A Home for All who Hold Space for the Sacred Thresholds of Birth, Breath, and Death

The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death is an inspiring and nurturing professional organization dedicated to furthering the development and professional skill set of those called to hold space for mindful birthing, living, and dying.

Founded in 2015 by Amy Wright Glenn, the Institute was created to bring those drawn to the caring professions of birth and death work together with professionals dedicated to teaching mindfulness based living skills. Committed to gender, economic, and racial equity/inclusion, the Institute frequently offers BIPOC scholarships and no-interest payment plans. We lift up the voices of female leaders in particular as this is a woman-led organization, proudly.

The Institute is a pioneering force offering monthly webinars on themes relating to compassionately holding space for birth, breath, and death as well as providing quality in-person and online trainings/workshops for the heartfelt engagement with these topics.

Holding Space + Covid-19 Circle of Care
Webinars open to all ~ Donations Welcome 

“Open Art Studio for Burnout Prevention”

Sharon Itkoff Nacache, Creative Arts Therapist
Friday, August 21st ~ 11am EST

(Click here to join us live)

Sharon Itkoff Nacache, ATR-BC LCAT is a Creative Arts Therapist with over a decade of experience in the public and private sectors. Her psychotherapy approach is grounded in principles of mindfulness, humanism, and the healing power of the creative process.  As a young mother, she is especially passionate about providing support for those in professional and personal care-taking roles. She is currently managing The Art Therapy Practice, a group art therapy practice based in NYC and online helping individuals of all ages and backgrounds creatively cope with psychosocial challenges. The physical, emotional, and financial stressors caused by the “new normal” of the pandemic coupled with nationwide unrest over inequality and racism has had an undeniable impact on our mental health and emotional well-being, which can lead to symptoms of burnout and compassion fatigue. Join us for a brief introduction into the Open Art Studio method of art therapy, a hands on approach to fostering compassionate self reflection and creative exploration within a supportive digital space.


August Institute Webinar
Webinars open to Members ~ Join now




Institute founder, Amy Wright Glenn ~ and her son Taber ~ invite you to join them meditation.

May we all be safe and healthy as we find sanctuary-at-home and nourish our spiritual/mindfulness practices.


Today, wise and creative cultural pioneers lead a burgeoning movement in applying key elements of the birth doula model to train people to companion each other in death. Given that our experience of death has become so institutionalized and medicalized, applying the doula model of care to death and dying represents a sane and needed grounding in the wisdom of compassion, companioning and proven comfort measures.

~Amy Wright Glenn, writing for PhillyVoice