In this world of price tags and dollar signs, the Placenta Liberation Front is a creative, refreshing perspective on the age old practice of placenta medicine–or what Phoenix midwife Shell Walker refers to as “placenta crafting.”
So what’s so liberating about placenta crafting?
First of all, Shell offers FREE placenta encapsulation training. That’s a radical departure from the online training courses in the US and UK that charge hundreds of dollars, or the hard-to-find, real live training workshops that charge the big bucks, too.
Second of all, Shell views placenta knowledge as a commonly shared resource that should be accessible to everyone, rather than copyrighted, trademarked and patented.
In fact, the only thing she asks of her placenta students is that they pay it forward. In exchange for receiving her free training, she asks students to commit to providing 5 free placenta encapsulations over the next year, take a refresher class after a year, and subsequently train at least one other person in placenta encapsulation within a years time.
Shell’s intentions and the way that she frames placenta work seem to come from a deeply wholistic perspective. She advocates for a method of placenta work “that speaks to the subtle essence of placenta crafting.”
When are the hands better than a knife?
When are bare hands better than gloves?
When is mortar and pestle better than an electric grinder?
And what of our intentions, our thoughts, our connections, our sacred breath and their contribution to the process?
For these reasons and more, I would love to see the art and soul of placenta crafting preserved and passed from hand to hand. Live and in person.
This is my contribution to that end
100 newly trained placenta crafters by the end of 2012
Free of commerce
Free of discrimination
Free of territories
Free of market control
Free of price setting
Full of knowledge
Full of care
Full of consideration
Full of love
Imagine an army of egalitarian placenta crafters, armed with a mortar & pestle and size 00 gel caps! Marching forward into the birth world, spreading placenta knowledge wherever they go.
I look forward to keeping track of the Placenta Liberation Front, and this new direction for the lineage of placenta knowledge.