We need to address death and dying more mindfully.
We need to address birth and birthing more mindfully.
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.
*The scholarship rate of $30 USD is available to all struggling financially during this time. Contact Amy for more info.
Lifetime Institute Membership
~Open to All~
I came to birthwork through (what I thought) was an unusual route– I was, and am, a vigil volunteer for a local hospice. Over the last year and a half, I’ve struggled at times to find language to explain how I see those roles as being interconnected. I often hear from people something along the lines of, ‘Wow, two extreme ends of the spectrum!’ but that has never felt accurate to me; the work of the Institute has helped me articulate for myself, and hopefully for others in the future, the nature and beauty of working in these liminal spaces, the thresholds and transitions.
Individuals benefit from Institute membership in three ways:
Access to monthly webinars
Access to a member-only Facebook group
50% off of one-on-one consultations with Institute founder, Amy Wright Glenn
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.
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 death doula trainer and founder of Doorway into Light, Bodhi Be.
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.
Additionally, Institute members benefit from receiving fifty percent off of one-on-one consultations with Institute founder Amy Wright Glenn. Consultations can be dedicated to supporting a member’s response to Covid-19, deepening one’s meditation practice, focusing upon grief work, or spiritual/vocational discernment.
March Institute Webinar
Interview with Michelle Acciavatti
“More than a Funeral Director: Mediating Grief during COVID-19”
Tuesday, March 31st 2020
Michelle Acciavatti is a funeral director and End of Life Specialist living in central Vermont. She is passionate about discovering the role a funeral director can play in building community resources for people facing the end of life.
Michelle has trained as a funeral director, advance care planner, end of life doula, home funeral guide, green burial advocate, neuroscientist, and ethicist. She has practiced death work with people of all ages, including those dealing with death during pregnancy, as well as with community organizations and institutions. Her work has found her in settings as varied as Boston Children’s Hospital, people’s own homes, and now the funeral home. She founded Ending Well, is a founding member of The Collective for Radical Death studies, is a co-founder of Green Burial Vermont, and is a subject matter expert and educator for numerous end of life and green burial training programs and organizations.
It is a joy and honor to welcome Michelle to the Institute Webinar series.
Monthly Institute webinars are free for members of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death. All members are given access recordings.
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?
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