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.
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.
“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.”
Interview with Bodhi Be
We will gather this month for our December Institute Webinar with Bodhi Be, executive director of Doorway into Light. Bodhi leads deeply transformational trainings in Maui each year ~ training death doulas. He is amazing! It has been a true joy to know him and to be inspired by his light. I highly recommend watching this clip of Bodhi interviewing Ram Dass about death/dying.
Bodhi Be, the Executive Director, is a teacher, guide and ordained minister in the universal Sufi lineage of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Samuel Lewis. He is an independent funeral director, hospice volunteer, end-of-life and bereavement counselor, notary, ceremonialist, and the founder and president of Doorway Into Light’s The Death Store. He is happily married for 32 years, parent and step-parent to 5 grown children. A grandparent, coffin maker, death doula and educator, artist, entrepreneur and organic homesteader on Maui, where he has resided for 40 years.
This webinar is free for members of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death. Learn more about membership here. Members who can’t join live will be given access the recording.
September 2019’s Institute Webinar is open to all.
Every year, Amy opens one Institute webinar to the public. Usually, monthly webinars are created for, and viewed by, Institute members. However, in September 2019, Amy interviewed Cara Belvin, the founder of empowerHER and Amy chose to lift up their conversation and open access to all.
Cara Belvin founded empowerHER in 2013, inspired by her own experience of grieving the loss of her mother who died of breast cancer when Cara was 9-years-old. Her work to empower young girls who have also lost their mothers has been featured on many media outlets including Parents magazine, PBS, and the Boston Globe.
How can we best support bereaved children? How does an organization like empowerHER help transform our the discourse around death and dying in our culture? How can one become involved with local chapters of empowerHER?