December 2014 Newsletter - Season of Transitions

In this newsletter, you will find:

  • "You are not your story" by Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova, founder of Birth Into Being
  • Note from Dr. Stefan Liekam about Elena's upcoming workshops
  • Photos from Kisslegg, Germany workshop
  • Upcoming workshops by facilitators across the world
  • Articles on Post-Partum Sexuality
  • Call to bloggers and soulcial media savvy spirits
  • Private video-phone sessions with Elena available

We are not our story! We are not what happened to us.  Yes, it is very important to know our history, to understand what is behind the force that is driving us. It IS, absolutely, important to understand what started our habit of giving our power away, of going unconscious.  But, by no means, it's not who we are! What happened to us is not our true identity. True identity is in the space beyond the story. Build the bridge! There is a You that has a story. That You is so much bigger than any story you know!

The criteria of success of your journey of self realization is only in self reference; it will never serve us to compare ourselves with someone else. It's not really tangible, because it's not about having a certain look, or a particular kind of relationships, or business success or any given percentage of body fat... Because it can be that our ideas of success were based in our old limbic imprint, in the place of our inherited misalignment, and it's not what we are truly longing for.  

And it's important to remember that there are growing pains that come with it... Often, when we achieve alignment, our world, as we knew it, starts falling apart.  Because, first it starts demanding us to go back to where we were, into that place of misalignment because all of our previous connections are wired from that place.  If you shift, those connections start drying up and falling off, because they don't belong in the new space that you are now creating for yourself. 

There is such thing as true connection with someone,which can be salvaged within the transition time. It's the kind that is worth fighting for. Not only it can be saved, but it has the potential of gifting you with an experience of true intimacy, may be for the first time ever. If your partner has the capacity to recognize, acknowledge and honor your journey, you can shift together into that space of greater alignment. That's a very beautiful spacious experience.  My best wishes to you for this great season of Transitions!

Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova
Founder, Birth Into Being
December 4, 2014


A note from Dr. Stefan Liekam, Birth Into Being Chief Organizer for Europe and Birth Into Being Advanced Facilitator:

As you all know the November 2014 Advanced Facilitator Training in Kisslegg was announced as the last Birth Into Being AFT for years to come, but for several reasons, There will be another 16 day training next July! 

The reasons are: on one hand, there are now many more participants who have started their training with one of the Advanced Facilitators and who would like to pursue their training further at one of Elena's advanced seminars to become a Facilitator or Advanced Facilitator. It doesn't make sense not to give these people the opportunity. On the other hand, the main reason Elena planned to reduce her teaching activities was because preparing and holding big groups at at the level of intensity her seminars are known for, takes a huge amount of time and energy. But, as it turned out, Kisslegg was different from previous seminars. The preparation and execution of the seminar in Kisslegg showed a level of organization that was never achieved in the past. All the logistics of preparation were removed from Elena, which allowed her to focus on the actual training, which she greatly loves doing. Also, the 13 assistants in Kisslegg did such an excellent job supporting the participants that it was possible for Elena to conserve the energy and fully concentrate on the teaching, instead of having to take care of all the many logistical details herself. As she stated, with such level of support she can continue giving at least 1 course per year, as it was exactly the organizational part of the work that was making it so difficult for her to continue.

Furthermore, Hotel Sonnenstrahl in Kisslegg is an amazing venue! Fabulous food (3 delectable meals per day included in the very affordable cost of the hotel lodging), great workshop space, sauna and watsu pool made it very appealing to go back. Elena has been also invited to speak at a big conference in Tenerife during the first half of July, which enables her to come from Spain directly to Germany after the conference. It seems pretty obvious that reality doesn't want to allow Elena to retire yet!

For more information about the upcoming Birth Into Being workshop in July 2015, visit our event website Birth Into Being International.

Photo montage by Stefan and Melanie (pictured below)

Jessica and Miranda, Advanced Facilitators

Participants about to start the Limbic Imprint Re-Coding Meditation 

Click here to view all the photos from November on Birth Into Being's Flickr

Upcoming Workshops

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Level 2 Birth into Being Method with Henriëtte Wieldraaijer in Dutch

December 18 - 21, 2014

Eindhoven, Netherlands

Birth Into Being Method - Level 1 & 2 with Nina Benedicte

December 18 - 21, 2014


Level 1 Birth into Being Method with Henriëtte Wieldraaijer in Dutch

January 17 - 18, 2015

Eindhoven, Netherlands

Level 2 Birth into Being Method with Henriëtte Wieldraaijer in Dutch

January 31 - February 1, 2015

Eindhoven, Netherlands

Birth Into Being - Limbic Imprint of a Happy Childhood with Nicole Moore

February 14, 2015

Bangalow, Australia

Birth Into Being - One Day Intensive - with Nicole Moore

February 15, 2015

Byron Bay, Australia

Birth into Being 10 Day Intensive Apprenticeship Training with Willow Proctor

February 15 - 25, 2015

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Birth Into Being workshop Level 2 - with Sylvie Jonckeau (Galiléa)

February 21 - 22, 2015

Noumea, New Caledonia

Birth Into Being 10 Day Intensive / Apprentice Training with Nicole Moore

March 20 - 29, 2015

Sydney, Australia

Birth Into Being Method - Level 1 with Lily Rhoads

10 Dias de Treinamento Intensivo no Método Nascimento para o Ser (Birth into Being Method)

With Nicole Moore

May 15, 2015  May 24

São Francisco do Sul, Brazil

Elena's 16 day Training and Limbic Imprint Re-Coding Workshop

Stay up to date with Elena's Schedule here. 

Post-Partum Sexuality

By Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova, October 2014

After having a child, the new mother has a very complex hormonal cocktail in her system, which is very different from what’s going on with the father of the new baby. It would take a whole book to describe this difference. But for the purpose of this short article, I’ll focus on one of the many aspects – postpartum sexuality.

The female chemistry at this point is geared towards milk production and elimination of a possibility of another pregnancy, so the new baby has enough resources to thrive. Thus a woman, normally, does not feel the need in sex for a while after giving birth. There are always exceptions to every rule, but I’m not discussing exceptions right now. When a new mother holds her baby, she is flooded with dopamines, her needs for intimacy, connection, love are met on every level, from primal to highly spiritual.

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Lily Rhoads

Director of Communications

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