2012 HypnoBirthing Conclave Highlights



LaughingStock Comedy Company

LaughingStock Comedy Company is: The Funniest Company in Business

For over 20 years, members of LaughingStock have been lampooning America’s corporate culture at banquets, association meetings, customer fetes, trade shows and other special events. They have created comedy mayhem live on stage, on audio and video industrials, and on-line.

LaughingStock’s success is a result of extensive background research into every single audience for whom they perform combined with quick-witted comedians taking and using audience suggestions during the performances. LaughingStock’s experienced actor/comedians are well schooled in improvisational comedy techniques and — armed with their background research — spontaneously create fun and funny scenes based on the work lives of the audience.

Another key to LaughingStock’s success is their ability to roast the job without roasting the person. LaughingStock rarely names names, poking gentle fun at all the other constituencies that get in the way of someone getting their job done: management, customers, regulators, associates and even family.

LaughingStock has performed well over 1000 shows for corporate and association special events in the US, Canada and Mexico. Business sectors have included financial and insurance, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, technology and manufacturing, transportation and communications, utilities, government and many, many more.

LaughingStock’s comedians come from a variety of backgrounds and educations and have one important thing in common: They all think making people laugh is the best job in the whole world.




HypnoBirthing® Practitioner Certification
Instructors: Marie 'Mickey' Mongan,
HB CEO, and Sherry Gilbert, HB Director

This four-day Pre-Conclave offering will help you to understand the simple philosophy of birthing naturally with HypnoBirthing®. HypnoBirthing® is a childbirth education method that assists women to rediscover their own ability to call upon their natural birthing instincts and to birth their babies in a calm and serene manner, as Nature intended. You will discover the rewards that will come from teaching relaxation, visualization, and guided imagery to assist pregnant couples in achieving a safer and more comfortable birth. You will  learn the basics of hypnosis and the laws of the mind so that you can effectively work with women, teaching them to replace the fear and tension that often surrounds birthing and replace it with confidence and trust. You will explore the natural ways in which the body is able to work in neuromuscular harmony, often without discomfort. This course is a must for midwives, labor assistants, nurses, hypnotherapists, doctors, fitness and massage therapists, and all others who have a concern for improving birthing practices. Join the international network of HypnoBirthing Practitioners who are finding it professionally and financially exciting to teach the most remarkable technique to appear on the birthing scene in several decades. For more infomration click here

HypnoBirthing® Infant Massage Certification
Instructor: Kim Young, HBCE, LMT, CHt

In this two day workshop, students will learn to teach parents to relax and enjoy their babies through massage. You will learn basic massage strokes and routines, as well as techniques to empower parents to learn to relax and trust their parenting instincts. This class is open to anyone who works with parents, and is interested in fostering healthy family relationships.

There are a wide range of teaching techniques used in this presentation - lecture, power point presentation, printed handouts, hands-on practice with fellow students, and practice with the dolls that will be used in classes with parents. This is a fairly intense class, but has time scheduled for lecture, practice, review, and question and answer periods after each topic that is covered.

Students will learn:
      • Basic Massage strokes for babies at different stages of development
      • Do's and dont's about massaging babies
      • How to listen to both babies and parents
      • Specialized routines for the solution to problems most requested by parents:
             ° Relief of colic, gas and constipation
             ° Problems with nursing and latching on
             ° Problems with getting baby to sleep
             ° How to soothe a cranky baby
      • Routines for the pregnant mom to foster bonding and relaxation through even before baby is born|
      • Guided imagery and exercises to teach parents to relax themselves and their babies
      • How to facilitate a positive relationship between parents and children
      • How to set up and teach an Infant Massage class
      • How to be an effective instructor
      • How to market and promote your new service

Parts Therapy Workshop
Instructor: Aline Hoffman, PhD, CHt, C.I., CPTT

If you’ve ever found yourself wanting to help a mom who struggles with an inner conflict—someone who desperately wants to achieve a gentle, natural birth, but who self-sabotages because of a deep-seated fear, belief or experience--you will not want to miss this opportunity to learn how to incorporate parts therapy into your practice. Your mom may be a prime candidate for parts therapy. This is a profoundly beneficial technique, taught and practiced by the late Charles Tebbetts. When competently facilitated, parts therapy can help your client get past barriers and get to the core of a problem that other techniques may approach from only the surface (breech presentations, chronic hyperemesis, prolonged gestation, etc. In this dynamic workshop, you will discover how to maximize results for the parents and clients that you serve and learn how to avoid possible pitfalls.

The PARTS THERAPY workshop is experiential and an absolute MUST for anyone who truly wants to help resolve issues that can stand in the way of a happy and rewarding life or a smooth, easy birth.

If you never do anything else for yourself professionally, you will definitely want to attend this workshop. It will change the way you practice hypnotherapy. Certified hypnotherapists only. Conclave Tuition $350.

