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The Centre for Holding Space offers personal development workshops,
online courses, retreats, and opportunities to deepen your relationship
with yourself and others while learning in community.

Holding Space is for everyone seeking deeper connections. When we hold space, we show up with open hearts, compassionate support, mindful presence, healthy boundaries, and a willingness to be with what is.

Holding Space is for the liberation and
sovereignty of  all  people.

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In a world that feels increasingly complex,
with a future that may be chaotic and unfamiliar,
there is a critical need for more people to
grow the capacity to hold space for themselves and others.

And Holding Space is for anyone who is …

Supporting clients or communities in crisis,
conflict, or transition

Facilitating meaningful conversations

Seeking to deepen relationships
with family or friends

Navigating death, birth, marriage,
divorce, career change,
and all things liminal

Desiring healthy boundaries
in their relationships

Nurturing a more tender relationship
with themself

Dismantling and/or disrupting
systems of harm

Supporting marginalized
individuals and communities

Searching for support in
how to face an uncertain future

And Holding Space is the way we show up,
the way we release control,
the way we learn to trust in the wisdom
of ourselves and each other,
and the way we stay present in the midst of disruption.

We need people who know how to stay present in the mess and discomfort of liminal space.

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Liminal originates from the Latin word “limen” which means “a threshold”, and is the period of anticipation, uncertainty, ambiguity, restlessness, fear and discomfort, in which something has been dissolved and a new thing has not yet emerged to take its place.

—Heather Plett, “Holding Liminal Space”,
August 22, 2016 Blog Post

And at the Centre for Holding Space, we equip people with the skills
they need as they navigate the liminal space.

We walk with them through their discomfort, we help them to see what’s limiting them, we guide them in deepening their trust and compassion for themselves and others, and we encourage them as they practice the
art of holding space.

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The practice begins with you. No other relationship is more important than the relationship you have with yourself. When you learn to hold space for yourself, you learn how to ground yourself when life feels wobbly, face your own discomfort with tenderness, soothe your activated nervous system, navigate the liminal space with courage, develop healthy boundaries, and hold all of your emotions without shaming yourself for having them.
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The practice extends to all of your relationships. When you learn to hold space for other people, you learn how to listen compassionately even when their stories make you uncomfortable, witness their struggle without running away or trying to fix them, support them in the midst of liminality, stay present in the face of conflict, honour their boundaries and sovereignty, and allow them the wholeness of their experience.
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Holding Space for
Yourself

The practice begins with you. No other relationship is more important than the relationship you have with yourself. When you learn to hold space for yourself, you learn how to ground yourself when life feels wobbly, face your own discomfort with tenderness, soothe your activated nervous system, navigate the liminal space with courage, develop healthy boundaries, and hold all of your emotions without shaming yourself for having them.
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Holding Space for
Others

The practice extends to all of your relationships. When you learn to hold space for other people, you learn how to listen compassionately even when their stories make you uncomfortable, witness their struggle without running away or trying to fix them, support them in the midst of liminality, stay present in the face of conflict, honour their boundaries and sovereignty, and allow them the wholeness of their experience.
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And Holding Space is for:

INDIVIDUALS ・ COUPLES ・ PARENTS ・ TEACHERS
THERAPISTS ・ CARE-GIVERS ・ HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS ・ ORGANIZATIONS

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REGISTRATION IS OPEN Learn to embody your own life and live more boldly, freely, and tenderly. Take the self-study course on your own, or join us for community conversations about connection, liberation, embodiment, power, community, love, death, liberation, liminality, and joy. Together we’ll hold space for the fullest, most embodied expressions of who we are, while we unravel the expectations our cultures and families have placed on us.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS ONLINE COURSE & COMMUNITY
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NEW BOOK BY HEATHER PLETT Where Tenderness Lives is a loving exploration of what it means to unravel what we’ve learned from our families, societies, religions, and cultures in order to heal and create a purposeful and joyful life. In this illuminating book, acclaimed author Heather Plett reveals, through deeply personal stories, how trauma shapes us, how radical tenderness can be the balm for healing, and how holding space for ourselves can set us free.
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NEW SESSION HAPPENING THIS OCTOBER Learn the art and practice of holding space for yourself and others in this comprehensive online program that’s already trained over 500 people from six continents. Join our vibrant learning community for a deep dive into a practice that can change your life, deepen your relationships, and revolutionize the way you support people. Start with just one module, or sign up for the full eight-month program.
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We believe that when people are equipped with
the capacity to hold space, transformation happens
and we  all  find our way toward greater
freedom, possibility, and connection.

