Indie Birth Midwifery Conference

The Vision

The 2017 Indie Birth Midwifery Conference facilitated amazing connections and strengthened the new paradigm of midwifery and birth.  Our conferences so far have been largely "in the box" structure wise (not so much content wise!), so this time around we are doing things differently, and bringing you an experience that will be even more impactful. We are getting OUT of the conference room and into the woods.  Our main sessions will be deeper, more radical, more heart opening, and will be interspersed with experiences designed to connect you to the like-hearted women around you.  

We will eat together, sleep together, and work together to move midwifery into the new paradigm.  We will sit in circle and have big conversations, since we need to work together if we are going to make things move.  We will definitely hit the sauna.  Indie Birth invites you to come and inhabit the center of your own spiral, contributing your own wisdom to the weekend and co-creating something truly special. We want this weekend to be a practice in living the wise woman model so that you can go back to your communities stronger, wiser, and with even clearer vision so that you can make some serious changes.

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Schedule & Sessions



5pm - Check in
6:30pm - Dinner!
7:30 - 9 - Opening Ceremony





8am - Breakfast
9am - 10:30 - Main Morning Session
10:45 - 12:10 - Breakout Sessions
12:15pm - Lunch
1:15 - 4:15 Canoeing and Low Ropes Course Team Building
4:30 - 5:15 - Breakout Sessions or Yin Yoga
5:30pm - Dinner!
6:30 - 9 - Film Screening



8am - Breakfast
9am - 11am - High Ropes Team Building  
11am - 12 Spiral Conversations
12:15pm - Lunch
1:15 - 3:15 - Main Afternoon Session
3:30 - 5:30 -  Breakout Sessions
5:30pm - Dinner!
6:30 - 9 - Breakout Sessions, Skillsharing, S'mores and a Fireside Circle



8am - Breakfast
9am - 10am - Closing Ceremony
10am - Breaking Camp
11am - Check out

More Speaker Info
& Session Topics Coming Soon

(We also are going to create space for unplanned sessions)







Emily Graham


BREAKTHROUGH : The Role of Intuition in Midwifery; DivorciNg Ourselves from the System; DIY Prenatal Care; Strategies for Effective Activism; Tools for Deep Inner Work; Exploring the Cultural Construction of the Body; Honoring Our Cycles; Badass Birth Business; Branding and Harnessing Social Media Power; A New Approach to the Postpartum Year, and more...





Camp Miller has 340 acres of woodland, a crystal clear lake, over 8 miles of hiking trails, and lots of awesome recreational activities. 


We'll bunk together in lodges to get the real deal camp experience!  All the lodges have their own bathrooms with showers.  You'll get a twin bunk to snuggle down into each night in a room with other attendees.  


This year, we will enjoy each other's company and release some oxytocin as we chow down in the dining hall as a group.  We will be served breakfast, lunch and dinner, all included with your registration.  


More detailed session information will be released later in 2017, but if you need a teaser, the whole Indie Birth team will be crafting new and exclusive sessions.  We will have main sessions as well as other styles of group learning. Saturday and Sunday we will also enjoy group activities led by camp staff with the intent of developing our leadership, confidence and releasing our fears as a group.  We are so excited to have everyone in one place, so that we can connect more in the down time, and also extend the "up-time" into all the nooks and crannies of the weekend.


All campy jokes aside, we think this weekend will be what each of us needs to become stronger leaders in the movement towards authentic midwifery.  We hope that in 50 years we will look back and write that the Indie Birth Retreat was a turning point in the herstory of midwifery. We are the resistance, and this weekend will help make us stronger and more ready for what the world is asking of us.






From North (Duluth): Take I-35 S. roughly 45 minutes south of Duluth, take Sturgeon Lake exit 209, turn left to go across hwy, first left at E. Frontage Rd., 2 blocks, turn rightinto Camp Miller Entrance

From South (Twin Cities): Take I-35 N. roughly 55 minutes north of Cambridge, take Sturgeon Lake exit 209, turn right to drive past the gas station, first left at E. Frontage Rd., 2 blocks, turn right into CampMiller Entrance

Entering Camp and Parking: Follow signs to stay to the left upon entering camp.  Drive roughly 200 yards down the road.  For weddings and events please turn left into the main parking lot.  For deliveries and camp drop-off please go right and follow signs to Mitchell Lodge.



A sleeping bag or blanket, pillow, twin fitted sheet for mattress, flashlight, toiletries, ear plugs, tennis shoes, raincoat/jacket/sweater, hat, swimsuit for sauna, towel, gloves, sunscreen, laundry bag, water bottle, bug spray (this list will be added to!)



Check in to the lodges is at 5pm on May 18th, followed by dinner in the dining hall at 6:30pm.  If you arrive to the camp a few hours early, you can tour the grounds, go for a hike, relax in a sky chair, or if you need to be indoors, we will have a space available for that as well.  There is another group who is checking out a 11ish, so we need to be mindful not to arrive before then.


Transportation OPTIONS

You can take the Skyline Shuttle from the Minneapolis/St Paul airport to the gas station 2 blocks from camp (this is about a 2 hour ride).  We will have vehicles to pick you up if needed/wanted to get you the last little bit!  You can also, of course, rent a car. Utilize the Facebook group to find a carpool buddy.





- includes all lodging, food and Sessions -



All Inclusive Ticket

Your registration includes a bunk in our lodges; all yummy meals, dinner Friday night through breakfast Monday morning; access to all main sessions, breakout sessions and scheduled activities (ropes course, canoeing, s'mores, etc); and a SUPER FUN TIME.

*** Babes in arms only, and we will ask those with babies to step out if they are too loud for people to focus.  If you would like to bring someone for child care, you can pay $150 to cover their bunk and food during registration.


Building the Movement Together

We can't do this alone, and neither can you.  In efforts to make this easier on the planners, we are doing the registration process differently this year, too.  We have a minimum number of registrants we need in order to make this happen and we need to meet that goal by the end of 2017.  We want you to feel a sense of responsibility, too in helping us gather together the people that NEED to be at this event.  **If we don't reach our minimum by the December 31st, 2017, we will postpone the event and refund registration fees.  

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We love hearing from you.  If you have questions about the 2018 Retreat or any other Indie Birth offerings, contact us via this form.