2018 Festival Date TBA!
Birth Love Family Fest
Where: Lotus Mountain Retreat, 4010 Bolton Valley Access Rd – Bolton, VT 05477
When: October 7, 9am – 6pm
What: Birth Love Tribe presents the first annual Birth Love Fest in Bolton Valley, Vermont!!
Celebrate Vermont’s birth and family culture. Festival features daytime performance by Myra Flynn, workshops on birth and parenting, yoga, support circles for parents, awesome kids activities with SunCommon bounce house, breastfeeding room with available lactation consultant, local non-profit and vendor village with information and services to enhance the family experience, and organic cafe. All activities are included in the ticket price. After party with live music by Conscious Roots and pizza at Bolton Valley’s Fireside Flatbread.
2017 Educational Workshops
- Breastfeeding with Vicki Rich, RN, IBCLC, RLC, CCE, CD
- Birth and Family Culture with Dr. Matt Rushford, author
- Mindful Parenting with Maris Rose (Maris’ Tree House at All Souls Interfaith Gathering)
- Postpartum Care with Beth Kruger, CYT, CBE, CLC (Women’s Room) and Sabrina Leal, MSW
- Maternal Mental Health with Sandy Morningstar, MA, author
- Brain Science Training for Early Childhood Development with Jessica Barquist (Let’s Grow Kids)
- Birth Choices Panel with Kipp Bovey, CNM (Copley Hospital), Laureli Morrow, CNM (Homebirth Midwife) and Rachel Stadfeld, CD (Labor Doula)
- Nutrition with Solenne Thompson, RN
Partnering Organizations, Non-Profits and Vendors
- Bolton Valley
- Main Street Alliance (Family Leave Act)
- Let’s Grow Kids
- Elmore Mountain Therapeutics
- Tulsi Tea Room
- Little Artsy Faces
- Fiona Griffin, LCMHC
- Pre/Postnatal Yoga with Susan Cline Lucey (Evolution Prenatal and Family Yoga)
- Family Yoga with Flyway Yoga (Bolton Valley Ski Resort)
- Hoop Yoga with Pippa Dorfman, CYT
- Birth Story Sharing with Julia Alter, LICSW (Birth Love Tribe)
- Fathers’ and Mens’ Circle
- Grief and Loss with Sabrina Leal, MSW and Pippa Dorfman, CYT
- LGBTQ and Family with Julia Alter, LICSW
- SunCommon Bounce House
- Music with ReTribe
- Circle Games with Pippa Dorfman, CYT
- Arts and Crafts Zone
- Legos with Let’s Grow Kids
- Nature Walk
- Songs for Parenting + Special Performance with Myra Flynn
Who is headlining the festival, and why are there so many workshops?
At Birth Love Fest we believe that education and experience walk hand in hand. Myra Flynn graces us with lyrical performance while engaging participants to find their own vocal activation. She leads our unique headliner in a workshop called Song Activation for Families + Special Performance. Yoga is another big piece to our activities at the festival. Susan Cline Lucey from Burlington’s renowned Evolution Prenatal and Family Yoga guides us through postures designed for pregnant and postpartum mothers. Education on birth, parenting, postpartum care, and early childhood development are essential components to our gathering. Intimate support circles offer participants an opportunity to bond, grow and build community. Even kids have their own workshops!
How much are tickets?
Earlybird tickets for adults (18+) are $20 through August, afterwhich they become $25. Kids 12 and under attend for free, while teens 13 – 17 attend for $15.
What types of payment do you accept and can I buy my tickets online?
Are there refunds?
We accept all types of payment and you can buy your tickets through Flynntix.org. We do not provide refunds because we have made our ticket prices very affordable and there is limited space. However, in the event of an emergency or some other unexpected change (like the birth of a baby!!), you can contact Shaina at email@example.com to explain your situation and request a refund (less processing fees).
Will I receive paper tickets or are my tickets electronic?
What if I arrive separately from my group?
Once you purchase your tickets, you can request to pick them up at The Flynn or have them mailed to you. Our tickets through Facebook are purchased via Eventbrite – these are electronic, and there will be a registration table at the entrance to the driveway. Simply provide your name(s).
Can I purchase tickets at the door?
If the event has not yet sold out, tickets will be available at the door for $30 (adult) and $20 (teens). Cash, check, and all major credit cards will be accepted.
Where should I park and is parking free?
Parking is free, and there is a lot onsite for handicapped and single mothers with multiple children. An additional lot is walking distance to the facility – approximately 3-5 minutes. All others will be directed to this lot.
Are the festival grounds accessible with a stroller or a wheelchair?
What do the festival grounds look like?
The festival ground is a beautiful retreat facility called Lotus Mountain Retreat. It contains a 33′ geodesic sun dome that is winterized with bamboo style floors, an intimate and private yoga studio, guest rooms, a main room, and a cafe with seating. You will be provided with a map upon entry.
There will be a stroller parking area outdoors that will be protected from rain. Strollers need to be left outside of the workshop spaces to accommodate all participants. The retreat facility also provides wheelchair access.
Will there be food and alcohol?
Lotus Mountain Retreat boasts an onsite organic cafe with seating area. Vegetarian meals will be offered along with coffee, tea, and other tasty treats. This is a substance-free event, so no alcohol will be served at the festival. However, you are welcome to get down and party at Bolton Valley’s Fireside Flatbread during the afterparty – they serve pizza and local brews with a full bar.
What if there is rain, or the event is canceled or postponed?
In the event of rain, the festival will go on. The festival site is indoors and protected from the elements. While it is very unlikely the festival will be canceled or postponed, we will provide full refunds in case this occurs.
What is the schedule?
We will post the schedule soon.
Who is producing the event and what is Birth Love Tribe?
Birth Love Family Fest is produced by Birth Love Tribe. We are a collective of birth therapists, doulas, educators, and lovers of life. We support holistic birth and family practices and a common vision of sustainable and supportive community.