DA-A-LUZ OASIS Post modern midwifery school


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After twenty years of midwifery practice and many summers chatting to student midwives led Vanessa Brooks director of the Oasis  to realise there are glaring gaps of  necessary knowledge in present midwifery training.

We are proud to present our project that will create a post modern training  for midwives across Europe

Creating a sustainable network of professionals to support families and each other.


We will holding space for the midwives  persecuted around the globe to share their infinite wisdom and rest their tired bones.

Our school is in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Southern Spain. The fertile land is abundant with oranges, lemons, almonds and olives. Year-round sunshine and gushing water from the 100 year old irrigation system enable us to grow food. We will take studies back to a basic wisdom. Living on the land, nurtured and inspired students and teachers will flourish from the earth up.

We have gathered the sharpest, most passionate minds in midwifery to create a centre of wisdom away from modern medicine, protocol and insurance issues which stop true midwifery from flourishing as a profession. Rather than fighting a non functioning system, we are creating a new paradigm…….. Starting afresh.


A little about the director of the Oasis Vanessa Brooks…

DA~A~LUZ was created by myself, Vanessa Brooks, I was lucky enough to learn my midwifery skills in the same way as Ina May Gaskin; empirically “with woman” in an incredible community in the South of Spain.

Over 20 years many, many babies have been born on the mountain side with the support and love of a tribe.  Two of my children were born there in my teepee – both beautiful births. I knew nothing of birth before living in this paradise but for some reason folk kept asking me to accompany them on their journeys!

I became the midwife. I studied hundreds of books about birth, but it was the actually births that taught me and still do 20 years later to be with woman in her most instinctual, intimate moments this was a gift…… I thank each one of those families for trusting their bodies and myself to guide them.

My first experience within a hospital setting was to feed my passion to change birth.  A ‘normal’ birth was, it seemed, the most terrible experience, lying on her back this beautiful mother was cut and her baby dragged from her… Compared to the ecstatic, if often long and hard births I had seen, this was truly a hideous event.

This fired my interest in looking at birth in other countries, surly women in more ‘modern’ places were not enduring this experience? Well apparently yes! Birth practices across Europe were not serving families leaving damage and trauma in many.

I became a birth activist travelling the world with Midwifery today, Ina May and her fantastic colleagues, studying what were the root causes of the present birth culture.

What I discovered was that midwives were trained in a medical model not at all suited to good birth culture..From this realisation Da a Luz the Midwifery Oasis was born.



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6 thoughts on “DA-A-LUZ OASIS Post modern midwifery school

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  2. Sounds fantastic and is much needed for new midwives to connect with their inner wisdom and touch their feminine power. Birth on earth cannot be changed until the medical mystique of birth is removed – only women can do this. I look forward to seeing this school evolve.
    Mary Ziegler
    Know Your Midwife


  3. Such important work. I am a doula and would love to learn more midwifery skills, but I could never train or work within the NHS. Are there any courses coming up? I am happy to hang out and help out around your beautiful place. Keep up the important work! So courageous. Xx


    • Hello lovely, here is our itinerary for the year till Oct. let me know if theres a time you wish to come xxx

      ⭐️Itinerary for Daaluzoasis January 2018 – June 2018.⭐️

      Classes run Monday- Wednesday 10am – 5pm each week.
      Women’s circle runs every Friday 11.15-1.45

      Classes with:
      ❤️ are modules that will count towards the Da-a-luz midwifery accreditation.
      🌞 are weeks exclusively for our full time students.
      🤰bumps babies week

      Please e mail or message me for more information on individual modules, fees are variable and spaces limited.

      🌞Monday 8th January:
      This week we are joined by Ruth Willis ( https://doula.org.uk/doula/ruth-willis/) we will enjoy womb blessing, dancing for birth and all her knowledge and wisdom as an experienced birth keeper in her community.
      The birth business….

