Fall Institute Retreat


This is the first Institute Retreat ~ open to all members and friends ~ in 6 years.

We will gather at The Sanctuary ~ 15 minutes from Asheville, NC over last weekend in October 2022. All called to nourish and strengthen the work of holding space for birth, breath, and death are welcome to join us!

Families are welcome! Contact Amy for family rates.



Gather together
at The Sanctuary
for the Institute Fall Retreat

Beginning Friday, October 28 at 7pm
ending Sunday, October 30 at 3pm


This is the first full Institute retreat ~ open to all members and friends ~ in 6 years.

We will have a key note address by Institute founder/director Amy Wright Glenn on Saturday morning and an optional hike (weather permitting) on Sunday morning.

All participants will be able to choose between concurrent 90-minute workshops offered on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Both Friday evening and Saturday evening will feature music, song, dancing, and chanting.

We will gather 15 minutes from Asheville, NC at The Sanctuary  ~ 83 Sanctuary Road, Swannanoa, NC 28778.

The Sanctuary is the new home for the Center for Conscious Living and Dying (CCLD), an organization in partnership with the Institute. CCLD is working to reclaim, practice, and share a timeless wisdom: community support in end of life transitions. The Center for Conscious Living and Dying (CCLD) is organizing and training a diverse group of volunteer caregivers who will provide free non-medical end of life care as well as education on options to supplement support for the emotional and spiritual needs of families facing this universal experience. We are grateful that Aditi Sethi, MD ~ co-founder of CCLD is an active Institute member and teacher. She will be presenting on CCLD and a co-teaching a class on Music for the Dying for our retreat.

Register with friends. Bring your family! There will be inspiring/fun activities provided for children for select portions of the weekend + a music/dance/ritual celebration for all ages. There will be inspiring speakers, workshops, ritual, dance and music focused on nourishing/strengthening the call to hold space for birth, breath, and death.

More details forthcoming

For now, save the date! 

*All participants are responsible for their own lodging/food/accommodations + child care (as needed).


Workshops led by: 


Jacqueline Kitson Jackson, Ed.D  ~ (she/her) was born and raised in Harlem and the Bronx in New York City. She earned an Ed.D in Reading, Writing and Literacy at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was the recipient of the Ralph C. Preston Award for Scholarship in Teaching and Literacy Research in the Service of Social Justice (2008). She earned BA degrees in English and History at the State University New York in Binghamton, and a M. Ed from The City College of New York. Dr. Jackson has been a community educator for over forty years, teaching reading and writing classes in community centers, adult literacy programs, drug treatment programs, and prisons. Dr. Jackson has worked at the Young Adult Learning Academy, the International Center for the Disabled and the New York City Department of Corrections. She was the Director of the Germantown Women’s Education Program before beginning to teach first year undergraduate students. Her research interests include women’s literacies and first-generation students in Higher Education. Inspired by her experiences with nontraditional students in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, Dr. Jackson returned to school and earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health. Her current interests include issues of equity, social justice and the role of trauma in learning. Dr. Jackson is an advocate of mind and body connections and practices and teaches workshops on meditation and mindfulness. She is a licensed spiritual practitioner with the Centers for Spiritual Living and Agape East. As a Hospice and Palliative Care volunteer and End of Life Doula Dr. Jackson supports caregivers and patients with terminal illnesses and issues of loss and grief.


Aditi Sethi, MD ~ (she/her) is a hospice and palliative care physician, end-of-life doula, and Executive Director of the Center for Conscious Living and Dying. Featured in the forthcoming film The Last Ecstatic Days, Aditi is an emerging and important voice for shifting our culture’s understanding and approach to dying, death, and bereavement care. As a child under the guidance of her parents (Kapil and Ranjit Sethi) and grandparents from India, Aditi studied devotional music from the Sikh and Hindu traditions. Her other music pursuits include playing music with her husband, Jay Brown, a musician and hospice music therapist. Aditi and Jay recently formed a group called The Appalucians, with Angie Heimann and Cas Sochaki. Releasing their first CD “Bright Hills” in 2018, the Appalucians play music from the mountains of Western North Carolina, featuring spirited songwriting, tight harmonies, and a lovely layered interplay between dobro, guitars, harp, bass, and banjo. Aditi and Jay are the parents of three amazing children. Learn more here.


