DA A LUZ HOLISTIC MIDWIFERY SCHOOL is based in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, La Alpujarra, in Andalucia, southern Spain.
The creator of Da a luz is a Midwife called Vanessa Brooks, who has been living and working here for 20 years or so.Her dream is to create a centre of learning, where midwives, doulas and other birth workers can come together to share their knowledge and skills and pass them on to the next generation of midwives.
The building of the school began in spring 2014. An inspiring building designed by Steven Wall, an ecobuilder from the UK. The school is being created from local materials, stones from the nearby river, local clay and trees from nearby, each stone has been laid by the hands of a team of wonderful volunteer builders, male and female. Progress has been slow…much of the year it is too hot to build, but now the inner walls are up to roof height and the impressive doorway is almost finished.
The building is being funded as a community project,in a variety of ways, through donations, fundraising events,a membership program to Da a luz and generous gifts from others.
The midwifery school received its first international students in october 2014, I was one of those 8 students, pioneers of a new model for educating the midwives of the future! It was an interesting and great year, to be a part of something so unique.
We are now in our second year of teaching, this year we have 4 students. We have had some wonderful teachers come to join us over the last 2 years, sharing their stories, skills and knowledge.
We also have places for student midwives to come and join us for their elective placements.
If you feel inspired by what you have read, you can contact me or Vanessa firstname.lastname@example.org