Ayurvedic Postpartum Caregiver (APC) Program
200 Hour Online Diploma Track
Winter 2020 Cohort is Closed for Enrollment
Spring '20 Cohort begins April 27th
We all recognize a cultural need for greater postpartum awareness and care. We can see the imbalance of attention in preparing for birth compared to preparing for the postpartum window. We find ourselves explaining that when we say 'postpartum', we are not necessarily speaking about depression. There is a gaping hole in what support new birthers have available, and what they truly need. As culture has moved further away from nature's wisdom and family/tribal support, birthers have struggled to receive the care and support they need during this vulnerable time.
It is time to bring awareness and consciousness back to the SACRED nature of the postpartum window. It is time to bring mothering to the mothers! By blending the ancient nature based philosophy and protocol of Ayurveda, with the needs of modern parents, we can offer truly transformative care to our clients, ourselves, our communities, and to society at large.
By the end of this course, you will understand...
- The uniqueness of the Sacred 42-day Postpartum Window, and why it is crucial to give special support during this time.
- You will know HOW to provide that support on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level.
- You will build a toolbox with support measures you can enlist to support many common experiences new birthers will encounter using the philosophy and protocol of Ayurveda.
- And you will begin building your professional practice with special attention on how your practice will care for YOU as the caregiver.
This course is for:
- Trained doulas to expand their perspective and range of services to families.
- Ayurvedic professionals to understand the specifics of the postpartum window.
- Medical professional seeking the Ayurvedic perspective on postpartum care.
- Yoga professionals to enhance their guidance of pregnant and postpartum people.
- Expecting parents and grandparents to prepare for this most important window of life.
- Anyone passionate about birthers and babies looking for a career change.
This course is for you if are ready to transform your understanding and caregiving during the Sacred Postpartum Window.
“My experience with Sacred Window Studies was unlike any other. The program was so well organized and the teachers were beyond amazing. They all were genuine & brought different gifts & passions to the table. The content was clear, heart-centered & full of wisdom. I am forever grateful for my time with SWS! I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this program to anyone looking to help shift the paradigm in postpartum care!”
- Miranda Sherman, Golden, CO, Spring ‘19 Cohort
“This program was AMAZING, as a postpartum Doula with now specializing in Ayurvedic Postpartum Care I can truly say the program offered what others don't, and that's being rooted in our mother instincts. Being reminded that we all have many ideas, opinions and educational backgrounds but at the end of the day we must trust our feelings and instinct first. Thanks, Center for Sacred Window, on helping ground me in my roots.”
- Stephanie Renteria, New Caney, TX, Spring ‘19 Cohort
Group Study is an opportunity for local friends or colleagues to participate in the program together. We hope to foster local support systems for our emerging professionals.
- Group Study Circles of 2 receive a 10% tuition discount!
- Groups of 3 receive 20%!
- And Groups of 4 or more receive a 25% discount on tuition!
Email Christine at [email protected] to receive your tuition discount based on the number of students in your Circle!
We offer a 10% Discount off of tuition for active NAMA members.
Email [email protected] to receive your discount.
Meet the Center for Sacred Window Studies Team!
The Center for Sacred Window Studies was born out of the commitment to bring further into the world the teachings of Ayurveda and Postpartum Care. We recognize a real need for parents and babies to reconnect to these ancient concepts, which can address common difficulties postpartum.
Each team member from the Center for Sacred Window Studies came to this work through contact and study with the late Ysha Oakes, who founded the original Sacred Window School. Her wisdom and heart informed so many, and we honor her work and her memory.
Our mission is not only an effort to expand the accessibility of caregivers trained in this conscious way of caring for new parents and babies, but to affect social change on a broader level.
We believe in meeting families where they are, and adhering to the Mother Principles of simplicity, flexibility, compassion, listening, intuition, grounding and non-judgement. We follow these principles with each other, with our students and as a foundation of the caregiving we teach.
Christine Devlin Eck, Director, Instructor
Christine is the Center’s Director and one of its Instructors. She has a background as an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Educator, Group Facilitator and Birth and Postpartum Doula. She is also a busy mother of 4 boys, most of whom have been brought into the world using the principles we teach. She describes Ayurvedic Postpartum Care as truly powerful and transformative, and a missing link in modern postpartum care. Christine lives in Western Massachusetts in an old farmhouse with her pack of wild boys, amazing husband, two cats, fish, one gecko and flock of beautiful chickens.
