The Return Journey

Join our circle every Monday, starting January 12th , 2015

The ONLY postpartum class in Southern Oregon!

Begin your mothering journey with support, education, and empowerment by connecting with other mothers and midwives. Share your return journey with sisters....

You have just come back from perhaps the most harrowing experience of your life and whether your pregnancy and birth were traumatic or triumphant, you still have a lot of integrating to do to make this journey fully yours.

In cultures throughout our world, a 40-day resting period after birth for Mother and Baby has been observed since time immemorial. Traditionally, after giving birth the only work a woman had to focus on for the first 40-days was rest, nurse, and bond with her baby. Traditionally, the Mother’s family and community members cooked, cleaned, massaged, and bathed the Mother. This was not seen as a ‘luxury’. This was a way to assure the highest potential of health for both Mother and Baby; which supported the continuation of her people. In today’s busy world, this 40-day tradition may not be observed in its entirety. Our 7 week circle honors these traditions and our Mothers.

Join our circle to reconnect your bones and muscles, to listen to your heart and soul, to share your intuition and thoughts, to grow your knowledge and community!

Week-by-week we travel this well-worn path to motherhood, illuminating the sacred as we go, celebrating your milestones: a group of women that will become a circle of sisters.

Week One: Red Path

Circle round in our red tent, begin with grounding and security.... as we root ourselves in the here and now with foot bath, massage and baby blessing. Explore the divine journey of motherhood from the metaphor of hero's journey, deepening our awareness of our own life path. We start at the "gate of no-story"; honoring and assessing physical needs.

Week Two: Orange Path

Opening to let our babies through our body and soul brings great vulnerability and deep emotions. Here at the "gate of relief and gratitude" we taste vitality and conjure creativity. Activate your center with non-invasive, external massage treatment on the abdomen and warm your womb with a yoni steam for emotional cleansing. Take the opportunity to receive after giving so much to the world.

Week Three: Yellow Path

When you arrive at the "linear story gate" knowledge is your quest; hot, solar plexus is your path. On this fiery path anger, resentment, and a desire for perfection may haunt you.... It is a time of big questions, fiery transformation, and digesting your personal answers. Our rebozo closing ceremony brings the scattered pieces of your body and soul back into alignment.

Week Four : Green Path

Welcome to new growth; a place of balance between love and forgiveness; you have arrived at the "gate of relationships". As the air of flexibility drifts around you, self-actualization seems possible and your self-esteem is on the rise.... you are mother! Mighty moxa makes potent all your hopes and dreams and aromatherapy charges your heart.


Week Five: Blue Path

From your throat new surprising birth sounds emanated.... breathy or belchy or big big screams.... you were in the ethereal world. On your journey out of labor-land you have now come to the "gate of the revolving door"; talking yourself in circles about what could have/ should have / might have been. Here you have finally found your words...... creativity flows, sing with us - find your strength in sound, your yin and yang in the pen.... write yourself anew.

Week Six: Indigo Path

Understanding, awareness, imagination, and Intuition now floods your nervous system. You see the big picture... the light... you harness your sixth sense. You are now drumming your way through the "gate of the huntress". Play with us, dance, and sing with us.... this new territory is ripe with your presence.

Week Seven : Violet Path

Having metabolized your higher calling, you are seeking enlightenment and transcendence.... Harmony within, God (cosmic) love illuminates YOU at the "gate of the love warrior". In the sweat-lodge you shed your skin of self-limiting beliefs and emerge as a NEWBORN MOTHER! Welcome to the other side!

Monday mornings at Wise Women Care Associates in Medford, starting January 12th, 10 am to noon.

  • babes in arms welcome, toddlers should have other plans
  • this is a closed group after week one, no add on's.
  • open to mamas of all stages; while extremely helpful for early postpartum, still beneficial for mamas years and years since birth, especially if you are still struggling with 'your story'
  • the last class will be held in talent at Rachelle's sweat-lodge
  • price = $ 175, may be paid $25 per week ; hurry, space is limited