Objectives: Participants will learn…
          • What parts therapy is
          • When to use parts therapy
          • Why parts therapy is best for some clients
          • How to use parts therapy (complete step-by-step process)
          • How to explain parts therapy to your clients, and why explanation is needed
          • Why it is important to be an objective mediator
          • How to avoid inappropriate leading, and the potential consequences of not doing so
          • How to avoid common pitfalls that could move clients farther away from success
          • Through discussion, demonstration and break-away practice sessions.




Advanced Hypnosis Techniques
Instructor: Sherry Gilbert, HB Director, HBCE, Cht

Looking to expand your skills and your practice? Would you like to be more comfortable with interactive, client led sessions? Join us to learn, experience and practice working with verbal responses from your client. Focusing on Subconscious Intervention, Regression and Parts Therapy Techniques. Class will include demonstrations and break out sessions. Syllabus included. Class will run from 8am to 5pm. Consider ordering lunch in to view The Search for Bridey Murphey - an interesting view of how the concept of client centered hypnotherapy has changed our profession.
Hypnotherapy Certification Required

Training Doulas for HB Support
Instructor: Dr. Vivian Keeler, HBCE, CHt, CD, and Lorie McCoy

You are invited to attend a workshop, especially designed for traditionally trained Doulas interested in becoming qualified in supporting moms and dads who have prepared for their births through classes in HypnoBirthing®, The Mongan Method.

The HypnoBirthing® Support Techniques for Doulas is a one-day workshop that provides you with the specific techniques and philosophical information you need to professionally support HypnoBirthing® couples in hospital, home, or birth center settings.

Materials received will include:
HypnoBirthing book and CD

Completion of this class will:
Certify you as a professional doula trained to support HypnoBirthing families
You will be listed on the Doulas directory for HypnoBirthing families

Prana Breathing
Instructor: Sarojini Alva, HBCE

This one day workshop is designed with the pure intention to give powerful tools to nurture your body, mind and spirit, and add to your practice. With a sound body, mind and spirit, the possiblities are endless in terms of what you can achieve.

With the hectic pace of today's life, caring for our health is taking a back seat. You will learn easy, powerful yogic breathing exercises for a healthier body, increased physical and mental energy, confidence and motivation. You will learn powerful ways to activate, energize, and balance all of your chakras and keep your body and mind healthy and stress free. You will learn 4 main breathing techniques with the appropriate postures connecting your chakras and body parts. You will also go through many powerful meditations to release emotional blocks and feel the difference instantaneously. This is a unique opportunity for all HB Practitioners.

Sarojini's students and clients have reported these breathing exercises were beneficial in healing a range of stress related disorders, indcluding asthma, allergies, hypertension, hyperactivity, insomnia, chronic pain, and much more. Many researches have confirmed the positive benefits of yogic breathing.

Sarojini brings her eastern wisdom to share with you the power and benefit of Prana Breathing. With just one week of regular practice of yogic breathing you will feel healthier, more energetic, stronger, and happier.

This program is a must for every healer and every HypnoBirthing Practitioner! Participants are urged to avoid red meat and alcohol the night before and the morning of the workshop. Wear comfortable clothes.

Certificate of Participation will be issued to those who attend this training.



While you attend the Conclave workshops, would your partner like to play a round of golf? We've made arrangements at the Starfire Golf Club!

Saturday, October 13th at 9:30 AM

The Starfire Golf Club is located in north central Scottsdale and offers beautiful views of the McDowell Mountains. The course is a hidden gem in Scottsdale and offers 27 holes lined with many mature eucalyptus, pine and cottonwood trees. The "King" Nine was designed by Arnold Palmer and opened in 1988. Palmer also redesigned the Squire and Hawk nines making them more challenging with bunkers and water hazards coming into play on 13 holes. Starfire offers a full service restaurant and pro shop.
An 18 hole round of golf is $45.00 and golf club rental is approximately $35.00 (depending on your rental choices). We will arrange transportation.

This event is a 'pay as you go' so no advance payment is required. However, to reserve the tee times and to allow the club to plan for club rental,
we will need to know the number of attendees by October 6th.

Please contact Jannette at 602-788-6198 or webmaster@hypnobirthing.com to reserve a spot.



family trip to the heard museum 


Join us!

Heard Museum
Sunday, Oct 14th
Time TBD
To Register:
Jannette @



Admision Pricing:

Adults: $15.00
Seniors (65+): $13.50
Students (w/vaild I.D.): $7.50
Children (6-12): $7.50
Children (5 & under): FREE
American Indians: FREE
Members: FREE



     For those of you bringing your family to the Conclave, we would
     like to encourage you to visit the Heard Museum for a fun look
     at the history of our Native American population.  This museum
     is a 'must visit' for every tourist and all of our elementary schools
     visit this museum at least once.



