20+ health and parenting thought-leaders share tipson raising the next generation of vibrant, healthy and intentional children, while navigating this challenging world and maintaining our health and wellbeingas parents.
Our kids need us now more than ever...
Why are our children more sick, unfocused and depressed than any generation before them?
Is a shift in childhood education happening, what will it look like?
Why are more people homeschooling and unschooling than ever, and could it work for a busy family?
What is authoritarian parenting and schooling, and how will it hurt my child in their adult life?
If discipline doesn't feel right, what is the alternative?
How can we reverse autism and chronic disease and what role do vaccines really play?
All of these questions, and more, will be addressed!
How can we step up to our calling and raise the next generation of resilient, grounded, purposeful and healthy children?
With hosts, Robin Shirley and Hilda Labrada Gore!
Hilda Labrada Gore is the host and producer of the Wise Traditions podcast. She was born with a birth defect, a hole in her heart, and the doctors believed she wouldn't live very long. Thankfully, it was repaired at the age of 9 via open heart surgery. This experience set the trajectory for her life. A mother of four young adult children, Hilda now travels the world pursuing ancestral wisdom and producing short educational films for her Holistic Hilda YouTube channel.
Robin Shirley was diagnosed with Systemic Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and Chronic Lyme Disease as a teenager. She has personally experienced the power of a natural approach to healing and is now the mother of two beautiful children and running the business(es!) of her dreams. Robin founded Take Back Your Health Int'l in 2010 and The Compass Center for Learning and Exploration in 2021.
"You couldn't be more right - more right in timing, more right in concept and right in vision. So we applaud you and we congratulate you and we thank you for leading in this space." - Joel Salatin
Dr. Kelly Brogan
Danny and Maura Vega
A Day In The Life
Raising Sovereign Children
What Is Unschooling?
Meet Ben and his family around their dinner table to hear what a day in the life of the Greenfield family is like, what kind of education they chose for their two sons, and how their faith and family values guide their parenting style.
Ben Greenfield is a human performance consultant, speaker, and bestselling author of 17 books, including Beyond Training, Fit Soul and the Boundless Cookbook. A former collegiate tennis, water polo and volleyball player, bodybuilder, and 13-time Ironman triathlete, Ben has been voted by the NSCA as America’s top Personal Trainer.
Kelly gets vulnerable and shares poignant moments from her motherhood journey, her feelings about "disciplining" children, and how authoritarian parenting styles impact our psyche and decision making ability through the rest of our lives. We are also honored to hear more about her sacred purpose in this life.
Kelly Brogan, MD is a holistic women's health psychiatrist, author of the newly released book Own Your Self, the NY Times Bestselling book A Mind of Your Own, the children's book A Time For Rain, co-editor of the landmark textbook Integrative Therapies for Depression, a certified KRI Kundalini Yoga teacher and a mother of two.
Danny and Maura talk about what motivated them to start "unschooling" and give us an idea of what their day-to-day looks like. They share resources (books and people) that have helped them broaden their definition of education. They also talk about the space they give their boys to play outside, get creative, and grow in independence and wisdom.
Danny & Maura Vega own and operate Fat Fueled Family LLC, dedicated to leading a movement that will empower families to eat better, move more, and grow closer. Danny is the author of the children’s book series ‘Unexplainable Adventures’, a series of growth and development books for children. Maura's experience conquering postpartum depression has made her a passionate advocate for mindful eating and supporting mothers.
Joel talks about the joys of raising children on a farm. He shares anecdotes from when his kids were little and what it's like to see them grown and raise families of their own. He also talks about moments that were tough and what helped along the way.
Joel Salatin, 64, calls himself a Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. Others who like him call him the most famous farmer in the world, the high priest of the pasture, and the most eclectic thinker from Virginia since Thomas Jefferson. Those who don’t like him call him a bio-terrorist, Typhoid Mary, charlatan, and starvation advocate.
Dr. Edith Ubuntu Chan
A New Paradigm For Childhood Education
Raising Luminous Children
Robin shares about her new learning center, The Compass Center for Learning and Exploration - a biodynamic farm offering enrichment programs. She talks about a new and unique learning model needed in response to the collapse in health, family and community values seen over recent years. She explains that she hopes to create working template that others can recreate in their own communities around the world.
Robin founded Take Back Your Health Int'l in 2010 and The Compass Center for Learning and Exploration in 2021. She was diagnosed with Systemic Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at 11 years old and Chronic Lyme Disease at 23. Robin has personally experienced the power of a natural approach to reducing pain and inflammation. She is now the mother of two beautiful children and running the business(es) of her dreams.
