Birthlight on Tour all started in the jungle of Phangan, Thailand. It was there that I first met Francoise Freedman and Sally Lomas and was was introduced to the power of a Birthlight training. Sally and I formed a special connection and sitting by the sea surrounded by women who offered their ideas and support is where we started cultivating this idea.
After nearly a year of planning, in April 2016, Spree Hebammen in Berlin hosted the first Birthlight on Tour Motherhood Yoga Teacher Training. Six amazing women from six different countries joined us and what was once and idea over a glass of red wine had become a reality. I have to send a special thank you to our Berlin students for helping us refine the manual – your specific notes were so valuable!
July 2016 found us in Bangkok at Mulino Music. This was the largest training of the year and our host Jaa Sitthimonamnuay went out of her way to ensure this training was a success. One of my favourite memories was teaching Thai massage to our students each day after lunch… who would have thought that a yogini from Los Angeles would be guiding a room full of Thai students through massage techniques native to their country? This is the beauty of living in a connected world.
Taking a bold step, we ended our year with another first – a full retreat at the beautiful Omshanti just outside Barcelona. Micha Merrick joined us and was the perfect addition – her introduction to pregnancy and herbal Thai massage and specialized morning yoga classes added a nurturing touch for each of our students.
Spending six days living in nature, eating delicious vegetarian meals and focusing on Motherhood Yoga was so powerful and inspiring. I made strong bonds with every woman there. After going through some big life changes – those 6 days were just what my soul needed.
I was there to hold space for others but the power of a Birthlight training came through again – I was able to release so many negative emotions and let love in again.
2017 started off with a bang in the Big Apple. Sacred Brooklyn hosted our first U.S. training and what a success! our students came from diverse professional backgrounds – our training became like a Motherhood Master Class!
We will be returning to Sacred next year in March 2018 and I’m working on other North American dates too!
Birthlight on Tour has many exciting trainings ahead.
3-9 May we’ll be in Fukui, Japan for a sold-out teacher training. Our host Rumi and her team have spent months translating our manual into Japanese and Sally and I are looking forward to a few days as tourists before the training starts.
17-22 July Sunshine House Greece hosts our 6 day Motherhood Yoga Training Retreat. Sally leads our 30 hour Yoga Alliance Training while Micha starts the day with yoga and ends it with massage. Sunshine House holds a special place in my heart as I was a Thai Massage student there in April 2014 with Krishnataki. Those 12 days changed the course of my life – Sunshine House is where I met my dear friend Angel Yaffa and through Angel I met Francoise and Sally and Birthlight on Tour was born.
20-26 August in Mallorca, Spain is a retreat that I am so excited to share. This limited availability 7 day Motherhood Yoga Teacher Training Retreat will be held at the beautiful S’era Vella in the Tramuntana Mountains. Sally, Micha and I will be joined by Yasmin Schwartz for nightly Kirtan and a day trip to the historic city of Palma. Beautiful accommodations and delicious vegetarian meals make this retreat something truly special. Reset your soul and return home with new knowledge to share with your students.
Just three short years ago, I was working in Hollywood spending 15-18 hours a day on a film set. Today – I am sharing Motherhood Yoga with as many women and families as I can. I truly believe that what we offer can change the world. Please spead the word and tell your friends about us. I am always here to answer any questions or organize a training in your area.
Love, Katey Wheelhouse
Katey is the course organiser for Birthlight on Tour and a 500 hr YA instructor