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Today is Day #2 at our annual PAXretreat with Joanna from Center for Babywearing Studies! Our training session is taking place in Wine Country Temecula, California this year, in a gorgeous house where none of us want to leave! Our PAXretreaters have learned how to teach new parents to use the ring sling as well as how to tie a slip knot with a shorty wrap, and have had some fascinating discussions on babywearing education, our industry, community, and medical issues that professional babywearers may come across in their field of work! Swag Bags filled with goodies that you can browse here at the PAXblog have ben distributed in what Joanna calls “Christmas in September,” and Sakura Bloom will be here at lunch today with the continuing education talk called “Balance: Your Best You.”
Two of the PAXmoms, Jillian & Celia, are currently certified through CBWS, and PAXtographer Allie will be completing her coursework this month as well! We feel so blessed to be able to serve our local babywearing groups with the high level of education that this training provides. If you are interested in becoming a certified babyweaing educator, please contact the Center for Babywearing Studies, and if you would like more information on receiving personal babywearing instruction from the PAXmoms, please email us at help@PAXbaby.com!

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Fall PAXretreat 2016

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Looking to become a certified babywearing instructor? Want to add a depth of knowledge to the help you are able to offer new parents? Need to feel more acquainted with babywearing terms and movements in order to assist caregivers? Please attend PAXbaby’s PAXretreat hosted by Joanna, instructor at Center for Babywearing Studies, and realize your depth and potential in our growing industry! The information you will glean is priceless as well as the opportunity to spend time with an assortment of amazing attendees who are also looking to extend their reach and create new possibilities for our community! Spending a weekend in the company of Joanna will open your eyes to how much you think you know, how little you actually know, and how much you are able to grow in these 30 hours of class time! Downtime will be spent relaxing, sleeping, preparing homework, and spending time with other like minded individuals who will enjoy what you have to offer and likewise, will offer you insight to your goals! PAXretreat 2016 will light a fire under your ambition; you will leave feeling invigorated, inspired and looking for the next opportunity to make a difference!

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Sign up here for a weekend get away that will also enrich your soul, stretch your mind, and prepare you for a babywearing profession or educator role in our community! Cost includes 4 nights (September 14-18, 2016) at a swanky Wine Country villa, all meals, 30 hours of education by CBWS, and an amazing swag bag!!!
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#PAXretreat2016 deets

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PAXretreat2016 is hosting Joanna from Center for Babywearing Studies for a Foundations course here in sunny Southern California. September 15-19 2016 will be an amazing weekend full of babywearing, rainbows and new ideas cumulating in our Birthday event!!

