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Day 1: Saturday Sept 3rd

Registration (14:00 – 17:00)   

Dinner (18:00 – 19:30)

Session 1 (20:00 – 22:00): Opening Plenary 

Welcome: Rosie Faith, Elmer Postle, Graham Meltzer

Keynote: Robbie Davis-Floyd: The Technocratic, Humanistic, and Holistic Paradigms of Birth and Health Care
This presentation describes the three major global paradigms of birth and health care: the technocratic, humanistic, and holistic models of medicine. The profound differences in belief, practice, and worldview among practitioners of each of these three paradigms are explained, so that birth practitioners can understand the power of these paradigms to influence belief and practice and evaluate their own choices in terms of where they wish to stand on this spectrum.

Late night social gathering (22:00 – 24:00)
On Saturday, Tuesday and Friday nights only, the bar will be open in the CC for late night socialising and networking, accompanied on an informal basis by local and visiting musicians.

Day 2: Sunday Sept 4th

Session 2 (09:00 – 10:30): Plenary 2

Keynote: Robin Lim: Awakening Birth
Awakening Birth is a commitment to honour, protect and serve, mothers, babies and families, globally. How we welcome the newest citizens of Earth, the newborn babies, defines us as humans. Are we kind? Are we gentle? Do the mothers and babies receive respectful care, regardless of their worldly ‘worth’?  Wisdom in birth means we have the courage to ask these questions.

Tea Break (10:30 – 11:00)

Session 3 (11:00 – 12:30): Plenary 3

Keynote: Binnie Dansby: Birth Ecology is Earth Ecology
Our ideas of relationship come from the original intimacy in the womb and how that first relationship completed or didn’t. This impacts us as we move forward into relationship with our surroundings and other people, the environment. Relationship Is.

Lunch Break (12:30 – 14:00)

Session 4 (14:00 – 15:30): Workshops (1.5 hrs)

NOTE: Participants will have to choose one of seven parallel workshops.

Robin Grille: Bliss, a Biological Birthright: A presentation on the purpose of bliss, pleasure and the ecstatic experience for human health
Bliss-peaks are inherent in our neuro-edocrinological programming. We often speak of a right to the pursuit of happiness. The fact is that this is not asking enough! Nature tries very hard to imbue us with the body-memory of blissful, peak experiences. Nature, it must be stressed, offers no bonuses and wastes no energy on frivolities. Bliss peaks are the intention, because these are necessary, vital and desirable for human health and wellness. We are biologically designed to be ecstasy-ready. What are the practical implications of the bliss factor for childbirth and early childhood, and what does all this mean for social evolution?

Robbie Davis-Floyd: The Paradigm Shift of Holistic Obstetricians: Why Some Doctors Choose to Change and How They Do It
Why do some obstetricians choose to radically change? This question is most poignant in Brazil, a country with one of the highest caesarean rates in the world. Based on interviews with 32 of Brazil’s holistic obstetricians, this presentation will describe what motivated them to change, the forms those changes took over time, the current ways in which they practice, the persecution they suffer from the larger health care system, and the ways in which they are working, individually and collectively, to transform

Michel Odent: Thinking long-term: Presentation of the Primal Health Research Database
We’ll present the ‘Primal Health Research Database’ (www.primalhealthresearch.com) as a tool to expand our horizons: thinking long-term and thinking in terms of civilization, even humanity.

Binnie A Dansby: Emergence and Emergency
Our understanding of change and how it happens is rooted in our earliest experiences – our first great creative step.

Mary Jackson and Ray Castellino: Connecting Deeply as Practitioners
A talk on the principles or agreements that support deeper connections as practitioners in their sessions, working with families and also with peers.

Clare Maddalena: Why Pregnancy Yoga is so Powerful: The science behind the yoga (Repeated on Wednesday)
In this talk Clare, founder of LushTums, will be shining a light on the scientific effect yoga practices have on the body, mind and heart. Specifically, she will be exploring the responses of the nervous system and how this can be powerfully influenced by traditional yoga practices. She will describe and demonstrate these practices and show how they can be given a modern application for today’s pregnant women, helping them enjoy pregnancy and prepare for birth and life as a new mother.

