July Institute Book Club


This summer, join Naima Beckles and Joanne Zerdy, PhD  for a 4-week exploration of Milk, Blood, and Heat by Dantiel W. Moiniz.

*Institute members receive 50% off of book club tuition. Simply enter the Institute Member code upon check out to receive this discount.

All are warmly welcome to join the Institute. 


Join our July Institute Book Club focusing on
Milk, Blood, Heat
by Dantiel W. Moiniz

Thursdays  July 1, 8, 15, & 22

12-1:30pm EST

Facilitated by Naima Beckles and Joanne Zerdy PhD.


Institute members and Institute Teachers ~  Naima Beckles and Joanne Zerdy, PhD ~ warmly invite all who are willing/able to join them in a 4-week summer Institute Book Club experience.

Naima and Joanne will facilitate discussion, make room for questions, share insights, open breakout rooms for small group responses and personal reflections on Milk, Blood, and Heat by Dantiel W. Moiniz. Naima describes this book as “a rich collection of short stories with themes of loss, ritual, friendships, mothering (and more) that are each so central to the Institute. I think it’ll be great!”


*The Institute Book Club is open to all.
Participants gather via Zoom with two Institute Book Club Facilitators for weekly 90-minute discussions over the course of a month. There’s no powerpoint, no official teaching ~ rather facilitators are trained to hold brave/safe space for honest discussions, reflections, and allow for the wisdom drawn from responses to the book to emerge as the group’s collective teacher. Institute Book Club gatherings occur in real time and are not recorded.



Naima Beckles holds an MA from Loyola Marymount University and taught middle and high school students in Los Angeles, DC, and New York City. Naima is an educator, doula and founding director of For Your Birth – an intentionally diverse doula agency. Soon after the birth of her first child, she chose the work of supporting expectant parents and earned certifications from Lamaze and DONA.  While training with Amy Glenn Wright in a pregnancy loss course, the desire to hold space for life’s big losses, including death, was sparked.  As a teacher, doula, and mother; Naima lovingly stands alongside individuals navigating difficulties and triumphs. Naima offers private consultations with individuals who are experiencing any kind of loss during this confusing and difficult time. Learn more.



Joanne Zerdy, PhD 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.  grow@invitingabundance.net