Hazel Acland Tree is a holistic childbirth educator and doula. She initially worked as a lay birth supporter in Guatemala supporting friends and family after the birth of her own son before returning to live & work in the UK.
She has studied and taught workshops on various healing modalities, including Reiki, Emotional Freedom Technique, massage and Touch for Health Kinesiology.
It was also in Latin America (Mexico & Guatemala) that she apprenticed with traditional celebrants and studied the art of ceremony and more specifically the calendar of days. This training built on her instinctive understanding and body wisdom through studying the old ways of her native land England.
She has spent half of her adult life travelling the world; living, learning languages and immersing herself in different cultures. This love of anthropology brought her back to her native land on England with fresh eyes and an open heart, and it was here she rediscovered love of rolling green hills, streams and wooded glens; the hazel tree and oak, ash, holly and beech. Having lived so long without the traditional change of seasons she was delighted to notice all the little signs as one month rolled into the next, connecting how what was happening outside was being reflected within.
Her first book A Doula’s Journey was a novel about the path of a childbirth support.
Her second book : A Birth Path – stages & states of consciousness is about the essence and wonder of birth, and has become a favourite of doulas and childbirth educators, many using the book with their clients in preparation for birth.
She is co-director of the social enterprise The Nest Southwest, a community interest company working with the local community to improve the lives of women and girls during the rites of passage of menstruation, pregnancy & childbirth and menopause. Find out more: https://thenestsw.org/
An integral part of her life is daily connection with nature through mindfulness. She lives in Devon on a smallholding farm with husband and son, growing organic food and spending many hours processing, fermenting, preserving, baking sourdough bread, wild food foraging and keeping bees.
Hazel Acland Tree
- a recognised Doula with Doula UK
- represents Doula UK in the European Doula Network
- organises an informal world wide network of doulas called A Cuddle of Doulas
- director of The Nest southwest CIC
- an independent celebrant
- a peer breastfeeding supporter
- teaches workshops and offers one-to-one support during pregnancy, birth and beyond
- facilitator of sacred women’s circles
- author of A Doula’s Journey (a novel)
- author of A Birth Path – stages and states of consciousness
- a Reiki master (2001)
- EFT practitioner (2006)
- Touch for Health kinesiology practitioner (2005)
- massage therapist (2002)
- bilingual in English & Spanish
- a mother