Workshops

Participants will need to select one from each session. Good luck with that!

Day 2: Sunday Sept 4th       Session 4 (14:00 – 15:30)           

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.

Day 3: Monday Sept 5th       Sessions 9, 10 (14:00 – 17:00)

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” , “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 neutralize 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 utilized 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.

Day 4: Tuesday Sept 6th       Session 14 (14:00 – 15:30)

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, Ibu 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 Ibu Robin and Bapak 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.

Day 5: Wednesday Sept 7th       Sessions 18, 19 (11:00 – 15:30)

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 neutralize 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 utilize 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 organize 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 humanization 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.

Day 6: Thursday Sept 8th    Session 23 (11:00 – 12:30)

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 centering – 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 purpose 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.

Register for the conference here

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