Free Event - The Conscious Parenting Summit

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Guest Speakers for the Conscious Parenting Summit…

Your Hosts for the Conscious Parenting Summit…

Matt Monarch & Angela Stokes-MonarchMatt Monarch and Angela Stokes-Monarch are popular raw food authors and founders of the online store The Raw Food World, as well as a YouTube channel and show of the same name. They specialize in the promotion of a wide range of raw food products, DVDs and books, accessories and kitchen appliances. Both Matt and Angela have written books in which they draw on their personal struggles to help other aspiring raw foodists succeed on their journeys. With the help of a balanced raw lifestyle, Angela managed to recover from morbid obesity, dropping more than 160 lbs of excess weight. Matt has been eating exclusively raw food for almost fifteen years.

The Monarchs have recently become parents, opting for an unassisted childbirth. Their baby daughter, Oria Berry, was born at home, after just 1 hour and 17 minutes of labor, without any intervention from a doctor, midwife or doula. The Monarchs also chose to have a lotus birth with Oria Berry, meaning that the umbilical cord was not clamped or severed after birth, but allowed to detach naturally from the baby, within four days of her birth.

The Monarchs have cited Laura Shanley’s book “Unassisted Childbirth” as the main inspiration for choosing this birth method. The Monarchs also choose to use the toilet training practice known as “elimination communication” with their baby, which means relying on timing, intuition and cues from the baby to take them to the toilet, rather than leaving the baby to go in diapers or linens that will then be pressed against their body.

The Monarchs live in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, on a 40+ acre ranch with organic gardens/orchards, nine horses, two dogs, kittens and a blossoming human population of conscious parents and their children.

When you register for the free Conscious Parenting Summit today, we’ll also share these three special pre-event bonuses – completely free with your registration…

Bonus #1 – Jean Liedloff Interview

Jean Liedloff Please enjoy this free, hour-long very special interview with the legendary Jean Liedloff, author of the classic “Continuum Concept” book, which highlights the benefits of babies being held in arms for the first months of life.

Jean passed over recently and we feel blessed to still be able to access her powerful wisdom this way. We consider this one of the best interviews that she ever shared.

Bonus #2 – Joseph Chilton Pearce Interview

Joseph Chilton Pearce Listen to the legendary Joseph Chilton Pearce as he discusses the vital role of play for the development of intelligence.

Bonus #3 – Dr. Dean Edell

Dr. Dean Edell Learn the truth about circumcision and how it affects the lives of boys and men in this NOCIRC 20-Minute Educational Video featuring Dr. Dean Edell.

Conscious Parenting Guest Speakers…

Robin LimRobin Lim resides in Bali with her family, husband and seven children as well as her grandchildren. Ibu (which also means Mother) Robin is certified as a professional midwife and works in conjunction with the North American Registry of Midwives as well as Ikatan Bidan, Indonesia. Lim is also the executive director and founder of Yayasan Ibu Bumi Sehat Birth Center, located in Bali. She is a poet, author, mother, grandmother, teacher and midwife.

Robin Lim devotes her time, split equally, between both the Tsunami Relief Clinic and the birth center in Samatiga Aceh, Sumatra. Not only does she assist mothers in natural childbirth but she also writes a series of different publications such as related articles, poems and stories for Midwifery Today Magazine, as well as the Birthkit Newsletter. She has been awarded the Alexander International Peace Award and more recently the CNN “Hero Of The Year” award for 2011.

Lim has three books; “Recipes for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women”, “After the Baby’s Birth” and “A Woman’s Way to Wellness and Eating for Two”. They have all been published by Celestial Arts. She has also published two poetry books and contributed to the “Tsunami Notebook”, as well as the recently published book “The Traditional Healing Herbs of Bali”.

Sarah BuckleyDr. Sarah J Buckley is not only a trained General Practitioner/Family Physician but she is also qualified in GP-obstetrics and family planning. She has four children, all of whom she gave birth to at home. She presently shares her time between parenting and her work writing on parenting, pregnancy and childbirth.

Buckley analyses many current practices in relation to parenting, pregnancy and childbirth from the broadest possible standpoints. This includes cross cultural, anthropological, personal, scientific and psychological perspectives. She highly suggests that women pay attention to their own bodies, intuitions and the right to be the true experts when it comes to parenting and childbirth.

