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No other yoga training can offer such an inspiring setting than the grounds of the Shanti Uganda birth house and garden. Their retreat provides the opportunity to explore rural Uganda, learn from Shanti Uganda's knowledgeable staff, eat local cuisine, practice yoga outdoors, and experience a different culture in a meaningful and impactful way.
During this retreat, you will stay in Kasana, a short walk or boda boda (motorcycle) ride away from the Shanti Uganda birth house and gardens. All yoga instruction takes place on the beautiful grounds of the birth house alongside the birthing moms and midwives of Shanti Uganda.
Come join this yoga teacher training, and spend ten days learning, exploring, and experiencing yoga. Wake up to the sounds of the jungle, learn about prenatal yoga under the canopy of a tree, see incredible wildlife, and support an award-winning organization on the trip of a lifetime.
This Shanti 40-hour prenatal yoga teacher training in Uganda will immerse you in the prenatal experience from a holistic women’s health perspective while being surrounded by the positive energy and wisdom of the midwives and mommas at the Shanti Uganda Birth House in Luwero, Uganda. The yoga sessions and lectures of this special training are woven into a journey of cultural immersion. No specific yoga experience is needed to take part. This exciting and life changing experience is for anyone interested in travel, cultural exchange, meeting new people, women’s health and wellness, and yoga.
This training will cover the spiritual and mind-body aspects of pregnancy, birth, and women’s health and wellness, anatomy and physiology, physiology of pregnancy and childbirth, teaching techniques for every trimester and postpartum, yoga philosophy, yoga relaxation and visualization techniques, common prenatal conditions, and postnatal yoga. Additionally, you will also learn about perspectives on maternal health in Uganda, traditional birthing practices, and herbs and teas for pregnancy from Shanti Uganda’s head midwife, traditional birth attendant, and agriculturalist.
The unique setting on the grounds of the Shanti Uganda Birth House and garden provides the opportunity to explore rural Uganda, learn from Shanti Uganda’s knowledgeable staff, eat local cuisine, and experience Uganda knowing that your transportation, accommodation, and meals are taken care of, leaving you to simply embrace the learning, growth, and relaxation of this amazing retreat.
This training is for anyone looking to deepen their knowledge of holistic women’s health or prenatal yoga, and have the cultural experience of a lifetime, any professional working with pregnant women who wishes to complement their professional work, such as doulas, midwives, nurses, doctors, childbirth educators, acupuncturists, physiotherapists, and massage therapists, with the training hours qualifying as CEUs with DONA, and teachers of yoga who want to deepen their understanding of the prenatal experience and develop confidence teaching prenatal classes, with the training hours qualifying as CEUs with Yoga Alliance.
Please note that all of the proceeds from this retreat are reinvested into saving the lives of birthing mothers in the very community you will be visiting, to improve infant and maternal health, provide safe woman-centered care, and support the well-being of birthing mothers in the District of Luwero, Uganda. When you register for this course, you are directly contributing to the improvement of infant and maternal health in this community.
This package includes a visit to Zhiwa Rhino Sanctuary and an overnight stay at the Uganda Wildlife Education Center in Entebbe.
Florence began her training as a Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) in 2001, with the NGO SOU in Nakeseke District. Her interest stemmed from childhood when she assisted her grandmother, who was also a TBA, in gathering herbs. She was never allowed in the room, but was always very curious about how the baby came out of the belly button as she had been told. When SOU came into her community asking for TBAs, she signed up for the training for she had already assisted in three deliveries. She remains to this day extremely proud of her certificate.
Born into a family of environmentalists, Ritah has been an agriculturalist almost from birth. After completing secondary school, she followed in her father’s footsteps studying Forestry at St. Mugagga Farm School, and later earning herself a diploma from ViAgro Forestry. Ritah has always been eager to share her knowledge, this is particularly evident when she speaks about herbs and traditional remedies with such passion. She now works closely with Shanti Uganda as an agriculture adviser and provides sustainable gardening and nutrition workshops to Shanti beneficiaries.
Sister Josephine, midwife since 1980 after graduating from Nsambya Nursing and Midwifery School in Kampala. She has experience working in the private a public sectors, including 18 years at the district level as a Assistant Maternal Child Health officer where she trained and updated health workers on the newest best practices for maternal care. Passionate about reducing the rate of maternal and infant death in Uganda, which is why she came to Shanti Uganda as Head Midwife. She has raised eight children, many of whom have been inspired to pursue nursing and midwifery because of their mom.
This training will be held in Luwero, Central Uganda.
Most of the meals will be prepared by Shanti Uganda's local Ugandan cook with fresh ingredients from their on-site garden and other meals will be eaten out in local restaurants, depending on the day's activities.
Uganda is known as the Pearl of Africa. Many participants chose to extend their stay and travel to Jinja, Kampala, or visit the amazing national parks of Uganda. If you would like to explore another nearby African country, Kenya is Uganda's neighbor to the east and Nairobi is only an hour and a half flight from Kampala.
Entebbe International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The Shanti Uganda Society will pick you up from the airport to ensure all participants arrive and leave as a group. All flights are arranged one to two months in advance, if you would like to travel before or after the training or have other travel needs, please let them know.