This Year's Theme iS
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 (in bunkhouses), 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.
The Role of Intuition in Midwifery; DivorciNg Ourselves from the System; All About Postpartum Blood Loss; 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...
- Tickets include 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.
*** Nursing non-mobile 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. If you have an older or mobile baby, you MUST bring register a person to bring to provide child care for you.
***If you have a teenaged daughter you would like to bring along to attend the retreat, you can add her on for $150 as well. We want the next generation to start thinking about these ideas early!
ABOUT The WEEKEND
YMCA CAMp MIller
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. We will be sending out emails as the weekend gets closer to make sure all your dietary needs are accounted for.
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 have Angela Gallo and Lisa Lister headlining our main sessions and ceremonies and they are ready to blow your minds!!! We will have breakout sessions this year 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.
GROWING THE MOVEMENT
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.
Schedule & Sessions
5pm - Check in
6:30pm - Dinner!
7:30 - 9 - Opening Ceremony
7am - Yoga for Birth Workers with Mara Panacci
8am - Breakfast
9am - 10 - Main Morning Session with Maryn and Margo (to be announced)
10:30- 12 - Breakout Sessions
- Reclaiming the Third Stage of Birth with Maryn Green
- The Alchemy of Adrenaline: Choosing Wise Action for Birth Workers with Emily Graham
- Alignment Principles for Birth Workers and Their Clients with Maria Antonescu
12pm - Lunch
1:15 - 3:30 Outdoor Exploration
- Canoeing and Low Ropes Course Team Building
- Walking Alignment Chat with Maria Antonescu
3:45 - 5:15 - Breakout Sessions
- Application of EMDR in Pregnancy with Dina Clabaugh
- Blood Loss Estimation with Margo Blackstone
5:30pm - Dinner!
6:30 - Cacao Ceremony with Mara Pannaci
7 - 9 - Private Sneak Preview of the film Of Woman Born followed by a Q&A with the Director, Scott Kirschenbaum and Emily Graham, the subject of the film!
8am - Breakfast
9am - 10:15am - Main Session
- Utilizing Social Media in the Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting World with Angela Gallo
10:30am - 12 - Breakout Sessions
- Wise Woman Prenatal Care with Maryn Green
- Radical Self Love & Taking the Leap Into Your Zone of Genius with Angela Gallo
- Mindful Listening to the Baby’s Heart: Assessing Fetal Heart Tones with Margo Blackstone
12:15pm - Lunch
1:15 - 2:15 - Main Session
Releasing the Persecution Narrative
2:45 - 4 - High Ropes Team Building
4:15- 5:15 Breakout Sessions
- "Getting Shit Done" Strategy Session with Maryn and Margo
- Spiral Conversations (determined over the course of the weekend)
5:30pm - Dinner!
6:30 - 8 - Evening Options
- Herbal Energetics : Bath Infusion Teas with Carolyn Kerns
- Students and the Future of Midwifery Forum with Maryn and Margo
8-9 - S'mores, Drumming and a Fireside Circle
8am - Breakfast
9am - 10am - Closing Ceremony
10am - Breaking Camp
11am - Check out
More Session INFO Coming Soon
(We also are going to create space for unplanned sessions)
Dr. Fernando Molina
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.
WHAT TO PACK
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.
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.
You can take the Skyline Shuttle from the Minneapolis/St Paul airport to Camp Miller (just let them know you need to be dropped off at the camp when you book!). You can also, of course, rent a car. Utilize the Facebook group to find a carpool buddy.