Womb Surround Birth Process Groups

Womb Surround Workshops

Facilitated by Julia Duthie assisted by Elmer Postle. 3 days residential.
Dates: 10th – 12th November 2017
23rd – 25th February 2018.
Venue: Ealing, West London. Price £600.00
NB: cost includes residential accommodation at the venue in Ealing.

A Womb Surround workshop is a small therapeutic group which creates a safe, welcoming environment in which to explore early imprinting from preverbal life that is affecting your present life. The workshop runs over a three day period with a group of up to four participants.
How we come into relationship from the very start of life can become a touchstone for how we conceive of relationships later on. Studies show that our brains and nervous systems grow including the influences of what it was like coming into relationship in gestation and early infancy. Patterns of bonding and attachment or separation informs our choices as we connect with the world about us. During a time of intense brain and nervous system development from gestation to three years of age we are literally ‘making our minds up’ in a physiological sense. How we develop, therefore, has an influence on the choices we have in our lives. With support and nurturing as we grow, we have an increased ability to handle stress and have healthy anger responses. With less support and higher stress surroundings we may develop in ways that limit our growth potential. Our growth never stops, however, and new brain and nervous system connections are always in formation. In favourable conditions of bonding and attachment we can both re-pattern and learn new ways of relating.

What happens in the group? The group begins with a review of principles and skills to establish the group can actively support the person working. The establishment of key principles including confidentiality, timing and choice help create a welcoming, safe and supportive environment. Each participant receives a session with Julia Duthie, with the group, in which he or she explores physical and emotional patterns of prenatal, birth or infancy origin. Each session is about 1.5hrs – 3.5 hrs in duration. Each person in the group who is not having a turn helps hold therapeutic space for the person in the client role in a co-creative way. After each session, sometimes the following day, there is a cognitive and integrative review of each piece of work before the next turn begins. The purpose of the group is to heal and re-pattern early trauma to support choice in patterns of behaviour and ways of being in relationship. The process also supports the potential for deeper, loving bonding in primary relationships.

Who is it for? The group is for anyone who is ready for a process-type therapy group. All adults, including couples are welcome. If you are not ready for such a group, individual sessions with Julia Duthie or Elmer Postle may be the first step.

Julia Duthie, a midwife for nearly 40 years, has worked as an independent midwife since 1990.  She has been active in the field of birth healing for over 30 years, she is a Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist and Birth and Prenatal Therapist. She also uses family constellations and somatic experiencing in her therapeutic work.  She has trained with many pioneers in the field of birth and prenatal therapy, including Ray Castellino, William Emerson, Karlton Terry and Franklyn Sills.
Julia has decades of experience in welcoming babies into the world as conscious beings, recognising each baby as an active participant in the birth process.  She brings this awareness and experience to her work with adults as they re-pattern their own births and build new imprints of being received with love and consciousness.
Julia lives in South Devon; she is the mother of 4 children and is now enjoying being a grandmother.

Elmer Postle is a Craniosacral therapist and film maker with a specialism in birth psychology. He has studied Source Process and Breathwork, Prenatal and Birth Therapy and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy which together form the basis of his practice. He has trained and worked with with pioneers in the field of birth psychology including Binnie A Dansby, Ray Castellino, Dr William Emerson, Franklyn Sills and Michel Odent. In 2005 Elmer produced the documentary film The Healing of Birth for the field of professional birth education. He has worked in television as a director and cameraman and produces recordings in the therapeutic self-development field through Whole Being Films. Elmer co-founded the ‘Fathers-to-Be’ initiative and in 2016 co-facilitated the Healthy Birth Healthy Earth Conference at the Findhorn Foundation, Scotland. He lives in London with his wife and son.
For enrolment and more information contact: elmerpostle@gmail.com
Telephone Elmer on: +44 (0) 7785 926796
Julia on: +44 (0) 7967 180879