Day 1 – Thursday 22 September
Light in Water for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond


Welcome and registration

Doors open at 8.15 am. Morning Coffee

09.00 – 09.15

Welcome. Why ‘Light in Water’ now?

09.15 – 10.00

Growing in Water. How water shapes our body and our consciousness: from embryo to adult life and beyond.

10.00 – 10.45

Mysterious aspects of human nature

10.45 – 11.15

Refreshment Break

11.15 – 11.45

Light and water: keys to a thriving life

11.45 – 12.30

Water: theories, research and guidelines

12.30 – 13.00

The call of the wild: waterbirth and baby swimming as inventions of the post-industrial age. Hommage to Igor Tjarkovsky and Michel Odent.

13.00 – 14.30


14.30 – 15.45

Parallel workshops


I. ‘Alive in water’ and ‘Swimming into healthy relationships’


II. ‘The Dolphin-Human connection and its importance’ and ‘Screening of Nai’a, the journey of Leina’s pregnancy among dolphins and whales in the wild’


III. ‘Fluid beginnings for all children’


Pool workshop

Aquanatal yoga with guest pregnant couples

15.45 – 16.15

Refreshment break

16.15 – 17.00

Water as a Gentle Birth Choice worldwide

17.00 – 17.30

Blue Mind: benefits of being in, on, under or simply near water (Virtual Presentation)

19.00 – 19.45

Meeting with speakers and drinks


Gala Dinner in Girton Hall

Dinner Addresses:
Dave Candler (President of the Swimming Teachers Association)
Lesley Page (President of the Royal College of Midwives)

Toasts by Conference Guests and Sponsors, Band and entertainment.