Claudia van Dijk and Arden Rzewnicki, Opnieuw Kijken (Look Again)

Claudia van Dijk and Arden Rzewnicki invite women to come and give birth in the Amsterdamse Bos. In their program Opnieuw Kijken they call for a reorientation of the way we bring new life into the world.

Together with (future) parents, Rzewnicki and Van Dijk create a birthing space where babies can be welcomed in the Amsterdamse Bos. Lectures and workshops address both the practical needs and the meaning of a birth space and create opportunities for examining the birthing process. What do we know about birth, and what is the basis for this knowledge? How do we wish to receive the next generation?

Arden Rzewnicki (USA, 1978) is a designer and artist and Claudia van Dijk (NL, 1972)) is an artist and midwife. They met through pregnancy, and this was the beginning of an active exchange and profound research into birth and the foundations of the system within which birthing takes place.


June 4, 

10.00 a.m. – noon: Henry Weessies (facilitator), Systemic research about our relation with birth, sexuality and death.

This program is part of LEVEN/LIEFDE / DOOD

2.00 – 4.00 p.m.: Ria Mariasdochter Beyens (vroedvrouw voor de vrouw), Placenta Tree

4.00 – 6.00 p.m.: Meet & Greet


June 5 and 18, 1.30 – 2.30 p.m.: Belly-house, children’s workshop (4+), costs € 3. To sign up, click here


June 8, 7.30 – 8.30 p.m.: Dr. Saskia Bosman (biologist, independent researcher), The Pineal Gland


June 9, 8.00 – 9.30 p.m.:  Sophie Albers (humanistics) Leven geven, betekenis geven


June 10

8.00 – 9.30 p.m.: Deirdre Donoghue (artist, doula, activist) The mother as a political figure           

1:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Janneke van der Putten (artist) Holding Space with Sound

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.: Janneke van der Putten (artist), solo performance of her project ‘Aurora’, with public performance of workshop Holding Space with Sound (


June 11,

11.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.: Hans Götze (trainer) Fathers welcome future fathers

2.00 – 4.00 p.m.: Ida van der Lee (ritual artist) Cradle ceremony


June 16, 8.00 p.m.: Rebekka Visser (visionary midwife), Weet ik veel!….

[Admission free for above program / locations and info.:]


June 17,

3.00 – 5.00 p.m.: Dr. Annine van der Meer (theologian, historian, symbolism expert) The Evolution of birth-symbols: Birthing or Mating?

5.00 – 6.00 p.m.: Bites by SulSolSal

6.00 – 7.30 p.m.: Scott Kirschenbaum, (documentary maker), sneak preview ‘Of Woman Born’, Lievnath Faber (film scholar)

[€10 full program / €7,5 half program]

To sign up go to the calendar 


June 18,

1.30 – 2.30: Belly House, kids workshops (4+), costs € 3,00. Sign up here

6.00 – 7.30 p.m.: Screening of The Motherhood Archivesby Irene Lusztig [€6 film + bites]. Sign up here


Locations and subscribe, go to the program overview or