Nicola Goodall: Belly Wrap
Around the world women have traditionally wrapped their bellies postnatally for wellness. Participants in this workshop will learn how to wrap mama’s belly in her postnatal rest period. A wrap helps strengthen the tummy and back, brings the stomach muscles back in which helps them heal back together in a stronger, flatter less protruding way and closes the mother energetically. By the end of the session you will understand what’s happened to the physiology during pregnancy and how to strengthen and retain core stability postnatally. Wraps will be available to buy to take home.

Tea Break (15:30 – 16:00)

Session 5 (16:00 – 17:30): Homegroups

Homegroups of 12-15 participants will gather three times during the conference in order to ‘share’ and ‘ground’ their conference experience with one another. This kind of ‘sharing’ is a key component of Findhorn’s culture; it will deepen connection with a smaller number of participants and offers an opportunity for inquiry, learning and growth. At past conferences participants have often said that their experience in homegroups was a highlight of the event. Each homegroup will be led by an experienced ‘focaliser.’ Only participants who can attend all three sessions will be eligible (i.e. registered participants and those with week tickets).

Dinner Break (18:00 – 19:30)

Session 6 (20:00 – 22:00): Film

In Utero
“In Utero is a cinematic rumination on what will emerge as the most provocative subject of the 21st C – life in the womb and its lasting impact on human development, human behaviour and the state of the world. In Utero brings together for the first time, convincing data that explains why some of us face challenges from the start while others thrive. Foetal origins experts, research scientists, psychologists, doctors and midwives – as well as examples from popular culture and mythology – collectively demonstrate how our experiences in utero shape our future. Prepare to be surprised, intrigued, but no longer baffled by what the future holds for yourself, your loved ones and the human race.” (From the jacket notes.)

Day 3: Monday Sept 5th

Session 7 (09:00 – 10:30): Plenary 4

Keynote: Michel Odent: From the Neolithic Revolution to the Symbiotic Revolution
Life did not come to dominate the globe through conflict, but rather, by networking. This is the basis of the necessary paradigm shift we are expecting thousands of years after the Neolithic revolution. A new key concept is needed, one that’s perceived as the antithesis of the ‘domination of nature.’

Tea Break (10:30 – 11:00)

Session 8 (11:00 – 12:30): Plenary 5

Keynote: Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova: Correlation between birth complications and traumatic experiences within family lineage
The impact that family history and woman’s own experiences prior to the due date have on her delivery. What can be done before birth, and, in the best case scenario, even before conceiving to neutralise negative imprinting and assure a deeply satisfying outcome.

Lunch Break (12:30 – 14:00)

Session 9 (14:00 – 15:30): Workshops (3 hrs)

Robin Lim, Mary Jackson and Nicola Goodall: Emerging BirthKeepers
How mothers together build peace on Earth…one mother, one baby, one family at a time.  How birthkeepers can collaborate to bring optimal, respectful, gentle care to mothers and babies. Because being a birthkeeper begins with each birth.

Kate Woods: Doulas and their role in Conscious Birthing
What is a Doula and what do Doulas offer? What makes the Doula role unique and how can the role of a Doula contribute towards loving, conscious birth? How might we begin to individually and collectively shift the fear-based paradigm which our current maternal care system is founded on? Can we find autonomy within this institution, as it stands? Come on a collaborative journey of discovery, exploring how our personal stories can unconsciously impact birth, as we begin to consider ‘emptying our bowls’ and stepping into authentic, informed choice, birthing together a new paradigm of presence, compassion and love.

Angelina Martinez Miranda: Traditional Mexican use of Rebozo to Support Women During Pregnancy, Birth and Post-partum (Repeated on Wednesday)
Open to all birth workers interested in traditional practices aimed at supporting women on the path of motherhood. Angelina will share traditional ways of using the Rebozo during pregnancy, birth and post-partum including massage, body work, and in situations such as slow progress during childbirth, breech presentation and the delivery of the placenta. The workshop will also include the traditional Mexican ceremony known as ‘Cerrada de Caderas’ or ‘Cerrada de Rebozo,’ (transl. ‘Closing of the Hips’) that provides closure to the cycle of pregnancy-labour-birth, honours the woman’s hard work and welcomes the mother.

Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova: Limbic Imprint Re-Coding I (Can be taken together with Limbic Imprint Re-Coding II on Wednesday, or separately.)
Experiential processes and exercises geared to neutralise the impact of the birth trauma experienced during one’s formative period, between conception and early childhood. Elena will share how our own early conditioning shapes our capacity for making and raising our children; she’ll offer an opportunity to experience an instant difference between the learnt and innate state of being.

Monique Gauthier: Pregnancy and Birth as a Path to Awakening
Our world is bridging to a higher consciousness that will allow for greater joy in this next generation of families. This workshop will look at how the birthing rite of passage is a perfect opportunity for parents and practitioners to explore our evolution as spiritual beings in physical form. We will address fear, separation, ego, surrender, trust, equanimity, love and other spiritual elements that arise when bringing another soul to the planet. The information presented is inspired by Advaita wisdom, A Course in Miracles, and Integral Yoga.

Ricardo Jones: Chronicles of Birth: The midwife, the doula and the obstetrician
Ric will present a model of close collaboration between obstetrician, doula and midwife during pre-natal care, birth and post-partum, where the woman’s needs (spiritual, social, psychological, emotional, etc.) are considered as important as medical concerns. The model is non-hierarchical (the doctor is just another member of a team of equals) and is applied to homebirths as well as caesarean sections. In this presentation Ric will tell stories of, and offer hard evidence for, the benefits of a collaborative and interdisciplinary model of childbirth that can offer the mother and child an experience of energy, magic and love.

Robbie Davis-Floyd: The Power of Ritual: How People Think, What They Believe, and Why
What is a ritual? How does it work? Why is it utilised in every human culture and subculture? Where does its power come from? And how can we as individuals tap that power for our own benefit? This presentation will explore the nature and uses of ritual in rites of passage and in daily life, with special emphasis on its roles in engendering belief, enhancing courage, effecting healing, and transforming individual consciousness. Special focus will be placed on interpreting standard obstetric procedures as rituals designed to enact and transmit our cultural core values on science, technology, institutions, and information. And we will consider how ritual’s courage-enhancing and habituating effects can be used wisely in medicine, as well as how rituals can be consciously designed and employed to enhance the home birth experience.

Tea Break (15:30 – 16:00)

Session 10 (16:00 – 17:30): Workshops (3 hrs)

As above, continued.

Dinner Break (18:00 – 19:30)

Session 11 (20:00 – 22:00): Concert

Hope Medford and Friends: Cycle, Spirit, Birth, Breath
This will be a journey of modern chants & ancient rhythms woven together to celebrate the cycle of life while invoking our deeper knowing of these rites of passage.  Using voice and drum, these primal tools of sound will carry mantras and heart songs for you to enjoy and connect to source as they allow us to attune us to the earth’s frequency.  The power of the drum and feminine voice with modern effects and loops create entrancing dynamic layers that can bring our intention to life. At times, all will be encouraged to join in, sharing one voice and one breath.

Day 4: Tuesday Sept 6th

Session 12 (09:00 – 10:30): Plenary 6

Keynote: Angelina Martinez Miranda: Traditional Midwifery Through the Generations
Traditions have a crucial role in indigenous cultures. In this talk Angelina will discuss how the traditional midwife plays an important role in the preservation of these traditions and will discuss the actions that traditional midwives have taken in our efforts against child birth becoming institutionalised. Traditional midwifery in Mexico is concerned with the alignment of body, mind and spirit for the benefit of the mother-to be, her family and her community through the use of simple, non-invasive practices such as the use of the rebozo and various ceremonies to honour the woman during pregnancy, birth and post-partum.