Dr. Chan speaks on the importance of honoring our luminous children. They are entrusted to us (and the world) on a special mission for this time. We "raise" them with respect and curiosity about who they are and what they have to teach us.
Dr. Edith Ubuntu Chan is a teacher of Consciousness & Human Potential, an author, speaker, coach, a Holistic Chinese Medicine Doctor, and mama of two "Luminous Kids". She is the author of SuperWellness and Luminous Kids.
Dr. Devin Vrana
Grounding a Busy FamilyIn Health
Becoming A Mother,Becoming Yourself
Durenda talks about raising a large family and her unhurried approach to homeschooling. She shares tools for stopping the chaos and inviting joy. She discusses the role faith played in her home and the joy of seeing her children and grandchildren enjoying the love she planted in them.
Durenda has been homeschooling since 1996 and has graduated 7 of her 8 children so far. She is the author of The Four Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool LifeThe Unhurried Homeschooler: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on Homeschooling.
Devin offers tips for busy households. (She is the mother of 5, a chiropractor, speaker and more!) She also shares the story of one of the most challenging times in her family's life--when her young son suffered a concussion.
Dr. Devin Vrana is a small town girl with a big heart, big ideas, and a big mission. She lives an "EXPECT MIRACLES" life with her DC hubby, Dr. Joey, and their 5 ChiroKids. She is a Chiropractor, Entrepreneur, Speaker, Writer, and Dreamer. She serves at The Light House Chiropractic & Acupuncture in Wichita, Kansas alongside her sister Dr. Hali Banda and a rockstar team of Warrior CA's.
Linda talks about how her wildly popular instagram community called "The Fruits of Motherhood" came to be, and how her humor, honesty and light-heartedness has inspired mothers to come back to their true selves just when they feel most lost. Linda also shares some tips for creating a sacred co-parenting relationship through careful communication, how she came out as a lesbian to her husband and instagram community, and what true self care for a mom looks like.
Linda Fruits is the content creator behind the popular Instagram and Tiktok account @fruitsofmotherhood. Her mission in life is to normalize the sweet, sour and sometimes rotten Fruits of Motherhood, with a side of laughter.
Dr. Sina McCullough
Gut Health and Recovering Children From Autism
Holding Space for Emotions
Sina covers the importance of attending to the emotional health of our children. She shares how she has learned to "hold space" for her children, telling one story in particular about her son grieving a lost pet. She also has us do an energy exercise that helps identify the power we all have within us.
Dr. McCullough is an expert in disease reversal, Functional Medicine and Energy Medicine, as well as a certified Master Herbalist. She has authored two books about our food supply, "Hands Off My Food" and "Beyond Labels". She co-hosts the Beyond Labels Podcast with Joel Salatin.
Donna talks about her decades of experience in supporting parents with reversing their children's symptoms of autism. She shares diet, lifestyle and supplement essentials for mothers and children. Donna also explains why vaccines can cause health complications and gives simple wisdom to help parents make a choice.
Donna Gates, M.Ed., ABAAHP, is the international best-selling author of The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity. For the last 25 years, she has been on a mission to change the way the world eats. Her first book, The Body Ecology Diet, introduced the world to a sugar-free, gluten-free, casein-free, and probiotic-rich diet and a way of life that is now followed by tens of thousands of people around the world.
Heidi talks about the concept of "gentlemen" training. The idea is to raise kind, considerate, "aware" children. Practical tips include how to help your child learn not to interrupt, the power of "do-overs" to teach them social skills, and more.
Heidi Sime is a mother of 4 children, 2 stepsons and truth seeker. She hosts The Point Retreats where the focus is on Nutrition, Fitness, Restoration, Sleep and Community. Heidi was biohacking before biohacking was “coined” by making molecular water and experimenting with high fat sardine/berry/nut fasts way back in the late 1990s. Heidi is Devoted to parenting, Emotional intelligence & seeking higher spiritual truths.
Hilda Labrada Gore
Modern Ancestral Parenting
Families, Relationships and Community
1000 Hours Outside
Hilda Labrada Gore, mother of four, shares insights for creating a home environment that is healthy, happy, loving and secure. She tells a birth story (or two),and offers ideas for nourishing the family well, on a budget. Plus, she offers tips to empower parents to lead their families in the way that works best for them.
Hilda Labrada Gore always dreamed of having a big family. Once she and her husband had four kids under the age of five, they figured that was big enough. They learned a lot along the way (both the children and the parents), especially when they came across the Wise Traditions lifestyle. Hilda is the host and producer of the Wise Traditions podcast and travels the world seeking ancestral wisdom and insights for healthy living for all ages.
