“It is serendipitous and perfect, everything came together for me to attend, as it is exactly what my soul needed in this moment. 🌀🌱✨” – Vancouver Public Labyrinth

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I had the privilege of attending the “Crossing the Threshold” weekend from @birthingfromwithin in Vancouver. I am in love with their philosophy and approach and I couldn’t be happier I attended. As a First Nations woman and physician, it isn’t easy to ever feel fully “at home” in any type of training I attend, but this one had all the feels. It informs not only how I work with birthing families, but my entire way of practicing medicine and being a human. I was blown away by the weekend and the amount of reflection, compassion, and transformation they packed into such a short period of time. I am standing in the middle of this labyrinth in this photo, and I have loved learning more about the symbolism of this ancient path. The First Nations Health Authority generously sponsored my attendance to this training without question. It is serendipitous and perfect everything came together for me to attend, as it is exactly what my soul needed in this moment. 🌀🌱✨ #humbled #grateful #threshold #growth #reflection #birth #choice #perspective #intersectionalfeminism #labyrinth #herosjourney #purpose #spirit #community #connection #holdingspace #familydoctor #obstetrics #birthworker #birthkeeper #culture #cultureismedicine #traditionalknowledge #ancientways #indigenousmotherhood #meditation #mindfulness #presentmoment #nonjudgemental #serendipity

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“I had the privilege of attending the “Crossing the Threshold” weekend from Birthing from Within in Vancouver.

I am in love with their philosophy and approach and I couldn’t be happier I attended.

As a First Nations woman and physician, it isn’t easy to ever feel fully “at home” in any type of training I attend, but this one had all the feels.

It informs not only how I work with birthing families, but my entire way of practicing medicine and being a human.

I was blown away by the weekend and the amount of reflection, compassion, and transformation they packed into such a short period of time.

I am standing in the middle of this Labyrinth in this photo, and I have loved learning more about the symbolism of this ancient path.

The First Nations Health Authority generously sponsored my attendance to this training without question.

It is serendipitous and perfect everything came together for me to attend, as it is exactly what my soul needed in this moment. 🌀🌱✨”

Dr. Ellie Saumier, M.D.

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The other best part about the weekend is the community I find. I am grateful for the connections I made with the most resilient, fearless, passionate, kind, empathetic, and thoughtful people ever. The families you support are so lucky to have you. On my own birthing journey, Judy @dancingstarbirth / @gardenpetal played such a key role as I adapted to the changes in my birth plan I had had all along, and showed me the power of the @birthingfromwithin philosophy and approach. To @lisleysiqueira , I am so glad you were my partner to the “who are you” exercise, you helped me unearth truths I don’t think anyone else could have, so thank you for holding space for me 🙏 I am so inspired and in awe of you ladies, gila’kas’la!!! ✨💖🌀

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