Self-Guided Courses


Grief Work for Healthcare Providers ~ This is a 10-hour, self-guided course and RNs can earn CEs for its completion. Drawing upon research, poetry, and their personal experience in working in a hospital setting, Amy Wright Glenn and Nicole Heidbreder, RN worked diligently to co-create a powerful course to nourish and support healthcare workers in this age of Covid. All involved in healthcare are warmly welcome. Learn more.

Grief Work Training ~ This 16-hour, self-guided course is open to all specifically designed to support individuals called to “do grief” with more insight, mindfulness, understanding, and care. We are living during a time of tremendous grief/uncertainty due to the ongoing pandemic. This training is offered to all at a sliding scale payment basis until the pandemic ends. Learn more.

Holding Space for Abortion ~ This is an 8-hour, self-guided course open to all called to hold space for those who choose pregnancy termination/abortion. This training is geared to support birth, postpartum, full spectrum doulas, bereavement doulas, mental health professionals, midwives, religious/spiritual leaders, OBGYNs, reproductive rights activists, end-of-life care professionals. Learn more.

Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss ~ Over 1000 birth workers, mental health providers, and bereaved parents have taken this course. This is a signature course for the Institute. In it, Amy leads participants in a 15-hour, self-guided training wherein the concepts/practices of companioning, strengthening the support network, and the healing power of ritual are explored. All are welcome. Learn more.

Shadow Work ~This is an 8-hour, self-guided deep exploration of what it means to integrate the aspects of self relegated to the shadows. What is the shadow? How can we come to understand and more fully engage with disenfranchised and disconnected elements of our being? Anger, hurt, jealousy, shame, guilt ~ coming to more deeply understand the role of these emotions in human life is central to shadow work. All are welcome. Learn more.

Rituals of Loss ~ This is an hour-long self-guided ritual led by Amy. Open to people of all faiths/perspectives, this guided experience involves meditation, poetry, candle lighting, and written reflection. All proceeds from this donation-based experience are donated to Doctors without Borders.  Learn more.

Understanding World Religions for Birth and Death Doulas ~ The longest Institute self-guided course created to date, join Amy for a 30-hour investigation/exploration of five of our world’s wisdom traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. A special emphasis is placed on how birth and death are understood within the complexity of these rich and long standing traditions of ritual and meaning. Learn more. 

What is Codependency? ~ Listen to Amy’s pre-recorded, self paced 90-minute lecture/webinar on codependency. Far too many care providers struggle in their intimate and/or work relationships with codependent patterns. What is the difference between codependency and empathy? Learn more.



I have come to drag you out of yourself
and take you in my heart.
I have come to bring out the beauty you never knew you had
and lift you like a prayer to the sky.