Charles talks about the moment he felt most free as a child and what he does to try to give his son that same sense of freedom and joy. He also explains how the lack of community can hinder couples. And he talks about the emerging parallel society that will support children who may feel like they're on the sidelines of current societal expectations.
Charles Eisenstein is a writer, speaker, and the author of several books including The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible.
Ginny shares what 1000 hours outside means, why its so important to our children's health, and tips for overwhelmed parents. Ginny opens up about her own journey into motherhood and shares compassionate advice on moving gently into a childhood full of more adventure, freedom, nature and ease.
Ginny Yurich is a Michigan-based mother of five and the founder of 1000 Hours Outside, a challenge for families to match nature time with screen time over the course of a year. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in education, both from the University of Michigan, and is a thought-leader in the benefits of nature-based play for children.
Dr. Tom Cowan
Dr. Tom Cowan is one of the leading voices challenging the mainstream medical narrative and choices for our children, including masks and vaccinations. On the summit, he does not hold back, explaining the three main areas that damage our children's physical and emotional wellbeing. The first is vaccinations. The second is school. The third may surprise you.
Dr. Thomas Cowan is co-author of The Contagion Myth (with Sally Fallon Morell), author of Cancer and the New Biology of Water, author of Human Heart, Cosmic Heart, the principal author of The Fourfold Path to Healing and co-author (with Sally Fallon Morell) of The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care. He formerly served as vice president of the Physicians Association for Anthroposophical Medicine and was a founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation. He continues to serve as its vice president.
Justin and Rebekah Rhodes
The 3 Reasons KidsGet Sick or Act Out
Overcoming Infertility, Reversing Your Child's Illness
Growing Kids with Heart
Justin and Rebekah describe similarities between growing kids and growing food. Both need lots of tender attention, especially in the early years. And later crops and kids must be "hardened off" as they venture out on their own. The Rhodes discuss the value of time with the children, how they cultivate creativity and independence, manage discipline, and, best of all, how parents can learn to "hold their children's hearts.
Justin Rhodes is a permaculturalist homesteader who has inspired (and taught) thousands of people to grow their own food. After 10+ years of farming experience and countless hours of training, he creates daily “edutainment” on his wildly popular YouTube Channel. Justin is the author of The Rooted Life.
Zen covers the frightening statistics of decreasing fertility worldwide. She talks how GMOs and glyphosate are key players in this crisis. She also talks about what going organic does for her kids' health and mood. She talks about the blessing of intergenerational living and how her family's diet has also helped her extended family recover from health concerns. And, finally, she touches on the power that weekend family projects have in fomenting positive connection with her kids.
Zen Honeycutt is the Founding Executive Director of Moms Across America, a non-profit National Coalition of Unstoppable Moms. Moms Across America has grown rapidly, over 600 leaders have created nearly 1000 community events in all 50 states in the past 5 years. Moms Across America empowers and amplifies the voice of the mom locally and nationally to create healthy communities by raising awareness about GMOs and related pesticides in our food.
Heng talks about the influence of her Chinese heritage on her food and parenting choices. She especially focuses on the need for postpartum moms to receive support, warmth and a place to retreat to restore balance and health in those first 40 days.
Heng is author of The First Forty Days and Awakening Fertility, and the founder of MotherBees, which was conceived after Heng delivered her third child. During her recovery, she practiced zuo yuezi, a traditional Chinese approach to postpartum care that was handed down to her by a beloved Aunt. Heng was so moved by the restorative power of this practice that she felt called to make this ritual accessible on a broader scale.
The Role of Technologyin Childhood
Crickets and butterflies. Camping and lakes.Visiting friends. Real life connections. Arthur Firstenberg, the author of "The Invisible Rainbow" reminds us of what life was like pre-cell phones and laptops. He gives an overview of the challenges these devices pose to our relationships, and also our health because of the irradiation that takes place. And he challenges us to make some changes for our good and the health of the planet, as well.
Arthur Firstenberg is the founder and president of the Cellular Phone Task Force. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University with a B.A. in mathematics, he attended the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine from 1978 to 1982. Injury by x-ray overdose cut short his medical career. For the past 37 years he has been a researcher, consultant and lecturer on the health and environmental effects of electromagnetic radiation.