How long is the training class? Our Foundations course provides 30 hours of training time over four days. The exact schedule will vary based on the individual needs of each class. Can I bring a child to class? Our Foundations course is 30 hours of intensive professional training. Feedback from past graduates has been that by the later days of class, children become overwhelmed and frustrated. While we do allow infants 6 months and under to attend with their caregiver, you must be able to perform each carry with a demonstration doll and your skills assessment must be performed with a demonstration doll. We encourage you to consider childcare, if possible, so that you and your fellow attendees can focus completely on the coursework. We are happy to allow a caregiver to bring your baby to nurse or have a bottle, and we will also have prescheduled breaks and lunch for time with your little one. Our goal is to make sure that you and your classmates get the absolute most from your time with us. What are the materials that are included in the cost? Included in the cost of each class are several items:
  1. A knot-learning shawl. This is not a baby carrier but instead a great tool for learning and teaching how to tie knots. You will likely use this frequently over the years.
  2. Your manual. This is a great reference tool and will hopefully be something you refer to as needed. Our bibliography has over 75 unique references, the majority of which are from the last 5 years, and can be a great asset to you if you want to research something directly.
  3. Professional quality teaching aids. This is new as of July 2013. Based on feedback from our graduates we are now including a set of teaching aids that you will be able to take home with you. This will save you the time of creating the visual aids yourself and the hassle of getting them professionally laminated. We want each of our consultants to be able to begin consulting straight away and believe this will eliminate one of the largest hurdles.
Do you ‘certify’ your consultants? As we wait for an industry-wide accepted certification, yes we do ‘certify’ those graduates of our program who complete the additional steps required. We have an outlined set of parameters that must be met in order to qualify for the ‘certification.’ After these conditions are met then the trainee is considered ‘Certified.’ What does your ‘certification’ entail? We feel there are a few components that are necessary to consider a consultant competent to be ‘certified.’ There are 6 steps that must be successfully completed.
  1. Completing all Pre-class homework.
  2. The “Consultation Concept” must be developed and finished by review time during the last day of class.
  3. You must show mastery of teaching technique for 15 carrying positions, plus knots during the “group skills assessment.”
  4. Successful completion of the final quiz at end of class.
  5. Obtaining liability Insurance coverage as described in your Handbook.
  6. Obtaining a valid AHA CPR card
Do you offer continuing education? Yes. We offer a range of ongoing education opportunities that we consider to be beneficial to developing and expanding your baby wearing consulting practice. We will add additional continuing education opportunities as we partner with the people and companies who we find have valuable resources that can assist our consultants. As always, as we develop these classes our graduates will have the opportunity to be involved in the “beta testing” for free or low cost. Plus they will have a voice in how the classes develop. Do you promote mentor-ship within your organization? Yes we do! We believe mentor-ship to be a hallmark tenet of laying the foundation for a new career or industry, such as babywearing consulting. Those who are paving the way in babywearing consulting have valuable experience and information. We are hopeful that they will share openly and honestly with those who are just entering the field. To that end we encourage mentor-ship and guidance within our organization and will help facilitate that as needed. Why do you teach a proper cradle carry? Yes our consultants will know how to do, and teach, a proper cradle carry. Experience has taught us that here in the USA there is a section of our population who believes that this is the best way to carry a baby. We tried to teach them to carry their babies differently and lost many of them in the process. Knowing how to do a proper cradle carry means that when confronted with the parent/grandparent/caregiver who insists that is the way they want to carry their child you will be able to assist them, talk about best practice and hopefully gain their trust in the meantime. We have also seen that, while rare, there are times when a tummy-to-tummy position is impossible for whatever reason. We want our consultants to be the best prepared for whatever they encounter and feel that this knowledge and experience helps them to be very well-rounded in their practice. Read more here : PAXbaby
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#PAXretreat2016

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Welcome to our #PAXretreat2016 event group! I love planning for this epic annual event, so I am tremendously excited to share the details we have set in stone so far! #PAXretreat2016 will be hosted from September 15-19 in wine country Temecula, California. I found an AMAZING house that will fit all of us comfortably and will provide ample opportunity for relaxing during retreat time. Arrival will be Thursday morning, when you will have a couple of hours to settle in and meet everyone. Thirty hours of class will be spread out over the FOUR days of PAXretreat with plenty of time to soak up the beautiful scenery by day and enjoy the social atmosphere at night. The pricing structure will be based on the privacy and size of the various rooms available; assigned first come first serve as you pay your deposit.