If enough families are interested (10 people required) we can arrange for group pricing and a guided tour.  If a smaller group is interested a self guided tour is still a wonderful experience.  We will arrange the time once we know if we will have a group of ten or larger. 


HypnoBirthing Goes to Sedona!!

We're so pleased to present you with an opportunity to experience a day trip to Sedona after the Conclave.  A trip to the Southwest isn't complete without experiencing the serenity and beauty of the Red Rocks.  This is a privately organized tour including all of the spots we felt you would most wish to see.  The trip will be approximately 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM. 
The tour is a full day of sightseeing for $197.00 per person.  Water is included, meals are not.  Keep reading for all of the itinerary details.

To register, please contact Jannette in the Arizona office:  webmaster@HypnoBirthing.com or 602-788-6198
(The price per person goes down if the number of attendees goes up.)




Interestingly, the name Montezuma Castle was a mistaken name. Early settlers who discovered the cliff dwelling ruins erroneously connected them to the Aztec emperor Montezuma, but in-fact the Sinaqua ruins had been abandoned a hundred years before Montezuma was even born. And the dwellings weren't a castle at all, but a multi-family "prehistoric high rise apartment complex".

No doubt the Sinaqua were daring builders having scaled the high cliffs to carve-out a recessed area into the limestone walls to erect these strongly built dwellings high above overlooking the Beaver Creek area just a few miles from what is now known as Camp Verde Arizona.

It took ladders to climb to Montezuma Castle and as the Sinaqua reached each level, the ladders made their way to the cliff community making it difficult for enemy tribes to penetrate the natural defense of straight-vertical barriers.

Artifacts confirmed the Sinaqua were fine artisans. Stone tools, metates for grinding corn, bone needles that wove colorful garments and ornaments of shell, turquoise and local gemstones have been discovered. Pottery was not an ornate craft but simply plain ware for cooking.

Montezuma Castle is a five-story, 20-room cliff dwelling that sits in a recessed area into the cliffs. Nearby is Tuzigoot (Apache for "Crooked Water"), remnants of a Sinquan Village built on a ridge summit. Tuzigoot was two stories high with 77 ground floor rooms that were assessable via ladders through roof openings.

BELL ROCK is one of the first red rock formations you see when you arrive in The Village of Oak Creek and is considered to be a vortex. There are two trails that begin at the Bell Rock Vista. Both are considered an easy walk. People say that when they hike these trails, they experience an electrical charge throughout their bodies and can hike for hours without noticing how much time has passed.

The Bell Rock area will help you to experience for yourself why Sedona has been voted one of the most beautiful scenic spots in America. A short walk here can help you feel the magic and tranquility that Bell Rock offers, making it one of Sedona's favorite sites!

If you decide to take a walk on the Bell Rock trails, look closely at the ground from time to time, and you might see paw prints. And if you're real quiet, you may get lucky and spot a coyote on the trail or even a red or silver fox. This area is home to many cottontails and very large jack rabbits with long ears. Javelinas also live here. They look like furry pigs with a large snout and reddish eyes. Lizards can easily be seen as they scurry around the landscape or rest on a rock in the sun. Hummingbirds can appear suddenly as they fly from tree to tree. Hawks and sometimes eagles can be seen in the skies of Sedona.

With all the many stream banks, farms, different elevations, cliffs and climate changes, the Verde Valley brings more then 297 species of birds. Making this area their year round home or using habitats here during their migrations.


Designed by Marguerite Brunswig Staude, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Chapel of the Holy Cross was completed in 1956 and is a favorite tourist attraction for many of those who visit Sedona. The Chapel of the Holy Cross was nestled beautifully into a red rock roost that has breathtaking views of the majestic Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte and much of the eastern rim of Sedona.


One of the rock formations with the most likeness to its name, Snoopy Rock resembles everybody's favorite Peanuts character, Snoopy. High above Oak Creek Canyon, Snoopy lies asleep atop his doghouse with Woodstock on his nose.


A vortex is the funnel shape created by a whirling fluid or by the motion of spiraling energy. Familiar examples of vortex shapes are whirlwinds, tornadoes, and water going down a drain. A vortex can be made up of anything that flows, such as wind, water, or electricity

The vortexes in Sedona are swirling centers of subtle energy coming out from the surface of the earth. The vortex energy is not exactly electricity or magnetism, although it does leave a slight measurable residual magnetism in the places where it is strongest.

There are four main energy vortexes in Sedona. The subtle energy that exists at these locations interacts with who a person is inside. The energy resonates with and strengthens the Inner Being of each person that comes within about a quarter to a half mile of it. This resonance happens because the vortex energy is very similar to the subtle energy operating in the energy centers inside each person. If you are at all a sensitive person, it is easy to feel the energy at these vortexes.


Last Updated: October 03, 2012

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