Every month, Institute founder and director Amy Wright Glenn offers an Institute Webinar for members of the Institute. Amy interviews creative/compassionate leaders, practitioners, and pioneers with regard to deepening our understanding of how  birth, breath, and death. Visit the Institute homepage for information on each month’s current membership webinar.

Every 3rd Thursday of every month, the Institute hosts a Birth Study Circle, open to all.

Every 1st Wednesday of the month, the Institute hosts a Breath Study Circle, open to all.

Every last Saturday of the month, the Institute hosts a Death Study Circle, open to all.

Every last Tuesday of the month, the Institute hosts a Dream Study Circle, open to all.


Self-Guided Courses

Educator Self Care and Compassion ~ This 16-hour, self-guided course draws upon a summer 2020 collaboration with the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. Open to all K-12 educators and parents, join Amy  for an in-depth exploration of what it means for educators to cultivate self care and compassion ~ especially during the days of Covid. Learn more.

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 Grief ~ This is an hour-long recording of Amy Wright Glenn interviewing Dr. Joanne Cacciatore about her work, her writing, and what it means to hold space for grief. “Dr. Jo” has touched the lives of many thousands of bereaved people. She helped create and directs the graduate Certificate in Trauma and Bereavement program at Arizona State University. Listeners are welcomed to make a donation of any amount to the Selah Care Farm, founded by Dr. Jo. 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.

Ritual to Honor our Beloved Animal Companions ~ This is an hour-long, self-guided ritual to honor our beloved animal companions: past, present, and future. This ritual will be especially supportive of those who are grieving the loss of an animal companion. 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.

Rituals for Pregnancy Loss in the Age of Covid-19 ~ This is an hour+ long presentation/reflection by Amy on the significance and shift in rituals relating to loss in general, and pregnancy loss in particular, given our global pandemic. 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.