandŵr, Tresaith, Ceredigion SA43 2JH, Wales

01239 811442