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Being pregnant and giving birth is one of the most amazing and at the same time, one of the most daunting experiences you will have as a woman. This retreat will prepare you and your baby for birth, both physically and emotionally. It will help you to get in touch with your inner strength and intuition to make you feel empowered to give birth your way.


Nicole, a renowned midwife, and Anneriek, an exceptional yoga teacher, have joined forces to provide you with guidance and wisdom on your options during pregnancy and birth. Furthermore your body and mind will be nurtured with yoga and meditation to help you even better prepare for your birthing experience. 


In a beautiful setting you will learn about:

  • The physiology of pregnancy and birth 

  • How to look after your body & mind using yoga, meditation and breath

  • What does active birthing mean and how you can apply it

  • Your options before, during and after labor - including interventions, pain management, and decision making strategies.

At the end of the 2 days you will have a complete birthing plan and a comprehensive understanding on how to achieve Your optimal birthing experience.

Retreat times:

9.00AM start and 5PM finish for both days.

Cost: $275 early bird or $325 after 1/7/2017, including lunch. $50 for your support person (Day 2 only)


A $100 non refundable deposit is required to secure your spot. Check with your health insurer to see if you are eligible to claim for "pregnancy related services".


Anneriek’s beautiful property in Cattai, NSW. 50 minutes outside Sydney CBD. Just 15 minutes from Hawkesbury hospital.


Early bird: $275

After 1st of July 2017: $325

$50 for your support person who is invited to attend Day 2.

Including all beautiful healthy lunch and snacks.

For Who

Suitable for women in all stages of pregnancy.


9AM start and 5.00PM finish. A detailed schedule will be provided at the start of the retreat. All meals are included. 

Your support person is invited to attend Day 2 with you.


Contact Anneriek on 0439 886 185 or

We welcome participants into a beautiful rural property, which creates a trusting and open environment to learn, share and explore. This retreat is suitable for women in all stages of pregnancy. Group size will be kept to a limited number. 


This Optimal Birth retreat includes:​

  • Guided breath, meditation and mindfulness sessions

  • Yoga sessions to both prepare for and recover from birth

  • The physiology of giving birth and active birth guidelines

  • Preparing for birth and having a birth plan
    Working with your pain, including drug free pain relief

  • Decision making strategies during labor

  • How to manage interventions during birth

  • The birth experience for baby and the early days

  • Recovery from birth and starting to breastfeed

And also:

  • Delicious lunch, drinks and snacks. All freshly made for you.

  • A beautiful space and accommodation surrounded by a peaceful and quiet valley

  • Relax in the entertainment area or go for a walk in the beautiful surrounding hills 

About Nicole

Nicole is a qualified midwife and maternal and child health nurse and mother of three who has been providing childbirth education since 2000. Nicole believes every parent should receive the information and support to ensure that they have the best possible birth experience.

About Anneriek

Anneriek is a mother of two and has been teaching yoga for over 15 years, completed over 1000 hours of training, and is certified in both Ashtanga Vinyasa and Yin yoga. She is a Level 3 Senior Registered Teacher. Anneriek is passionate to share her  joy for yoga to create healthy bodies and peaceful minds and to help find a lightness in living.


Book in using the "Buy Now" button or contact Anneriek A non refundable $100 deposit is required to secure your spot. The deposit will be refunded in full if baby is born before the course date. Payment in full to be made 14 days before the start of the retreat.


Many health funds provide cover for antenatal preparation. Please contact your fund to see if you are eligible to claim for "pregnancy related services". 

Payments can be made via cash, bank transfer or secure credit card payment. Payment plans can be organised.

Bank details:  

  • Commonwealth Bank Windsor

  • Account name:  Johanna Favelle

  • BSB:     062 622

  • Account no:     10409912

Please put your full name as reference

What People say about this retreat:

"Anneriek and Nicole balance each other in a very complementary way, making the experience rounded. I felt I could trust their perspective and advice."

"I really liked the relaxed, honest and open environment. I loved the yoga and meditation to break up and complement the theory"

"The advise was helpful and supportive as opposed to just seeing the negative sides to pregnancy and childbirth. The resources and information was really helpful"

"It was very convincing that an intervention free pregnancy and birth is not something to fear"

"Anneriek and Nicole were both calm, relaxed, present and patient and made me feel very welcome."

"Very nice location and hospitality and plenty of yummy did and snacks"

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