How do we wish to receive the next generation?

Once it was the priestess who was present during the process of birth and death to guide the soul in and out of life; now it is a medical professional. With Birth Project : Look Again we examine our view of the birth process, we zoom out and we zoom in. How did we give birth throughout history; what do the oldest images and symbols of birth tell us; how can this inspire us and perhaps even influence the process? What do we know, or we think we know, about birth and what is the basis for this knowledge? How were we born ourselves and how does this influence our convictions about birth and death? How do we wish to receive the next generation? There are many choices that (future) parents can make, but from what foundation will these choices be made? With Birth Project : Look again we are going to examine this together. You can contribute to Birth Project : Look Again in one or all of the following ways:
Preparing a Space for Birth

Preparing a Space for Birth

A birth space will be prepared by (prospective) parents in a series of guided workshops. In shaping this space, in addition to the practical necessities, we will address the existential dimension and meaning of a birth space.

Birth in Amsterdamse Bos

Birth in Amsterdamse Bos

From 3 – 17 June, in addition to home, the birth hotel, birth center and hospital, children can also be born in the Amsterdamse Bos. On a field surrounded by trees these or other (future) parents can welcome their baby. More information

Join the Activities

Join the Activities

Birth Project : Look Again creates space for a new look at birth. You can participate in workshops, lectures, film screenings, discussion groups, and new rituals that examine birth in a contemporary context. Program

Participate in Crowdfunding

Participate in Crowdfunding

You can contribute to crowdfunding for Birth Project : Look Again - creating the opportunity to give birth in the Amsterdamse Bos, and giving space for a new look at birth, here or anywhere else in the world. Contribute

Community Building

Community Building

Another great way to support Birth Project : Look Again is by sharing this information with other potentially interested parties - please help us by spreading the word and inviting others to Look Again.

Program

Program

Birth Project : Look Again presents a program of workshops, film screenings, presentations, and new (old) rituals to look again at birth. [More information, locations, and a printable Program]

18 May - 10:00 - 12.30, Clay workshop with Henriëtte van Klinken

20 May - 10.30 – 13.00, Felt workshop with Cristina Pacciani

29 May - 9:00 – 17:00, Building the Birth Space (yurt) with (future) parents

4 June - 10.00 – 12.00, Henry Weessies (process leader), Constellation / Systemic Exploration

4 June - 14.00 – 16.00, Ria Mariasdochter Beyens (vroedvrouw voor de vrouw) PlacentaTree - Oerbegeleid(st)er en LifeTree

4 June - 16:00 – 18:00, Meet & Greet, meet the artists on the field of LIFE/LOVE/DEATH

5 June - 13:30 – 14:30, Belly-house; children’s workshop (4+)

8 June - 19:30 – 20:30, Dr. Saskia Bosman (biologist and independent researcher), The Pineal Gland

9 June - 20.00 – 21:30, Sophie Albers (humanistica), ‘Leven geven betekenis geven’

10 June - 13:30 – 17:30, Janneke van der Putten (artist) Holding Space with Sound

10 June - 18:00 – 19:00, Janneke van der Putten (artist), solo performance

10 June - 20.00 – 21:30, Deirdre Donoghue (artist, doula, and activist), The Mother as a political figure

11 June - 11.00 – 12.30, Hans Götze (father-coach and trainer), Fathers Welcome Upcoming Fathers

11 June - 14.00 – 16.00, Ida van der Lee (ritual artist), Cradle Ritual

16 June - 20.00 – 21:30, Rebekka Visser (visionary midwife), ‘Weet ik veel!….’

17 June - 15.00 – 17.00, Dr. Annine van der Meer (theologian, historian, and symbolist) The Evolution of Birth Symbols: Birthing or Mating?

17 June - 17:00 – 18:00, Bites by SulSolSal

17 June - 18.00 – 19.30, Scott Kirschenbaum (documentary filmmaker), Sneak Preview & Meet the Director ‘Of Woman Born’
Lievnath Faber (film researcher) Representation of birth in American fiction films

[17 June - €10 full program + bites / €7,5 half program + bites]

18 June - 13:30 – 14:30 Belly-house; children’s workshop (4+).

18 June - 18.00 – 19.30, Screening of the film Motherhood Archives, by Irene Lusztig [€6 film + bites]

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With the exception of the evening programs on June 17/18 the entire program is free of charge, donations are very welcome!

The number of places is limited, reservations are possible by mail; Claudiavandijk@outlook.com; or on Facebook: Look Again

[More information, locations and printable Program]

Partners

Meet the artists, speakers and birth-community supporters who will join to Look Again at birth.
Ida van der Lee
Ida van der Lee
Ritual Artist
Siri Amrit
Siri Amrit
Empowering Birth
Jennifer Walker
Jennifer Walker
Doula Birth Support
Scott Kirschenbaum
Scott Kirschenbaum
Documentary Film Maker
Sophie Albers
Sophie Albers
Humanistica
Annine van der Meer
Annine van der Meer
History, Theology, Symbols
Ria Mariasdochter Beyens
Ria Mariasdochter Beyens
Vroedvrouw voor de vrouw
Rebekka Visser
Rebekka Visser
Midwife Educator
Lievnath Faber
Lievnath Faber
Film / Doula/ Activist
Hans Götze
Hans Götze
Trainer
Henry Weessies
Henry Weessies
Procesbegeleider
Saskia Bosman
Saskia Bosman
Biologist and Independent Researcher
Deirdre Donoghue
Deirdre Donoghue
Artist / Doula
Janneke van der Putten
Janneke van der Putten
Artist (photo by Gabrielle Barros Martins)
Henriëtte van Klinken
Henriëtte van Klinken
Ceramic and Felt
Cristina Pacciani
Cristina Pacciani
Felt Artist

Life / Love / Death

Birth Project : Look Again is part of the Cure Park (www.curepark.nl), a manifestation around the art of care that will take place from June 3 - July 16 in the Amsterdam forest. Cure Park is an idea of TAAK and Circus Engelbregt and is being developed in collaboration with the Amsterdamse Bos and the Bos Theater. The Cure Park is works of art, installations and interventions, which serve to broaden definitions of care and test alternatives. The theme is 'life cycle', where birth, sexuality and death are brought together. These themes share a room, a room that can be put down anywhere in the world and that creates an innovative place with its presence before life, love and death.

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