2017 Las Vegas Master’s Workshop

Gentle Blessing’s Progressive Training

is Proud to Present the 2nd Annual



                                                                                  September 8 – 10, 2017

                                                                                                                                     8am – 6pm each day

                                                                                    WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD ON SITE AT LAS VEGAS MINI CASTLES

                                                                      Price at the door                                                                   (cash)  $850

                                                                                                  See below for featured speakers


Las Vegas Mini Castles:  This is where the workshop will be held – you may reserve your rooms now and join Katie, Nancy and fellow NCS’s for networking and fun.  We have exclusively rented these 3 homes for our use for these days.   ROOMS ARE SOLD OUT IN THE CASTLES.  ROOMS AVAILABLE IN THE CASINOS ON THE STRIP OR HOTELS IN LAS VEGAS.  SEE LIST BELOW.

A Castle in the Desert! Strip views! Get the Royal Treatment in our Exquisite Luxury Resort totaling over 31,000 SF including 36 Guest Suites and 44 Bath. Join Katie and Nancy and many other of your fellow NCS’s in a weekend of fun. Stay with us!! We are less expensive and more fun than the Casino’s.
The Private gated community of 4 Custom homes is conveniently located ½ mile off the South end of Las Vegas Blvd. and offers the Comfort and Luxury beyond what you have only imagined!!! The Castle Estates are appraised at over $18,000,000, and have been uniquely designed to afford our Guests the opportunity to enjoy the Privacy, Comfort and Luxury you Appreciate and Desire while Traveling and Entertaining.

Best place to stay in Las Vegas! Total luxury, an oasis near the strip.  Julian

I travel with a large group to Vegas each January for a work event and the Mini Castles was by far the best part of this trip.  I rent all three houses to accommodate our team giving us more than enough space for everyone to be comfortable. The beds are comfy, full bathrooms in each room is perfect, dining spaces are great and the layout of houses allows people to be social with the group or find a space for some quiet time. The kitchens are equipped with everything needed to cook and serve a meal.  I wish I had a reason to stay in the summer to fully utilize the outdoor spaces! Overall whether you’re in Vegas for business or fun the castles will not disappoint. It’s less than a 10 minute drive to the strip, Uber and Taxi are available so no need to stay in a stuffy hotel. I can’t recommend the Mini Castles more and look forward to our stay each year!  Shannon


You choose the room set up you want. When that room is sold out we will delete it.  This is a first come basis.  Katie and Nancy would love to have you in the homes with us.  This is a chance to socialize, party, talk, and mentor.  These prices include use of the pool, Jacuzzi, gourmet kitchen, gorgeous back yard, library, piano, game room with pool table and poker tables, media room, and more.

Breakfast, lunch  will be included for our castle guests Friday – Sunday.  Dinner will be included Saturday night for all attendees.

You may check in Thursday between 4pm and 10pm and check out is Monday 10am.


226 E Levi Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89183.   Driving Instructions:  Ask Taxi or rental car place how to get to “Las Vegas Blvd” going South.  Once you are on Las Vegas Blvd going South, go approximately 4 miles.  Pass Silverado Ranch Blvd and the “South Point Casino” (located on the right hand side of the street).  Go about 1 mile, 2nd small street on left hand side is Cactus-turn left.  Go ½ mile, take a right on Gilespie.  Go 2 Blocks-turn left on Levi and then turn Left into Levi Private Gated Cul-de-sac.  The Gate code is #0726.  You need to dial the # sign and then 0726.


JUST A REMINDER:  Husbands, boyfriends, and children will not be permitted in the castle homes.  This is a ladies only sanctuary.



Tropicana   www.Booking.com                                                              $139
Signature @ MGM Grand www.signaturemgmgrand.com                $147
Circus Circus www.hotels.com                                                                $63
Excalibar  www.priceline.com                                                                  $80
SLS Las Vegas Casino   www.tripadvisor.com                                       $104
Treasure Island   www.expedia.com                                                       $121


The following are only a sampling of the speakers.  We will have a Breastfeeding Day, Sleep Training Day, and a Business Day.  We are scheduling additional time after each speaker for Q and A.