Tea Break (10:30 – 11:00)

Session 13 (11:00 – 12:30): Plenary 7

Keynote: Mary Jackson and Ray Castellino: Preparing Families for Birth and Supporting Birth Resolution
Jackson and Castellino work with families to prepare for birth as well as to heal trauma and resolve traumatic birth experiences. In this profound and unique work, children and babies resolve their birth stories through gesture and movement, allowing the family to deepen their connections in a new configuration. Ray and Mary will show video recordings including work with babies born by caesarean as well as breech. They will share foundational therapeutic principles that create conditions which allow healing to take place.

Lunch Break (12:30 – 14:00)

Session 14 (14:00 – 15:30): Workshops (1.5 hrs)

Clare Maddalena: Why Pregnancy Yoga is so Powerful: The science behind the yoga (Sunday’s workshop repeated)
In this talk Clare, founder of LushTums, will be shining a light on the scientific effect yoga practices have on the body, mind and heart. Specifically, she will be exploring the responses of the nervous system and how this can be powerfully influenced by traditional yoga practices. She will describe and demonstrate these practices and show how they can be given a modern application for today’s pregnant women, helping them enjoy pregnancy and prepare for birth and life as a new mother.

Robin Lim and Wil Hemmerle: Sing Our Babies Earth-side: Music as an Instrument to Happiness (Repeated on Thursday)
Wil Hemmerle sang to the belly of his wife, Robin Lim, throughout her last pregnancy in Bali; their son, Hanoman, began humming within days of his birth. As a small boy he became an accomplished fiddler and now writes songs straight from his musical heart. At the Bumi Sehat Birth centres in Bali, Aceh and the Philippines, the midwives and doulas sing to the babies, while they are crowing, emerging into the light of their earthly lives. Come, join Robin and Wil to evoke happiness and build peace on Earth via singing birth.

Robin Grille: Resistance to the Childbirth Reform Message: Understanding the fear, guilt and shame and working through it
This workshop for birth reform activists explores how we might re-language the changes needed in childbirth environments, so as to ease resistance generated by mother-guilt, trauma, denial and fear of change. We will consider the role of childhood (emotional) memory, in resistance to learning and change. The workshop will offer practical, empathic and supportive strategies for educators and practitioners to assist individuals who are made anxious by the new child development information.

Michel Odent: Childbirth: Science versus Tradition
Michel will illustrate multiple examples of contradictions between our cultural conditioning and what we are learning from emerging scientific disciplines.

Mary Jackson, Ray Castellino and Elmer Postle: How to Support Baby and Parents to Integrate the C-section Experience
Showing ‘Olivia’s movie’ and a talk with Ray, Mary and film maker Elmer.

Binnie Dansby: The Original Intimacy
We learn about relationship from the very start of life. We come from the warm waters and shared intimacy inside another, our mother. When we connect and listen to one another we learn and grow and expand. Each person has a distinctive story to tell.

Esther-Maria Lindner: Conscious Conception (Repeated on Thursday)
Conception – our highest creative potential made manifest through the seed of love and intent. Our children are our future, and through the act of conscious conception, pregnancy and birth we can change the world we live in, as we prepare the way for high frequency beings. Imagine a world in which a humans default program and energy is love not fear? In this workshop Esther-Maria will introduce participants to the concept of conscious conception and provide tools such as meditations and exercises that can be utilised at any stage in the mother’s journey whether preconception, pregnancy, birth or postnatal.

Tea Break (15:30 – 16:00)

Session 15 (16:00 – 17:30): Homegroups

See description above

Dinner Break (18:00 – 19:30)

Session 16 (20:00 – 22:00): Film 

A Breech in the System
An intelligent and poignant documentary about a woman who is determined to give birth to her breech baby naturally. She is in touch with her inner voice and clear about her boundaries. However the hospital authorities insist on a caesarean section. It’s an inspiring story about her attempt, against all odds, to give birth naturally within the medical system.