      ❤️Monday 16th -18January:
      ‘Love of birth and herbs’
      With Sophie Paulding ( BSc honours,herbal medicine )
      We will look at the importance of herbal knowledge for the birthkeepers.
      An in-depth study of preparing and use of 10 herbs that will serve you in your practice.
      The second part of the module will take place on 7th -9th May.

      ❤️ 22nd -23rd January:
      ‘Food for thought’ with Rebecca Jones.
      We will take an in-depth look at what the body needs to conceive, during pregnancy and the breast feeding journey.
      Essential knowledge for those guiding women through these journeys.
      Monday 29 January:
      ❤️A week with resident teachers Vanessa Brooks & Deborah Faye Rhodes, looking at normal birth, VBAC & twins in the Home birth environment
      ❤️ Monday 5-14th February:
      Comprehensive breast feeding, with Emily Clark.
      This is a two week intensive everything you could want to help women through thier breast feed journey and more!
      More infomation can be found at……
      ❤️ Monday 19-28 February:
      ‘You are a temple’ with Alexa Dean.
      As birth worker we must look after our own well being to keep our practice sustainable. To prevent burnout is one of our biggest challenges.
      We will also look at the importance of ceremony during the childbearing year.
      Daily yoga, massage techniques, rebozo, developing listening, closing the bones and blessing way ceremony’s.
      ( http://www.alexadean.co.uk/ )
      🌞Monday 5th March: full time student project week/exam
      ❤️Monday 12-14th March.
      ‘Birthrites’ with Jady Mountjoy.
      Reclaiming and redefining our rites of passage as women in these times.

      • Introducing a radical approach to women’s development that is central to girls’ and women’s health and psycho-spiritual growth, rooted in the wisdom held in the menstrual cycle.
      • Developing the skills to navigate and nurture our inner ecology as women through charting and interpreting our cycle
      • Exploring how harnessing and honouring the wisdom of our cycle influences our experience and approach to fertility, conception, pregnancy, birth, motherhood and relationships.
      • Dignifying, acknowledging and empowering our girls and women through ceremony and ritual, from menarche to menopause and beyon.
      ❤️March 26-27th
      Homeopathy with Elizabeth Flynn.
      Elizabeth is a home birth muma with years of experience using homeopathy with women and families.
      Having worked in Africa, Ireland and now living in Spain we are honoured to have her with us.
      Monday 2nd April. Holiday week.
      🌞Monday 9th April:
      🌞Monday 16th April:
      20-22nd April Kidz festival.
      A weekend of fun and learning for kidz from all over the world!

      ❤️Monday 23-25th April
      Kinesiology skills with Suzzane Ruddle.
      A brilliant course we enjoyed so much last year learning this incredible technique, so valuable to birth keepers.
      🌞Monday 30th May
      ❤️Friday 4-6th May:
      MIDWIVES ROCK: Da-a-luz annual meeting of minds from all over Europe, inspiring discussions and debate around how to create real change within birth culture and preserve our autonomy.
      We will also be joined by Joy Horner who will share her brilliant breech workshop and wisdom learned from her many years as an independent midwife in the U.K.

      MAY: During May we will be running two modules:
      ❤️The place of Law & ethics in Birth.
      ❤️Emergency refugee care and cultural awareness.
      We will be confirming dates ASAP. Please register your interest In these modules and I will send more info when available.

      ❤️Monday 7th-9th May.
      Second part of herbal modual ( it is necessary to have attended the first class in Jan. to attend.)
      🌞Monday 14th May: Mel scott.
      🌞Monday 21st May politics week…ethics…
      🌞Monday 28th May
      🌞Monday 4th June:
      Ten day elective placement open to university students.

      The next 2 year course will begin in mid October 2018 if you would like more details please e mail me.

      We ask that to take part in our inspiring classes you are a member of Da-a-luz, link below in blue.u
      This enables us to continue our work on the temple build and the on going development of the project.

      💛So looking forward to an incredible year of sharing wisdom💛

      Blessings Vanessa Brooks
      Project manager, DA-A-LUZ OASIS.

      Please support us by becoming a member.

      💜 Changing consciousness birth by birth ❤️


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