A life that is truly lived is constantly burning away the veils of illusion, gradually revealing the essence of the individual.Marion Woodman
In her writing, Amy Wright Glenn draws upon the best of heart and mind, combining a rigorous commitment to academic excellence with compassionate reflections on the human story. Amy’s work has appeared in many online publications such as: Holistic Parenting Magazine, Philly.com, Attachment Parenting International, A Network for Grateful Living, Birth Institute, and Kindred Media.
Currently, Amy is an active contributor to PhillyVoice and wrote 6 of their top 10 most-read stories for 2015. She was recently quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on meditating with children. Amy published her first book Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula in March 2013 receiving substantial praise from key leaders in the fields of conscious birthing, living, and dying.
Amy Wright Glenn earned her MA in Religion and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She taught for eleven years in the Religion and Philosophy Department at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey earning the Dunbar Abston Jr. Chair for Teaching Excellence.
Amy understands that the habits of heart, mind, and soul are transformed for the better through travel and study. One emerges a citizen of the world with an expanded capacity to love and care. She has lived abroad and/or explored India, Colombia, Iran, Turkey, Jerusalem, Egypt, The Dominican Republic, France, Australia, and Germany. Traveling deeply informs Amy’s reflections on human rights and the ethical imperative to cultivate empathy to safeguard our collective future. Yet, however interesting it is to adventure on this earth, the true adventure awaits within. Amy’s first priority is an inner one. What does it mean to be human? What is the “breath inside the breath” to paraphrase the poet Kabir? What is the significance of birth? Love? Death?
Amy is a CD(DONA) birth doula, hospital chaplain, founder of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death and the creator of Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss trainings. Amy is particularly interested in the spiritual and/or religious dimensions of doula work, the emerging end-of-life doula movement, and the intersections found between her formal training as a birth worker and her studies in end-of-life care. Amy presented at the 2015 DONA International Virtual Conference and the 2014 Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) annual conference on what it means to be a doula and/or midwife through the life continuum. She partners with Henry Fersko-Weiss, the president of the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA) and will be teaching end-of-life doula trainings through INELDA beginning in 2017.
Amy is a Kripalu Yoga, Birthing Mama® Prenatal Yoga and Wellness, and Mommy and Me Yoga teacher. With over twenty years of experience, Amy combines the best of intuition, skill, knowledge, and love as she leads students through postures and stillness. Amy presented on “Nurturing The Sacred Time of Pregnancy” at the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association 2014 annual conference and is involved in ongoing collaboration with Corinne Andrews, the founder of the Birthing Mama® online program.
Amy maintains a daily personal practice of seated meditation and asana, the postures associated with yoga practice. Read through testimonials praising Amy’s teaching style here.
Amy devotes the majority of her time, energy, attention, and heart to nurturing her family. As the mother of an active 5-year-old, she draws upon the best practices of parenting based upon attachment theory and the work of renowned child psychologist Dr. Laura Markham. Committed to homeschooling through the early years, Amy is the lead teacher of the Science and Math Homeschool Support program in Boca Raton, Florida. Amy works from home as an author, yoga teacher, and educator.