Shadow Work


Are you are drawn to the work of thresholds? Drawn to holding space? Do you companion the birthing ~ and/or the dying?

Join Amy Wright Glenn for this 8-hour, self-guided Shadow Work course. Strengthen your courage through a deeper understanding and integration of personal/collective shadows.



I want to see you be brave.

“Mama, play brave,” my son says as we drive.

“Turn it up, please.”

Yes, “Brave” by Sara Bareilles is my 9-year-old’s favorite musical request as of late. Given the challenges faced this year, I get it. We are living through global pandemic. It’s been a scary time. So, we traverse the pathways of our day and “Brave” blasts through the car stereo.

Show me how big your brave is.

How big is your brave?

The Institute exists to help make your brave, and my brave, really big. For we are drawn to the work of thresholds. Drawn to holding space. We companion the birthing ~ and the dying. This is courageous work.

I truly believe that each and every one of us will be strengthened through a deeper understanding and integration of personal/collective shadows.

What does it mean to hold space for our shadows?

What is shadow work? 

Join author, birth/death doula, yoga teacher, hospital chaplain Amy Wright Glenn as we explore why shadow work is important ~ especially for those called to hold space for life’s sacred threshold points like birth, death, deep transformative change/loss.

Through this 8-hour, self-guided, pre-recorded, online course, you will be guided to consider pathways that support you to integrate, reconcile with, and/or even acknowledge the pain, hurt, disappointment, loss, envy, fear, failures, betrayal, and anger you’ve known. For it is essential to the work of holding space to be in dialogue with aspects of self too often relegated to the subterranean levels of awareness.

Whether you are drawn to shadow work because it will help deepen your professional work as a birth/death doula or mental health professional or because you are currently working with a challenging personal struggle, the examination of one’s shadow is vital and important. It is courageous and deep work leading to a more integrated and fulfilling life.


This course will:

Introduce you to the terms “shadow” and “hungry ghosts” within the fields of mythology, psychology, and spirituality.

Create a brave/safe space for participants to deeply consider the following questions:

How does shadow work connects to grief?

How does shadow work connect to fear?

How does shadow work connect to birth and death?


Shadow Work includes 3 two-hour modules. An hour long interview with author Pixie Lighthorse and an hour long interview with Glendon Geikie, MSW ~ a therapist with over 40 years of clinical experience ~ are also included. Should participants seek to earn a certificate of conclusion ~ which is optional~ a 3-part paper written to conclude the course is required.

Certificates of Completion issued by the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death are offered for all who complete the training/workshop. Participants have open access to complete the training requirements, as long as the course is active on the Institute’s website. Once purchased, participants have life-long access to course materials ~ as long as they are available in this format. 




Two books are central to our study:

Goldmining the Shadows by Pixie Lighthorse


Holding Space~ On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go by Amy Wright Glenn.






Shadow is a term for the discarded aspects of our personalities within that inform our lives. It offers the potential to reveal what we previously thought was unsuitable, so unsuitable that we imprisoned it and forgot it. The aim of healing is to know the shadow well, appreciate it and seek to integrate it.
~ Pixie Lighthorse, Goldmining the Shadows 

*Note, this course is not a replacement for formal therapy and should be undertaken with mindfulness.

There is a special quality of stillness in a person who encounters the shadow wholeheartedly. Your body may relax in their company because it understands, in the subtle communications of their presence, that nothing is excluded in themselves, therefore nothing in you can be rejected. Such a person, who has given up guarding against the shadow, who has come to wear their scars with dignity, no longer squirms from discomfort or bristles at suffering. They no longer brace in avoidance of conflict. They carry a deep willingness to dance with the inconstancy of life. They’ve given up distancing as a strategy, and made vulnerability their ally.