Jay Brown ~ (he/him) is a board certified music therapist, a hospice music therapist, and teacher in Asheville, North Carolina. Jay is a prolific song writer who has been playing guitar since the age of 7 and writing songs since high school. Jay has spent years traveling and playing around the U.S., absorbing our rich musical heritage and he has also taken multiple trips to Ghana, West Africa. His eclectic musical tastes found expression in 1998, when he became a founding member of Lazybirds, a band that blends a wide variety of musical styles, including jazz and blues, country and rock ‘n roll, to create a fresh and soul stirring sound. Jay performs with Aditi, blending Aditi’s Indian folk and classical influences with his own folk and original music. A versatile musician, Jay is as much at home swingin’ the blues and boogie with his buddies in the Lazybirds as he is playing songwriter showcases and house concerts, but you can usually find him blending his styles in the pubs and listening rooms around the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. Learn more here.


Anne Ferrier Crook ~ (she/her) holds a B.A. from American University in French Language and Western European Studies.  She is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, AADP, Holding Space Consultant, Certified Birth Doula, CD(DONA), and Certified Medical Interpreter, CMI-Spanish.  She has worked in many facets of healthcare for the past 20 years with regard to holding space for life’s sacred thresholds.  Anne is passionate about supporting clients to heal and transform their body-mind-spirit from the inside out.  She taught nutritional healing and provided wellness consults to clients from all over the world at Onsite — a therapeutic retreat center world-renowned for healing trauma. She specializes in supporting clients to move out of “dis-ease” from post-traumatic stress into greater ease and emotional freedom.  She brings a compassionate presence and years of knowledge & expertise to clients as they explore the deeper meaning of “soul care” while courageously navigating life transitions.  Her writing has been featured in childbirth magazines, online publications, and a best-seller book called “Thresholds: 75 Stories of How Changing Your Perspective Can Change Your Life.”  Learn more.



Garret Drew Ellis ~ (he/him) Writing and finding himself in the field of memoir, remembrance, death and grief for as long as he can remember, Garrett established himself as a professional writer in 2005 and as an End of Life Doula in 2019. That same year, Garrett founded Beyond Morning, offering doula and storytelling services after receiving training from INELDA (The International End of Life Doula Association). Garrett studied English at Central CT State University and has been a ghostwriter and author for almost 20 years. He has been a hospice volunteer. The author of “Write Until You Feel Better” and the forthcoming, “Writing In Memoriam”, Garrett works locally in the Central Pennsylvania area and offers his services nationwide through digital platforms. He speaks at workshops, leads groups and works with individuals to process death and grief, document their lives and to help them do the same for others. (Bio originally published here).



Joanne Zerdy, PhD (she/her) is a former university professor in theatre arts, Joanne brings her experience as an educator, researcher, and grieving parent to her work at Inviting Abundance, co-created by Joanne and her husband Will Daddario (Listen to their Circle of Care webinar HERE).  In addition to teaching Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss trainings, Joanne facilitates an online Grief Mapping course, a Grief Pen Pal Project, and Creative Grief Workshops. She also utilizes her communication, writing, editing, and curriculum-design skills as an education consultant. As part of her personal grief work since the death of her baby boy Finlay, Joanne studies permaculture design and herbal medicine; she makes herb-infused honeys and herbal tea blends for Finlay’s Garden. She enjoys exploring the outdoors with Finlay’s younger brothers, Phalen and Ren, and, when time allows, drinking a quiet cup of tea. Learn more here.



Kalyan Volpe holds an MA in Education from Goddard College and is the Co-Founder of Odyssey School in Asheville. He has been a holistic educator with a focus on spirituality in education for 25 years. Kalyan has traveled the world visiting over 35 countries and living in 6 including India where he met his extraordinary wife Shanti with whom he has 3 wonderful boys. Kalyan describes his life path as seeking a balance between internal work and service to humanity. He has been a practitioner of Ashtanga yoga for 25 years and finds deep bliss in devotion and surrender. (He served as a monk for three years in Nicaragua before deciding to dedicate himself to education).  As a middle school teacher Kalyan has explored many ways of incorporating spirituality in the classroom including meditation, visualizations, art, and spiritual warrior exercises. Learn More.





Clare Duplace holds a BA in Elementary Education from Warren Wilson College and is currently receiving an MA in Mindfulness Studies, through Lesley University. Clare was previously a teacher for 12 years and has received certifications in numerous alternative healing modalities- Herbal Medicine, Reiki levels 1 and 2, Acupressure, as a children’s yoga teacher and with flower essences. Clare believes strongly in supporting one’s emotional well-being and has been working with flower essences for grief and many things, for over a decade. She recently started a mini-business called MoonFlower, creating flower essence blends for each phase of the moon. She is almost a full-spectrum doula- currently a birth, postpartum and death doula and will soon be receiving her training as an abortion and pregnancy loss doula. Clare has always been called to a path of service and showing up for others, throughout her life. After losing her mama to a glioblastoma in 2017, she has been journeying in learning about grief and death for herself and how to hold safe space for others during these times of loss and sacred transitions.