Southern Regional Leaders Retreat

Beyond “Babywearing”

Community ⋅ Connection ⋅ Collaboration


Welcome to the Southern Region Leaders Retreat — We have an incredible event in the works and look forward to seeing you there!

Join leaders from around the region as we explore:
What are our communities’ needs?
How are they being addressed now and by whom?
Who is being served, and who isn’t?
What are our capabilities?
Where are we needed and welcomed?
What should we be developing?
How do we support work that is already being done?
How to we interrupt, repair, or replace broken systems?
Asking other organizers in different areas of work: What do you need most from us?

Who should attend?
baby carrier educators, birth and postpartum professionals, community health workers and advocates, family supporters, reproductive justice organizers and activists

As leaders and educators we spend a lot of time helping our organizations, community, and fellow leaders, this is a chance to help all of the above and you. A chance to empower each other as leaders and strengthen our bonds as the industry changes and grows.

Participants will leave with:
Inspiration, connections, and resources
Answers and more questions
Solutions and challenges
Increased awareness and ideas for future work
* There will not be any sessions on how to use a baby carrier during the retreat. If you are interested in developing skills using and teaching the use of carriers, please enroll in our day-long institute scheduled for Sunday, June 23 at the same venue. 


History of the retreat…
This event began as the Texas Babywearing Leaders Retreat, held in Austin in 2015. As our communities and needs have shifted, in part because of the tremendous work many of our friends and colleagues have invested, it is clear that we are looking for new clarity and need to develop a stronger network for our communities.
We have broadened the name and intent of the retreat to build on the goal of community and collaboration beyond state lines and specifically “babywearing.”  As birth and postpartum community leaders we know the importance of building stronger communities, making deeper connections, and collaborating with those doing similar work.

We welcome attendees from anywhere in the world, but our intention as residents of the South is to center and focus on the needs specific to all people in our own neighborhoods and communities.

Additional Information:

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Schedule of events

Accommodations & local places of interest

We are honored and excited to bring you the Southern Region Leaders Retreat! HUGE thank you to Austin Babywearing and the team of leaders working to make this event successful!

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