'Natal Hypnotherapy & Dolphins Retreat'

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1- 8 November 2014


 ‘Natal Hypnotherapy & Dolphins’

Retreat with Maggie Howell


The founder of Natal Hypnotherapy™ & Award winning

Publisher of the associated books & audio CDs

Join us for a lifetime experience   




Retreat Overview :


The retreat is a unique one week holiday combining :            

  • One week Boutique-Hotel accommodation on the edge of Harbour Island’s famous pink sands beach, with half board healthy fine cuisine.
  • Natal Hypnotherapy™ Prenatal Preparation workshop by Maggie Howell, its founder, held in the mornings at your Boutique-Hotel.
  • Private boat excursions for intimate reef snorkeling & wild dolphins’ encounters every other afternoon.
  • An optional ‘Serenity Bliss Ritual’, one week body care package.

The retreats are packaged and sold by 'Blue World', our travel agency partner.








Your Natal Hypnotheray Workshop :

Founded in the UK by Maggie Howell, Natal Hypnotherapy is the largest provider of award winning self-hypnosis CDs, books and workshops on the use of hypnosis for birth, which has already helped over 100,000 women learn easy to use techniques to overcome fear and reduce pain in childbirth. The practitioner training for the workshops was accredited by the Royal College of Midwives in March 2013.

Using hypnotherapy for birth is a safe, gentle, effective and easy way for women to learn during their pregnancy. The techniques help you prepare in a positive way whilst enabling you to overcome any anxieties you may have surrounding child birth.

Hypnotherapy can help you relax and can enhance your ability to birth through visualisation, motivation, focus and confidence.

Natal Hypnotherapy workshops are available for women and their partners.

Please find below the program and as a gift, you will also receive the award winning “Effective Birth preparation” CD and book to continue the learning and practice in your own time.



The workshop program :


The Natal HypnotherapyTM retreat  is for both the mother-to-be and her husband or birth partner and are geared towards empowering and preparing you both emotionally as well as physically for the birth.

Courses are run in small groups of 6 couples maximum at a time.


Will the workshops be tailored to our individual needs?

Yes. Each couple is sent a detailed pre workshop questionnaire to fill out which will help the practitioner gain a clear understanding of your hopes, fears and any specific issues. This is of course completely confidential. The retreat, is then specifically tailored to include the needs of each couple. In addition much of the work is done as a couple so you can create your own birth map,

personalised suggestions, personalised hypnotic triggers etc.


What is the method of teaching?

The teaching approach includes the use of PowerPoint, videos, interactive sessions, group work, couple work and hypnosis relaxation sessions.

What is included on the workshops?


Part I - Natural Pain relief - hypnosis for birth

The first part focuses exclusively on natural pain management tools and techniques – namely breathing, relaxation and self-hypnosis. You will learn:

  • How fear or anxiety can have a negative impact on your body during the birth
  • How to quickly and easily reduce adrenaline associated with fear and anxiety in labour
  • Natural ways to work with your body to reduce pain in child birth
  • Self-hypnosis skills to overcome fear and increase your confidence and trust in your ability to give birth Effective breathing and deep relaxation technique
  •  Rapid trigger techniques to enter deep relaxation
  • Adrenaline release technique
  • Ways the birth partner can help the mother-to-be achieve a deeply relaxed state before and during labour


Part 2 - Practical Birth Preparation

The second Module focuses on the practical ways to help you prepare both physically, mentally and emotionally for the birth. You will:

  • Be taken step by step through the birthing process from a physical as well as emotional perspective
  • Understand how the body works best during labour and what you can do to help it
  • Gain a clear understanding of the power of hormones and how you can work with them
  • Key signs to indicate that the mother may be experiencing a rise in adrenaline and what the partner can do to reduce this Gain a clearer perspective on why fear has become such a major player in birth today
  • Unravel the myths behind the beliefs which lead to so much fear
  • Learn practical tools and techniques to help her work with her body in the most effective way.
  • Understand the use and power of massage, water and other comfort measures in labour
  • Explore the most effective ways to work with the medical team supporting them
  • A special session for fathers helps them prepare appropriate questions for the medical team and plan the best support and comfort measures for the mother


What are the benefits?

