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We offer 9 month internships, 10 day modules and elective placements

                                            Apprenticeship with Da-a-luz.

We are apprentices of life, learning from the land and the wise and varied women we will live with…. This is a chance to get back to our true selves… to create ceremony, keep traditional skills alive whilst still keeping time to cultivate our instincts.
A group sharing a passion to recreate birth for the next generation….

On a practical level what will this mean?

My wish is to choose 6 families/ women who will live in our area for a cycle of 4 seasons from Sept till mid june.

Through the autumn, we will prepare for winter, be inspired by spring and be tropical for summer…………sharing the passion to create a new paradigm for birth in Europe.

Our area is a diverse mix of many who have decided to live a more simple and green lifestyle, Orgiva has been dubbed the ‘new age capital of Europe’ so the range of activities is immense from pottery to tantric dancing..all possible here.

Our students can choose to live on a shared peice of land nearby the school or to live in local accomadation, which averages at around 350e month.

If you choose to live on the community field life will be close to nature, close to each other in a structure of your own. We have a small communal kitchen,Water from the spring is a 20 walk or close drive…. There is no electricity, nor WiFi.  Cooking together, gathering & chopping wood, living simply, helping create a community garden, enjoying freezing mornings.…….. not forgetting the challenges of living so close brings!

It is a very beautiful place, lots of parties and fair amount of wild things going on.lawless some say encouraging the bravery we need to be birthkeepers.


A year with Da-a-luz  will kickstart your journey to being a birthkeeper in your community, able to inform,inspire and support women during birth.
We will enjoy a stream of wise women staying with us during the course who will also live and breathe alongside us on our process……….

The course is 9 months of study; mid  October through to end of June.We offer 400 hours of study, the resources and guidance to produce your own project of a chosen subject  and an oppurtunity to be part of developing a centre dedicated to creating radical birth change in Europe.

We look at:

  • :The history of midwifery and what it means to be a post modern midwife.
  • On going basic study of anatomy and physiological birth.
  • Intensive course to enable you to run birth preparation course.
  • Politics of birth.
  • Ethics,law and human rights in childbirth
  • Out of the ordinary..looking at breech, twins and other skills we need to support our practice.
  • Running a community practice the highs and lows
  • Post birth care.
  • Breast feeding.
  • Four weeks herbal medicine.
  • Shiatsu course.
  • Taste of kinesiology, homeopathy, acupuncture.
  • Hypnobirthing.
  • Weekly sharing circle.
  • Singing weekly
  • and often lots more random amazing stuff to do!

We will work together to further the changes in birth across the world, we ask students to take an active role in developing the school and working to create the centre during work days….. a helping hand when we welcome elective students and fundraising to keep the school growing.

You will play an active role in the Da-a-luz bumps and babies group.

It will be an intense but fun!


To come to be with us we ask 1850 pounds. This covers all teaching,and a spot in the field to camp, you need to think what you would live in we do not provide your shelter.                 A donation will be agreed each week for communal shopping for the kitchen (25e-30e a week) fruit and veg is really cheap. Health food can be ordered wholesale.

We hope that this  fee will make it viable for everyone. if you would like to be with us but feel that money is a barrier we do offer  one volunteer is bloody hard work as you are studying and running around like a nutter but we are also open to suggestions if you have a particular skill.

Yes you will have to support yourselves for a year also but no one will starve!
We will look after each other……..and a possible lesson in poverty is essential to every midwife as we certain will never be rich from our work!

Where does my money go?

In the next year all fees will be poured into the school building and landscaping, we pay teachers expenses and the project leader Vanessa Brooks take a very minimal salary when possible!                                                                                                         


At the end of the year we hope transformation, empowerment and knowledge will lead  you  towards being a true birth keeper in your community,

You will be proud of a beautiful body of work you have created and you will have a network of brave a wonderful folk beside you….we welcome students to stay with us longer to gain more insight and the possibility to attend births with our practice.

There are many questions that need to be answered so do ask them……….
Fire away….

I will be holding interviews in May and ask that you visit us then to meet face to face and to feel the place.

Blessings may we journey together……


Part time…
Da-a-luz offers elective students  the opportunity to join us at the  midwives camp living and learning alongside the full time apprentices.
We offer placements of 10 days all year which give enough time to experience camp life, enjoy the library and company of birth pioneers from around the world.
Our week looks like this…Well generally:
(The teaching is with which ever guest teacher is with us…)
Mondays: We sing! With Layla…A session to raise the oxytocin and exercise the lungs. Then we help our team of builders on the temple where one day we will learn with views over the mountains.
Afternoon teaching session.
Tuesdays: We study all day today.
Wednesday: Morning study session lunch then a more practical afternoon together..walking creating and dreaming of how to make all this better and better together…..
Thursday: A free day as market is in town to enjoy…… An evening circle for students to share joys and difficulties that come up from the journey of midwifery learning and living in community
Friday:9am Yoga with Aziza  ..suggested 5e.
10.30am Women’s circle, open to our wider community to listen and share from our hearts (students do not have to attend but most do… free activity) Friday afternoons is study period…
The weekends are free time to be and explore this beautiful area.

To join us we ask £300 for your ten day stay which includes,food and tuition, camping spot is included but a tent and bedding is not. However if prefered there is an excellent selection of cheap accommodation around..Órgiva Vacation Rentals & Short Term Rentals –

All of those who have come have deeply loved it despite the challenges of living off grid in very simple surrounding, washing in the river, sitting by the fire, absorbing the wisdom of those around and the greater knowledge of the earth….. There are often lively dance parties here juxtaposed with satsang meetings of stillness. Diversity is so opening.
Please let me know the dates you would like to come and I will check the time table and tell you what’s going on around that time.
To book your time please send a deposit of £100 to
Vanessa Brooks
Caxia bank.  Pl del doctor Fleming,5, 18400,Orgiva,Spain
IBAN/BIC: ES16 2100 2505 06011035 8812/ CAIXESBBXXX
So looking forward to sharing special fireside times. A meeting of minds that can change birth and offer space for real midwifery to flourish.
Blessings Vanessa

3 thoughts on “Courses”

  1. I met with you at Buddahfield in July with my daughter Rachel. She and her husband Ben have asked me to be with them for the birth of their baby – what an honour privaledge and excitement. I am so so grateful for all we learnt with you over those 3 days. I trust I will use it well and be there to bless and welcome my new grandchild.
    Thank you.
    I’m not a midwife – just a nurse and mother – but I might try and visit you one day. A wonder-ful learning.