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APUK Live! is the attachment parenting event of the year showcasing groundbreaking concepts, engaging exhibitors and supported on the day by dedicated nationwide volunteers from the family of APUK Group Facilitators. 270 parents, carers and professionals will gather to hear world-renowned attachment parenting advocates from diverse fields and uniquely entertaining performances.

The day is for those committed to genuine learning, for inspired personal insight and practical implementation which deepens bonds, creates more peace and drives positive social change. 


Dr Rosie Knowles

Rosie is a mum of two who lives in Sheffield. She is a practising GP, and is also very keen on babywearing. Five years ago she set up a grassroots peer to peer sling community in Sheffield which has grown massively. The author of Why Babywearing Matters, Rosie believes that sling use is a simple, low cost intervention that can make a huge difference to family life. She speaks about this around the UK and Europe and is looking forwards to talking to the APUK family too!

Milli Hill

Milli Hill is a well-published freelance writer, feminist, former dramatherapist, public speaker, trainee doula and self-professed birth nut. She is the founder of the global-network Positive Birth Movement with over 400 groups worldwide and her book, The Positive Birth Book: A New Approach to Pregnancy, Birth and the Early Weeks, has been an Amazon bestseller. Milli currently lives in Somerset UK with her partner and three small children.

Jo Ball

Jo Ball, founder of Mums4aChange is on a mission to create real communities of support for mothers, where the inner life and transformative potential of motherhood is championed. Mums4achange uses a unique combination of coaching, creativity and expressive writing to share what matters and get potent about what wants to shift. Jo is an arts therapist, trainer, life and career coach with 20 years varied experience. She is also the founder of Co-Creation Coaching.

Sophie Christophy

Sophie Christophy is a self-directed researcher and scholar, exploring the intersection of parenthood, childhood, education and consent. A respected blogger Sophie also runs parent courses on Consent Based Education discussing the history and impact of patriarchial 'power over' dynamic on social norms and how parents can create a new paradigm of consent based ways of learning. Her work has a feminist, social justice lens, seeking to deconstruct oppression of children.

To Be Confirmed

We will have a speaker on the value of massage and nurturing touch for children of all ages both in the home setting and in schools.

Ian Blackwell

Ian has 25 years experience in the 'learning outside the classroom sector' and in 2007 set up Dangerous Dads in Totnes in partnership with the Children's Centre to offer activities for dads with young children. In 2013 Ian established The Dangerous Dads Network (including the famous DadFest) as a social enterprise supporting UK towns looking to develop active fathering programmes. Ian is also a PhD student researching how outdoor activities can benefit father-child bonding.

Michelle McHale

APUK founder and director Michelle is mum to two girls age 7 and 9. After training with Attachment Parenting International as a peer support group leader and running a thriving group in Devon she founded APUK and developed affiliation for the 70+ nationwide APUK groups. She is the curator of the accredited Positive Discipline eCourse and has written for The Sunday Times, The Huffington Post and as the ‘Here to Help’ expert for Mother & Baby Magazine.

Mariann Hornyak

Having worked for the UN and as an economist, Mariann affiliated with APUK in 2015 to create APUK Derby & Dales. With much learning-on-the-job, she grew a thriving group offering amazing support to many families. A natural dynamo, Mariann has now returned to Hungary where she mothers her young sons, one of whom is gifted and has been the inspiration for her book 'Sensory Processing Disorder on the Plate'. Mariann will talk about her journey as an APUK Group Facilitator.

Michael H Brown

Michael is the APUK in-house coach. A father of 4, grandfather and step-dad to 2 young girls, Michael's work is founded in the fundamental principle that we all have innate wellbeing, which contains wisdom and common sense, and naturally allows us to function in a healthy way. He is vastly experienced working with parents looking to create peace and access intuition in their relationships. He also works with teenagers and children as young as 8.


Matt Harvey

Poet and lyricist Matt Harvey was first official Poet-in-Residence at the Wimbledon Championships (“brilliant” The New Yorker) and has been commissioned by the Science Museum, the Open University and the Energy Ombudsman. A familiar voice on Radio 4 and the Desktop Poetry Slot in the Guardian for 3 years, Matt is author of several books including two children's picture books. Matt is a regular visitor to TEDx Exeter and has twin teenage sons who he adopted aged 9 months.

John Lomas, Lindsey Garwood

John and Lindsey are co-directors of the Closer Each Day Company, the makers of Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap, the world's longest improvised narrative and the only serialised theatre show in the UK. Once asked to perform at a storytelling competition, The Great American Storybook was born. Besides many acting, writing and directing credits between them, John teaches improvisation and performance and Lindsey runs the Bristol Improv Jam.

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Plan of the day

We’ve created a stimulating day with four 75 minute speaker sessions and spacious breaks for refreshments, socialising and interacting with our exhibitors.

  • 9.15am – 10am: Registration
  • 10am – 11.15am: Keynote Speaker
  • 11.15am – 11.45am: Refreshment Break
  • 11.45am – 1pm: Speaker Session
  • 1pm – 2.30pm: – Lunch Break
  • 2.30pm – 3.45pm: Speaker Session
  • 3.45pm – 4.15pm: Refreshment Break
  • 4.15pm – 5.30pm: Speaker Session

Babes in arms are welcome in the auditorium.

Lunch & Refreshments

Delicious refreshments breaks include homemade cakes, biscuits and fruit as well as a freshly prepared vegan lunch with sourdough and gluten-free breads warm out the oven.

Goody Bags

We have put together some brilliant sustainable bags worth £75 in discounts as well as samples and information to inspire you on the day and beyond.




Our Partners

Our amazingly generous exhibitors and partners are aligned with our values of innovation, integrity and inclusivity. They believe in our work and want to engage with you - it’s all about connection.

Venue Details

St Matthias was purpose-built in the 1850s as an all-female teacher training college, later part of the University of the West Of England and now home to one of the country’s four state-funded Steiner academies; the fastest growing independent non-denominational school network in the world.

The conference will be held in the 270 seater auditorium with catering and exhibitors available in the beautiful adjacent refectory building overlooking the leafy grounds.

Free on-site and neighbouring street parking available.


Steiner Academy Bristol
St Matthias Campus
Elfin Rd
BS16 2JP

0117 965 9150

  • 10 minutes drive from the M4.
  • 30 minutes by bus from Bristol Templemeads Train Station.
  • On the Bristol Cycle Path Network.


The Steiner Academy kindergarten will be running as an on-site creche for children aged 4-11. Similar age group sizes will involve 10-15 children with 2 kindergarten staff with beautifully engaging crafts, baking and forest-school activities. Healthy vegetarian snacks and lunch will be included.

You can drop-in to spend time with your child if you wish during the 30 minute morning and afternoon breaks as well as for 60 minutes during the 90 minute lunch break.

Email us to book the Creche: £30 one child, £45 siblings.


You will be warmly greeted on the day by our friendly APUK Group Facilitators who will be looking after everyone. As parents themselves, they understand how meaningful it can be to carve out time for yourself and they will be dedicated to enhancing this special day. You can also ask them about running an APUK group and why they love being part of the APUK family.

We would also love some local volunteers with excellent Brizzle know-how! If you’d like to be part of the day and receive free full-privilege access email us at for a Volunteers Information Pack.

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