Workshops

Cultivating the Doula Heart

Doulas step into the most intense, vulnerable thresholds of life to hold a hand, wipe a tear, and honor all that is meaningful. Come deepen your understanding of doula essentials of care. Learn useful, practical approaches and techniques that will enable you to more confidently support people through birth, grief, loss, and death.

In this 4-hour workshop, we will cover:

  • Tenets of Doula Support
  • Components of Compassion
  • Liminal Space
  • Being “Enough”
  • Personalizing with Plans
  • Tools of the Trade

Testimonials from attendees:

“Will refer friends, family, and coworkers to attend”
“Excellent – well thought out and presented”
“It was super effective (& affective)”
“I found everything useful and inspiring- great to know there are many cross references in your book”
“This was impressive, inspirational, and rewarding”
“Good balance of lecture, video clips, and small group activities”
“Thank you for lighting the spark and showing us how to open our hearts”


Working Through Wishes

Just as doulas assist pregnant clients with creating birth wishes, an end-of-life doula can support people as they consider their preferences for living fully and dying well. We’ll cover strategies of holding space for others as they work through their wishes (and anxieties) as well as spend time on introspective contemplation.

In this 2-hour workshop, we will cover:

  • Heart-Centering Exercise
  • Holding Space, Safe Space
  • “Special Place” Visualization
  • Compassion in Action
  • Equanimity and Stability
  • Contemplative Planning for End-of-Life

Workshops can be combined for a full-day event.

All attendees will receive the guidebook, Cultivating the Doula Heart: Essentials of Compassionate Care. This concise book illuminates the core components of the doula approach, providing readers with a deeper understanding of emotional support techniques and greater confidence to offer support during life’s most intense times. Featuring detailed descriptions of practical techniques, useful suggestions, and contemplative exercises, this read is a beacon of light for difficult realms, allowing readers to practice and hone their ability to move from sympathy to empathy to compassion while avoiding exhaustion and burnout.

These workshops are geared toward open hearts and curious minds. No end-of-life, birth, or doula experience necessary. Welcoming medical professionals, doulas, caregivers, mental health clinicians, social workers, spiritual care providers, therapists, volunteers, etc. The doula heart can be infused into all work, interactions, and relationships.

Interested in hosting a workshop? Contact Contemplative Doula.