Photo: Suzanne Arms
Photo: Suzanne Arms
Photo: Suzanne Arms
Photo: Suzanne Arms
Photo: Suzanne Arms
Photo: Suzanne Arms

What would the world be like if the first consideration was MotherBaby MotherEarth?



The Panel Format 

There will be no formal presentations. Instead, there will be 26 speakers, all of them panelists. The day will be divided into 4 interactive panels.

Topics will be addressed in a vibrant, conversational way among the 6 -8 people (including 2 as facilitators) on each panel to keep discussion lively and connect and weave and many diverse topics that are usually looked at in isolation.


NOTE:  Panelists have been selected for a wide-ranging understanding of a number of issues and for being good with dialogue. There is wide diversity among the panelists (race, ethnicity, background, gender, age, etc).


This unique event will include pre-Summit materials – including articles, resource lists and video clips from speaker-panelists.  You will arrive at the Summit well-prepared and eager for more.

Our Program for Saturday May 14th, 2016

7:30 – 8:30  Onsite Registration and Check in
A slide show in the auditorium

8:00 – 8:15  Visual/Musical Presentation
About the scope of this international gathering.

8:15 – 8:30  Welcome
Overview of the Second BirthKeeper Summit:
Who We Are: Defining The Primal Continuum of Human Development, The Vision, The Purpose, Goals and Plan for the day.

8:30 – 8:50  Opening Blessings by local Indigenous  & 1st Nation people.
Visual Show of Traditional Midwives/female healers around the world & women, mothers & families worldwide.

8:50 – 9:10  An Introduction to Birthkeepers
Our purpose, vision, goals and plan.  Introducing Council members.

9:10 – 9:25  Standing Stretch
Inspiring visual film collage.

9:25 – 9:30  Clip of Barbara Harper’s international work
As we take our seats.

PLEASE NOTE: There will not be a formal morning or afternoon break.
 Water, tea and snacks will be provided at the tables.

9:30 – 11:00  PANEL 1
Why Honoring The Primal Continuum of Human Development Will Change the World: Reclaiming Ancient Wisdom and Intuitive Knowing and Integrating this Knowledge with Biological Principles & The New Sciences  (90 minutes)

11:05 – 12:25  PANEL 2
The Primal Continuum of Human Development is all About Relationship: Attachment & Bonding, Trauma & it’s Global Prevalence & Impact on Human Development, Families and the Planet.  Loss & Grief; Healing (80 minutes)

12:25 – 1:30    Lunch -- Lunch will NOT be included in the cost of the Summit.
There are many restaurants within walking distance of The National Press Club.

There will be a lunch served onsite for an additional fee and there will be a special luncheon speaker.

1:30 – 1:45  Live Music

1:45 – 2:55   PANEL 3
How Social Forces Shape the PCHD – from Personal to Global – and Personal/Family Decision-making, Social Policies, Personal Power and Paradigm Shifts (70 minutes) 

2:55 – 4:15   PANEL 4
Change the World:  Creating a Thriving, Sustainable Future for the Human Family Starting in Just one Generation by Transforming The Primal Continuum of Human Development
(80 minutes) 

4:15 – 4:30   Audience Share

4:30 – 4:35   Our Future
BirthKeeper goals had how to take action.
Charging up for the March and Rally tomorrow.  

4:35 – 4:50   How You Matter
Stepping into activism and leadership.

4:50 – 4:55  Singing our Summit Song
Learning 2 Call and Response Chants for the March and Rally tomorrow

4:55 – 5:00  Indigenous Blessing on our movement and closing.

7:20 – 10:00 pm  Scheduled Evening Event
To be announced 

There will be social gathering set up in various locations around the city for small groups to gather (according to interest, etc), where individuals will be able to have more intimate conversations with other participants.