Ile Alawoye Healers Retreat
Retreat - Birth Education
During our retreat, full circle birth education is an important focus. We study Womb Health and Fertility, Pregnancy and Labor/Delivery, Postpartum and Lactation, Pregnancy and Infant Loss, as well as Herbal Health. Our Group of midwives and traditional healers gather to not only provide priceless information, but they share their wealth of experience and hidden ancestral secrets that are sacred to their tradition and practice as a midwife. We bring each participant in as if they are one of ours.
Support on travel requirements
Security upon arrival
Transportation during your entire trip beginning upon arrival
Lodging in our family home
2-3 American-Nigerian meals prepared by our personal chef
Birth retreat and leisure activities (custom)
Private welcome & closing ceremonies
Performances of cultural dances and songs
One Ankara outfit for Osun festival
We discuss the traditional ways we approach overall womb health and infertility. We discuss how common issues in the other parts of the world (endometriosis, fibroids, conception during and after menopause etc. ) are fixed without western medicine.
Attendance to small and large clinics, seminars on pregnancy approach, premature birth and labor & delivery, debunking of myths and westernizations approach/ influence during labor and delivery
We discuss and get opportunity to observe/partake in postpartum rituals & celebrations. We discuss common practices and address ways in which lactation and postpartum complications are taken care of.
Loss is a realistic part of life and our human experience. We discuss the spiritual understandings of loss and any spiritual work needed for mom, family, and deceased baby. We also discuss how mom is physically taken care of.
Agbo or herbal concoctions are used throughout the entire pregnancy to ensure good health and smooth preparation for mom and baby. We have seminars, herbal walks, and observe/interact when agbo is being made.
Traditional Midwiferys foundation is in ancestral practices. You can not remove spiritual understanding from traditional birth-work and still be whole. We discuss how all is connected and give opportunity for those interested in learning more for their own practice and lives.
Retreat - Traditional/Cultural Activities
During the retreat we attend a multitude of Traditional/Cultural activities. We attend the Osun Festival as well as receive a private tour of the Osun Grove, We attend the Isese Festival where all practitioners in Osun State attend, We tour the Osogbo cultural sites like the first Iya Nikes Art Center, The Susan Wegner house, The Orisunbare Market, and different spiritual temples and palaces, we host private welcoming and closing ceremonies, We also have a private tour of the Journey of no Return at the Badagry Slave port.
Osun is the goddess of the water, of love, life, and fertility. We attend the Osun festival during the retreat to partake in the reverence of Iya Osun
Isese Lagba meaning the way of our ancestors. All practitioners in Isese located in Osun State gather and celebrate together.
Badagry Slave Port
We take a private tour to The Point of No Return: Badagry Slave Port
We have private welcoming ceremonies at the beginning of your trip, and a private closing ceremony at the end of your trip. We do our best to honor your trip full circle
Osogbo Cultural Sites
We visit different cultural sites in Osogbo: Susan Wegner House; Osun Grove; Iya Nikes Gallery; local art sites; indigo markets; Orisunbare Market; spiritual temples
We attend many cultural performances and parties. We will go to the Erin Ijesha Waterfall and different restaurants as well as have a private vendors from the market come to you