By Raquel Alfaro:
When I think about the meaning I hold for the word “retreat,” I think about a beautiful location surrounded by trees, in a peaceful place away from the rest of the world. In battle, retreat means to withdraw and pull back. In many ways our UDA Retreat embodies both of these meanings by providing a beautiful location where we as birth workers can withdraw from the world. The retreat provides an opportunity to pull back from the stress of life and relish in creating new friendships, reconnecting with old ones, and taking time for ourselves.
One of my favorite things about the retreat is listening to the stories of fellow doulas. I love hearing about their journeys over the last year and bonding over the many experiences we have in common. I enjoy reconnecting with fellow birth workers and witnessing the hard work of those that coordinate the event. There is always something new to experience and I can count on feeling charged and excited about our community when I leave!
Here’s what other fellow doulas have to say about the UDA Retreat:
Last year’s retreat was my first and it was also my first time mingling with local doulas as a brand new doula. It was the perfect way to start off my career by making connections in a relaxed, low key environment. I learned a lot and felt like a welcomed part of the Utah birth worker fam.” -Bethany Roholt
“I love the UDA Retreat! The world of birth workers is so loving and supportive, and I never felt it more than at the retreat. I love meeting new people and making new friends and connections there. It’s a much-needed break from the stresses of everyday life, in the company of like minded people, good food and a fun, relaxing environment.” -Dani Reed
“ It’s so nice to get away and fill my cup so that I can better help and support my clients and be a better mother to my children and wife to my wonderful husband. Self care is important for everyone.” -Karina Robinson
It’s time. Time to take care of yourself and connect fully with our amazing doula community! Come share a meal, some laughter, and playful moments. Take home the feeling of belonging, being understood, and being ready to tackle another year of birth work! I look forward to seeing you there!
To learn more or to register for this year’s retreat click here.
About Raquel Alfaro:
Raquel is a proponent of living true to yourself and finding deep connection. She delights in supporting families through the challenging questions and learning to release blocks and fears to find self empowerment and strength. She is on the Utah Doula Association Board and has been a Certified Advanced Doula for 4 years. You can find out more about her and what she brings to the birth space at: www.starlightdoulaservices.com