Your Journey Begins...

Crossing the Threshold is Birthing From Within's signature retreat. It immerses you in some of our juciest practices, like labyrinth and storytelling, and expands your awareness through personal growth processes. This weekend retreat will shift your thinking, open your heart, and nourish your soul for birth work.

Following the two-and-a-half day retreat, you will be enrolled in a four-module online course, Heart of Mentoring, where you will integrate what you experienced during the retreat, while learning several of Birthing From Within’s most prized mentoring skills so that you can begin bringing the Ancient Maps to your Modern Birth clients.

What you'll experience in Crossing the Threshold

A video testimonial...

  • The Schedule

    Crossing the Threshold is a weekend retreat designed for you to get away and fully experience the Birthing From Within approach to birth. Retreats are held Friday evenings, and all day Saturday & Sunday.

Your Instructors

Certified Facilitator

Koyuki Smith

Koyuki is a childbirth educator, babywearing educator, and Birthing From Within facilitator in New York City. She has a BA from Columbia University and an MA from Columbia Teachers College. Before entering the childbirth field, she spent eight years teaching in public secondary schools; she made the transition to perinatal work in 2008. She loves how being a Birthing From Within practitioner allows her to guide parents to find their own unique paths through the challenges presented by the childbearing years, and she's thrilled that the facilitator role will allow her to bring the same practice to professionals as well. In addition to working with birthing people and birth professionals, she enjoys ice skating, kung fu, and early British novels. She lives in Harlem with her husband and two homeschooled sons and a lot of books and records.


Deidre Coutsoumpos

Deidre discovered a gaping hole about four years into her doula practice. After attending her first Birthing From Within training in 2009, it became apparent that she personally needed a perspective shift. Birthing From Within validated the deep knowing that regardless of any outer trappings, each of us hold deep value, just as we are, and the Birthing From Within philosophy offered solutions to connect with this power even when things don't go as planned. This is such a rich gift to her doula work, childbirth preparation classes, and personal life. She is humbled by the opportunity to welcome and facilitate new mentors on this journey.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

Be sure to read the full Refund & Cancellation Policy in the Terms of Service when you register.

Birthing From Within does not offer refunds. If you will be unable to attend this training for any reason, please contact our office as soon as possible.

If you cannot attend a workshop you have registered for, you may transfer your registration to another workshop, within one year, for a $50 rescheduling fee.  

Once the workshop has begun, no transfers will be allowed. 

If Birthing From Within needs to cancel a workshop or retreat, you will be credited the full amount paid.

Birthing From Within cannot be held liable for any fees you might incur for airline ticket cancellations, so please make sure to purchase travel insurance if you are flying to attend one of our workshops.