By attending this retreat, a mother-to-be will benefit from learning how to:-

  • Overcome any fear of birth she may have had
  • Feel relaxed and calm at all times, especially in the lead up to the birth
  • Increase her energy and well being
  • Ensure good quality sleep
  • Increase bonding with her baby
  • Dramatically reduce the level of pain experienced in childbirth
  • Increase her sense of being in control
  • Reduced the need for intervention / drugs
  • Increase her chance of having a calm, alert baby
  • Enjoy comfortable breastfeeding
  • Decrease the chance of postnatal depression


By attending these workshops, a father or birth partner will:

  • Have a better understanding of the birthing process
  • Have the opportunity to discuss their fears, concerns and needs
  • Enjoy watching the mother let go of her fears and learn to relax deeply
  • Learn effective ways to support and help her during the birth
  • Learn how to help her have the birth that is right for her
  • Feel calmer and more relaxed about the forthcoming birth


Testimonials :

"The best part for me was understanding the emotional aspects of birth (not covered by other courses) the importance of preparation, really grasping how natural childbirth is and giving me the confidence and trust in my body. This course has really helped me! Thank you!” Kate


"The key issues for me that came out of the course were all the ways to provide effective support for my partner, increasing my confidence to deal with the hospital environment and the relaxation techniques. The course was extremely useful. Men need to know this stuff." Chris






Harbour Island, Bahamas, An Exclusive Tropical Paradise








- Blessed with a perfect location, starting just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, and with a year-round warm climate averaging a little over 75 degrees, the Bahamas are an idyllic sub-tropical gateway.


-  Rated as one of the ‘Best Bahamas beaches’ by Frommers and the Travel Channel, Harbour Island is famous for its 3.5 miles of hard-packed picture-perfect pink sand beaches,with its outlaying reefs providing safe snorkeling & swimming.


-  Away from mass tourism, Harbour Island is an exclusive intimate location, comprising of private villas & small elegant boutique-hotels, with a plentiful choice of high quality international & local restaurants, marinas & watersports activity.


-  The little joyful town of Dunmore is a jewel of beauty and conviviality with its pastel colored houses, lush palm trees, flower-lined streets & friendly inhabitants.You will enjoy wandering around the island & the town on foot or on a golf cart.


-  Finally, Harbour Island is blessed by the presence of wild dolphins in its environs, they are often coming close to shore & that remain, as of today, one of the island’s best kept secret.








A beautiful beach side ‘Boutique-Hotel’:


'Pink Sands', the iconic luxury resort on exclusive Harbour Island, has long been known as a celebrity hideaway and honeymoon haven. This is a 20-acre Boutique Hotel set by the edge of the famous three-mile pink sands beach. Designed by Biba founder Barbara Hulanicki - Pink Sands comprises 25 pastel-colored cottages scattered throughout lush tropical grounds. For those desiring a sophisticated but relaxed beach holiday... Pink Sands Resort is the ideal Harbour Island getaway.


Complimentary Facilities & Services:                                     
  • Chaise lounges and towels at pool & beach

  • Free use kayaks and snorkel equipment

  • Free use of tennis courts and exercise studio

  • Free wifi          

Your Garden View Room:


  • California King Beds       

  • Central air-conditioning & Ceiling fan

  • Large closet

  • Mini Bar            

  • Private patio with teak furniture

  • Nightly turn-down service               

  • Cable TV with DVD player

  • Bose iPod docking station, with complimentary use of iPod loaded with Pink Sand's music library

  • Tassimo pod coffee maker

  • Full bathroom with luxury in-room products, hairdryers and bathrobe

  • Wireless Internet Access 

  • Duvets, bathrobes and accessories by Anichini LuxuryLinens





The Dolphins'encounters


You will enjoy a 2-hour Private Boat excursion every other day (3 in total) within the lagoon.

You will discover the local colorful coral reef spots, home of colorful fishes, turtles, rays & of the giant red sea stars as well as some other surrounding beautiful deserted islands’ beaches.

And when we encounter the island’s wild dolphins, you can enjoy a very intimate snorkel with them.

You will be guided so as to both enter int a respectful encounter so as for dolphins to feel secure & confident and for you to get the best of such a moving experience.


