About Us

Mission

Our mission is to foster Conscious Postpartum Care as a right for every birthing person. Conscious care is embracing the sacred and facilitating the fullness of being into expression. We provide an integrated learning experience and community for Conscious Postpartum Caregivers inspired by the principles of Ayurveda. We recognize Ayurveda as medicine for the moment. It is intuitive, simple and applicable. We are working to increase accessibility to education and provide resources for all aspiring professionals seeking to learn. We are guided by the Universal Mother Principles of simplicity, flexibility, compassion, listening, grounding, intuition and non-judgement in the way we work with each other, with our students, with our colleagues and with the families we serve as a collective. We are advocates for inclusivity to all caregivers and birthing people regardless of background, identity, socioeconomic status, and access. We hold a reverence for the ancient cultures who have provided the knowledge that we draw from. We are committed to continuous learning and growing as we provide value and service to our community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each of the four founding team members from the Center for Sacred Window Studies came to this work through contact and study with the late Ysha Oakes, who founded the original Sacred Window School.  Her wisdom and heart informed so many, and we honor her work and her memory.

Meet Our Team

Christine Devlin Eck

Christine is the Center’s Founder, Director and one of its Instructors since it’s inception in 2018.  She has a background as an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Educator, Group Facilitator and Birth and Postpartum Doula. She is also a busy mother of 4 boys, most of whom have been brought into the world using the principles we teach. She describes Ayurvedic Postpartum Care as truly powerful and transformative, and a missing link in modern postpartum care. Christine lives in Western Massachusetts in an old farmhouse with her pack of wild boys and amazing husband.

contact Christine at christine@sacredwindowstudies.com

Ashlee Sakaishi Wilkin

Ashlee has been fascinated and inspired by birth, babies, and pregnant mama bellies since she was a little girl. Growing up, she witnessed the birth miracle of baby animals many times at her mom’s Veterinary hospital. This and other life experiences planted the seed for her life-long interest in birth work. She is passionate about transforming our cultural perspective on pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and parenting by bringing back ancient wisdom for the modern family. Ashlee currently has a thriving practice, working with midwives in Northern California to provide Ayurvedic prenatal and postpartum care.

 contact Ashlee at ashlee.sacredwindowcenter@gmail.com

Charlotte Senseney Sternkind

Charlotte was led to this work by Spirit as she came up with a business name during meditation. The teacher who trained her called one day and said she had been informally calling her students Ayurdoulas. That is how her deeper journey as a postpartum doula began after years of being a birth doula and prenatal massage therapist. She fully believes in supporting the mama and her experience of growing, birthing and nurturing life on this earth. Charlotte loves seeing how even the simplest shift can add sweetness to the mama’s Sacred Window and put a smile on her face in the midst of changes. As a matter of fact, her former career in the dental field also made people smile! Charlotte lives in San Antonio, TX.

 contact Charlotte at charlotte.sacredwindowcenter@gmail.com

Julia Fishman

Julia Fishman has been involved with the Center for Sacred Windows Studies since our inception. She is an educator, an entrepreneur, an intuitive visionary, an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Ayurvedic Postpartum Doula, yoga teacher and an active Avatar Master. She loves to make learning of profound wisdoms fun, accessible, easy to digest and applicable to life. Guided by a commitment to pragmatically improving the world, Julia spends majority of her time traveling around the country and facilitating consciousness training courses for people and families from all walks of life and from all over the world. She is based in Framingham, MA and the first thing you’ll notice is her relaxed warm directness and never-ending optimism, love and enthusiasm for life.

 contact Julia at julia.sacredwindowcenter@gmail.com

Roshni Kavate

Roshni is the Student Advisor and Work Study Scholarship Advisor at the Center for Sacred Window studies. Roshni Kavate is an Artist, Healer, and Activist. She is the Founder and Creative Director of Cardamom and Kavate, a wellness platform dedicated to reclaiming nourishing practices rooted in ancestral wisdom for collective liberation. She believes grief is a portal to wholeness. Through rituals and storytelling, we can reconnect to our origins and be our wild selves. Roshni earned a B.S in Nutritional Sciences from UC Berkeley, a B.S in Nursing from NYU with honors and Ayurveda Post Partum Caregiver Training from The Center for Sacred Window Studies. She is currently working as an Ayurveda Educator teaching workshops on Ancestral Ayurvedic Post Partum Cooking, Botanical Crafting and Abhyanga and Marma Rituals for self care during life’s most transformational moments.

