“Traveling with Shanti Uganda was a life affirming experience. The training has brought me confidence in my learning abilities and skills. The people that I met – from fellow participants, to Shanti staff and volunteers, and locals – all of them have enriched my experience with their life stories. Every day of my experience was a very genuine discovery of Africa and of myself that brought enhanced awareness of my own life.”
-Oana Dan (Vancouver, BC 2017)

*SOLD OUT* DONA International Doula Training Retreat


Shanti Uganda invites you to join us at our Birth House for a once in a lifetime opportunity to connect, grow and learn on your journey to supporting birthing women. This year, we’ve partnered with Emily Shier and Sarah Longacre from Blooma to provide a 7-day DONA International Doula Training.

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Special Retreat Activities

This is not your average doula training. Attendees get to experience the beauty and peace of Uganda while supporting our work with moms.

  • Listen to our Head Midwife describe birthing practices in Uganda and her 30+ years of experience as a midwife
  • Spend an afternoon with our resident Traditional Birth Attendant/Doula at her home
  • Learn about the use of traditional medicinal plants from Shanti Uganda’s local herbalist
  • Track endangered rhinos on an afternoon walking safari
  • Attend a traditional bonfire with our Shanti Uganda family

Who Should Attend

  • Aspiring or existing doulas
  • Anyone wanting to learn more about being a birth partner: sisters, grandmas, friends etc.
  • Student midwives or those interested in a career in midwifery
  • Perinatal therapists or birth workers of any kind

No experience necessary other than a passion for supporting birthing women and their families!

Program Fees

100% of the proceeds support Shanti Uganda’s work to improve infant and maternal health throughout Uganda. When you register for this training you are directly contributing to the health of moms and families in this community.

Non-East African Residents:

  • $250 USD non­refundable, non­transferable deposit
  • + $1750 USD Training Fee
  • = $2,000 USD Total

East African Residents:

  • Special in country price of $700USD
  • + $45 USD Optional add on for Rhino Safari
  • + $100 USD Optional add on for First and Last Night’s Stay in Entebbe w/ Airport Transfer


Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • Ugandan Tourist Visa ($50 USD)
  • Vaccinations & Medications
  • Personal Spending
  • Additional Snacks & Drinks

How to Attend

**UPDATE AUGUST 7TH – OCTOBER 2018 IS SOLD OUT, DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON FOR 2019** For more information – please fill out the form below and you will be contacted by our Operations Director, Kate Hyde. Feel free to reach out to her with any questions or concerns: kate@shantiuganda.org.

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