Dr. Shoshana Bennett Ph. D

Featured Speaker – Postpartum Depression – Beyond the Blues

After two life-threatening bouts of postpartum illness, Dr. Shoshana Bennett helped pioneer the field of maternal mental health.  She founded Postpartum Assistance for Mothers in 1987, became president of California’s state organization Postpartum Health Alliance, and then served as President of Postpartum Support International.  Dr. Shosh is the author of Children of the Depressed, Postpartum Depression for Dummies, Pregnant on Prozac, and is co-author of Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety. She is the creator of the app PPD Gone!, and is an executive producer of the documentary, Dark Side of The Full Moon. She recently co-founded the Postpartum Action Institute, committed to promoting parental health. To date, she has helped over 20,000 new moms and dads around the world through private consultations, tele-classes, conferences, webinars, and support groups. Reach her at www.DrShosh.com.

Theresa Nesbitt MD

Feature Speaker – Natural Breastfeeding

Theresa Nesbitt, MD –“Dr. Theresa”–is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist with special training in Maternal Fetal Medicine. Her interests these days lie in promoting health and wellness for women with a focus on mothers. She has a particular interest in brain growth and development. Dr. Nesbitt developed an interest in breastfeeding because she observed that although many pregnant women PLAN to breastfeed, they are not really PREPARED to do so. Her interest in brain health, nutrition, and developmental kinesiology have helped her to look at Breastfeeding and Human milk from a new perspective.

She is also Co-author (with Nancy Mohrbacher IBCLC, FILCA) of the Natural Breastfeeding ProgramThe Solution to Successful Start.


Dana Obleman 

Feature Speaker –  Sleep Sense

 Dana Obleman  has one degree in Psychology and another in Education. She has  presented her methods to pediatricians at one of the country’s biggest universities, and has been featured on national media like CNN, The Washington Post, Today’s Parent, The Huffington Post, and WebMD.  More than 57,000 parents  have used The Sleep Sense Program to get their children sleeping through the night.  She is the author and trainer for the Sleep Sense program.


Christy Bunting Hill:  Money-Talk. Discovering & Re-Writing our Money Story

Christy Bunting Hill  is the Founder & Co-founder of several non-profits, two postpartum wellness practices, a sleep wellness consulting practice and a thriving wellness-based business consulting-multimedia studio. She has actively worked to manifest her goals every day and learned tremendous “entrepreneur lifestyle habits” from her whip-smart clientele.

She attended her undergraduate work in human development, psychology and education administration from Southwestern University. She’s since specialized as a Certified Advanced practitioner in Postpartum Wellness: A Certified Advanced Newborn Care Specialist, Certified Advanced Sleep Consultant, and Postpartum Doula completing a practicum of over 10,000 specified hours.

Summer Hartman:  Advanced Realistic Sleep Training 3 months and overLaunching this program at the Las Vegas Workshop

Summer Hartman is a Certified Newborn Care Specialist through the NCSA.

She has 20 years of experience working with infants and specializing in sleep training singles and multiples, also working with reflux and colic.
Summer has worked with families in many different capacities, she has taught many families through phone, email and text. She has traveled all over the US sleep training babies in 5 to 10 days. Summer has done this by establishing each individual with their own schedule and teaching them the value in being consistent in everything they do. By doing this she can sleep train your baby to sleep 10 to 12 hrs. a night.

Having reviewed this program Nancy Hamm said “I have been doing this for years and I learned so much from this material.   I have never seen or heard of such a practical and sensible out of the box technique.”

Katie Coleman:  Baby Massage 

Katie, owner of Katie’s Newborn Care, Inc, graduated from college with a focus on family counseling, but began establishing her career around her passion. She is now a Newborn Care Specialist, Postpartum Doula, Certified Infant Massage Instructor, Infant Sleep Consultant, Lactation Educator, and Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST). Katie has a desire to build her corporation with integrity to further empower and educate her clients and other postpartum professionals.



Nadine Kennedy:  Self Care for the NCS and Natural remedies for newborns

Nadine Kennedy is a Certified Newborn Care Specialist and  Pre Certified Post-Partum Doula who lives in New York City. She has worked with families for over 15 years, ensuring parents feel supported, nurtured and confident as they transition into parenthood.
Over the years, Nadine has become passionate in pursuing and learning about all aspects of natural health and wellness. She brings experience knowledge and unique set of gifts to every client as she aligns their values and goals to help them find structure in their lives.
When she is not working as a Newborn Care Specialist or Post-Partum Doula, you will find her promoting wellness in areas such as fitness, nutrition, stress management, weight management, and other health-related areas. Her respectful, non-judgmental approach is focused on sharing easy ways to maintain long-lasting healthy lifestyle changes, thereby enhancing well-being.