Dolphins are wild & therefore can not guaranteed. Nevertheless as they reside around the island, your chances of swimming with them are great. All snorkeling gear and life jackets are provided on the boat.

The boat remains within the protected lagoon which offers both calm & crystalline turquoise waters for optimum comfort & visibility.







A Serenity Bliss

The ‘Serenity Bliss’ optional package offers you to benefit from a daily body relaxtion & care session every days for 6 days. The body care sessions are held by certified massage & body treatment professionals and the sessions can take place as you wish, either in your hotel room or on the each. 


The weekly package is composed of :

-     One ‘1-hour full body massage’ on the day of your arrival so to release all tensions and any transport tiredness for a smooth & delightful holiday start.


-     And 5 additional ‘40-minutes relaxation & treatment-massage sessions,’ one per day over 5 days, composed of a 10 minutes Relaxation & breathing session to unite & calm your ‘body & mind’, followed by a 30-minutes massage or treatment of your choice among the following :



For Ladies:

  • Body Scrub (best early in the week)
  • Leg specific Swedish massage, stimulating a healthy circulation & easing the release of excess water in tissues
  • Back Deep Tissue massage to release tensions
  • Chest, Shoulders arms neck & head massage for better breathing & mental calmness
  • Foot massage for an entire body energy rebalancing
  • Deluxe Facial                         
  • Tummy gentle re-stimulation of deep muscles, chest Shoulders & arms Deep tissue tension release massage (ideal for Post Natal, not for pregnant ladies)

For Men :

  • Body scrub (best early in the week)
  • Back Deep Tissue massage to release tensions
  • Leg Swedish massage, stimulating a healthy circulation    
  • Tummy chest Shoulders & arms Deep tissue massage
  • Neck and head massage
  • Foot massage for an entire body energy rebalancing                                     
  • Deluxe Facial                                                                                                                                                                                             









The Weekly Program

Saturday :

Welcome & transfer upon your arrival on Harbour Island to your Hotel,

žInstallation at the Hotel,

žIf you chose the ‘Serenity Bliss Ritual’ package, a first full body 1-hour massage will be

scheduled on that day for a delightful holiday start.

Sunday :

žContinental breakfast at the Hotel

žYour 2 to 3 hours Prenatal Workshop & activities at the Hotel.

žLunch at the Hotel

žAfternoon: A 2-hour private boat snorkeling & dolphins excursion

'Serenity Bliss Ritual’ body care session (if option was chosen)

Monday :

Continental breakfast at the Hotel.

žYour 2 to 3 hours  Prenatal Workshop & activities at the Hotel

žLunch at the Hotel

žThe afternoon is free so can relax & enjoy the beach & the island, and then have your

dinner at the place of your choice.

žThe ‘Serenity Bliss Ritual’ body care session (if you chose this option)

Tuesday :

žContinental breakfast at the Hotel.

žYour 2 to 3 hours  Prenatal Workshop & activities at the Hotel.

žLunch at the Hotel.

žAfternoon: A 2-hour private boat snorkeling & dolphins excursion.

ž‘Serenity Bliss Ritual’ body care session (if option was chosen)

Wednesday :

žContinental breakfast at the Hotel.

žYour 2 to 3 hours  Prenatal Workshop & activities at the Hotel.

žLunch at the Hotel and then the afternoon is free.

ž'Serenity Bliss Ritual’ body care session (if option was chosen)

Thursday :

žContinental breakfast at the Hotel.

Your 2 to 3 hours  Prenatal Workshop & activities at the Hotel.

Lunch at the Hotel.

Afternoon: A 2-hour private boat snorkeling & dolphins excursion.

‘Serenity Bliss Ritual’ body care session (if option was chosen)

Friday :

žThis your last full day of Holiday on the island, so the whole day is free

 for you to make the most if it, the way you feel like.

ž Continental breakfast & Lunch at the Hotel

Saturday :

žContinental breakfast at the Hotel.

Room check out late morning.

Lunch at the Hotel.

žWe transfer you back from the Hotel to the dock at the time needed according

to your flight schedule.


 Please note that the activities’ schedule is given as a general indication. It may be adjusted onsite based on the number

of participants, the weather, sea conditions & Dolphin’s presence within the bay as needed to maximize your wellbeing

& the dolphins’ encounters.








