There are no words to truly describe a Sacred Pregnancy retreat. It's a magical place. In August I had the honor of photographing a Sacred Pregnancy (and Sacred Doula) retreat in Toronto. It was so much fun to capture these moments forever. I've been working with Anni Daulter and Sacred Pregnancy for over a year now and I am so thankful for that. It has been a huge blessing in my life. I truly can't imagine life without it. This beautiful book guided me through my pregnancy with Everly and the Sacred Living Movement has grown leaps and bounds since that time (PS a second edition of the book with updated photos is being released in 2015 and one of my photos is being featured!).
Sacred Pregnancy is for any pregnant woman who want to connect more with herself and her baby during the pregnancy. Because pregnancy is such a small amount of time (really, 9 months is so short compared to the years you'll be a mother), Anni has created pregnancy practices to help center you during your pregnancy and really bring beauty and awareness to this special time in life. Sacred Pregnancy retreats are for any woman who wants to teach these classes in their community, though really I could say the retreats are for any woman. You do not have to be pregnant to attend a retreat, you just need a desire to open yourself up and connect with your sisterhood.
When you step through the doors to a Sacred Pregnancy retreat you're stepping into a new world. Hearing about it and experiencing it are two completely different things. Anni adds so many tiny details to the retreat to make it beautiful. She truly shows you the meaning of The Beauty Way of living. The circle where you gather is beyond beautiful and so inviting, you immediately want to sit down inside of it. You begin the morning with a check in and start to get acquainted with the other women in the circle. By the time you leave on the fourth day you're calling these women sisters. Anni guides you through eight lessons of self discovery, awareness, love, gratitude, and beauty. Each piece of the program is designed to push you, to stretch you, and to bring you to a better place. You share with your sisters, create art with them, laugh with them, cry with them, and hold space for them while they grow. You honor each other with massage, bathing, henna, and hair braiding. You release fears, accept love, and claim your power as a woman. On the final day you celebrate your transformation with an explosion of color and hugs! If you're feeling drawn to Sacred Pregnancy in any way don't hesitate, just do it. Your entire life will be better for it. I am a better wife, a better mother, a better person because of my experiences with Anni and Sacred Pregnancy.