Do you hold space for birth?
Do you hold space for death?
And what about mindful living?
How do you approach and appreciate the precious impermanence of each breath?


Lifetime membership is $130*

Contact Amy for information on how to join the Institute

We need to address death and dying more mindfully. We need to address birth and birthing more mindfully. We need to live with more breath and heart awareness as we journey through life — more mindfully. By bringing together those involved in holding space for life’s sacred threshold points, and welcoming members of all faiths and spiritual traditions, the Institute provides members with a nurturing and important professional and spiritual home.

Institute members make important theoretical, personal, and professional connections between the work of holding space for birth, breath, and death.

All involved in the work of caring for the birthing, dying, and nurturing mindful and compassionate living are most welcome to join.

Welcome home.

Standing with an open heart in the presence of birth is very much like standing with an open heart in the presence of death.

~ Amy Wright Glenn in Doula for the Dying via PhillyVoice

Membership Benefits:

Individuals who join as members benefit from the support of an online community as well as open access to monthly webinars. Every month, Institute founder Amy Wright Glenn interviews innovative and inspiring leaders involved in the field of conscious birthing, living, and dying. For example, co-founder and executive director of INELDA Henry Fersko-Weiss, author and midwife Patrica Harman as well as author and bereaved mother Dianna Vagianos Armentrout have been interviewed for Institute webinars.

Examples of past webinar titles include:

  • Holding space for grief in an age of climate change
  • Mindful speech in times of conflict
  • Nurturing gratitude
  • Making meaning of infertility
  • Planning your vigil
  • How to nurture a meditation practice? 
  • Reflections on miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss 
  • How does social media impact our understanding of birth? 

Members also have access to a Facebook member-only group wherein conversations between care givers, teachers, and birth/death professionals yield meaningful and important connections.

There are significant discounts off of Institute workshops/trainings for members. For example, members pay $100 (instead of $200) for access to the Loving, Dying, and Letting Go self-guided, 13-hour, online workshop based upon Amy Wright Glenn’s second book: Holding Space: On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go.

Discounts include fifty percent off of a single phone or Skype consultation with Institute founder Amy Wright Glenn. This session can be dedicated to nurturing a member’s meditation practice, focused upon grief work, or spiritual/vocational discernment


*The scholarship rate for membership is $30. Contact Amy if you need a scholarship to join. All are welcome.