Return to Zero

Trigger Warning:  Please be aware that Return to Zero is a movie about Stillbirth and the effects on the parents and the family.

 The impact that one stillbirth has on the mother, the father, their family, and friends is devastating — a shock-wave of pain, guilt and then, too often, silence. The majority of those affected, especially the mothers, suffer in this silence often believing that their grief and trauma is theirs to bear alone.

Return to Zero
Friday May 22, 2015

6:00 pm Pre-show Presentation
7:00 pm Feature Film
8:30 pm Community Panel

Amphitheatre, Saint Paul University, Ottawa

From the website:
“RETURN TO ZERO is based on the true story of a successful couple, Maggie (Minnie Driver) and Aaron (Paul Adelstein) who are preparing for the arrival of their first child. Just weeks before their due date they are devastated to discover that their baby son has died in the womb and will be stillborn.

Maggie and Aaron attempt to go on with their lives but cannot escape their postpartum grief. Their lives and relationship have been forever altered by this loss. ”

The film producers teamed up with grief educator Cath Duncan to create the Journal and Discussion Guide for Bereaved Parents, a workbook that contains questions and discussion points.

For more information on the film, please visit the Return to Zero website.

Return to Zero – Movie Trailer


Special Presentation Preceding the Film ~ 6:00pm

Kathleen Leeson, RH

Kathleen Leeson RH (Registered Herbalist) has been studying, working, growing, sharing, teaching, journeying & playing with the plants since 1982.

After attending both Niagara & Algonquin Colleges, she became a Horticulturalist & worked in the field until becoming ill with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 1989. She then happily discovered that the “Old Wives’ Tales” about using the herbs for health were true! She dove into the study of Herbalism, primarily with David Hoffmann, an acknowledged leader of the North American herbal renaissance.

In addition to plant-based therapies, she has intertwined many time-honoured Shamanic processes & the Wise Woman Tradition for her own health. Her Teachers have included Susun S. Weed, Pam Montgomery, Martin Prechtel, David Winston, Amanda McQuade-Crawford & Michele Bougie.

Since 1995, Kathleen has been in clinical practice and has been teaching since 1996. She became a certified Registered Herbalist (R.H.) through the Ontario Herbalists Association when they offered this professional designation in 2000.

Through teaching students, aiding the processes of her clients & mentoring apprentices, her own growth as an exemplary Teacher & Healer-For-Others continues to joyfully unfold.

Other Notes of interest regarding Kathleen:

1. Featured on CJOH TV’s “Regional Contact”, & in Ottawa’s Citizen newspaper on numerous occasions.

2. Spoken on Herbalism at Centretown Community Health Centre, the Nepean, Gloucester & Ottawa Libraries & Billings Estate, to name a few.

3. Teaches at other annual events such as the Herbal Renaissance Retreat & Ottawa’s Herbfest.

4. Attends annual practitioner intensives with North America’s leading herbalists to keep expanding her knowledge & skills.

5. Was on the Earth Day Ottawa Organizing Committee in 1990 & was Coordinator in 1991.

6. She would love to teach general interest workshops at your place.

In addition to teaching the Apprenticeship Program & Internship, Kathleen sees clients one-on-one in clinical practice at Into The Green Holistic Clinic in Ottawa, Ontario.

She designs personalized herbal programs & offers other traditional healing processes in safe, co-created space. She has particular experience with chronic or recurring health conditions, such as chronic fatigue, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, etc. She has worked extensively with women’s unique health considerations in particular. She also works cooperatively with an array of other health professionals in order to maximize healing & recovery.

For more information on Kathleen and the services she has to offer, please visit her website at


Panel Discussion and Talk Back to follow the film

Shannon Estelle Beauchamp ~ Shannon is an interdisciplinary energy healer. She is creating a healing practice that will be focused on helping families through infant loss; at any stage, for any reason. She believes that a soul entering this world at conception needs to be acknowledged, loved and celebrated regardless how brief the incarnation. Shannon is working towards accreditation as a Stillbirthday Birth & Bereavement Doula®. She will then work on certification for Stillbirthday Chaplaincy. Her goal is to walk with her clients, guide them through their experience with empathy and personal healing. She aims to help parents navigate the grieving process with support, compassion, and empowerment.

Armida & Yousseff Sawan ~ Armida and Youssef moved to Ottawa in December of 2011and their first daughter Naimah was born in June 2012. In June 2014 they found out that they were expecting baby number 2. The pregnancy was uneventful and healthy, and in February 2015 their second daughter, Harvest, was born dead. Since then they have been blessed with getting to know Harvest’s wisdom and joy in everyday life.


Advance sales are now closed

Tickets will be available at the door for $15, until we are sold out.  Cash only. 


Paperless Tickets

Paper tickets will not be issued.  You will receive a confirmation e-mail. Your tickets will be noted by your e-mail address.  You do not need to print anything.


Location of Screening

All screenings will be held at Saint Paul University at 223 Main Street in Ottawa.  Parking is available on the North side of the building for a flat fee of $10.  Street parking is available.  Please enter the building through the door off the North parking lot.  There will be a sign to indicate what room the screening will be in.

For information on the location of the screening, please click here.

This festival is completely volunteer run.  All proceeds will go to support local birth and breastfeeding groups.


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