The Mother Wit Conference: "Releasing our Stories,Transforming our Pain, Reclaiming our Power"
Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
The Mother Wit Conference experience is part of the vision of three trailblazing women who are committed to transforming the face of women’s health by creating a forum for people to tell the stories that are often unspoken and underrepresented as it relates to fertility, pregnancy, childbirth and mothering. The conference will convene over 200 attendees from various backgrounds and experiences and will allow participants to engage in a full day of sharing, receiving, learning, and healing via workshops, panel discussions, dramatic presentations, rituals and much more.
There will be morning activities, a plenary, afternoon break out sessions, which include a Wombcare workshop with Nikki Brown (Womb Specialist/Coach), Pen to Peace: A Meditation and Letter Writing Workshop for Loss with Sonia Daly (Mother Wit co-organizer) and Robin St. Clair (Author/Life Coach/Healer), Womb Wit: A Writing and Story Sharing Workshop with Melissa Madera (Mother Wit co-organizer/Doula/Founder of The Abortion Diary) and Elsa Asher (Storyteller/Reproductive Health Activist/Midwifery Apprentice), and A Workshop on the Power of Feminine Energy and Spiritual Healing with Osunyoyin Alake (Spiritual Counselor/Teacher/Poet/Healer), and an afternoon panel.
*Breakfast and lunch will be provided with the purchase of full day tickets.
When & Where
Shawnee Benton-Gibson, Sonia A. M. Daly, Melissa Madera
Shawnee Benton-Gibson, Founder & Executive Director of The Griots' Healing Circle, is a licensed practitioner with over 20 years of experience in the field of social work. Shawnee is a healer, vision coach, performance artist, psychodramatist, community activist, inspirational speaker and mother of three. She has written, produced and/or designed, “Monday Morning Inspiration”, “The Rooftop Visionary Collective”, “The Red Thread Movement” and “Mother Wit: Echoes From The Womb”, as well as a host of healing workshops and presentations to support individuals and groups on their healing journeys.
A multiple miscarriage survivor and aspiring voice-over artist, Sonia A. M. Daly challenged herself in 2013 to author and record a guided meditation for women of her same or similar circumstance – Voices of Zen: A Guided Meditation for Women Who’ve Miscarried was born. In it, Sonia speaks knowingly and compassionately, encouraging women to accept the experience of having carried an eagerly expected life and giving honor to themselves and their babies. Sonia is also out to launch a national conversation with clincians, families, sociologists/mental health professionals to define a protocol of how society speaks to and about women who've lost an expected life. Currently, we have no acceptable, compassionate, responsible language that supports this population who've experienced the loss of an expected life.
Melissa Madera, Ph.D., is a bilingual sexual and reproductive health and rights educator and advocate. Melissa is the Founder & Director of The Abortion Diary Podcast, the intersection of self-expression, healing, and the art of story-sharing and listening. Melissa was recently awarded a Generative Fellowship with CoreAlign, where she will continue to focus on cultivating safe spaces and a community for abortion story-sharing and supporting people in speaking out against the shame, stigma, secrecy and isolation surrounding abortion by generating, sharing and receiving personal stories. Melissa is also a DONA International trained labor and postpartum doula, childbirth educator and Gynecological Teaching Associate.