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What happens to us as humans, when we learn to ‘hold space’
with and for each other?

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What happens to us as humans, when we learn to ‘hold space’
with and for each other?

As shared by former Centre for Holding Space Foundation Program Participants.

We drop judgements and
we grow acceptance of self and others.

We grow more expansive in our thinking and
being (breaking down boundaries and limitations), and
more able to model kindness, inclusivity, courage,
acknowledgement, and authenticity with one another.

We feel seen and heard and held through change.

We go from surviving to thriving. We open up to
what’s possible on the inside — which extends to our outer lives.
Our nervous system begins to heal and
seeds like self awareness, conscious presence,
authenticity and community care take root.
In time, we blossom and bloom.

We become more connected,
more caring, kind, compassionate,
understanding, feel understood, feel safe,
feel loved, feel supported, feel connected to
self, source, and others.

Deep, true connection happens,
a place to be vulnerable and courageous.

Connection grows, love grows, understanding grows —
a community of caring grows.

What is Holding Space?

Responses shared by some of our program participants…

Holding space is creating a safe space for others; witnessing another’s vulnerability and honoring where they are on their journey in life…

Holding space is creating a safe space for others; witnessing another’s vulnerability and honoring where they are on their journey in life; self-care via holding space for myself; being present with another without the need to change them, fix them, and not offering up advice or feedback unless specifically asked (and even then supporting the person in finding their own answers); drawing on my empathic approach to listen deeply without judgment; honoring pain without mending another’s pain; LISTENING from the heart and soul.

Holding space is a practice. It is lifelong and ever-changing. To hold space for someone, including yourself, means to put aside your preconceptions and listen...

Holding space is a practice. It is lifelong and ever-changing. To hold space for someone, including yourself, means to put aside your preconceptions and listen. Truly listen. It means you let be what comes without judgment. It means defining clear boundaries for yourself and protecting your own needs so you can be present for others. It means acceptance, grace, and love. It means acknowledging your own needs and abilities to hold space; to go deep or lovingly decline to hold the space according to your own abilities to “go there”. To hold space is to “offer what you can and ask for what you need”.

Holding space is kind of like a roller coaster. Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry, and sometimes you hold your breath...

Holding space is kind of like a roller coaster. Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry, and sometimes you hold your breath. It’s being there when someone just needs to know you’re there. You might laugh with them, or cry with them, or just be still and let them be. But you’re still there with them so they know they’re not alone. And, sometimes, that someone you hold space for might be you.

Holding space is creating an environment that feels safe and supportive so hard things can be discussed to help the other person (or yourself) figure things out on their own...

Holding space is creating an environment that feels safe and supportive so hard things can be discussed to help the other person (or yourself) figure things out on their own. We do this by listening without blaming or judging the other person and allowing them to feel their feelings and work out their issues in a safe place. -SJ Nesbitt, Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba, Professional Caregiver

It’s not easy work.
It’s not pie-in-the-sky idealism. It’s not magical thinking.
It’s complex, uncomfortable, vulnerable, and deep … and it’s worth it.

If you’re seeking transformational experiences, to guide you on your path of being, becoming, deepening, and experiencing greater connection with yourself and others, we invite you to join the Centre for Holding Space community.

Here you will find kindred relationships that will inspire you to be, breathe, acknowledge, mend, and where we collectively grow our ability to hold space.

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We grow our worldwide community by bringing people together so that
our capacity, our compassion, and our strength multiplies.

It’s not easy work.
It’s not pie-in-the-sky idealism. It’s not magical thinking.
It’s complex, uncomfortable, vulnerable,
and deep … and it’s worth it.

If you’re seeking transformational experiences, to guide you on your path of being, becoming, deepening, and experiencing greater connection with yourself and others, we invite you to join the Centre for Holding Space community.

Here you will find kindred relationships that will inspire you to be, breathe,
acknowledge, mend, and where we collectively grow our ability to hold space.

"*" indicates required fields

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We grow our worldwide community by bringing people together so that
our capacity, our compassion, and our strength multiplies.