Birth, Breath, & Death

Birth, Breath, & Death

What does it mean to be born?
What does it mean to be mindful to life’s breath?
What is the significance of death?

Artist: Hyuro

Birth, Breath, & Death

3-hour workshop
with Institute teacher Sonja Ausen

January 9, 16, & 23
7:30-8:30pm EST

*Scholarships available
*Institute members pay $45

To register 

What is the significance of birth, breath, and death?

Philosophers and spiritual leaders throughout time have reflected upon these questions. Wise ones across all ages and cultures have offered up their own insights into answering these perennial queries. And, of course, all of us ~ all who know birth, breath, and death ~ wrestle at times with what it all means. What does it mean to be born, breathe through life’s joys/challenges, and die? In 2021, Institute founder and director, Amy Wright Glenn, launched a teacher training for individuals drawn to lead a 3-hour, transformative, and inspiring workshop based upon the open inquiry of birth, breath, and death.

By drawing upon Amy’s first book entitled “Birth, Breath, and Death,” Institute teacher Sonja Erin Ausen, presents a moving and transformational 3-hour workshop open to all.

Required Reading

Birth, Breath, and Death ~ Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula, by Amy Wright Glenn 

“Amy Wright Glenn has written a remarkable book that I found very touching, reading it as I did when I was caring for my husband during the last weeks of his life. Because she’s such a brave soul, I very much enjoyed her company as I journeyed deeper into that territory that had to be traveled.”

~Ina May Gaskin, Midwife and Author of Spiritual Midwifery, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, and Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta

“Tender, honest, and enlightening reflections on birth, death and what it means to be human. Highly recommended.”

~Sarah Buckley, M.D., Author of Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering




Sonja Erin Ausen (she/her) earned her Master of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Sonja’s core professional experience lies in systems creation and operations, facilitative processes, space holding, conducting/implementing research, and organizing and convening difficult conversations. These have expressed themselves in the domains of spirituality (expansive), public health, international development, small business, grants management, and refugee/asylee resettlement. Sonja has taken numerous classes from the Institute (including Birth, Breath, and Death Teacher Training) and is curious about tending and holding space in liminal times and about how our bodies hold our stories and help us heal. She is a full spectrum doula who believes that our own individual journey of increasing our capacity to stay with ourselves in difficult times is connected to our ability to do this with others; every moment is an opportunity to lean into this transformative invitation.

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