Buckley’s books “Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor’s Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices”, which is an international best seller, builds on her highly praised first book , which was published in Australia, named “Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: The Wisdom and Science of Gentle Choice in Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting.”

Ingrid BauerIngrid Bauer is an author who speaks and writes often on the subject of natural living, health and parenting. Her publications have been seen in magazines and other literary pieces in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia. She currently resides with her significant other, children and parents in British Columbia, Canada.

Her book “Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene” highlights the idea that infants are much more capable of learning at an early age to live without diapers, help prevent diaper rash and also reduce the amount of diapers parents buy. One of the key points in the book is that mothers, if diligent in paying attention to the schedule of their baby’s need to use the bathroom will help the baby associate the urge to eliminate with being placed gently and securely over a small receptacle, to release.

This helps the baby to learn at a much earlier age how to signal their caretakers that he/she is ready to use the bathroom. While this practice is not widespread in “Western” society as of yet, the book has helped many parents realize that early potty training is possible with the advice in this book.

Jan HuntJan Hunt is a parenting counselor and Director of the Natural Child Project at, which offers information and support forattachment parenting, unschooling, and child advocacy. Jan has a Master of Science degree in counseling psychology and over twenty years of experience as a counselor and writer on parenting issues. She is a strong advocate of attachment parenting, and believes that all children deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Jan is a member of the Board of Directors of CSPCC (Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), as well as a member of the advisory boards of Holistic Moms Network and Attachment Parenting International.

Her first book, The Natural Child: Parenting From the Heart, offers a loving and respectful approach to raising a happy, trusting and confident child. Her second book, A Gift For A Baby, is a delightful children’s picture book based on attachment parenting principles. A third book, The Unschooling Unmanual, was co-edited by Jan and her always-unschooled son, Jason. Their book offers inspiration and encouragement for both seasoned and prospective unschoolers, with first-person stories by eight unschooling parents.

Jan offers telephone counseling worldwide, with a focus on dignity and respect for all family members. For more information, visit

Elena VladirimovaElena Vladmirova is a 29-year-veteran of deep soul searching, who is currently sharing her perceptions about the tools and mechanisms for creating a reality of our own. Elena’s initial formal training took place at the College of Arts Theater in Russia.

She has been working side by side with Igor Charkovsky, the water-birth pioneer, since 1982. Later, she went on to organize birthing camps at the Black Sea, delivering babies among dolphins in the wild. Vladmirova and Charkovsky began a program of birth trauma release for babies as well as adults and a program of natural delivery. Her 2006 DVD “Birth As We Know It” documents these experiences, featuring 11 natural births. The midwife community in Vladimirova’s native Russia called the film “the most profound and comprehensive guide to conscious birth in the world”.

Vladmirova’s talents were not only limited to the above mentioned, she was also simultaneously working on facilitating business seminars known as “games.” This was very effective in allowing a series of economic changes to Russia. In addition, she was associated with “Citizen Diplomacy” which is an underground organization that was designed to help end the cold war. Elena also has a daughter who is a continuous source of inspiration for her mother.

Naomi AldortNaomi Aldort, who authored the book “Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves”, has parents from all over the world seeking advice from her, either in person, by phone or through her various workshops. Aldort is a sought-after public speaker who has given lectures in a variety of colleges, private events and conferences.

Her expert advice has literally transformed the lives of families across the globe. Aldort’s interviews and advice columns have appeared in multiple publications on homeschooling, parenting and other modern parenting literature, in multiple languages.

Her methods of rearing children from infants to teens uses a gentle approach which enables parents to raise children without feeling the need to control their every move. This arises as a result of the belief that there is a way of understanding our children so that they can achieve their best, not out of fear, rather out of desire.

Naomi has three children of her own who have never set foot in school yet are thriving. Her advice is welcomed by countless parents and professionals in this field.

Laura ShanleyLaura Shanley is one of the pioneers of the UC (Unassisted Childbirth) movement, an extension of what was already known as the natural childbirth movement. This movement is based on the understanding that women can give birth quite easily with no assistance from medical professionals or outsiders. The other people who were party to beginning this movement were Robert A. Bradley, Fernand Lamaze and Grantly Dick-Read. Other people of influence in the UC movement were Jeannine Parvarti Baker and Marilyn A. Moran.

