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With Woman Retreat: Reclaiming Birth as a Rite of Passage

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Karuna Sanctuary

Katoomba, NSW


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With Woman is a three day retreat for midwives, doulas, student midwives, birth-workers, doctors, academics, educators and anyone who works with women.

The childbirth rite of passage is a time of enormous transformation and growth for women. The beliefs, attitudes and fears of those supporting a women influence her experience and her sense of self during transformation.

This retreat will be a journey into the roles and responsibilities of those who hold space for births to unfold.

We will share a weekend of connection, community, learning and nurturing, learning skills, and ways of being that support the physiology of birth and the transformative aspects of the birth experience.

We will deeply explore what each of us brings into our relationships with childbearing women, and how that influences our presence at birth. And we will focus on how to be ‘with woman’ in today's complex birthing climate.


The With Woman Retreat is held at The Karuna Sanctuary, in the beautiful Blue Mountains. Set in 374 acres of native bushland, Karuna is a tranquil and private place for our retreat.

Onsite accommodation is in bunk style shared rooms. There are also converted railway carriages which offer a unique style of accommodation. There are some single rooms available. All onsite accommodation has shared bathrooms. If you are choosing to stay on site you will need to bring all your own bedding including sheets, sleeping bag, blankets or doona, pillows, towels, toiletries.

Alternatively participants may like to stay off site. Katoomba offers a wide range of accommodation options to meet all needs and budgets.

COST (incl. GST; excl. booking fee)


$660 - includes 3 day workshop, all food and materials.

$715 - includes 3 day workshop, 2 nights accommodation (bunk style), all food and materials.


$550 - includes 3 day workshop, all food and materials.

$605 - includes 3 day workshop, 2 nights accommodation (bunk style), all food and materials.

  • SSW

If you are a graduate of the School of Shamanic Womancraft, or a teacher on one of the SSW programs (4/8SJ, CWSDP, MS, AWHQ), please enter your code to access the relevant ticket options. If you need a code emailed to you, please contact Judy on the email found below.

To assist with travel arrangements, participants may like to purchase one or two extra nights onsite accommodation inclusive of meals (dinner and breakfast), for Thursday 6th and/or Sunday 9th.


Add to purchase when booking your place in the retreat.

$82.50 per extra night, including two meals (dinner and breakfast).

With Woman Retreat: Reclaiming Birth as a Rite of Passage accounts for 25 Continuing Professional Development Points (hours).

Certificates will be provided.

Women with Babies

This Retreat welcomes women in all life phases and we support women with babies who wish to attend. There are some extra considerations for women wishing to bring their babies along.

Onsite sleeping arrangements may not be suitable for women with ‘babes in arms’ or ‘babies on the move’. Beds are single or bunk style, with limited single room space.

Women with ‘babies in arms’ may like to consider arranging a support person to care for the baby during the Retreat and workshops

Women with ‘babies on the move’ will need to arrange a support person or carer to come along for the duration of the Retreat.

If bringing a support person and choosing to stay onsite the cost for the carer is $55 per night. There will be an additional cost for carer meals.

Please contact Judy to discuss attending the retreat with a baby and/or support person.

For further information and enquiries please contact
Judy Mort judy@artemisrising.com.au


Jane Hardwicke Collings is a midwife, teacher, writer and menstrual educator. She gives workshops on mother and daughter preparation for menstruation, the spiritual practice of menstruation, and the sacred dimensions of pregnancy, birth and menopause.

Jane founded and runs The School of Shamanic Womancraft, an international Women’s Mysteries School, which focuses on preparing women to practice and teach conscious rites of passage, awareness of the cycles.

Jane is the author of Thirteen Moons: how to chart your menstrual cycle (workbook), Spinning Wheels (a guide to the cycles), Becoming a Woman (for girls approaching menstruation) and Ten Moons: The Inner Journey of Pregnancy.

Dr Rachel Reed is a Senior Lecturer and Midwifery Discipline Lead at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She has provided midwifery care for hundreds of women in a range of settings in the United Kingdom and Australia. Rachel’s PhD thesis explored ‘midwifery practice during birth: rites of passage and rites of protection’. She has published widely and been invited to speak at many events. Rachel is committed to the task of reclaiming women’s rights, and rites in childbirth. She is also the author of the MidwifeThinking blog.

Jessie Johnson-Cash is a midwife, lecturer and speaker. She facilitates support circles for the student midwives at the University of the Sunshine Coast and registered midwives in her local community. She is passionate about promoting physiological and instinctive birth, and supporting and building connections; with ourselves, our colleagues and the women we work with.

Marie-Louise Lapeyre has been a midwife for 20 years, she has worked in tertiary hospitals, small country hospitals, has attended home-births and worked in South-Sudan. She is graduate of the School for Shamanic Womancraft.

During this time her curiosity has led her to investigate the relationship between the physiology of birth, neurology, sociology, biology, psychology and epigenetics. Her conclusion is that kindness and presence are integral to the feminine practise of midwifery and that considering birth from an animistic perspective has the potential to be truly transformative.

Judy Diana Mort has over 20 years’ experience as a midwife working with birthing women and families in Australia and England, in both public hospital and homebirth settings. She currently practices as a midwife in the public health system. Judy holds a passion for all aspects of child birth and brings an awareness of sacred birth to the hospital environment. She supports students with clinical supervision and mentorship.

Judy is dedicated to facilitating an experience of the divine feminine for women in her community. Through the healing modality of Shamanic Womancraft she guides women to remember and reclaim their innate wisdom, inner knowing and authentic nature. She offers workshops, courses and various community based women’s circles.

Sequoia Krop is a writer, a witch, a doula, a priestess of the women’s mysteries. She is a teacher with the School of Shamanic Womancraft and facilitates workshops for women on honouring ourselves, cycles, menstruation, magick, drum making and holds Red Tent. She has run Red Tents and presented workshops, talks and rituals at various conferences and festivals around Australia. Sequoia works in service to women and the goddess and is dedicated to the sisterhood and the vision of living the healed feminine.

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