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Friday, February 25th6:00pm Opening Ceremony with Robin Shirley and Hilda Labrada Gore7:00pm Keynote with Hilda Labrada Gore "Modern Ancestral Parenting"8:00pm Joel Salatin "Farm Raised Kids"
Saturday, February 26th9:00am Dr. Edith Ubuntu Chan "Raising Luminous Children"9:45am Robin Shirley "A New Paradigm For Childhood Education"10:30am Dr. Kelly Brogan "Raising Sovereign Children"11:15am Zen Honeycutt "Overcoming Infertility, Reversing Your Child's Illness"12:00pm Justin and Rebekah Rhodes "Growing Kids with Heart"12:45pm Intro to the Primal Play Method™ with Darryl Edwards (Bring your kids!)1:45pm Dr. Tom Cowan "The 3 Reasons Kids Get Sick or Act Out"2:30pm Ginny Yurich "1000 Hours Outside"3:15pm Dr. Sina McCullough "Holding Space for Emotions"4:00pm LIVE Speaker Roundtable with Donna Gates6:00pm Heng Ou "The First 40 Days of Postpartum Care"7:00pm Donna Gates "Gut Health and Recovering Children from Autism"
Sunday, February 27th9:00am Danny and Maura Vega "What Is Unschooling?"
9:45am Ben Greenfield and Family "A Day In The Life"10:30am Durenda Wilson "Unhurried Homeschooling"11:15am Charles Eisenstein "On Families, Relationships and Communities"12:00pm Dr. Devin Vrana "Grounding a Busy Family in Health"12:45pm The Primal Play Method™ with Darryl Edwards (Bring your kids!)1:45pm Linda Fruits "Becoming a Mother, Becoming Yourself"
2:30pm Arthur Firstenberg "The Role of Technology in Childhood"3:15pm Heidi Sime "Gentleman Training"4:00pm LIVE Speaker Roundtable with Hilda Labrada Gore5:30pm Closing Ceremony with Hilda Labrada Gore and Robin Shirley
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Family Ethos Guide from Kelly Brogan, MD
Our families are incredible teachers, and they also provide a place for us to heal together. To develop and practice self-ownership while maintaining loving connection. Through my own evolution, I’ve discovered that this is an art and a practice. None of us will do this perfectly. We will stumble. We will fall. And that’s OK. Here’s what else I’ve learned: guidelines, and a shared ethos, are tremendously helpful. I originally created this for my own family, and now I’d like to share it with you. Download this free one-page pdf to better anchor your family dynamics.
Kelly Brogan, M.D. is a holistic psychiatrist, author of the NY Times Bestselling book, A Mind of Your Own, Own Your Self, the children’s book, A Time For Rain, and co-editor of the landmark textbook, Integrative Therapies for Depression.
Healing Our Relationship with Microbes with Cilla Whatcott, PhD
Enjoy this presentation by Cilla Whatcott, PhD where she shares about the role microbes play in human health and why children need to experience normal childhood diseases as an important part of their social, emotional and physical development. Cilla is a classical homeopathist and administer of homeoprophylaxis.
Learn more about Cilla and her work at realimmunity.org.
Feeding A Family To Reverse Chronic Disease, with Hilary Boynton
Enjoy this presentation by Hilary Boynton, Lunch Lady and Founder of School of Lunch. Hilary helped her husband and children reverse the symptoms of cancer, eczema and epilepsy through diet and nutrition. She is now the lunch lady for a small private school in California where they prepare nutrient dense foods in the traditional way. She designs the menu, sources local and traditional ingredients and manages the kitchen staff. Learn how this mom of 5 teens feeds her kids local, nutrient dense foods for robust health, and juggles work and family schedules alongside! Learn more about Hilary's work at schooloflunch.com
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About Take Back Your Health™
Launched in 2011, Take Back Your Health™ (TBYH) began as a small health conference in Washington, D.C., focused on bringing health experts, people and products together to provide inspiration and support for living a healthier lifestyle. Since then, we have held events across the country with international attendance and have transitioned into an online community of inspiration and resources for healthy living.
In Spring of 2021, Take Back Your Health™ launched an online directory of health resources including healers, holistic health practitioners, products and companies who are doing right by our health. Our local print guides will launch in summer of 2022.
About The Compass Center
We are creating a new and unique learning environment for our children in response to the collapse in health, family and community values seen over recent years. The Compass Center for Learning and Exploration will become a biodynamic farm offering enrichment programs for children ages 3 to 18. We currently offer a Little Sprouts Program for ages 3 to 5 and respect your health freedom! We are also fundraising to purchase our permanent location. We not only want to improve the outlook of our children’s lives here in Charlottesville, Virginia, but we hope to create a living, working template that others can recreate in their own communities around the world.
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