Late night social gathering (22:00 – 24:00)

Day 5: Wednesday Sept 7th

Session 17 (09:00 – 10:30): Plenary 8

Keynote: Robin Grille: Neuro-social Evolution: How connectedness was lost and how to reclaim it for humanity’s future
The presentation will draw on neuropsychology, epigenetics, psycho-history and anthropology to illustrate how and why many of the world’s cultures lost, over centuries, the capacity for healthy connectedness in early life. Now that so much is known about the centrality of connected relationship for healthy human function, there is a social and global imperative to ease back towards a society of healthy connectedness. The implications are bigger than you think. And your job is more important than you realised.

Tea Break (10:30 – 11:00)

Session 18 (11:00 – 12:30): Workshops (3 hrs)

Angelina Martinez Miranda: Traditional Mexican use of Rebozo to Support Women During Pregnancy, Birth and Post-partum (Monday’s workshop repeated)
Open to all birth workers interested in traditional practices aimed at supporting women on the path of motherhood. Angelina will share traditional ways of using the Rebozo during pregnancy, birth and post-partum including massage, body work, and in situations such as slow progress during childbirth, breech presentation and the delivery of the placenta. The workshop will also include the traditional Mexican ceremony known as “Cerrada de Caderas” or “Cerrada de Rebozo” , “Closing of the Hips” that provides closure to the cycle of pregnancy-labour-birth, honours the woman’s hard work and welcomes the mother.

Elena Tonetti-Vladimirova: Limbic Imprint Re-Coding II (Can be taken as a continuation of Limbic Imprint Re-Coding I, last Monday, or separately.)
Experiential processes and exercises geared to neutralise the impact of the birth trauma experienced during one’s formative period, between conception and early childhood. Elena will share how our own early conditioning shapes our capacity for making and raising our children; she’ll offer an opportunity to experience an instant difference between the learnt and innate state of being.

Kate Woods: Conscious Birth Preparation
An opportunity to explore birth physiology and to learn how nature’s perfect hormonal rhythm supports us, when labour and birth are left undisturbed. We’ll spend time looking at setting birth intentions through discussing informed choice, then consider ways to create and maintain a calm environment for the protection and nurture of the family. There will be time to explore and practise the use of women’s ‘tools for self-reliance’, plus techniques for empowering father’s-to-be as supporters, advocates and guardians of the sacred birthspace. We’ll finish with a demonstration of bellycasting, a wonderful keepsake and alternative to an Ultrasound scan picture!

Hope Medford: Rhythm and Voice: Supporting pregnancy and birth
There is mystery and power we can unlock through music that can invigorate our minds, open our hearts, and reawaken our ancient wisdom. During pregnancy and birth we can call upon and utilise this connection for the benefit of the next generation. In this workshop, we will have a sound meditation with intention to expand and clear our own connection to our womb and birth experience as well as co-create a rhythmic exploration of our relationship with birth. We will co-create a rhythm circle to play, listen and be heard, build confidence, celebrate, and express our voices as a community supporting each other.

Robin Lim: Placenta, the Forgotten Chakra: Are there vampires in the birthrooms?
In nearly every birthing institution, newborns are denied up to 1/3 of their blood volume when the umbilical cord is immediately clamped and cut. At Bumi Sehat, we delay severance of the umbilical cords for a minimum of 3 hours. Families may choose to keep the cord intact until it falls away days later. Delayed umbilical cord severance ensures the baby will be bright and vital so s/he will quickly initiate breastfeeding. Optimal health and intelligence are the container for consciousness. By preventing newborn trauma, we insure each child will have an intact capacity to love and trust. Loving and trusting will determine whether an individual will grow to protect our planet.

Ricardo Jones: Giving Birth in Brazil
Brazil is a country with many social challenges, not least in the birthing field. We have a distinctly technocratic, medicalised approach that results in one of the world’s highest rates of c-section (57%) and high rates of maternal and perinatal death. Medical education is tied to a technological paradigm where ancient knowledge is disregarded. Despite the chaos, the population is beginning to organise itself around NGOs with a more progressive view of birthing support. And the last two national governments have recognised the need to reverse uncontrolled interventionism. The humanisation of childbirth is on now firmly the agenda.

