Amy Wright Glenn

Teacher Self Care

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. 

~Jack Kornfield 


As teachers, we not only provide our loving, skillful, and compassionate energy to our students, we model how we use this energy to nourish ourselves.

And how do we nourish ourselves?

As teachers, how do we keep the proverbial well full?

Author, educator, doula, and hospital chaplain, Amy Wright Glenn has emerged as an creative and nurturing leader inspiring professionals to consider self care in innovative ways. As someone who has taught comparative religion and philosophy at one of the top boarding schools in the United States for over a decade, has worked as a doula assisting women in childbirth, and has served the dying/bereaved as a hospital chaplain, Amy brings a great deal of insight and clarity to reflections on self care.

Drawing upon research relating to resiliency, intersectionality, mindfulness, and happiness, Amy is dedicated to supporting schools and institutions in nourishing the self care of those engaged in the caring professions. Amy’s experiential workshops offer participants a number of opportunities to develop confidence, insight, and self reflection as they engage in the work of caring, teaching, and nourishing the wellbeing of others.


“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.”

~Etty Hillesum


Currently, Amy offers self care retreats for faculty and staff at independent schools in the United States as well as institutions devoted to the work of holding space for birth, breath, and death.

She offers the following:

Workshop + Webinar

Join Amy for a 4-hour workshop introducing participants to self care practices such as journaling, time in nature, meditation/reflection, open discussion, and mindful movement. Following the workshop, a webinar reviewing the practices presented will be made available for all attendees.

In-Person Presentation

Join Amy for a 90-minute long, inspiring and thought provoking reflection on self care drawing upon evidence-based practices that support workplace sustainability. This presentation will include overviews of recent research on self-care, specific information tailored to a school or institution’s unique context such as specific information tailored to teachers in faith-based institutions, short self-care activities, and practical suggestions for supporting care givers/teachers in their work to increase workplace sustainability, faculty/staff retention, and improve the general morale and spirit.

Schools and institutions are welcome to combine the two offerings above. 

Contact Amy for more information regarding self care offerings.


Amy Wright Glenn earned her MA in Religion and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.  Amy taught in the Religion and Philosophy Department at The Lawrenceville School for 11 years, earning the Dunbar Abston Jr. Chair for Teaching Excellence. Amy is a (CD)DONA birth doula, hospital chaplain, and founder of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death. Amy is a regular contributor to PhillyVoice and is the author of Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula and Holding Space: On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go.

She is currently writing her third book to be published by the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education to be released spring of 2019. The tentative title is “Self Care for the Independent School Teacher.”