May 3 - 8, 2023
The Berkshires, Massachusetts
We are hosting a ‘Hands on the Sacred Window’
Professional Training Retreat!
Our instructing team, Ashlee Sakaishi-Wilkin, Julia Fishman, Charlotte Senseney-Sternkind and Christine Devlin Eck will host this transformational and deeply integrated Conscious Postpartum Care Training.
Our focus is on the aspects of care that are more difficult to learn online. It is a perfect compliment to our online program and can also be taken by itself for excellent postpartum care skill building.
This Training Will Cover:
Practitioner Given Postpartum Abhyanga
Postpartum Marma Therapy
Postpartum Herbal Preparations
Daily Support Routines
As an attendee, our intention is to create a deeply enriching professional skills training with a restorative retreat experience that offers you intimate connection, self exploration and a sattvic getaway.
If you’ve trained with us online, you know we strive to embody the Universal Mother Principles of simplicity, flexibility, compassion, intuition, listening, grounding, non-judgement and intention.
This retreat experience is the manifestation of these principles from how we welcome you, how we feed you, how we hear you, how we practice together, and how we invite you to open up to this opportunity and how we celebrate the deeply rooted practice of caring for birth givers.
AND…when combined with our Online Training and Professional Development, attendees have the opportunity to save huge amounts on their tuition costs.
More curriculum and schedule information to come!
Welcome to the Playhouse!
Built by Westinghouse and then part of a Vanderbilt Estate, and the first property in the world to be powered by AC electricity, The Playhouse is a renovated iconic Berkshires property that once served as a theater space for America's greatest innovators, with visitors from President McKinley, to Nikola Tesla and Lord Kelvin, and is now hung with fine art, and includes an in-house yoga studio, two kitchens, seven sleeping areas and five bathrooms; amenities include lakefront access, and the best Berkshire views. Come relax at this resort, experience a transformational personal and professional growth experience, connect with new friends and become restored as you learn to restore others.
This retreat space is featured on Netflix in Vacation Rentals as well as Berkshire and Boston Magazines!
Limited Space! Save Your Spot Today!
Our Hands on the Sacred Window Conscious Postpartum Caregiving Training Retreat is located in Lee, Massachusetts in the magical Berkshire Mountains.
Our retreat space is a gorgeous historic building updated with stunning modern details and optimal attention to comfort and convenience.
Rooms vary between dormitory style, double and private.
In addition to onsite accommodations, we have a limited number of commuter student spaces. If you would like to travel with your family or partner, you may secure your own lodgings in the nearby gorgeous Berkshire towns and attend the trainings during the day. Food is included with commuter student tuition.
Want to attend but can't travel? We are offering Virtual student enrollment for those who want to learn but cannot attend in person. Virtual sessions will be live as it is happening in real time as well as recorded for viewing at a more convenient time.
Our training sessions will alternate between active learning in the expansive and open kitchen, a treatment center for giving and receiving bodywork, a comfortable community living space with expansive windows to the outdoors and outside living areas.
We are surrounded by beauty in the heart of the Berkshires with walking trails and a lake just beyond the retreat space. The town of Lee, and nearby Stockbridge and Lenox are iconic Berkshire towns with lots to explore.
The retreat will be structured with learning sessions divided by time to relax, rejuvenate and connect in meaningful ways with our team and student community.
We are here to support you in strengthening your postpartum caregiving skills while offering you a one of a kind retreat experience that honors your journey and welcomes you as part of our sacred window studies family.
There are numerous options for finding transportation between the nearby airports and Retreat Center. Albany Airport (ALB) and Bradley International in Hartford, CT (BDL) are the closest airports. We do not provide a shuttle to the retreat center. Ride share options, taxi, private shuttles and bus service are all options for arriving in Lee. Please note that services like Lyft or Uber may not be available as easily for return trips to the airport as the Berkshires are more remote. Please plan ahead for return transportation.
Want to make a trip of it with your family, friends or partner? There are many beautiful options for staying off site in the Berkshires! We are offering several Commuter student rates for those who wish to travel with others.
We will provide all meals for your stay in house. Our goal is to have you experience eating and preparing many postpartum appropriate and absolutely delicious recipes while you are with us. Students will take turns working in small groups to prepare meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner during our retreat. All recipes will be shared and ready for you to take home and prepare for your client community when you leave. The cost of our daily curriculum planned meals is included in your retreat costs. Students are always free to explore the Berkshires and eat out at any time at their own expense.
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Led by the Founding Instructors of the Center for Sacred Window Studies
Wednesday May 3rd
Arrive anytime and relax until our programming begins!
5:00pm ~ Welcome!
6:30pm ~ Dinner
8:00 – 9:30 ~ Opening Ceremony, Laying the Foundation, Honoring Your Journey
10:00 ~ Tea by the Fire
Thursday May 4th - Sunday May 7th
7am – 8am ~ Morning Practice + Guided Dinacharya.
8am ~ Breakfast
9am – 12:30pm ~ Morning Sessions
12:30 ~ Lunch
3:00 – 6:00 ~ Afternoon Sessions and Rest
6:30 ~ Dinner
8:00 – 9:30 ~ Evening Session
9:30 ~ Fire/Good Night Practice
There will be a Closing Ceremony the Evening of May 7th
Monday May 8th
7am – 8am ~ Morning Practice. Dinacharya.
8am ~ Breakfast and Closing
More to Come!
Attendees will receive a Hands On Training Certificate from the Center for Sacred Window Studies
Frequently Asked Questions:
Airport Transport: While we cannot pay for airport transport, there are a variety of affordable options including rental car, ride share, private limo, bus or carpool. We will work with our students to align shared rides and will make sure everyone arrives in Lee smoothly.
Food: Your food is included in your retreat costs. A major part of our retreat curriculum is cooking instruction. Attendees will all get the opportunity to become familiar with amazing postpartum appropriate recipes that we will share together at meal times. Expect to spend some time working together in the kitchen with your fellow attendees and mastering some new cooking skills!
What to bring: We will provide a detailed packing list as we get closer to the retreat.
Sleeping Arrangements: The Playhouse has a variety of sleeping arrangements. Every student will have their own bed either in a dormitory style room, double room or private room. Commuter student spaces are available for students who wish to find alternate accommodations in the Berkshires or travel with partners and families.
Hands On Practice: You will be given the opportunity to practice the hands on body work multiple times as well as receive the body work if you choose.
COVID: If we need to cancel the retreat due to COVID-19, your retreat costs will be refunded in full. If you decide you are unable to attend due to concerns about COVID-19, we are unable to refund your costs. We will outline safety protocol as we are nearer to the retreat and know more about the state of the pandemic at that time. We take safety very seriously and will make sure our event is as consciously planned as possible.
Have another question? Please email us at email@example.com!