All posts tagged: Italy

Respecting women, respecting childbirth through midwifery

Meeting the empowering woman, empowering mother’s-to-be at the ‘Elemental School of Midwife Art’. I visited the ‘Elemental School of Midwife Art’ set in Florence, Italy. I think it should be called The ‘Empowering School of Midwife Art’ because that’s they do here. They teach midwifes the skills to empower women who are to become mothers, not just at the time of birth but throughout all stages of their pregnancy and life thereafter. You feel that this is a special place from the moment you walk in the door. The beaming, warm, welcoming faces of the staff make you feel instantly calm and secure – it’s been like this since 1996 when the school first opened by founder Verena Schmid. Verena Schmid was a midwife, author, international teacher with the aim to found a place where midwives could learn to create a world that is more women friendly. Here, she would teach a different view over women’s sexual passages and help midwives rediscover the art of women centred care, learn the physiology of respected childbirth as …

Feeding your body – in Italy

Healthy living starts on the inside. And I don’t think there is a better place on the planet than Italy to teach us how to feed our mind, body and soul. Italian art, music, design, fashion and food are part of day to day life here and the very culture itself revolves around beauty, love, passion and sensuality — all the good things that feed our body, mind and the soul. Feeding the Body – with Eco MasterChef Claudio Di Dio Italians don’t just value quality ingredients, they value quality of life. The best Italian dishes are prepared with simple, fresh, whole foods. There’s no such thing as fast food here… every bite is eaten slowly, consciously savoring the senses exploding with flavors and the company you are enjoying it with. It’s no wonder Italian food is one of the most loved cuisines in the world when you think of all the love that goes into it. And no one puts more love into his cooking that Claudio Di Dio, Eco Chef at BistròBiò, a …