November Institute Book Club


Join Joie Toussant-Parish and Tyona Ezeilo  for a 4-week exploration of Amy Wright Glenn’s second book Holding Space ~ On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go.

All are welcome.

*Institute members receive 50% off of book club tuition. Contact Amy to pay your tuition if you are an Institute member. If you aren’t a member, know you are warmly welcome to join the Institute and benefit from lifelong Institute membership. Scholarships available.


Join our November Institute Book Club focusing on
Holding Space ~ On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go.

Facilitated by Joie Toussaint-Parrish and Tyona McGee-Ezeilo.

Begins Thursday, November 5th 2020
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Institute members, educators, life coaches/therapists, and seasoned book club leaders ~ Joie Toussaint-Parish and Tyona McGee-Ezeilo ~ warmly invite all who are willing/able to join them in a 4-week Institute Book Club experience.

Joie and Tyona will facilitate discussion, make room for questions, share insights, open breakout rooms for small group responses and personal reflections on Institute founder, Amy Wright Glenn’s memoir Holding Space ~ On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go.

Thursdays  November 5th, 12th, 19th & December 3rd

6-8pm EST

*The Institute Book Club is open to all.
Participants gather via Zoom with two Institute Book Club Facilitators for weekly 2-hour 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.


Paule Johanne Toussaint-Parrish (Joie) holds an Ed.S in Counseling from Rider University. Joie is the founder of Joie de Vivre Family Services. She is a Master Teacher, Educator, Birth Doula, Life coach, Parent Coach, Wife, and Mother. Joie holds an Administrative Certification from New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association and has taught and coached for the Trenton Public School System in New Jersey for over twenty years. Since 2005, Joie has worked in a variety of capacities to support children, women and families in vulnerable populations.  She specializes in creating safe, sacred ceremonies that creatively honor the special moments in life as her mission and goal is to assist people to find joy throughout the various season of life. Joie’s work has assisted her in serving people throughout the seasons of life, from birth through death. Joie is also a Holding Space Consultant trained through the Institute. Learn more.




Tyona McGee-Ezeilo holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University and has many passions, among them, bibliotherapy. Currently, she serves as a therapist, trainer, facilitator and life development consultant providing psychotherapeutic services for individuals, couples, families, groups and work teams. Since October 2019, she has facilitated a weekly book discussion group. Tyona also facilitates trainings on topics such as emotional intelligence, child development, reflective practice and infant mental health. She holds space as a mindfulness practitioner and is enrolled in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher certification program for “diverse and underserved communities.” In addition to her professional roles, between & within her roles as a physical being/spiritual being, wife, mother, co-parent, granddaughter, daughter, sister, aunt, in-law, niece, cousin, and sister-friend, Tyona also aims to create gentle balance.







Holding Space does just that for each of us. In a clear, intimate voice, Amy Wright Glenn shares her own experience and wisdom and by doing so makes a space for her reader to develop the same. For anyone going through loss, this book will feel like a treasure. Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Love

In Holding Space, On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go, Amy Wright Glenn delivers a thoughtful and poetic meditation on bringing mindful presence to the two major transition points in life: birth and death. Utilizing stories from her personal life and her experiences as a birth doula and a hospital chaplain, Amy reveals how we can keep our hearts open to both deep sorrow and ecstatic joy in these “sacred thresholds.” You will find wisdom, love, and tenderness on every page of this very special book. ~Henry Fersko-Weiss, Executive Director of the International End of Life Doula Association and author of Caring for the Dying

The wisdom this book contains makes it worthy of being a key reference on the subject. For those, like me, who keep in our personal libraries only books that have a timeless quality and which beg to be read again and again, this will be among them. ~Suzanne Arms – author, teacher, activist, founder of the nonprofit Birthing The Future