Shanley, who gave birth to five of her own children using the unassisted childbirth method (of which four survived, after one was born too early and had complications), authored a book called “Unassisted Childbirth” in 1993, which lead to more widespread popularity of the practice. She is said to have received her inspiration for her book from the writings of Dick-Read.

April ReneeApril Renee has a long history of advocating against child vaccination and the injuries which can result. This stemmed from her own life-changing experience in which she lost her four year old daughter Casi, who suffered from Autism. April believes that her daughter’s condition was directly linked to a vaccination related injury and has since dedicated her life to this cause. She is currently the Keynote Speaker for the Vaccine Information Coalition, as well as the former President of TAAP, which stands for The Autism Autoimmunity Project.

April has made it clear that she will continue to work toward doing whatever is necessary in order to protect those children who have been affected by autism as a result of vaccination, and of course for those children yet to come. April has published articles in several health and chiropractic magazines and has been interviewed on a number of radio talk shows, such as “Radio Liberty,” “The Power Hour,” “We the People” and “Liberty Works Radio.”

She has over 20 years of research on the subject of vaccines and currently travels the world, speaking at churches, clinics and numerous other venues. She has also done presentations for many colleges including Sherman Chiropractic College, Keiser University and many more.

Barbara HarperBarbara Harper is one of the world’s most prominent waterbirth supporters, believing strongly that all women should have this choice available to them. In the Oregonian newspaper she has even been called the “Billy Graham of waterbirth”. Harper has poured all of her professional and personal resources into making sure that waterbirth is something all women can practice, should they desire it.

Harper has lectured in forty-three different countries, targeting midwifery programs, nursing schools and medical schools. She has also spoken publicly on waterbirth in interviews in a variety of magazines, radio shows and television programs. Barbara talks about the importance of gentle birth and waterbirth for the serenity of the child. Barbara started out in the medical industry as a registered nurse and was always quite fervent about mothers and babies.

In the early 1980s, Harper worked with Binnie Dansy, being taught on the matter of cognitive-repressed memories and experiences of child birth. In 1987, following a visit to Russia in which she sat with one of her biggest influences, Igor Charkovsky, she founded “Waterbirth International.”

Barbara’s extensive research lead to the publication of her book and DVD entitled “Gentle Birth Choices.” In addition, Barbara worked side by side with Tatiana and Alexi Sargunas in 2000, after visiting Russia several more times, to produce “Birth Into Being: The Russian Waterbirth Experience.” Harper has three children of her own, two of whom were waterbirthed and one born conventionally, in the 1970s.

Hethir RodriguezHethir Rodriguez holds a BA in the Science of Holistic Nutrition as well as certification as an herbalist. Her specialty is natural fertility and women’s health, especially nutrition prior to conception and proper detoxification. She is a member of the American Herbalist Guild, American Botanical Council and Plant Savers United. She is also a massage therapist specializing in fertility acupressure, fertility massage and reflexology.

Rodriguez is the CEO and Founder of and is known as being someone who is dedicated to seeking and presenting the truth in regards to natural fertility. She has stated on many occasions that her life’s work is a dedication to assisting others to improve their well-being and overall reproductive health. Her goal is creating a user-friendly source of highly accurate and well-researched information so that people struggling with infertility have a place to turn with their questions and issues.

Michael MendizzaMichael Mendizza is the founder of a non-profit learning design center called “Touch the Future” and he is also a documentary filmmaker. Michael, working with Joseph Chilton Pearce, created a learning and performance model which optimizes adult/child relationships. This optimum learning relationship is often called “The Zone” by athletes, “Flow” by researchers, and “Play” by children.

The concept of optimum learning relationships focuses on replacing negative consequences and reward systems with creative intelligence and insight. The approach is that of a creative, spontaneous dynamic between child and adult. In this way development and learning are equally shared, allowing for higher levels of sensitivity in both adults and children.

Touch the Future is in essence creating projects that help to cultivate the optimum learning relationship between children and adults. These projects include “United We Play”, primarily focusing on amateur athletes, “Nurturing the Early Child, Family and Caregiver,” which targets communities that cater to children aged 0 to 5 and “Science Story and Creativity” which is a PBS project exploring the development of creative and critical skills of the future work force.

Carrie ConteyDr. Carrie Contey is a leader in the upcoming field of perinatal and prenatal psychology, as well as an early parenting coach. She is currently an active member of the board of directors for the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health.

