Continuing Education events
These are courses to help you be able to continue to develop your work with maternity clients. Some are taught by Well Mother teachers and for others we bring in the expertise of outside specialists. Some are half day or one day courses. There is a regular Residential gathering every couple of years, which people find to be a very enriching experience, both for their work and for them personally.
If you want to attend a day of a course which you have already attended as revision/CPD then you can pay half price. If you are wanting to train as a teacher then you begin by assisting on courses. This means you can attend the course for free in exchange for assisting.
Open to shiatsu practitioners, massage therapists and midwives, doulas and other professionals who have attended a Well Mother course, unless stated otherwise.
Numbers are limited so please book your place as soon as you can. Course booking information.
Costs and dates
See each course for details
Early booking discount – you need to pay for whole course 8 weeks before start date.
Exploring the Elements: Two events: Sunday May 15th and Saturday and Sunday September 17th/18th in the countryside near Bristol (Cheltenham), open to all
These events will be primarily experiential: we will guide you through different ways of exploring the elements and experiencing how they relate to your bodies and beings.
The May day will focus more on the earthy realm: exploring the movement of the seasons through the Chinese and Ayurvedic elements of Earth, Fire, Water , Wood, Metal and Air and how they relate to the Ayurvedic element of Space. This is more about the 12 meridians (but no prior knowledge necessary).
The September weekend focuses more on the element of Space while also giving an opportunity to delve a little deeper into the earthy elements and exploring the interconnections between the Chinese and Auryvedic systems. This is more about the Extraordinary Vessels (but no prior knowledge necessary). You can attend this without having previously attended the May day, or you might want to do it as a follow on from May.
The workshops are aimed both at bodyworkers looking to incorporate the elements into their work and all people on a journey of self exploration.
They will all include, to varying amounts and depending on the needs and interest of the group:
– Movement: yoga, dance, meridian exercises
– Meditation: breathwork, visualization
– Sound: mantras and song
-Touch based exercises: these may include off or on the body touch, exploring how we give and receive touch: no previous knowledge of shiatsu or massage necessary,
– Reflection: journaling, dialogue, drawing
Located in the green space of the Tree of Life centre ( just outside Cheltenham: http://www.blockclearance.com/contact_us.htm) Some of the activities will happen outside in nature, weather permitting.
The workshop will be led by mother and daughter Suzanne Yates and Rosa Lia who will be drawing upon their combined backgrounds in shiatsu, yoga and bodywork.
Suzanne is a shiatsu and massage therapist, specialized in pregnancy and birth. (http://www.wellmother.org)
Rosa is a yoga teacher as well as Thai and Ayurvedic massage therapist. (http://www.rosaliabodywork.com)
Pot luck lunch, try to bring an elementally themed dish! We will send out further information on this
Individual Supervision and Small Study Groups: Regular group in London with Nicola Endicott
If you would like to have individual supervision once you have completed your training with us, or additional supervision while you are training, many of our teachers are able to offer this. This can be offered as one to one supervision (which is currently at a cost of £40 per hour with teachers, £30 hour with assistant teachers or £50 an hour with Suzanne) or small study groups. This can be face to face supervision or on Skype. Please contact the relevant teacher for details. You may want to organise a small group of people in your area to have some regular supervision.
Nicola Endicott runs regular small study groups in London. They are open to anyone who has studied with Suzanne Yates: midwife, doula, educator, shiatsu or massage therapist.The aim of the group is for Well Mother students and practitioners to receive supervision and extra training on working with pregnant women as well as pregnancy, birth and postnatal treatments.
For details of the next Wellmother practice class contact Nicola
The group will practice and revise any aspects of the Wellmother courses that you wish to re-visit or clarify. The agenda for the day is decided by the group on the day, based on what those attending want to study. There is a limit to 5 people attending the group.
The class needs to be booked in advance, either with a cheque to Nicola Endicott or via online credit to her account. Further details can be obtained from Nicola
Contact; e-mail email@example.com or tel 01306-640389.
