Virtual Gentle Birth Doula Retreat

DONA approved birth doula training

May 1-10, 2021

The very first Eat Pray Doula Virtual Retreat – a 9 day long virtual training with world-renowned doula trainer and Director of Orgasmic Birth, Debra Pascali-Bonaro and CNN Hero and Bumi Sehat Founder, Midwife, Ibu Robin Lim for 9 days of blissful teaching, learning, connecting and loving.

Debra Pascali-Bonaro

Pathway to certification

All in person classroom requirements for DONA Birth Doula Certification will be fulfilled while attending the Virtual Eat Pray Doula training. All while immersing yourself in a world-wide doula sisterhood.

The remaining requirements will be self-study. To learn more about certification, review blog article on steps to certify.

Eat, Pray, Doula is the right choice for you if...

  • You are fascinated with birth and supporting MotherBabies and Families.
  • You feel called to study, learn and experience the nourishing sisterhood that becoming a doula will provide.
  • You are ready to use your special gifts, compassion, love and desire to make a difference in a career that will fulfill you, your soul and help to change the world.

“This training was a window of perspective into seeing birth traditions from around the world.”


Immersive Learning

A typical birth doula training takes place over 2-3 days. Our unique immersive experience allows time to dive deeper into learning, understanding, practicing and connecting.

  • Connect to a community of like-minded women
  • Discover the role and story of doulas
  • Deepen your passion for providing a doula’s nurturing care and touch to women in childbirth
  • Explore current practices vs supported care
  • Learn 10 tips for doulas to support a mother hormonal physiology – making birth safer and easier
  • Develop a toolkit of comfort measure
  • Create a language for gentle birth and enhance your communication skills
  • Learn birth traditions
  • Learn how to protect a woman’s memory of her birth in any situation and any setting
  • Discuss the emotional, spiritual, and sexual aspects of childbirth and how to help release fears and open to birth on every level
  • Discuss how to support fathers and other partners
  • Deepen your breastfeeding skills and wisdom
  • Revel in placenta wisdom
  • Practice doula skills in a safe circle of support

Our teachers: A combined force of love and wisdom

In 2012, Ibu Robin Lim and Debra Pascali-Bonaro came together to teach the first Eat, Pray, Doula
Workshop in Bali. In 2017, they were joined by Midwife Mala Landt (CPM).

Since then, their vast individual and collective experience and passion for culturally safe, gentle birth — including informed and respectful decision-making as the pathway to Peace on Earth — has offered retreat participants an unparalleled wellspring of tools, inspiration, information, and hope for their own futures as
Doulas, Midwives, Nurses, Physicians, Acupuncturists, Therapist and Body Workers

to become change-makers in birth for the future of planet Earth.

Together, they provide our promised doulas with wisdom, research, song and ceremony which
has been acquired from traditional birthkeepers from around the world.

Learn more about our teachers

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Robin Lim is an internationally-recognized midwife, well-known author and talented poet. Bumi Sehat International,  her non-profit Indonesian birthing and educational clinics have saved hundreds of lives and delivered thousands of babies, serving the poor and medically disenfranchised citizens of Bali and in the tsunami-ravaged province of Aceh, Sumatra and the Philippines. Ibu Robin remains indefatigably committed to changing the world, one gentle birth at a time.

Debra has trained thousands of doulas, birth keepers and parents around the world in the practices of gentle birth support.  She is the Founder & President of Pain to Power Childbirth Experience, Director of the award-winning documentary Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret , author and inspirational international speaker, and chair of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization.  Debra’s passion comes from her years as a Lamaze International childbirth educator, and birth and postpartum doula trainer with DONA International where she has worked with women, men, midwives, doulas, nurses and physicians in over 40 countries bringing comfort, love and pleasure to birth and life!

Mala has been a CPM for over 20 years and lives on the Big Island of Hawaii on a small organic farm with three of her four sons and their families. Her farm has been dedicated as a Gentlebirth Sanctuary and Education Center. Mala has had a home birth practice on the Big Island for 18 years now yet she has spent 10 of those years traveling to Bali to work with Ibu Robin in Ubud, Bali.

Mala has a BA in Anthropology and Psychology and a Masters in Special Education. She worked as a Dance Therapist in the North Carolina State School for the Handicapped and later on in the Virgin Islands Public schools, she taught Adaptive Physical Education. She orchestrated Preschools to begin combining special needs children and “normal” children, and proved the benefits for both populations in social adaptation and motivation in learning.

She is an International Yoga Teacher of 40 years, a professional Massage therapist of 20 years, a Cranial Sacral Therapist and Prenatal Yoga instructor and Postpartum Exercise Instructor. She studied at the Oneness University in India and became a Trainer of “Deeksha”, which is a
force for Global Awakening. She was an Instructor of Doula Certification and training with
the Barefoot Doctors Academy in Hawaii in 2004, 2009 and 2014.

Sokhna Heathyre Mabin is a mother of 2 beautiful beings ~ one born via her belly and the other naturally at home.  She has been a student and teacher of Yoga for 35 years and is also an herbalist, sound therapist, lactation counselor, Care Coordinator with Healthy Start US Presidential Initiative for maternal health.  

