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The Nonna Doula Retreat

Thursday, March 30 - Sunday, April 2

Reconnecting the Generations

with a Matriarchal Guardian


Welcome to the

Family Support Doula Certification


The Nonna Doula Retreat weekend is a fast track model of doula certification specifically designed for grandmothers and other maternal family caregivers. This event will give you the skills to support your special loved ones as a doula, while also providing you with a unique retreat experience to celebrate your own rite of passage.

Doula Certification to
Support a Family Member

  •  Is your daughter pregnant and in need of your wisdom and support?  

  •  Are you feeling called to step into the matriarchal guardian role, but need to bolster your confidence and skills?

  •  Do you need a certificate that allows you to be in the birthing suite with your family?  


If you answered YES to any of the above, this one-of-a-kind retreat is for you!

Imagine spending 4 exciting days on a barrier island, surrounded by beautiful beaches, lush trees and like-minded women. You’ve dedicated this special time to nurturing yourself while deepening your childbirth knowledge.  When you've completed the program, you'll have the certification you need to be present with your precious loved ones during this sacred event!

Come and Learn and Play!

The Nonna Retreat on beautiful Hilton Head Island, South Carolina was created to teach you the latest protocols in doula care so you can be prepared to support a special mother-to-be in your life.


Get ready to be a Grandmother (or again!) and spend a weekend pampering yourself, while celebrating your own Rite of Passage into this beautiful new phase in life.


Here are just a few of the things you’ll learn during our special doula training weekend:

  • A variety of comfort techniques, including massage and acupressure specific to laboring bodies 

  • Learn the Hawaiian "Ha" or breathe of life.

  • Optimal Maternal-Fetal Positioning and the "Baby Rotation Hula"

  • How to "pass" diagnostic tests and understand medical procedures

  • Create an essential oil blend, to add to your "Labor Comfort Kit”

  • How to navigate a variety of birthing environments

  • How to deal with difficult situations and unexpected challenges

  • Tools for fostering healthy family dynamics while providing loving support

  • Common complications and effective ways to prevent/solve them

  • Ways to support the postpartum transition for optimal mental health

  • Supporting breastfeeding and troubleshoot obstacles

You will ​practice gentle, liberating movements and sip nourishing teas while receiving expert guidance for transformative inner work.

And so much more!

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Education + Fun!

You will be amazed as your mature perspective and strong ability to provide nurturing support to your loved ones comes into focus.


And to reward your hard work, we’ll PLAY!


We have some fun and insightful activities planned for you, including:

  • Thursday Evening Welcome Reception 

  • Bike rides along tree-covered nature trails

  • Browsing (or buying) from cute island shops

  • Sunset dolphin cruise through the Low-country waterways 

  • Pampering massage or facial at a luxurious resort spa

  • PJ party with self-care crafts and treats

  • White Party to celebrate YOU!

This will be one of those events where you look back and say "This was my life before, and this is my life now".  Mixed with fun and making new friendships, you will have a once in a lifetime, refreshing, inspiring and healing experience you'll never forget.

Whether you live across the country or across the street,

you and the next generation are blessed to have one other.


Research shows that with elders active in their family, children grow up to have more fulfilling relationships with others, greater resilience when facing peer pressure and less depression as adolescents. This is the beginning of making a positive impact for your family now and many generations into the future.

Which Investment Level Suits You?

We have 2 levels for you to invest in yourself.

Check them out below and sign up before they fill!

Nonna Glam

$1997 Pay in Full

or $697 deposit w/ payments*


  • Retreat training**

  • All materials, including manual, tools, teaching kit, samples & more

  • MaternityWise membership fee & certification packet

  • All group excursions

  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner, plus snacks, coffee, tea & water

  • And so much more!

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Nonna VIP

(Only 2 Left)


$2497 Pay in Full

or $697 deposit w/payments*


All of Nonna Glam Benefits PLUS+

  • Round-trip transportation from Hilton Head Island airport to retreat house

  • 4 night lodging in our beautiful home near the beach

  • Special VIP dinner out

  • Gift bag filled with local delights

  • And so much more!

*Total must be paid in full before March 21, 2023.  If you reserve your spot with a deposit, we will be in touch to help you arrange  a payment plan for the balance.

**In addition to the training attendance, there is a small amount of "outside work" that you must complete to receive the Family Support Doula (CFSD) certification.  

This includes:

1. Attend Virtual Orientation - Scheduled 2 weeks before Retreat Weekend.

2. Read Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin and answer questions.

3. Completion of InJoy "Understanding Birth" eClass.

3. Obtain a passing score on the final test - provided online after the workshop.


We look forward to meeting you and serving you through this transformative weekend of education and fun!

Meet The Team


Kate Rose
co-trainer & curriculum contributor

  • Rose Motherhood on Instagram

Kate Rose has attended over one hundred births as a holistic doula and licensed massage therapist. She is also a mother herself, to three young boys. Kate views birth as a transformative rite of passage that encourages self awareness and inner growth, and her work with women reflects this perspective. She believes that when women are respected, supported, and celebrated throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, it makes a lasting impact on their lives. 


Fun facts about Kate: 

  • She loves animals

  • She enjoys curling up with a good book 

  • She also loves food (especially when she doesn’t have to prepare it).


Anne Wallen
director, lead trainer, curriculum writer

  • MaternityWise Doula Training

Anne has supported well over a thousand families during the childbearing year. She is also a mother of six, ages 7-29. Anne has been called to this work throughout her life, supported many single mothers, grandmothers, surrogates, every family dynamic you can think of, and can't imagine doing anything other than maternal health care.

The extreme variety of birthing journeys she that has witnessed convinces her that birth is a miracle with a perfect design at work behind the scenes.


Fun facts about Anne: 

  • She enjoys baking, sewing, gardening and painting 

  • She re-energizes by soaking in a hot bath

  • She is related to 2 US Presidents


Linda Beach
retreat concierge & student doula

  • Linda Beach Retreat Concierge

Linda is the adventurous founder of Linda Beach Coaching, LLC, a multi-faceted company that focuses on creating custom curated retreat experience around the world. Linda has three adult children, all birthed naturally with a midwife and doula. She is especially passionate about the Nonna Doula Retreat because of the recent arrival of her first grandchild, a boy named Luca and the impending birth of her second grandson, Charlie.


Fun facts about Linda: 

  • She was recently inducted into the Massage Hall of Fame (after 32 years as a massage therapist for 32 years)

  • She sold her spa schools, gave away everything she owned and moved to Belize in 2016 (she’s back on US soil but wouldn’t trade the experience for anything)

  • She was on the Wheel of Fortune and won a car, a trip to Aruba and a bunch of cash

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