Ilona Kästner and Audicia Morley: Grief Ceremony
“The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe” Joanna Macy
Re-heartening ourselves to wholeness and the cosmic movement of creation and recreation, birth and death. This two-part ceremony will support an honouring of our personal, collective and ancestral grief seeds. Acknowledging grief was seen as vital for the beginning of a new cycle and to the health of society by ancient cultures. Communal grieving can offer something that grieving alone cannot do. When we are acknowledged, validated, included and witnessed in a shared sacred space of grief, this opens us into the healing of our wounds. Here the griefs can be named, expressed , honoured and transformed.

Lunch Break (12:30 – 14:00)

Session 19 (14:00 – 15:30): Workshops (3 hrs)

As above, continued.

Tea Break (15:30 – 16:00)

Session 20 (16:00 – 17:30): Free Time                       

Craft & Art Fair
The Craft Fair will be organised by the Findhorn Craft Group – members of the Findhorn Foundation Community who make our own art and crafts. Amongst us we have several jewellery makers, potters and painters, photographers with photo-art and photo products like calendars and books. We also have textile workers, some of whom are reviving the ancient craft of feltwork, as well as creators of artwork and modern bags and brooches.

Park Tours
The Findhorn community and ecovillage is famous around the world as both a spiritual centre and ecovillage. Tours of the Park, our main campus, will leave the Visitor Centre at 16:00 and 16:30. They will last about an hour and cover many of the historical and contemporary points of interest. Please sign up at the information desk.

Dinner Break (18:00 – 19:30)

Session 21 (20:00 – 22:00)                             

Sharing
The Findhorn community has a long tradition of what we call ‘Sharings’ – events held several times a year, where members and guests of the community offer items of music, theatre, dance, comedy, poetry, story-telling etc. for the enjoyment of all. They are an essential element of the social and cultural glue of the community. Anyone keen to participate with a creative sharing of about four minutes, please contact Nikos (nikolascend@hotmail.com).

Céilidh with James Pretlove
A céilidh (pronounced kay-lee, from the Old Irish, céle, meaning ‘companion’) is a traditional social dance amongst Gaelic-speaking peoples of Ireland, Scotland and parts of England. Céilidhs are usually held in a community hall of some sort and occasionally on a smaller scale in houses and pubs. The music is cheerful and lively. The basic dance steps can be learned easily; instructions are provided for new dancers before the start of each dance.

Day 6: Thursday Sept 8th

Session 22 (09:00 – 10:30): Plenary 9

Panel Session: Healthy Birth, Healthy Earth: Where have we been?
These final two days are designed for the emergence of inspiration, ideas and initiatives from the field. To this end, the two panel sessions (Plenaries 9 and 10) will likely be in a format known as a ‘fishbowl,’ a format which enables all voices to be heard.

Tea Break (10:30 – 11:00)

Session 23 (11:00 – 12:30): Workshops

Esther-Maria Lindner: Conscious Conception (Tuesday’s workshop repeated)
Conception – our highest creative potential made manifest through the seed of love and intent. Our children are our future, and through the act of conscious conception, pregnancy and birth we can change the world we live in, as we prepare the way for high frequency beings. Imagine a world in which a humans default program and energy is love not fear? In this workshop Esther-Maria will introduce participants to the concept of conscious conception and provide tools such as meditations and exercises that can be utilised at any stage in the mother’s journey whether preconception, pregnancy, birth or postnatal.

Clare Maddalena: LushTums Pregnancy Yoga Session
LushTums Pregnancy Yoga classes have been running since 2007, working with thousands of women on their pregnancy journey, to birth and motherhood beyond. Classes create a welcoming space for all. Each class is specifically tailored to the women in attendance and will always include a focus on breathing, movement and mindfulness for birth. Our classes are popular and now in many places across the UK. Come along and try it – open to any pregnant ladies and also to any birth workers interested in our approach.

