In October of 2010 I posted the following note to my facebook page:
Energetic & Steam Method (AKA Traditional Chinese Medicine)
With Shell Walker
Free of charge!
Deposit of $50 is needed to reserve your space but will be returned to you at the class.
Registration closes when 8 participants have been approved or on December 8th, whichever comes first.
Tuesday, January 26th 2011
10am-7pm (or until finished. Breaks as needed)
Must be able to purchase all supplies needed for the encapsulation process. ($150- $350. A list will be provided when your application has been accepted)
Must be able to obtain a placenta. This is one of the reasons that the date is being placed so far in advanced- so that there is time to find a placenta. It is preferred that you use a placenta that was not wanted by it's family (I wouldn't want a woman who desired her placenta to be deprived of fresh encapsulation. More instructions upon registration.)
Must be willing to commit to providing 5 free placenta encapsulations over the next year.
Must be willing to take a refresher class (free; after the 5 encapsulations).
After the 5 encapsulations and the refresher class, must be willing to train at least one other person in placenta encapsulation within a years time.
Those who complete the class will have their name listed (free) on a placenta info and referral website.
If we have time we will also explore homeopathic and other placenta preparations.
Class limited to 8 attendees who have had no prior experience.
Sisters who are experienced in energetic/steam/TCM placenta encapsulation who would like to come and share wisdom are HeartFully welcome to join us.
I know the requirements are not small- Given that, if you would like to reserve your space please answer the following and send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone Number
- Are you able to agree to the above requests?
- Why do you want to learn placenta encapsulation?
- Given your situation, how likely is it that you will obtain the needed supplies?
- Given your schedule, how likely is it that you will show up for class?
- How much do you think placenta encapsulation should cost?
Honestly, I thought that I would be lucky to get 4 registrants for the class. As it turns out, we have 10 confirmed first timers, 5 who are experienced and 6 more first timers who want to come as soon as they can purchase all of the needed supplies.
This means that over the course of the next 24 months, AT LEAST 100 placentas will be encapsulated free of charge!
I know that there are many websites that offer free information about encapsulation and other placenta treatments and I think that this is a very good thing. The information SHOULD be shared and should be easily accessible.
My one and only concern with online instructions is that I have not yet found one that speaks to the subtle essence of placenta crafting:
When are the hands better than a knife?
When are bare hands better than gloves?
When is mortar and pestle better than an electric grinder?
And what of our intentions, our thoughts, our connections, our sacred breath and their contribution to the process?
For these reasons and more, I would love to see the art and soul of placenta crafting preserved and passed from hand to hand. Live and in person.
This is my contribution to that end
100 newly trained placenta crafters by the end of 2012
Free of commerce
Free of discrimination
Free of territories
Free of market control
Free of price setting
Full of knowledge
Full of care
Full of consideration
Full of love