Speakers

Further speaker details will be added as speakers are confirmed.

Keynote Speaker

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Michel Odent


One of the most influential visionaries on the impact of birth for future generations and worldwide top pioneer in water birth and the importance of water for human wellbeing.
Michel has supported the foundation and development of birthlight, it’s an honour to celebrate his life’s work at Light in Water.

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Main Speakers

Beatriz Esesarte Pesqueira

Beatriz Esesarte Pesqueira


The Mexican pioneer of Aquasomatic education that combines human evolution and the learning process with the naturally stimulating water environment.

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Françoise Freedman


The Founder and Director of Birthlight, Françoise is a medical anthropologist at the University of Cambridge.

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Diane Garland

Dianne Garland


Dianne has been a midwife since 1983 and teaching about waterbirth since 1989.

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Barbara Harper

Barbara Harper


The most passionate advocate for science based gentle birth and baby care practices including water birth all over the world especially in Taiwan, China and South America.
Barbara championed the Millennium Water Birth conference and hosted the first ever international Aquanatal Yoga training course in Portland Oregon with the participation of birthright.

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Wallace J. Nichols

Wallace J. Nichols


Wallace J. Nichols is an innovative, silo-busting, entrepreneurial scientist, movement maker, renown marine biologist, voracious Earth and idea explorer, wild water advocate, bestselling author, sought after lecturer, and fun-loving Dad.

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Terje Stakset

Terje Stakset


Terjeis currently manager of the Norwegian Lifesaving Federation in Oslo and Baerum.

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Paul Beaumont

Birthlight Tutors


At Birthlight we give great importance to laying solid foundations for early swimming and to imparting babies with a lifelong enjoyment of moving in water. Yet our central interest has always been with ‘connection’ and interactive communication, what we call ‘water parenting’.

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Speakers

Paul Beaumont

Paul Beaumont


Paul is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist; an IBMT Associate Practitioner; Developmental Movement Practitioner and freelance trainer.

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Paolo Consigli

Paolo Consigli


Paolo Consigli is a doctor, psychologist and practitioner of holistic medicine and acupuncture.

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Dominique de Cornulier

Dominique de Cornulier


A National trainer at FAAEL, France, Dominique is also a Family Mediator in La Rochelle (France)

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Ilrike Faerch

Ulrika Færch


Ulrika is a family consultant, author, lecturer and expert in baby swimming.

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Julie Gerland

Julie Gerland


Julie is a co-author, TEDx presenter and the recipient of numerous awards including the 2015 World Family Organization Award and an Honorary Doctorate in Holistic Medicines.

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Emily Hills

Emily Hills


Emily Hills is a Clinical Specialist Neonatal Occupational Therapist at the Royal Free NHS  Foundation Trust.

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Bob & Kathy Hubbard

Bob & Kathy Hubbard


Bob and Kathy co-founded the Hubbard Family Swim School.

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Hugo Lavalle

Hugo Lavalle


Teacher in the field of water activities for baby and early childhood.

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Yu-Wen Allison Lu

Yu-Wen Allison Lu


Allison is a birth educator and artist involved in aquatic healing bodywork.

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Debbie Marrs-Sayers

Debbie Marrs-Sayers


Debbie is the founder of the acclaimed gentle parent and baby swimming program DolFUN SWIM Academy

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Catherine Potel Barabes

Catherine Potel Baranes


Catherine is a practitioner in water mediated psychomotricity and an analytical psychotherapist using relaxation techniques in water.

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Leina Sato

Leina Sato


Leina Sato is a Japanese free diver who has a passion for inter-species communication and believes in the existence of a strong bond between a mother-to-be and cetaceans.

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Basia Szpak-Borst

Basia Szpak-Borst


Certified Watsu Instructor for 18 years she has taught over 200 workshops in over 15 different countries.

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Judy Watts

Judy Watts


Judy has owned and operated her swim school since 1977. Judy has been an internationally lecturer since 2001 and is the author of 7 DVD’s and 2 books.

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