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“Something amazing happens when we surrender and just love. We melt into another world, a realm of power already within us. The world changes when we change. the world softens when we soften. The world loves us when we choose to love the world.”

                                                                                                                         Marianne Williamson

 

"When I surrendered to the reality of birth, I was able to open and let myself go. My birth gave me the chance to learn how to accept, how to breathe and how to let go. It was the opening of a doorway, a gate into the land of souls and I stood at the threshold as a witness. It wasn't about control, it wasn't about me or anything I got to know up until that moment. It was just sweet surrender. I was to witness and come back."

 

My son's birth in 2012 opened a new path in front of me and I have decided since then to become a doula and a guide for people who are waiting at the thresholds of life and to offer my healing hands and heart to help them cross over.

My name is Selen Çağlayık Eloğlu. I am a full spectrum birth and postpartum doula, a certified massage therapist, a herbalist in training, an end-of-life and transitions guide and a womb healer. As of 2018 I have decided to return back to school so I am now also a student midwife. By academic training, I have been an archaeologist, an art historian and a sustainability expert and for many years I have worked as an organizer, educator, coordinator and translator. I have taken many paths in my life and seen various journeys leading me to acquire many professional directions, but so far my healing service stands out as the most valuable and courageous. Valuable because I get to help people directly and courageous because it is an endless, mysterious path.

 

I have always known innately as a kid that my path was to be in healing arts but the courage to accept and embrace my truth came later in life after the birth of son in 2012 when I was able to observe the deeper meaning of bearing a soul to world. The experience led me to change my life direction and I fully immersed myself in learning about doula work and different healing modalities that I can offer to women to support them during times of transition. My work slowly emerged as a full spectrum women's health practitioner. When it was time for me to birth my second child, my daughter, my work materialized with even more depth and helped me to gather a greater soulful approach. I had a natural homebirth that proved once again the importance of support and opened new doors to me resulting with me going deeper with cosmic healing modalities and also evidence-based medical support and choosing to become a midwife.

 

Starting from my early childhood years and beyond I spent most of my time on and off in hospitals where I was an active observer and caretaker for my father’s chronic illnesses. Hospitals and health issues were never foreign to me. This continuous experience is what made me an avid participant in health issues and an advocate for humane and intimate health care systems. I wanted to help people when they were handling their body, mind and soul matters and when they were facing the intensity of crossing a threshold of life. In addition to my personal experience, my social experience in the outside world, my experiences abroad in different communities all shaped and contributed to who I am today. Being a nonstop and enthusiastic traveller helped me to see and experience the love and compassion all around the world and I have learned and I still learn to this day from people and their cultures about the ways of humanity. Combining all this experience and the skills I gained in my previous works, I am now able to offer my services internationally to a wide array of people in different languages. 

 

My approach in life is guided by my belief in nature and its harmonious methods and also my belief in humanity’s sacred connections to worlds here and beyond. I depend on nature’s healing properties and people’s ancient wisdom acquired over millions of years. My approach in healing takes compassion and heart-to-heart communication as its core values and I surround it with touches of women solidarity, ecological awareness and community building.

  • October 2018 onwards B.A. in Midwifery, Uskudar University

  • September 2017-present Female Pelvic Floor Training by Isa Herrera

  • 2016-2017 Herbalism Course, Herbal Academy of New England

  • November 2016 Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, Certification Training

  • September 2016 Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, Self-Care Training

  • April 2016 Heaven Earth Healing House Energy Channeling Training

  • January 2015-January 2016 Sacred Postpartum Doula Training

  • September 2015-June 2016 608 hrs Women's Massage Therapist Training

  • July 2015-January 2016 Women Healing Arts Teacher Training, Mentoring from Kara Maria Ananda

  • July-December 2015 Stillbirthday Birth and Bereavement Doula Training

  • June 2015 Aromatherapy for Birthworkers Workshop by Sacred Scent

  • May 2015 Lamaze Childbirth Educator Seminar - Greensboro, NC

  • April 2015 Private mentoring on doula work from Pam England - Albuquerque, NM

  • April 2015 The Farm Midwifery Center Midwife Assistant Training - Summertown, TN

  • April 2015 Dancing for Birth Instructor Training - Denver, CO

  • March 2015 Final Passages End-of-life Doula Training, Sebastopol, CA

  • 2014-2015 Childbirth International Birth Doula Training

  • 2012 Permaculture Design Course - Istanbul

  • 2011 Organic Farming, Herbal Sciences, Nutrition - Austria (Erasmus)

  • 2011 Plant Sciences, Ecology - Spain (Erasmus)

  • 2010-2012 Master of Science in Sustainable Food and Farming Systems - Norway

  • 2009-2011 Graduate Training in Environmental and Rural Anthropology - METU, Ankara

  • 2005 Archaeology and Art History - Portugal (Erasmus)

  • 2003-2007 B.A. in Archaeology and Art History - Bilkent, Ankara

  • 1994-2002 Galatasaray High School, French Baccalaureate - Istanbul