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

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Institute warmly welcomes all who are willing/able
to take a 16-hour, self-guided Grief Work Training.

On every level of society, we need individuals able to step up and hold space
for the multifaceted expressions of grief/sorrow that have impacted our world at this time.

The Grief Work Training will be made available to all
on a sliding scale payment basis until the pandemic ends.

September Institute Webinar

“Bringing Mindfulness Into Our Everyday Lives”
with Saskia Meckman
Wednesday, September 29th
7:30pm EST

Saskia Meckman has been delivering international corporate training and coaching global executives for over 20 years. She has also been offering stress reduction programs incorporating yoga and meditation for over 15 years. Combining these skills by offering corporate wellness and mindfulness programs for global companies is her passion.

Ms. Meckman was born in the US and grew up in Europe – France, Germany, Luxembourg, and The Netherlands. With an Ecuadorian mother and a Dutch-Austrian-Danish father, she speaks five languages and is well versed at working with people from all over the world. She has a BA in Psychology with a Teaching Degree and a Masters in International and Intercultural Management. She is a Certified Yoga Instructor and has spent over 25 years studying wellness.

Ms. Meckman has a unique approach in combining her personal and professional international background with her wellness and mindfulness experience to create transformational global corporate programs. Join her next Mindfulness Journey Workshop which begins October 27th for 6 weeks.


Institute webinars are open to Institute Members only
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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.


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

May we all be safe and healthy as we safely navigate work, parenting, life in the age of Covid-19.
May we always continue to 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

Institute founder Amy Wright Glenn teaching
at the International Death Doula Training in Maui, Hawaii ~ Spring 2019