Day of Digital Rest

While we acknowledge the good that global connectivity has ~ and can ~ bring, we also acknowledge that we now live in an “attention economy” and the internet has literally rewired the human brain.  Digital algorithms are coded to maximize the time spent looking at any content ~ so advertisers know that our attention is available to them. Our attention is literally on sale.

Nearly 1/3 of Americans report to being online “almost constantly.”

Addiction to screen technology ~  and smart phones in particular ~ is real, it’s everywhere.


Do you ever wonder what happens to the brain when you check your phone (on average) 96 times a day?
Do want to take a break from what researchers refer to as “fragmented” time?
When was the last time you took a full 24-hours and didn’t look at your phone,
check your email, surf Facebook, or send a text message?

We invite you to join us for a digital rest.

Both birth and death doula trainer Nicole Heidbreder, RN and Institute founder and director Amy Wright Glenn know what it is like to rely on screen technology for work. They both know what it is like to struggle finding a balance between being present to our actual lives ~ birth, breath, and death ~ and being present to the constant flow of communication through  through screens. Given the pandemic, so much of our lives is now mediated through screens. If you hope to take a break from screen technology and don’t know where to start, or you simply want to be more mindful and present to how you use your electronic devices, we are here for you.

Join Nicole and Amy for a monthly Digital Rest Circle honoring the call to take a digital rest.

Fully donation based, Nicole and Amy will co-host a monthly Zoom Digital Rest Circle.
Join us each month ~ or as you are able.

The last Wednesday of every month from 6-7pm EST.

Click here to join the Zoom call.

Meeting ID: 899 6505 7704
Passcode: 553197

Register for free.

What does it mean to observe a Day of Digital Rest?

As we begin our journey together, please consider the following suggestions:

*Set a period of time in advance when you plan to rest from all electronic/screen devices.
*We suggest you turn off your devices and put them away for that time period as you are willing and able.
*Electronic/screen devices can be defined as your iPhone, computer, TV, iPad etc.
*Practice resting from your devices/electronics for 8hrs, 12hrs, or 24hrs.
*Notice the experience in your mind/body/spirit as you rest.

Are you more irritable? Do you long to check in with email, phone, or social media? Do you feel more restored, connected to self? Notice ~ with compassionate presence ~ what comes up for your during your rest.

*We suggest you start with something do-able for your life and that you decide the time frame in advance and plan accordingly.
*Each person will choose their own day of the week/month to take a digital rest.
*A digital rest means something different for each one of us. We gather to reflect together, not judge each other.
*Our monthly circle offers a safe space for you to explore how this ritual transforms, impacts, challenges, and deepens your experience.

There is no cost to participate in the Digital Rest Circle.











Nicole Heidbreder works as a Labor and Delivery and Hospice Nurse in the Washington DC area and has been attending births as a doula for over 15 years here in DC, NYC, San Francisco, Sumatra, Bali, and Uganda.  Currently she also facilitates independent birth doula workshops and trains nursing students as a Clinical Instructor with the Johns Hopkins University Birth Companions Program.  Additionally, she teaches End of Life Doula Workshops for the International End of Life Doula Association (  Through her work in clinical nursing education Nicole was proudly inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honors Society as a Leader in the field of Nursing and she sits on the George Washington University Hospital Ethics Committee. To find out more.