Residential: Coming into being 2017
I am running a course based on exploring our journey from conception to the first year of our lives. This will involve exercises and meditations to help you understand this period more deeply and then guided shiatsu and massage sessions where you can integrate this into your work with clients. These could be maternity clients, including those trying to conceive, or with babies or indeed with any client.
This course is open to everyone who has done a course with me: midwives, massage and shiatsu therapists, wherever in the world. It is a great opportunity to meet up and exchange work and get more input. The course is very much for you to deepen your work: with input from me, as well as from your colleagues. As the course is in beautiful countryside, weather depending, we will be doing some work outside in nature and having some space to relax while understanding more about your work. It is fun and inspiring.
I am still working out exactly when and where this course will be held
Suzanne is supporting her second group of trainee teachers who did some teaching on the last Holycombe Residential in May 2014. She is not currently considering training more teachers.
CPD Day courses
I have not got any organised for the moment, but please let me know if you have specific ideas.
Honouring the cycles of renewal and creation – a course for Shiatsu practitioners with Nicola Endicott
‘How to fine tune your Shiatsu to support women’s monthly cycle and men’s natural energy rhythm’.
We live in a society that values results, forgetting where and what has happened for them to come about. The natural cycles of day and night allow us to rest and renew our energy in order to be active in the day; most of us know that if we don’t sleep enough it can be difficult to function the next day. Similarly we have a cycle of seasons, plants renew their energy in the winter and fruit in the summer, most people experience higher energy levels in the summer, when there is more daylight and lower energy in the winter. Some people sleep more in the winter and less in the summer. However in our modern living setup, the expectation is that we will work as much and be as productive whatever the time of year.
Another cycle which gets much neglected is the monthly cycle; some people notice they have more energy with full moon and less energy with the new moon. Most menstruating women experience renewed energy in the run up to ovulation and a time of introspection and need for rest when menstruating.
Our long term health can be better supported, if we can honour our changing needs throughout our monthly and seasonal cycles.
Some of the more obvious symptoms of not renewing our energy are ‘burnout’, exhaustion, menstrual irregularities, difficulties with fertility, emotional volatility and depression. Addressing these issues through Shiatsu, can be more effective with an understanding of the receivers ‘cycle’ of renewal and requires the co-operation of the client to address changes in life style, which support their energy.
Nicola Endicott runs a one day Shiatsu workshop for Shiatsu practitioners, which aims to:
a. Bring more awareness to our daily, monthly and seasonal cycles of energy renewal. Discover more ways to support ourselves within these.
b. Look at theoretical understanding of women’s monthly cycle within the western and eastern health models. Discuss symptoms of imbalance in the cycle and how we could readdress these within a Shiatsu session.
c. Give several Shiatsu sessions to others on the course, using the new understanding of the role cycles and theoretical health knowledge covered on the course.
d. Explore Shiatsu points , exercises and lifestyle changes, that could be supportive to the changing needs at different phases of the cycles.
The next course is on
28th and 29th January 2017. I would offer an early bird fee before 28th October 2016 of £135. Otherwise £150. Dorking, Surrey
Contact Nicola Endicott for a booking form: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01306-640389
Australia Melbourne CPD
Courses are run every couple of years here when Suzanne is over for her teaching programme. Enquire for details. These courses vary.
Her next trip is September 2018
The Australian Shiatsu College
103 Evans Street
Brunswick VIC 3056
Ph: 03 9387 1161 Fax: 03 9387 1191
How to book
How to book maternity courses
For course dates, please click on the course you are interested in and you will find a link to the course dates on the left hand side of the page
If you would like to book a course in the UK you can email a copy of the correct booking form directly to Well Mother.
More information maternity courses
If you would like to book a course, but have a few more questions before booking, then please don’t hesitate to email email@example.com
or phone us with any questions – see our contact details.
If you would like to book a course outside the UK, please contact the relevant organiser.
Methods of payment accepted are:
- Cheque (payable to Well Mother)
- Bank transfer (details available on demand)
- PayPal (there is an additional charge of £15)