Know Yourself, Free Yourself

SELF-EXPLORATION AS A PATH
TO LIBERATION & LOVE

“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” ― Ralph Ellison

 

Since the day that you were born (and perhaps even before that), you have been gathering information about how you should behave, who you should associate with, which rules you should follow, which parts of your identity are safe in your culture, and how you can best gain safety and belonging in your family and community of origin. Largely unconsciously, you transformed this information into an operating system that has been guiding your behaviour, choices and relationships ever since. It’s the way you learned how to survive.

Imagine you own a self-driving car and every day you simply climb into the passenger seat and let the car choose your destination. Perhaps you don’t like a lot of the destinations the car chooses, but you have no idea how to disrupt the operating system and get back into the driver’s seat.

In this course, you’ll examine your operating system so that you can live a more liberated and intentional life.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR THIS 8 WEEK COURSE – MARCH/APRIL 2023!

 

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“As a coach, I am usually holding space for others. These 8 weeks has been an engaging space to reflect on thoughts, experiences from diverse perspectives. The most meaningful part of it was I got to know myself in relationship to all that has changed, and all that is currently happening around me.”

“It was a ‘live’ experience of/on what it means to live through & with the Eyes of Love.”

“There are many meaningful things I received from reading the ‘Know Yourself. Free Yourself’ course content and participating in the weekly course gatherings — so much so that I really missed our group meeting this week — the first week after completing the program. There is something so grounding and also uplifting about gathering with a group of women on a frequent and consistent basis, who are self-reflective, introspective, and care about doing the work to support their own freedom and liberation. The content was incredibly rich and robust that even after immersing myself in the course for several weeks and completing the program, I still have so much more to explore that I’ll continue to unwrap this gift for several months to come.”

“I appreciated the way the program was structured and the opportunity I had for time for my own reading and reflection, and to then join the ‘virtual circle’ each week, along with the other participants for deeper integration. The Centre for Holding Space Facilitators sure do know how to tend to and care for a group of people doing vulnerable and tender work. There is a level of mastery, that’s balanced with caring service that creates safety and inspires bravery, connection, and community. I reached out to one of the other course participants today — a new friend that I made while participating in the program, and let her know I was missing our meeting this week and to say hello and reconnect. That’s the thing about missing something … it lets us know that something good was gained and truly valuable happened.”

“My participation in this program opened my mind to so many aspects of my life. The warm, friendly and safe way in which it was run helped me participate with confidence as I explored aspects of my life and the lives of others. I have already recommended it to a number of my friends for next year.”

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To know yourself is to set yourself free.
To know yourself is to tell the truth – to yourself and others.
To know yourself is to recognize the systems that are holding you back and the ways in which your patterns of behaviour reflect those systems.
To know yourself is to acknowledge the ways that you might have abandoned yourself and others.
To know yourself is to open yourself to love.

In this course, you will discover tools and practices that will help you explore what’s driving you, and how you can live a more liberated life with more liberated relationships. Like an explorer setting out to discover new landscapes, you’ll equip yourself with a back-pack full of resources and insights that will be useful on the journey so that you’re more ready for what shows up.

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This will not always be an easy journey we’re inviting you on. Self-exploration can sometimes feel painful and you might occasionally feel lost and overwhelmed with what you discover. Plus self-exploration can be complicated because it also requires of you that you witness your own shadow and see the roles you play in the systems within which you live. That’s why we want to help you find the resources and support so that you’ll feel more equipped and less alone when the hard parts of the journey come.

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The intention of this course is to: 

  • Support people as they discover and learn to free themselves from old beliefs, social conditioning, trauma, etc.;
  • Reveal and challenge the harmful systems that hold people back and explore how liberation expands beyond oneself;
  • Support people as they discover how to make their own unique contributions to a more liberated and just world;
  • Give people a sense of community as they explore who they really are; and
  • Help people see their own beauty and find their joy.

Because we believe so deeply that learning to understand and hold space for yourself not only sets you free but also helps you to be in more liberated and loving relationships and communities, we have created this course to help you in that process. We are not the experts in knowing you – you are – we are simply here to be your companions and to help guide you in how to peel back the layers so that you can see yourself more clearly. We want to see you live more liberated lives so that together we can work toward a more liberated and just world.

“I’m not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you.” ― George Bernard Shaw

We have gathered a circle of wise guides and fellow travellers who’ve been on this self-exploration journey and who know something about what it takes to find liberation and love. As a participant of this course, you’ll have access to interviews with all of these wise guides who we know will inspire and encourage you. Some of them have expertise on particular topics, and many of them have well-honed practices that you can learn from.

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Once a week for eight weeks (March  6 to April 28, 2023), we’ll gather on Zoom with you so that we can talk about what we’re discovering on our journeys of self-exploration. You’ll be part of an international community of people who, like you, long for liberation and love and who are willing to do the hard work to find it and live it.