The retreat Package Price & Conditions :




Dates :


Your onsite Retreat Package stay on Harbour Island is from Saturday to Saturday

Please note that retreats dates refer to your onsite stay on the island at the Hotel; you therefore need to add your travelling time to obtain your overall holiday duration, which will be in total an overall 8 or 9 days holiday, depending on your country of origin or travelling arrangements.



Package Content:


The Onsite Retreat Package includes 7 nights & 7 days as follow :

  •  Transfer from North Eleuthera Aiport to your Hotel upon your arrival on Saturday.
  • 7 Nights Boutique-Hotel accommodation (double room sharing) from Saturday evening to the next Saturday morning.
  • 7 Days half board with fine & healthy cuisine at your Boutique-Hotel: continental breakfast and lunch with non-alcoholic beverages included from Sunday to the next Saturday included.
  • The mornings 2-to-3 hours Prenatal workshop & activites at your Boutique Hotel.
  • Every other day of the week (3 afternoons in total), you will enjoy a 2-Hour private boat snorkeling excursions within the shallow crystalline lagoon to discover the colorful coral reefs, giant red sea stars, turtles & go encounter wild dolphins. Chances of swimming with them are great, nevertheless they are wild, so not garantied. Snorkeling gear & life jackets included.
  • Transfers from the Hotel to the marina & back for all boat excursions.
  • Transfer from the hotel back to the island dock on Saturday upon your departure.
  • The overall onsite stay coordination by Valérie VALTON, founder of Dolphinesse (French, English & Spanish spoken).
  • A protected IATA Holiday package sold by Blue World, a fully licensed French Travel Agency.
  • A bonus gift : Natal hypnotherapy Prenatal preparation Book and CD to support you in continuing your practice at home and during birth.


The Retreat Package Excludes :

  • Transport from your country of origin to North Eleuthera Airport.
  • The transfer from the island dock to North Eleuthera Airport as you leave (15 minutes -10$ pp)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa if needed
  • All Dinners
  • All other beverages not mentioned as included
  • All other local transports not mentioned as included
  • All personal expenses or any further activities not clearly mentioned as included.
  • All options


Package Prices

Adult Retreat Package (in a shared double room):                                                                                                               2800 € per person

  • Babies (under 2 years old - cribs & cots available):                                                                                                                                   Free
  • Children package (from 2 years old) - Additional cost per child in your                                                                                   820€ per child

         room for 7 nights, Breakfast & kid’s lunch included. Max 2 per room.



Suggested Options:


  • Serenity Bliss Ritual’ package’                                                                                                                                               540€ per person

(6 massage/treatment & relaxation sessions - 1 per day over 6 days)


  • Travel insurance : 
    • if participant is 11 years old & above                                                                                                                               54€ per person
    • if participant is < 12 years old                                                                                                                                         64€ per person

(Please see on the online reservation page for the full coverage & policy description)


  • Golf Cart rentals :

You can rent golf carts onsite. The best local prices are as follow as of January 2014

as an indication: classic 4-seaters Golf cart: 50$ per 24H or 300$/week.


  • Extensions :

Half board Hotel extension including the night, continental breakfast & set lunch with non-alcoholic beverages

-       Adult package extension in a shared double room, per night & per person                                                                                     210€

-       Child in your room, per child per night                                                                                                                                            98€


Simple Hotel Extension: Hotel night & continental breakfast

-       Price per night per room (1 or 2 person in the room)                                                                                                                      370€

-       Price per child per night                                                                                                                                                                   85€


Reservation :


  • Retreats reservation can be done online, via email or also via telephone with Blue World Travel Agency.


Terms & Conditions :


  • The retreat is open to everyone in a healthy physical & psychological condition.
  • Pregnant ladies are welcome except during the last 2 months before their due delivery date.
  • babies & children are also welcome.
  • A Travel Insurance is mandatory for all participants (either Blue world's one or any other of your choice)
  • Each retreats are confirmed with minimum of 9 participants. if not confirmed you may choose another one or get fully reimbursed.
  • Blue World – Blue Lagoon Travel Agency Bahamas full terms & conditions apply. They are available on Blue World online reservation website.







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