We need to address death and dying more mindfully. We need to address birth and birthing more mindfully. We all benefit from living with more compassion and presence.
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 birthing, dying, and nurturing mindful and compassionate living are welcome to join.
I came to birth work 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.
Lifetime Institute Membership Benefits:
Individuals benefit from Institute membership in four ways:
Member-only monthly webinars
Member-only Facebook group
50% off of one-on-one Holding Space Consultations
Significant discounts off of Institute offerings
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 are invited each month to an Open Institute Zoom call wherein Amy holds space for reflections, sharing, breakout rooms, and Q&A. The aim of the Open Institute Zoom gatherings is to facilitate connections member-to-member. Institute 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 Holding Space Consultations either with Institute consultants or with Amy Wright Glenn, founder of the Institute. 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.
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