As a framework for this course, we’ll be using an updated version of the allegorical story that Heather wrote a few years ago, The Girl in the Velcro Dress. This story is about discovering that you can set yourself free from the layers of expectations, pain, bias, trauma, old beliefs, etc. that you have inherited, that have been imposed on you, and/or that you’ve picked up along the way. 

 

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and
you will call it fate.” ― C.G. Jung

What this course includes:

  • A workbook with twelve lessons (outline below). Each lesson contains written content, video content, journal/creative/somatic prompts, and additional resources on the topic.

  • Sixteen interviews with our wise guides and fellow travellers.

  • Eight weekly interactive Zoom calls where we’ll discuss that week’s lesson(s) and give you opportunity for conversation and practice.

  •  A private community space on Mighty Networks for ongoing conversation with other participants.

Click here for a lesson outline

Note: Each of these lessons is meant to be an introduction into a deep topic that could be a course all on its own. We will provide you with an entry-point and then give suggestions for additional resources to help you dig deeper.

1. Exploring You – Introductory Concepts  – How can self-exploration support your quest for liberation and love?
2. Exploring Practices that Work for You – Which self-exploration practices and forms of play (journaling, art-making, somatics, mindfulness, etc.) will help resource you for this journey?
3. Exploring Emotions – How can a Practice of Tenderness support you as you hold space for your own emotions?
4. Exploring Stress & Trauma – How do you respond to stress? How is trauma held in your body?
5. Exploring Your Lineage – What have you inherited from your lineage and how does that impact the way you live, behave, and make choices?
6. Exploring Your Beliefs – What beliefs have you inherited and which do you choose to hang onto or let go of?
7. Exploring Relationship Patterns – What are the patterns that show up in your relationships and how might witnessing that help you evolve?
8. Exploring Biases – What biases have you inherited, been taught, or adopted along the way? Which ones need disrupting?
9. Exploring Decolonization – How might decolonization change the way you treat yourself and others?
10. Exploring Liberation – What would change in your life if you were more free?
11. Exploring Love – How does love (of others and self) help to liberate you?
12. Exploring Joy – What if joy (a deep and embodied kind, that knows how to co-exist with grief) could be the guide for your life?

Once you register, you’ll receive a link to the course page on Mighty Networks where you’ll be able to access the lessons and video interviews.

The weekly Zoom calls (which will all be recorded, in case you can’t make it) will take place over eight weeks, starting Tuesday, March 7, 2023. To accommodate multiple time zones for our international audience, we will offer two call times, on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. GMT and Wednesdays at 1 a.m. GMT. (Click the links on each time to compare GMT with your time zone!)

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Price Structure

As part of our commitment to greater equity and accessibility for our global audience, we invite you to choose the level of payment that works for you. (All prices in CAD. Options will be available when you click on “Register Now”.)

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Still have questions?

Who is this program designed for?

This program is designed for anyone who wishes deeper understanding of themselves, their behaviour patterns, their beliefs, their relationships, and their place within their culture. It will also be helpful for anyone who works in a profession in which they need to support other people (teacher, coach, pastor, leader, health care professional, etc.).

Do I need to attend live or will there be recordings of the calls?

All Zoom calls will be recorded, so if you can’t attend or you prefer to watch videos, you can access them after the calls.

How are you making the course accessible for those with unique needs?

Accommodations that will be incorporated into the program are:

  • video interviews will be captioned
  • video interviews will also be available as audio-only recordings
  • close captioning will be available on Zoom calls
  • all text-based lessons will also be available as audio recordings
  • all group participation is consent-based – you can attend calls in listen-only mode

If there are additional accommodations that will help to make this course accessible to you, please contact us at info@centreforholdingspace.com.

What's your refund policy?

Refunds will be available up to the first week of course start, minus a 10% admin. fee.

Do I attend both calls each week or just one?

Choose the call that works best for you each week and attend only one. (The other call will contain the same content, conversation prompts, etc.) If you wish, you can watch the recording of the other call later, but to keep the group numbers manageable, we’d prefer if you’d only attend one.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

Please reach out to Krista at info@centreforholdingspace.com, or use our contact form.

“This is a program that keeps on giving!

“I attended it in 2022 and almost every day since something arises in my thinking or in my conversations that is informed by what I learnt from this rich and comprehensive program. As a yoga practitioner and teacher for over twenty years, I’ve done my fair share of self reflection, but KY,FY offered so much additional insight into why I do things the way I do – and what I can do about it when those behaviours are no longer serving me. I  frequently come back to the copious amount of written material that was shared in the manual. I also review some of the fantastic video interviews by Heather with her “fellow travellers” that were provided as part of the very rich content. In addition to all the brilliantly written materials (also recorded for an additional way to access), the conversations that took place in the weekly online sessions creatively and compassionately helped much of this material to really “land” for me.

“I could not recommend this program more strongly, than to say that for all the study that I have done with Heather over the years (and it’s been quite a lot!), this one provided the greatest opportunity for me to go deep and lean into what it means to be me. And, to love and be more tender with me in the process.” – Lucy Karnani