Indie Birth Midwifery Conference




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.


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 with Lisa Lister



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

- Sacred Cycles with Lisa Lister
- 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 - Film Screening of Of Woman Born followed by a Q&A with the 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 with Lisa Lister

2:45 - 4  - High Ropes Team Building

4:15- 5:15 Breakout Sessions

- Herbal Energetics : Bath Infusion Teas with Carolyn Kerns
- Loss Panel and Lost Babies Ceremony
- State of Student Midwifery Forum with Maryn and Margo

5:30pm - Dinner!

6:30 - 8 - Evening Options 

- S'mores and a Fireside Circle
- Breaking and Entering - Sacred Venipuncture and IV practice with Margo
- Spiral Conversations (determined over the course of the weekend)

8-9 - Drumming ‘round the fire


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)



Angela Gallo


Maryn Green


Lisa Lister


Margo Blackstone





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.



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 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.