3018 West Overland Road
Boise, ID, 83705

(208) 258-9251

Mercy in Action is a non-profit organization that focuses on the crisis in Maternal/Newborn/Child health care worldwide. A Midwifery School, as well as seminars and training retreats are held each year to prepare midwives, doctors, and nurses to meet the global shortage of skilled birth attendants, and to help primary health care workers prevent unnecessary child deaths. 


NARM Study Retreat

NARM Study Retreat

Intensive Preparation for taking the North American Registry of Midwives Exam

Five days of focused review, taught and guided by Vicki Penwell, a midwife with experience preparing over 400 students to pass NARM and become CPMs using this method of intense retreat review and practice testing. While there are no guarantees, a very high percentage of students who studied with Vicki have passed NARM the first time.

This special retreat offers five full days of study with a different practice multiple-choice test each day, oral quizzes, individual guidance with test taking tips, and evenings spent in review, reflection, reading, nature walks and spiritual calm. The NARM Study Retreat is held in a quiet setting with no distractions, no TV, and best of all, you will have no responsibility except studying for your midwifery board exam! Personalized help can be given to each participant to learn their own unique learning style.

Update: In June 2014 the NARM exam went to online format, and so did this NARM STUDY RETREAT! You can now take our practice tests at the retreat on a computer to practice this new format for testing.

Retreat Dates

2016: February 22 - 26, 2016

2017: May 1-5, 2017

Boise, Idaho: The retreat is held in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of the Northwest, in the capital city of Boise, Idaho.

NOTE: There will be no fall NARM Study Retreat in 2016. (You can benefit from the Feb Retreat if you are within a year of sitting for the NARM exam, so we are moving to holding the live retreat only once per year). If the dates don't work for you, see Online NARM Study Course, below.


Study Retreat with Lodging and food: $950
Study Retreat only: $650

Price includes food, lodging, transportation to and from airport, all materials, and brain-healthy snacks.  

There are no refunds for any reason. If you cannot attend, we will gladly transfer your fees to another course we teach, or convert them into a donation.



Study Retreat Daily Schedule

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Online NARM Study Course

Can't take a week to travel for the retreat? Want to prepare at your own pace from the comfort of your own home? Check out the Online NARM Study Course