Amy Wright Glenn is the founder and director of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death ~ an innovative organization dedicated to the personal and professional growth of those called to hold space for life’s sacred thresholds.
She is the author of Birth, Breath, and Death & Holding Space ~ books both highly regarded as inspiring and pioneering in insight.
Amy works with individuals privately offering personal and/or professional mentorship, Holding Space Consultations, private yoga and/or meditation instruction, and birth/death doula work.
Learn more about Amy’s personal and professional work below.
Scholar & Teacher of Religion/Philosophy
Amy Wright Glenn earned her BA in Religion from Reed College and her MA in Religion and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She taught for eleven years in the Religion and Philosophy Department at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey earning the Dunbar Abston Jr. Chair for Teaching Excellence.
Amy understands that the habits of heart, mind, and soul are transformed for the better through travel and study. One emerges a citizen of the world with an expanded capacity to love and care. She has lived abroad and/or explored India, Colombia, Iran, Turkey, Jerusalem, Egypt, The Dominican Republic, France, Australia, and Germany. Traveling deeply informs Amy’s reflections on human rights and the ethical imperative to cultivate empathy to safeguard our collective future. Yet, however interesting it is to adventure on this earth, the true adventure awaits within. Amy’s first priority is an inner one. What does it mean to be human? What is the “breath inside the breath” to paraphrase the poet Kabir? What is the significance of birth? Love? Death?
In her writing, Amy Wright Glenn draws upon the wisdom of heart and mind, combining a rigorous commitment to academic excellence with compassionate reflections on the human story. Amy’s work has appeared in many online publications such as: Holistic Parenting Magazine, Philly.com, Attachment Parenting International, A Network for Grateful Living, Birth Institute, and Kindred Media. Amy has been quoted in a Wall Street Journal article with regard to her reflections on nourishing meditation practices with children. From 2015 to 2019, Amy was an active contributor to PhillyVoice. Today she nurtures her own blog and invites quality guest posts by leaders and innovators in the field of conscious birthing, living, and dying. Amy published her first book Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula in March 2013. Amy’s second book Holding Space: On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go was published by Parallax Press in 2017.
Currently, Amy is working on co-authoring her third book with the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE) focusing on self care for educators with a specific emphasis on holding space for difficult transitions such as grief/loss and nourishing the capacity for teachers to listen.
Amy is a Kripalu Yoga, Birthing Mama® Prenatal Yoga and Wellness Teacher Trainer, and Mommy and Me Yoga teacher. With over twenty years of experience, Amy combines intuition, skill, knowledge, and love as she leads students through postures and stillness. Amy presented on “Nurturing The Sacred Time of Pregnancy” at the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association 2014 annual conference and is involved in ongoing collaboration with Corinne Andrews, the founder of the Birthing Mama® online program.
Doula & Hospital Chaplain
Amy is a CD(DONA) birth doula, hospital chaplain, founder of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death and the creator of Institute trainings and courses. Amy is particularly interested in the spiritual and/or religious dimensions of doula work, mindful and conscious parenting practices, the emerging end-of-life/death doula movement, and the intersections found between her formal training as a birth worker and her experiences as a hospital chaplain. Amy presented at the 2015 DONA International Virtual Conference and the 2014 Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) annual conference on what it means to be a doula and/or midwife through the life continuum. She partners with Henry Fersko-Weiss, the executive director of the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA), Bodhi Be, founder of Doorway into Light, Deanna Cochran, founder of Quality of Life Care and the National Home Funeral Alliance.
Amy maintains a daily personal practice of seated meditation and asana, the postures associated with yoga practice. She is an avid gardener and an active Unitarian Universalist, currently serving as Director of Religious Education in her home congregation.
Family & Personal Life
As a single mom, Amy devotes the majority of her time, energy, attention, and heart to nurturing her family. She is the mother of an 8-year-old and draws upon the best practices of attachment theory and the work of renowned child psychologist Dr. Laura Markham. Committed to a hybrid homeschooling model, Amy researches and writes about the intersection between innovative classroom and experiential education experiences.
Amy works from home as an author, yoga teacher, and educator.
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