Lon Hudson:  Teaming with professional security on high profile jobs.  Safety for the NCS.

Lon Hudson is a retired law enforcement officer. Lon served 23 years in the law enforcement industry,  with the last 10 years as a SWAT operator and SWAT Sniper for the Stockton Police Department. Since retiring Lon has been fully involved in the executive protection industry. Lon has protected, some of the worlds most wealthiest CEO’s and their family members, to include small children and babies. Lon has extensive experience working with NCS’ and Nannies, with the framework of safety and security.


Brittany Hunt and Haleigh Haggerton Almquist  Website Building

Brittany Hunt started working with newborns over 8 years ago, before becoming a Newborn Care Specialist.  She has also worked with toddlers and young children as a professional nanny for many years.  Brittany is a Certified Newborn Care Specialist, Certified Lactation Counselor, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, and DONA trained Postpartum Doula. Brittany is also in the process to obtaining her IBCLC. Brittany also founded Brittany Hunt Content Management, where she manages dozens of social media platforms and builds websites for clients. Brittany, like Haleigh understands what it takes to start and run a successful business while keeping up with latest technological advanced in the business management world.

Haleigh Haggerton Almquist began working as a professional nanny in 2002 before she became a Newborn Care Specialist in 2007. Haleigh founded Hush Little Baby, LLC, the nation’s largest postpartum care agency in the nation. Hush Little Baby now provides overnight care in 5 states and 24 Hour care across the country! Haleigh is an Advanced Certified Newborn Care Specialist, Certified Lactation Counselor, and DONA/ProDoula trained Postpartum Doula and Labor Doula. Haleigh joined with Brittany in 2013 to create the Newborn Care Training Academy. Haleigh also co-founded Capital City Nannies, a full-service nanny placement agency in the Washington DC Area. Haleigh is no stranger to running a business and effectively managing it day to day.

Katie Morin:  Resumes/Contracts

Katie Morin cncs decided to become Certified as a Newborn Care Specialist in 2008 after many years of working with multiples.  To date she has worked with over 4 dozen sets of twins, triplets and quadruplets.  These experiences have been some of the most rewarding and she has learned as much from them as they have from me.  She has also worked with dozens of preemies (some born as early as 26 weeks) as well as newborns with special needs.  Katie is a happily married mother of 3 wonderful children , a son and two daughters.


Nancy Hamm: Contracts/Resumes  and  Sleep Deprivation

Nancy Hamm cncs,cisc is an Advanced Certified Newborn Care  Specialist, Advanced Certified Infant Sleep Consultant and is the  founder of Gentle Ventures.  Ms. Hamm has 24 years of hands on experience as a Newborn Care Specialist.  She has worked with only newborns changing from daytime duty, to night and around the clock duty years ago.   She has over 40,000 hours of hands on newborn experience. Ms. Hamm is the original creator of the NCSA the entity that certifies Newborn Care Specialists.  She now sits on the Board to assure the continued quality of the certification. Nancy is  dedicated to the ongoing education of the professional Newborn Care Specialist, Doula, Nanny, Midwife, RN, LPN, CNA, Mommy, Childcare worker, or anyone dedicated to or interested in newborn care.


Karin Schultz of Karen Schultz Photography our “Headshot” lady will be back to do more headshots.  Karin is amazing.  She did the headshots above for Nancy, Katie and Summer.  She does amazing work.  These headshots are great for your websites, brochures, business cards and loved ones.

Karin does multiple shots for only $50.  Your photos are available immediately after the workshop.  Yes, you get all of them to download and chose which one you like.  PRICE WILL BE $65 CASH AT THE DOOR.

Refund policy:  Please make sure you are available to attend before you pay for the class or room as all payments are non-refundable.  You may sell your workshop or room/bed to another potential attendee.  If you do this please inform Gentle Blessing about the change.  You may also use your monies for another workshop or class.  If the rooms or workshop sell out we will refund your money.