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ALL food will be included in the cost of the retreat, with special attention given to guests with dietary restrictions. Childcare will NOT be included; however, this year we are offering the option, at additional cost, to bring a caregiver for your little one, so you can fully invest in your education. PAXretreat is a certification course and moves quickly; our goal is to provide a distraction-free learning environment so you can focus on Joanna’s teaching and not worry about your child’s needs. Nurslings under 6 months may attend class with you, but older babies would need to be attended to by an accompanying adult. The cost for an additional adult is $600 which covers all food, and $300 for a child over 2. There are many more details that need to be finalized, but I hope the overview provided so far gives you an idea of what to expect and how to plan!
Because of the beautiful array of rooms available at our PAXretreat house, the cost differs depending on which room you choose! These are first come, first serve so get your deposits on in! Each #PAretreat2016 ticket will cost between $2,250-$2,650+ based on your childcare situation as well as the room chosen. A deposit will be due by May 19, PAXmommy Jillian’s birthday, and the remainder will be due in July. Swag Bags, a swanky spa service, and some super fun PAXexclusive goodies designed just for #PAXretreat2016 are included in the cost of your retreat as well 1 free ticket to our BIRTHDAY BLESSINGWAY event held on Monday, September 19th, after our retreat has officially ended.** “Childcare will NOT be included; however, this year we are offering the option, at additional cost, to bring a caregiver for your little one, so you can fully invest in your education. PAXretreat is a certification course and moves quickly; our goal is to provide a distraction-free learning environment so you can focus on Joanna’s teaching and not worry about your child’s needs. Babies under 2 are therefore welcome if they are accompanied by an adult caregiver, and nurslings under 6 months may attend class with you. “
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The first day!!! #PAXretreat2015

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If you have not attended one of our PAXretreats, you are definitely going to want to put it on your bucket-list!
In all honesty what could be more fun than a girls’ sleepover filled with babywearing, rainbows galore, goodies, amazing food, awesome friends, THE BEACH AND the PAXmommies!!?!

Today marks DAY ONE of our THIRD PAXretreat, PAXretreat San Diego and we are SO excited to provide yet another opportunity to create future babywearing educators! Not in attendance this time? Make sure you check out the hashtag #PAXretreat2015 for all of our FUN photos along the way!

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PAXretreat – laughing, learning, FUN!

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 It is hard to believe that #PAXreatreat San Clemente is over already!

We had an absolutely AMAZING time laughing and learning with so many  wonderful mamas and babies, listening to presentations from Laura Brown of Ergo Baby, CharLee from Quasico Creative, Cassiopeia of Tula Baby Carriers, a skype lunch conference with Keren of Je Porte Mon Bebe, and to top it all off – certification by the Canadian Babywearing School!!!

Guests received babywearing portraits by Salt + Light Photography, packed goodie bags, hours of instruction, gourmet meals and snacks prepared right on site and tons of life long memories!!!

What could be better than a gigantic week-long sleepover with some of your favorite babywearing friends and all of the PAXmommies!?!?

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A HUGE, HUGE thank you to ALL of our generous sponsors – we could not have put on this event without all of your help!!

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ONE More Spot at the PAXretreat

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We have goodies BIG and small from the following AMAZING and generous sponsors:

JPMBB, Tula, Beco, Ergo Baby, Babyhawk, Angel Pack, Raspberrie Press, Pretty Baby Accessories, SPB Custom Creations, Family Tree Glass

Wrapsody, The Natural Baby Co. , Luna Pads, Sling Rings, Jade Made, Wrap Scrap Stash, Fun Factory

PLUS: 5+ hours of babywearing business building seminars from Laura Brown, CharLee Christian, and PAXmommy Jillian, Babywearing Ballet, portrait sessions with our PAXtographer, lunch and learn with Cassiopeia of Tula and Karen of JPMBB, a babymaking party, and much, MUCH MORE!!!!!

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Sound like fun??  You better believe it is going to be!

We have ONE more FULL retreat ticket left and it could be YOURS!

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This is going to be the most EPIC sleepover of ALL time!!

Come join us!

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San Clemente SLEEPOVER

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First we’ll make snow angels for two hours, then we’ll go ice skating, then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookiedough as fast as we can, and then we’ll snuggle… errr…

Come join the PAXmoms and the Canadian Babywearing School for the most epic sleepover EVER!!! Food, massages, photo sessions, PAXbaby exclusive wraps, goodie bags, and tons of LAUGHS!

Is this your idea of a dream come true? You’ll want to buy your ticket to the Spring PAXretreat!!