Elmer Postle: Birth and Men
Fathers have become ubiquitous at deliveries over the last 30-40 years. The medical culture within which many women deliver their babies is based on ideas of controlling the process, often led by men. Women are wrestling with finding a way to deliver in the way they want, finding out what conditions they need to feel safe, sovereign. How men are with this requires careful navigation and is crucial to remembering nature in childbirth. Should men be present in the birthing room or are they a hazard?

Robin Grille: An Introduction to Bio-energetics for Emotional Wellness
Originally developed by Alexander Lowen, a neo-Reichian psychiatrist from New York, bioenergetic poses and movement are designed to reconnect us with the most natural and spontaneous energy flows in the body. Done in a safe and supportive environment, the benefits include: release of emotional overload; freeing the vital flow in the hips – great for expectant mothers; grounding and centring – great for stressed parents and; tapping into our natural wellspring of joy and laughter.

Ray Castellino: The Pace of Relationship in the Family
Learning about how the rhythm at which a babies nervous system functions is different from an adults and how we can come into relationship.

Binnie Dansby: Unlock Your Creative Potential
The intent of this workshop is to expand human self-awareness, unlock the creative potential in all of us and progress the evolution of human consciousness. Our intention is to reveal the hidden and forgotten aspects of the creative process of being human so that current and future generations can choose to create a reality of unconditional love, peace, joy and connection.

Roma Norriss: Breastfeeding our way back home: An interactive workshop exploring the wider impact of infant feeding
How the behavioural pathway wires society for peace and sustainability. The impact of breastfeeding on the microbiome and macrobiome. Building babies’ intelligence through gaze and contingent communication and how that is integral to the breastfeeding relationship. The emotional impact of bottle feeding on global consciousness. The systemic, emotional, naturopathic and nutritional perspectives on common breastfeeding problems. Individual and societal measures that normalise breastfeeding.

Lunch Break (12:30 – 14:00)

Session 24 (14:00 – 15:30): Open Space    

Open Space is a social technology that is utilised in small and large gatherings to enable new voices and fresh topics to emerge. It’s an opportunity for any participant to lead a discussion on any topic that they feel hasn’t yet been addressed, or addressed adequately.

Tea Break (15:30 – 16:00)

Session 25 (16:00 – 17:30): Open Space

Continued.                     

Dinner Break (18:00 – 19:30)

Session 26 (20:00 – 22:00)

Open Floor with Deborah Jay-Lewin
Over the course of this conference there will have been ideas and feelings generated both painful and wondrous to engage with. That is the journey of giving birth. Using Open Floor Movement Practice we will move and dance to absorb, release, integrate and celebrate the shared commitment to birthing a new a paradigm for the benefit of all our relations.

Talk and Discussion with Mari Hollander and Elmer Postle: The Findhorn Foundation – Co-Creation with Nature
Since the 1960s, Findhorn has been a centre of inquiry into healing our relationship with the natural world. Through meditation and guidance, a community has sprung up based on practicing co-creation with nature. Many thousands of people from all around the world come to Findhorn to experience the transformation of consciousness in everyday life. This is the background and context of our conference. This talk will enable us to appreciate this extraordinary place, its history, and its gifts going forward.

Day 7: Friday Sept 9th

Session 27 (09:00 – 10:30): Plenary 10

Panel Session: Healthy Birth, Healthy Earth: Where do we go from here?
Some of the presenters and others from amongst the participants will offer their thoughts on a new paradigm of childbirth – the Symbiotic Era, as Michel might call it.

Tea Break (10:30 – 11:00)

Session 28 (11:00 – 12:30): Homegroups

Lunch Break (12:30 – 14:00)

Session 29 (14:00 – 15:30): Plenary 11

Next steps
How do we apply what we have learned and emerged from the week? How do we sustain and nurture vital new impulses and projects?

Tea Break (15:30 – 16:00)

Session 30 (16:00 – 17:30): Plenary 12                       

Closing
In our final session we will invoke a somatic, energetic, and celebratory closing; express our gratitude and bless everyone on their journey.

Dinner Break (18:00 – 19:30)

Session 31 (20:00 – late): Celebration

On our final evening we will celebrate together – inviting the qualities of joy, spontaneity, fun and connection.

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