Julia Fishman has been involved with the Center for Sacred Windows Studies since our inception. She is an educator, an entrepreneur, an intuitive visionary, an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Ayurvedic Postpartum Doula, yoga teacher and an active Avatar Master. She loves to make learning of profound wisdoms fun, accessible, easy to digest and applicable to life. Guided by a commitment to pragmatically improving the world, Julia spends majority of her time traveling around the country and facilitating consciousness training courses for people and families from all walks of life and from all over the world. She is based in Framingham, MA and the first thing you’ll notice is her relaxed warm directness and never-ending optimism, love and enthusiasm for life.
Ashlee has been fascinated and inspired by birth, babies, and pregnant mama bellies since she was a little girl. Growing up, she witnessed the birth miracle of baby animals many times at her mom’s Veterinary hospital. This and other life experiences planted the seed for her life-long interest in birth work. She is passionate about transforming our cultural perspective on pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and parenting by bringing back ancient wisdom for the modern family. Ashlee currently has a thriving practice, working with midwives in Northern California to provide Ayurvedic prenatal and postpartum care.
Charlotte was led to this work by Spirit as she came up with a business name during meditation. The teacher who trained her called one day and said she had been informally calling her students Ayurdoulas. That is how her deeper journey as a postpartum doula began after years of being a birth doula and prenatal massage therapist. She fully believes in supporting the mama and her experience of growing, birthing and nurturing life on this earth. Charlotte loves seeing how even the simplest shift can add sweetness to the mama’s Sacred Window and put a smile on her face in the midst of changes. As a matter of fact, her former career in the dental field also made people smile! Charlotte lives in San Antonio, TX.
StartWeek One, Module One: Foundations of Ayurveda
StartWeek Two: Foundations of Ayurveda
StartWeek Three: Foundations of Ayurveda
StartWeek Four: Foundations of Ayurveda
StartWeek Five, Module Two: Postpartum Care Foundations (29:53)
StartWeek Six: Postpartum Care Foundations (46:18)
StartWeek Seven: Postpartum Care Foundations
StartWeek Eight, Module Three: Cooking for Postpartum
StartWeek Nine, Module Three: Cooking for Postpartum
StartWeek Ten, Module Three: Cooking for Postpartum
StartWeek Eleven, Module Three: Cooking for Postpartum
StartWeek Twelve, Module Four: Ayurvedic Touch for Postpartum (67:52)
StartWeek Thirteen, Module Five: Growing Your Practice & Inspired Goal Setting
StartWeek Fourteen: Growing Your Practice
Frequently Asked Questions
“I am so grateful that I did the Ayurvedic Postpartum Caregiver certification training. The teachers are all so beautiful, experienced, and amazingly supportive. They have set a high bar of integrity and compassion and that filters into the entire program. Because of this all of the students showed up and connected with each other authentically and overall created a safe womb space to learn this vital knowledge.”
Winter '19 Student, San Diego, CA
“This program exceeded my expectations BY FAR. The communication before the program started was excellent. I felt like they really heard me and understood who I am as a postpartum practitioner. This, to me, was insurance that these women truly understand the way of the feminine. Such a RELIEF in a patriarchal world!! The communication during the program was excellent as well. Instructors were always there for me, always got back to my questions immediately and were always very clear and kind. I cannot think of how it could be any better.”
Fall '18 Student, San Diego, CA
“I am so grateful for signing up to take this course! I learned so very much and feel like the doorway has been opened to continuing to expand and integrate this type of Ayurvedic care for women and families. I think it can bring deep healing to so many and it’s desperately needed. Using the Mother Principles as an anchor for how we practice, how we care for mamas and ourselves and then seeing it modeled in the teachings and sharings of the faculty was so meaningful. If I ever felt overwhelmed by learning the complexities of the Ayurvedic system or a new style of cooking, I was reminded to come back to simplicity and compassion. I found these principles themselves very grounding and nurturing and they built the foundation from which to thrive. I look forward to bringing these tools to my postpartum doula practice and serving families in such an impactful way.”
Washington D.C., Winter 2019 Student
“I really grasped a deeper understanding of the gunas and how to incorporate ayurveda into my everyday life. I also challenged myself to reevaluate my doula service and I feel more confident about my practice because of this program. Thank you! I hope to work more with you all in the future!”
Fall '18 Student, Tempe, AZ
“This program provided ancient Ayurvedic wisdom in such clear, wise, and empowering ways. Applying Ayurvedic wisdom to mothers, babies and their families is one of the best ways to support the great changes that occur to their mind, body and spirit health both in pregnancy and in the postpartum phases. This program allowed me to greatly deepen my understanding of mother’s health, and how to help support their experiences during the Sacred Window so they can truly tap into the potential of this time through deep nourishment and care.”
San Fransisco, CA, Winter 2019 Student