Sokhna is an advanced doula who has trained with DONA, Ancient Song Doulas, and The Traditional Postpartum Healing Lodge.  She is the creator of MamaSutra Loving Arts which canopies her herbal medicine practices in The Tantric Tavern.  She has led 2 community doula trainings and is currently overseeing the development of a hospital doula program for women of color in Kalamazoo, MI.

Sokhna is the creator of “The 13 Moonth Svadhyaya”, a year-long self-study through the Art of Yoga,  and co-creator of “Embodied Anatomy:  Kundalini Yoga and Women’s Anatomy” and the phenomenal online “10 Day Womb Cleanse Revival.”   She is a Sacred Woman, A Wild Woman Facilitator, and a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator.  Her artistries as vocalist & dancer have taken her around the world, as has her passion for seeing birth and mothering made sacred again through the connected matrix of the Womb Wide Web.
FB: Sokhna Heathyre Mabin
IG:  Sokhnamaha

Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education and labor support since 1968. She estimates she has prepared over 15,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth. She has assisted hundreds of women and couples through childbirth as a doula. She is author or co-author of books for both parents and professionals, including “The Labor Progress Handbook;” “Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide;” “When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women;” “The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions,” She has developed teaching materials for birth classes and produced several videos for educators, doulas, and families , the latest of which is for siblings-to-be, “There’s a Baby.” She is co-founder of DONA International (formerly Doulas of North America) and PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth).

Currently, she serves on the editorial board of the journal, Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, and serves on the senior faculty of the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University, which was named in her honor.

Today, her practice consists of childbirth education, birth counseling, combined with a busy schedule of conferences and workshops.

Penny and her husband, Peter, have four grown children, eight grandchildren, three grandchildren-in-laws, two great grandchildren, and a pug, Lola

Phyllis Klaus is a licensed psychotherapist and social worker. She teaches and practices at the Milton H. Erickson Institute in Santa Rosa, California, and also practices in Berkeley, California, providing psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and counseling to individuals, couples, families, children and groups. She has worked with the concerns, both medical and psychosocial, of pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period for the past 30 years, and has been involved in research and training of maternity caregivers. 

She is also a founder of DONA International.

She is a National Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Fellow in the American Psychotherapy Association, as well as the American Academy of Experts of Traumatic Stress. She is an EMDR Institute Facilitator, and Trainer, an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, and has incorporated EMDR into her work for the past 17 years. She consults and presents lectures and workshops on psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and EMDR nationally and internationally.

Our daily ritual

Daily Schedule

  • May 1st | 5:30-9:00 PM EST:  Welcome and Introductory Call
  • May 2-3rd | 5-9:00 PM EST:  Introduction to Childbirth
  • May 4th | Day off
  • May 5th | 5-9:00 PM EST Breastfeeding for Doulas
  • May 6-10th | 5-9:00 PM EST:  Birth Doula Training

Sample Content

    • Opening Circle 
    • Childbirth images, messages, past and present
    • Racial Inequities, Disparities, Birth Equity, Trauma-Informed Care
    • Fetal Development
    • Language Matters 
    • Stages and Phases of labor and birth 
    • The anatomy, physiology and hormones of pregnancy, labor, birth and breastfeeding

*times and topics subject to change

Peace on Earth begins with you

Common Questions

You do not have to have a professional background to take the Eat Pray Doula Retreat, but should have the following: fascination with pregnancy, childbirth, and newborn babies; a desire to work with women or couples during this most meaningful and demanding time in their lives; emotional maturity, stamina, and reliability.


There are no DONA Doula Trainings that will provide you with certification at the end of the workshop/retreat. Our DONA Gentle Birth Doula retreat fulfills 3 of the requirements of certification – an Introduction to Childbirth, DONA Doula Workshop, and a Breastfeeding Course. Beyond those, you will need to do additional reading, attend births, do some writing and create a resource list. Only our Birth Doula Retreat is a pathway to certification though, so please keep that in mind as you decide between our Advanced Retreat and Birth Doula Retreat. 

After the retreat, you will begin doing independent/self-study to finalize your certification, including attending births. A requirement of DONA Doula Certification is that you attend at least 3 births as a doula and document those experiences for certification. 

From experience we’ve found that doula trainings are incredible – inspirational, educational and full of sisterhood. BUT they are short! 3 days just feels too quick, and most of the time everyone wishes it could be longer and more immersive. You do learn so much in a “typical” workshop, and we encourage you to take one if you can’t attend Eat Pray Doula – but the virtual retreat atmosphere is something that just can’t be replicated. Sisterhood – replenishment – self-care – connection – deep immersion – love.

Will you join our circle?


$995 USD / when paid in full
  • Payment plans available

2021 Retreat: Important Dates

Welcome Call
May 1st: 5:30-9:00 PM ET
Intro. to Childbirth
May 2-3rd: 5-9 PM ET
Day off
May 4th: all day
Breastfeeding for Doulas
May 5th: 5-9 PM ET
Birth Doula
May 6-10th: 5-9 PM ET

Bonus Gift

Pregnancy Yoga for Doulas by Jo Shakti Arga