Festival Outreach Program

 

DA-A-LUZ FESTIVAL ..❤️ Love dome…

This year we will be at 6 festivals : Buddhafield (3,000 people), Boom Town (50,000 people), V Dub, Womad (40,000), Shambala (7,000) Bimble Bandana.
What is the Da-A-Luz Festival Dome ?

Every year, since 2008, we have taken our massive, funky festival dome on ‘The Natural Birth Roadshow’ where we create a beautiful space in the ‘thick of it all’ at big name festivals. This space is dedicated to educating parents in all their birth choices. We offer workshops to families and birth workers (always packed!), birth crisis counseling, a calm space in an often hectic environment where people can have a cup of tea or a massage, breastfeed, change nappies, swap stories and information and celebrate the beauty of birth.

The feedback from these festivals has been consistently positive, with so many people telling us that we have changed their lives.
How is it funded ?

The ‘Natural Birth Roadshow’ costs us £4,500 each year to run, we do not pay the dozens of beautiful folk (midwives, student midwives, doulas and birthworkers) who volunteer throughout the summer. Last year we werez partly funded by Lush, but this year, understandably, they are directing all their funding to helping the refugee crisis. We take a small percentage of money from each birth we attend to help with running costs, otherwise we rely on donations and fundraising to keep going.

We believe wholeheartedly that everyone should have access to our space so we do not charge for anything.

 

Why tour festivals ?

To be pregnant, right now, in the 21st century is a huge opportunity and a mighty adventure. We are all living in a time of immense uncertainty. To heal the world we need to heal birth, so that money and protocol no longer dictate a medical model of care that results in high rates of cesarean section and intervention, traumatised families and midwives in prison.

No-one is working as hard as we are (in the festival scene (?)) to get this message out into the world. Da-A-Luz is tackling the root cause of the problem and creating long term change, for the generations to come.

 

What is Da-A-Luz ?

Da-A-Luz is a 15 year old radical, groundbreaking and visionary project based in southern Spain and committed to ensuring that human rights around sexual health, pregnancy, birth and parenting are fully respected.

 

We know that nothing is more powerful than example. Da-A Luz is leading the way in four ways:

 

  1. Education

We are building a school dedicated towards creating a new paradigm in midwifery education. This is the incredible eco building that is in progress for our school house : (recent photo of temple here).

Our year long apprenticeship program is going into its third year. We have a group of brave and wise teachers from around the world lined up to teach.

 

  1. Pregnancy and Birth support

Women, with their families, can come to us and give birth with the support of gentle autonomous midwives in a caring community.

 

  1. Sanctuary

We offer an oasis of rest for those who feel unsupported by a medicalised and fragmented system or who feel hounded for their belief that birth is a natural and sacred process.

The Da-A-Luz project counsels women through miscarriage, birth trauma and termination.

 

  1. Political Activism

We speak out for midwives who are being persecuted and imprisoned for their beliefs and practices. We speak out against unethical sponsorship (for example midwifery bodies that accepting sponsorship from artificial milk companies).

We know that our connection with nature is a vital component of the birth process, we are actively working to reduce environmental damage ; the school and living areas are off-grid and we are mindful of what we consume.

 

Let’s talk about us being with you…

Vanessa Brooks

daaluzoasis.wordpress.com

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