She is nationally recognized as an educator, consultant, coach and speaker who trains professionals and offers parental support through tools and information that is designed to create connected, balanced and conscious lives. These tools are designed to help in every stage of life from conception to early parenting and all through child rearing.

Carrie Contey has shared her passion on CBS Radio, The Today Show, National Public Radio and has written publications for The Boston Globe, Time Magazine, The Star Ledger and many others. In addition, she is the co-founder of the Slow Family Living movement, which creates a grounded awareness to this effective and simple lifestyle.

Her scholastic and on the job research paved the way to “CALMS: A Guide to Soothing Your Baby, What Babies Want and Communicating With Your Baby.” There is currently a television show in the developmental stages based on this work.

Dr. Contey holds several degrees in the field of prenatal and perinatal psychology, including a PhD and MA and an M.Ed in health promotion and education, as well as a BA in general psychology.

ShazzieShazzie is a major advocate of raw food and has authored numerous publications on the subject of raw foodism. She is the Managing Director of Rawcreation Ltd. Shazzie hosts her own raw food show on Sky’s Active Channel 281, in which she presents her raw food ideas and views. Her book “Evie’s Kitchen”, which was written in 2008, speaks to the concept of raising children with a raw food and/or vegan lifestyle.

Shazzie became a vegan herself in 1986, and a raw foodist in 2000, and raised her daughter Evie on an 100% vegan, breast-milk supplemented diet until the age of four. She is a strong supporter of supplementing raw children’s diets to ensure proper bone and brain development.

Shazzie has also been instrumental in being an advocate for getting restaurants to include raw food choices on their menus.

Mary JacksonMary Jackson has been a midwife since 1975 and has attended more than 2000 births in the Ojai, Ventura and Santa Barbara, California areas. She has been married to her husband since 1987, gave birth to her own two children at home with midwives, and has been featured in nine books and four movies.

Jackson has incorporated two years of Castellino Prenatal and Birth Training with two years of Cranio-Sacral Training into her midwife practice. During the first year following this training she personally attended 63 consecutive home births, all of which did not transfer to hospital. All but 3 had labors lasting less than 14 hours. None of these babies were circumcised and all of them were breast-fed.

Today she is a major participant of cutting edge research in relation to the imprints that may occur in infants at the time of conception and birth, which could result in lasting impressions throughout life. In addition, she is studying the ramifications of these imprints and what may be done to heal individuals of the trauma of these experiences.

Jackson has spoken globally at a series of elementary, middle schools and high schools, as well as at a variety of colleges, medical schools and nursing programs. She of course has also spoken widely at a large number of midwifery programs and schools.

Bregje HamelynckBregje Hamelynck is the mother of three small children, Erik, Joris and Nynke. She has worked in the area of sustainable development in many capacities.

After the birth of her three children and 15 years of working in the sustainable energy and environmental field, she decided that she would much rather aim her own energy toward the process of coaching pregnant women and guiding them through the pregnancy experience.

Bregje’s primary focus is to help women understand what babies are trying to communicate to their mothers before the language acquisition period, using the concept of Dunstan Baby Language. This concept holds that babies across all cultures use basic sound reflexes to talk to their parents.

Life itself became a much more passionate area of study for Hamelynck since turning her attention to child development and she is now trained in the area of the impact of early childhood and the effects it could have on the child’s life into adulthood. She now assists pregnant women during this vital period of time in their lives.

Marilyn MilosMarilyn Milos is the founder and director of the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC), coordinator of the International Symposia on Circumcision, Sexual Mutilations and Genital Integrity, and a self proclaimed “intactivist”.

Marilyn has spent over 25 years working to dispel the persistent myth that circumcision is necessary and more hygienic. As a young medical student, she witnessed a circumcision preformed. She was shocked by what she saw, and felt that parents didn’t have the information they needed to be able to protect their children.

She was urged to leave the responsibility to doctors. She founded NOCIRC in 1985, after being dismissed from her job for speaking out against genital modification. NOCIRC now has over 110 centers worldwide and acts as a consultant to the United Nations.

Marilyn has dedicated her life to protecting the rights and bodily wholeness of infants, and in 2011, was the recipient of the Nursing Excellence Award for Patient Advocacy. She is a writer for Mothering Magazine, a guest expert on the Penn and Teller show, and a founding member of Intact America. She is the editor of several books about the truth and culture surrounding circumcision.

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