Siena Butler

 

Siena is the Blog Director, Podcast Developer and Instagram Author at the Center for Sacred Window Studies.  She is a birth and postpartum doula.  “My approach is oriented towards having a positive birth experience based on what values are important to the family that I am working with.  Birth is a microcosm of the macrocosm of life, you encounter hard things and beautiful things and in return are gifted with that which is invaluable.”  She is a writer, mama of 3 and alum of the Center for Sacred Window Studies.

Guest Instructors

Some of Our Special Guest Mentors in the Sacred Window Internship Circle

Inclusivity

Here at the Center for Sacred Window Studies, our mission is to support the awareness and growth of postpartum care traditions for all people. 

We use Ayurvedic traditions as our launching pad and are sensitive and inclusive of  all other traditions from around the world that evolved to support Postpartum Care. 

In our class content, web pages, blog posts, etc you will see cisgender terms and non-binary terms to accurately describe the bodies we serve and advocate on behalf of. These terms may include, but are not limited to: mother, woman, female, parent, birther, birth giver, birthing parent, and birthing individual.

We aim to prepare caregivers to serve all birthing populations: cisgender women and non-binary birth parents, across socioeconomic classes, cultures, sexual orientation, and racial, ethnic, and national identities. We aim to acknowledge underserved communities by making our language as inclusive as we are able, while honoring the wealth of historic cultural perspectives that evolved to support traditional gender roles and language.

We embrace inclusivity and respect for all people in our work and terminology. We accept responsibility for our learning curves and we appreciate your grace in helping us learn as we grow together to forward our mission.

We acknowledge that Ayurveda and many other postpartum care traditions come from cultures that have been marginalized by privileged populations.  We come to this work with the deepest respect for the cultures in which these valuable traditions come from.  We are humbled by what we know and are committed to continuing to learn more.  We recognize our own privilege, and strive to be a platform and voice for change, equality and advocacy for those who are less privileged.

Conscious Postpartum Care with Ayurveda

Become a Conscious Postpartum Caregiver and learn the principles of Ayurveda for the sacred postpartum window with inspiring individuals from around the country and the world.

Sacred Window Internship Circle

Take a Whole Approach to your professional development and accompany or follow your studies with a guided mentoring! Care for postpartum individuals and families while receiving support from a group of experienced mentors.

Independent Courses

Learn at your own pace with our Independent Courses in conscious postpartum care for self and in practice! For expecting or new parents, loved ones AND professionals, discover ways to enhance your understanding of the sacred postpartum window.

“This program exceeded my expectations BY FAR. The communication before the program started was excellent. I felt like they really heard me and understood who I am as a postpartum practitioner. This, to me, was insurance that these women truly understand the way of the feminine. Such a RELIEF in a patriarchal world!! The communication during the program was excellent as well. Instructors were always there for me, always got back to my questions immediately and were always very clear and kind. I cannot think of how it could be any better.”

Shelley

Fall '18 Student, San Diego, CA

“I am so grateful that I did the Ayurvedic Postpartum Caregiver certification training. The teachers are all so beautiful, experienced, and amazingly supportive. They have set a high bar of integrity and compassion and that filters into the entire program. Because of this all of the students showed up and connected with each other authentically and overall created a safe womb space to learn this vital knowledge.” 

Tanya

Winter '19 Student, San Diego, CA

“Thank you all so much for your incredible commitment to sharing this valuable information in an effort to bring peace, stability, love and health to families worldwide. Your dedication is inspiring and is sure to change millions of lives!”

Fall 2018 Graduate

Center for Sacred Window Studies

“With a personal experience in an online class platform, the investment is worth it!  This program helps you shift your own perspective on your diet and lifestyle as well as help you to invoke a career path of protecting the sacred window of postpartum.”

Lacreshia

Winter '19 Student, Austin, TX

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